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Vancouver events: explore the Great Bear Rainforest, shop Gastown at night and feast on perogies

A Kermode bear, better know as the Spirit Bear is seen fishing in the Riordan River on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C. Wednesday, Sept, 18, 2013.


Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each Monday. See the list in calendar view here.

Shop hop: The Gastown Spring Shop Hop happens on Thursday. The one-night-only event offers Vancouverites the opportunity to cruise 44 of Gastown's best shops, check out all the new spring wares, and be treated to great deals, in-store specials and the occasional cupcake or glass of bubbly. And get this: The kind people of Gastown want to make sure you don't get weighed down by the trying on of clothes and the carrying of bags, so with every purchase, you'll receive a food or drink voucher to one of your favourite nearby participating restaurants (think Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Salt, Peckinpah, Pourhouse).

Thursday, April 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Various locations, Free to browse,

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Eat this: The Hult Prize For Social Enterprise is a startup accelerator that annually sees more than 10,000 international college and MBA student teams compete for $1-million toward establishing a business. The 2013 winners were a group of McGill University students who devised a system for insect farming that aims to address hunger and malnutrition by providing protein through bugs.

Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m., Arbutus Room, Four Seasons (791 W Georgia St.), Free

Nature: Although Vancouver and its people demonstrate a respect and connection to nature that is at the core of our civic identity, we also know that this city, like any city, has dramatically altered the natural environment around it. The Museum of Vancouver is showing Rewilding Vancouver, an exhibition that uses everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes to get us thinking about ways in which we shape nature and it shapes us. Friday, April 11, Doors 6 p.m., Talk at 7 p.m., MoV (1100 Chestnut St.), $14,

Explore: By all accounts, time spent in the Great Bear Rainforest will affect you profoundly, but not everyone has the experience, funds or time to make the journey. Now you don't have to travel. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC will launch Wondrous: The Forest and Sea of the Great Bear this month. The exhibit invites visitors to wander through photographs and sound recordings aimed at transporting them to the region.

Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC),

Spring: Along with daffodil-studded boulevards, cherry blossoms, and occasional blue skies, the annual Spring perogy lunch at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Strathcona is a sure indicator of the true arrival of the most welcome of seasons. In addition to the shining linoleum-floored basement lined with communal lunch tables ready for plates of home-made borscht, perogies and kielbasa sausage, there will be a bazaar to pick though upstairs.

Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E Pender) Street,

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