Fireworks and fun on Vancouver, B.C.'s Commercial Drive

Where to go on one of the city's most creative streets

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Vancouver's Illuminares Lantern Festival

Illuminares Lantern Festival float at John Hendry Park's Trout Lake

Tim Matheson

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Info: Illuminares Lantern Festival (604/879-8611) is 7-11 Jul 29.

In July, Commercial Drive in Vancouver, British Columbia, gets its glow.

At month's end is the Illuminares Lantern Festival, an enchanting evening of fire dancers, ragtime bands, fireworks, and a shimmering procession of handmade lanterns that weaves around John Hendry Park's Trout Lake.

And on any day, you can visit independently owned housewares and curio shops, ethnic eateries, European cafes, vintage clothing retailers, and organic grocers.

Whether or not you make it to the parade, the neighborhood's festive spirit is sure to shine through.


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