Gracie Dawson, Auley Feaver and Lisa Evans proudly carried their creations through the Tofino Botanical Gardens during Sunday’s 18th annual Tofino Lantern Festival. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Gracie Dawson, Auley Feaver and Lisa Evans proudly carried their creations through the Tofino Botanical Gardens during Sunday’s 18th annual Tofino Lantern Festival. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Tofino Lantern Festival shimmers at summer’s end

“In the evening, when all the lanterns are lit, it takes on a life of it’s own. It’s beautiful.”

West Coast residents and visitors toured through a magical assortment of twinkling, hand-made creations on Sunday as the Raincoast Education Society celebrated its 18th annual Tofino Lantern Festival.

The shimmering display of local creativity is the society’s largest annual fundraiser and filled the Tofino Botanical Gardens with a magical ambience, infused with live music and entertainment.

“The thing that’s amazing about the Lantern Festival is how magical the Gardens appear,” society boardmember Vera Webb told the Westerly News at the event. “In the evening, when all the lanterns are lit, it takes on a life of it’s own. It’s beautiful.”

She added the lanterns cast a new light on the artwork that the Gardens’ owner, George Patterson, has meticulously placed throughout the property.

“You see the plants and the artwork George has brought in in just a completely magical way,” she said.