The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week, from our calendar to yours!
SHOP | Two consecutive days without rain!? Anyone else thinking about shoe shopping? Fortuitously, Gravity Pope is holding one of their legendary outlet sales this weekend and the only thing better than a spot of shoe shopping on a lovely spring day is a heavily discounted spot of shoe shopping on a lovely spring day. From Vans and Adidas to Audley and Frye. Clothing, too! The sale kicks off Thursday and you know the popular sizes fly off the shelf fast, so get in there sooner rather than later. Bonus: 33 Acres is really close by if you need a breather.
Apr. 27 – May 1 | 11am – 6pm | 24 West 7th Avenue | DETAILS
WINE FOR WAVES | The Vancouver Aquarium and Naramata Bench Wineries Association are joining forces this weekend to hold Wine For Waves, a fundraising event for Ocean Wise, the “conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.” Wine For Waves will offer Vancouverites a first taste of many spring release wines paired with seafoods from some amazingly talented local chefs. Good food and wine for a good cause!
Fri, April 28 | 7pm | Four Seasons Hotel (791 West Georgia St.) | $110 | DETAILS
FILM | Not up for a weekend of art show openings and sophisticated cocktails with your brainy friends? How about a plastic cup full of beer and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly on the big screen? Pretty much perfect, right? Step Brothers plays at the Rio Friday night. Throw on your sweat pants and get real.
Fri, April 28 | Doors 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $10 | DETAILS
BIKE THE BLOSSOMS | The good folks of Velopalooza (a local organization that promotes fun bike rides and activities around Vancouver) and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival have joined forces to offer a free guided bike tour of some of the most stunning examples of tree-studded boulevards and parks in the city. The window for blossom viewing is short, so get on a bike and take it in! Bonus: Pop-Up City Hall and Project 529 will be on-site to help participants with anti-bike-theft measures and Cocktails & Canapés’ blossom lunch boxes can be ordered and waiting for you at the end of the ride.
Sat, April 29 | 11am–1pm | Leaves John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park, East Van at 11am | DETAILS
BIKE SWAP | And speaking of bikes, it’s getting to be that time of the year when we can start to think about cruising around the city on them (and not just for transportation sake, but for…well…the mere sun-on-your-face-with-a-breeze pleasure of it). Don’t have a bike or looking to trade in your old ride for something slicker? You’re in luck because this weekend brings with it a vintage bicycle swap at Britannia Centre. Buy, sell or trade bikes as well as parts and tools. Cruisers, BMX, road bikes and muscle bikes – they’ll all be there, looking for new homes!
Sun, April 30| 10am-3pm | Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier) | DETAILS
TREES | A celebration of Big Tree in Stanley Park this weekend. From The Stanley Park Ecology Society: “Surviving the logging history, fire, and major windstorms in the Park, these champions continue to stand sentinel over sections of old-growth stands. Many exhibit deformities or characteristics that make them excellent wildlife trees, enhancing the biodiversity of such areas. Bald eagles, owls, bats, flying squirrels, and many more may be observed in or around these generous giants.” Get in on some of the cool programming planned for the weekend: talks, tours and walks cover topics such as park history, “The Hollow Tree & Friends”, “Canopy Wildlife”, the super rad-sounding “Canopy Climb”, in which members of the public are invited to (presumably after much waiver-signing) scale their way up one of the giant trees in the park.
April 29 + 30 | Various times | Stanley Park | DETAILS
PLANT | This is it, folks! Spring is finally popping off! It’s time to get to the important business of planting your garden. The City of Vancouver wants to see 150,000 trees planted throughout the city by the year 2020 and in order to reach that goal, they have organized some wicked deals on fruit, flowering and shade trees for your yard (a mere $10 a pop for what would normally run you $75). You can pre-order or cruise the on-site selection at Hillcrest Community Centre on Saturday. Keep in mind that trees are only available to residents of the City of Vancouver with a maximum of three trees per household.
Sat, April 29 | 10am-4pm | Hillcrest Community Centre (4575 Clancy Loranger Way) | DETAILS
NATURE | Scoot yourself out to The Richmond Nature Park this Sunday and catch the annual Hawk and Owl Show. Trained representatives from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) will be at the park to introduce the public to these magnificent birds of prey and answer questions about everything from diet and hunting skills to mating and habitat. All ages are welcome. Admission is by donation with proceeds supporting educational programs at the park.
Sun, April 30 | 11am-3pm | Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy) | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Hustle down to Granville Island on Saturday and hit the Ocean Concrete Open House. Unleash your inner Tonka warrior with tours, talks and your annual window of opportunity to climb into trucks with really big wheels.
Sat, April 29 | 9 am – 5 pm | Ocean Cement – Granville Island | FREE | DETAILS
BEER | I don’t know if you’ve picked up on it yet, but East Van has a pretty healthy number of breweries these days. You may not have logged quality time at each one of them, but if you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ve probably tried. Good news: this weekend brings a fine set of circumstances to help knock a few more off of your list. Hop Circuit is an self-guided open house of all the East Van breweries located in the Grandview-Woodlands and Strathcona neighbourhoods. A dozen breweries (and a distillery or two for good measure) are opening their doors to the public and not only offering beer lovers the chance to taste their products but also to meet the brewers, tour their facilities and connect with other beer wonks. Bonus: food trucks will be parked on the route to offer sustenance.
Sun, April 30 | 1-5pm | Various locations | DETAILS