Stars of Vancouver 2020: Gerry Haslett’s best of the city

Stars of Vancouver is all about recognizing the best in business, service, entertainment and city offerings as voted by our readers. Although our life and business has changed since voting began, when times are tough it’s important to show the positives around us.

There’s a social media post going viral these days encouraging people to shop local when the time comes that our lives get back to (the new) normal. In the meantime, share reviews of your favourite businesses, buy gift cards or use their online or delivery services to help support them as we all navigate this unprecedented time.

For this year’s Stars of Vancouver feature, we also wanted to pick the brains of some of our winners and get them to tell us, and readers, their favourite things about Vancouver.

Hamilton Harron

Second place in Funeral Home category

Assistant manager Gerry Haslett writes:

Favourite thing to do in Vancouver:  

Walking the seawall

Favourite local restaurant:  

Sprezzatura Restaurant

Favourite neighbourhood:  

West End

Favourite street in the city?  


Favourite local musician or band:  

Shane Nelken

Favourite place for people watching:  

English Bay

Favourite Vancouver building:  

Vancouver Convention Centre — I love the hanging globe

What’s the most underrated thing about living in Vancouver?  

We don’t have to dress in layers in winter

What’s one thing you’d change about Vancouver if you could?  

Too many bike lanes

What’s one thing you’d like everyone to shut up about in Vancouver?  

The rain

You’ve been given $100, where are you spending it?  

A restaurant with a view of the water — probably Cactus Club at English Bay or Coal Harbour

Favourite spot in the city to walk:  

Mountain View Cemetery — a calm in the middle of the craziness — perfect for walking the dogs

Where’s one place you’d recommend in Vancouver that feels nothing like Vancouver?  

Fraser River Park.