Stars of Vancouver 2020: Miles Hunter’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.

Hunters Garden Centre

First place in Garden Store category

Miles Hunter writes:

Favourite thing to do in Vancouver:

Visiting the parks and public gardens

Favourite local restaurant:

The Eatery on West Broadway

Favourite Vancouver neighbourhood:


Favourite street in the city?

Main Street

Favourite local musician or band:

The Town Pants

Favourite local author?

Douglas Copeland

Favourite place for people watching:

Granville Island

Favourite Vancouver building:

The Bloedel Conservatory

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

The beautiful gardens that are in bloom all year long

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

Less traffic

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

Housing prices

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

At the garden store of course! Otherwise MEC.

Favourite spot in the city to walk:

Stanley Park Sea Wall

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

UBC Botanical Gardens