Shaughnessy is one of Vancouver's alluring and mature neighbourhoods, whose boundaries are situated between 16th Avenue & 41st Avenue, West Boulevard & Oak Street. It is well known for its heritage homes, flourishing gardens and beautiful tree lined streets.

The neighbourhood was created in the early 1900's by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), then the largest real estate developer in Canada. CPR was granted Old Shaughnessy, north of King Edward Avenue, by the federal government as an enticement to extend the railway to the West Coast. From that initiative, Shaughnessy Heights was developed. The area was subsequently extended south of King Edward Avenue in the 1920s.

There are many local attractions in the area. The Van Dusen Botanical Garden, one of Vancouver's most beautiful landmarks, is a 22-hectare (55-acre) botanical garden of international stature that opened to the public over 20 years ago that exhibits an outstanding plant collection. Canuck Place, a recognized children's hospice, allows sick children the opportunity for care in a peaceful and discrete facility. Close by is South Granville which provides the neighbourhood with chic boutiques and restaurants.

The City website offers a route for a walking tour around part of Shaughnessy.

On November 1, 2005 VancouverCity Council approved the Arbutus Ridge/Kerrisdale/Shaughnessy (ARKS) Community Vision Direction detailed in this report: ARKS Community Vision