Every year, at the end of August, Tofino celebrates summer and sets the mood for fall with a magical night at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Volunteers, locals, and guests spend the preceding weeks to the Tofino Lantern Festival crafting and creating beautiful lanterns.
The day of the Lantern Festival busy little hands work to create an ecstasy of ambiance in the gardens. Pathways are adorned with tea lights embraced in glass jars that light the the foot steps of the festival goers. Hundreds of lanterns are hung from buildings, trees, railings, and hand held wands. There are even lanterns floating gracefully, over the water, in the pond. The crisp evening air is thick with music and excitement as dusk creeps into dark.
The joy of the Lantern Festival comes from moving from one lantern to the next and not knowing what creative delight is around the next corner.
If you didn’t get to the Lantern Festival this year make sure to attend next year, it’s a peaceful night of romance, fun, music, and community.
Admission is easy on the pocket book and all proceeds go to The Raincoast Education Society.