At a Glance

  • Scout List Our weekly guide to cool things happening in and around Vancouver.
  • Vancouverites Short interviews with creative locals who are up to all kinds of good.
  • Vancouver Lexicon A dictionary of Vancouver slang terms, special places, personalities and institutions.
  • You Should Know Fascinating things about Vancouver that every citizen and visitor should know
  • Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Cool things that exist in other cities that could serve to improve Vancouver
  • Tea and Two Slices Local news interpreted by local musician and dishwasher Sean Orr
  • Seen In Vancouver A photo/video archive of cool and interesting things seen in Vancouver
  • 1,000 Cool Things About Vancouver An ever-growing collection of amazing things that make Vancouver worth living in.
  • Cool Things We Want We are a covetous bunch. This is a running archive of our earthly desires.
  • Spaced How Vancouver renters view the world of architecture and home design.
  • Smoke Breaks The many things that fascinate us from far beyond our city limits
  • Definitive Records Interesting locals detail the three albums anchoring their musical tastes.
  • Community News News, updates, events and more from members of the Scout Community
  • Opportunity Knocks Are you looking for work? Check out the very latest job listings…

On Making Life Harder for Buskers and Calling 911 Like It’s Customer Service

In his latest read of the news headlines, Sean Orr finds musicians getting the shaft and view corridors getting damned.

The Vancouver Alley That Once Passed Laws, Stashed Opium and Sold Tomatoes

"You hear all these great stories about the former glories of Market Alley, but it's hard to imagine it because of the stench of piss..."

On Whipping Up Loathing and Animals Now Doing Their Very Best to Avoid Us

A read of the news headlines has Sean Orr wondering at the escape plans of the rich and the election being a referendum on capitalism.

We Want a Robotic Pot That Will Save the Plants We’d Otherwise Kill

Vincross' HEXA interactive companion robot has been repurposed by its creator to carry a potted plant and keep it alive.

The Floating Respite Within Easy Swimming Reach of Kits Beach

Kits Beach would be a shoe-in for our 1,000 Cool Things About Vancouver project if it wasn't so damn obvious. This makes more sense.

On Bad Mural Ideas and Weed’s Unlikely Future of Paying Off Politicians

In his latest read of the news headlines, Sean Orr grapples with murderous advocations and things rich people say to poor people.

The One Day a Year When Local Ants Get Freaky in Your Face, Literally

"It's gotta be Flying Ant Day because there are half a dozen of the sexed up critters currently writhing in my beer..."

The Town Fool Who Wanted to Contribute to Vancouver's "Imagination Explosion"

"In a town so full of fools it's odd that there has only ever been one 'official' Town Fool, and that was Joachim Foikus..."

One of Vancouver's Most Sorely Missed Restaurants Was Accessed Via a Secret Door in Chinatown for Over 60 Years

"My parents used to tell stories about sneaking beers into the Green Door and feasting big on spot prawns and fresh crab..."

37 Year Old Record Store Filed Under 'Z' in the Vancouver Lexicon

"Three of my top five most intimate and memorable shows of all time were staged among the crates at Zulu..."

Talking Iconic Canadian Logos and Brand Campaigns With the Master, Greg Durrell

Durrell's debut doc is screening at The Cinematheque from July 5 - 11th. Don't miss this fascinating entry into Canada's film canon!

A Guided Tour Through the Alternate Universe of Local Artist Paul Morstad

...where we discuss dreamworlds, misplaced nostalgia, Wandering Albatrosses and a (possible future) career as a whale tattoo artist.

On Being Bound by the Land and Time Traveling With Artist/Activist Tsema Igharas

The interdisciplinary artist, activist and Tahltan First Nation member's works are visually compelling and politically pertinent. Take a look:

On Deliciously Strange Beer and Food Pairings with Chicha Chef Shelome Bouvette

The typically wine-loving chef explains the inspiration behind Chicha's 2nd beer dinner with Strange Fellows Brewing, happening on May 29th.

This bulletin board is used by members of the Scout Community to share their news. On a typical day it will include new menu offerings; details on special deals and events; new stock and sale notices; announcements of senior staff appointments; and much more.

How to Butcher and Cook a Pig Demo Set for Chinatown on July 24th

Chef Darren Gee will be at Ai & Om Knives to demonstrate the art of breaking down swine. Attendees can literally bring home the bacon.

Find Your CURE on Nita Lake Lodge’s New Summer Cocktail Menu