I went to UBC in the early 80's and love that city. It's so much more beautiful than L.A. I remember eating at a place I think was called "Cheesecake Etc" just this side of the Granville bridge. Back then backgammon was all the rage and every table had a board on it.
I envy anyone that gets to live on the Sunshine Coast. If I could get a work visa I would be packing and leaving L.A. tomorrow. If you're ever in L.A. let me know and I'll give you and your friends a free tour of stars homes, if you're interested.