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Kensington includes Norquay Village on the east side of Vancouver and centered along Kingsway near Norquay Park, with single-family houses, many with secondary rental suites surround Kingsway. Houses in Norquay Village are becoming increasingly expensive and out of range of young families and other first-time buyers. Therefore, more affordable homes, such as row houses, town houses and high-rise condos are making their mark into the area. With the recent completions of The Eldorado one block east on Nanaimo Street and King Edward Village further west on Knight Street, Kensington Gardens will be Kingsway’s newest significant addition and is a sign of the area’s vitality and potential. This is an unprecedented level of luxury and quality development for the area for the first time ever.
The Illuminaires Lantern Festival is an annual summer event, traditionally held at the Kensington area’s Trout Lake. Illuminares started as a community festival in 1988 and it remains one to this day, relying on public participation to create its special kind of magic. The Public Dreams Society, a group formed in 1985 to encourage community events, puts on the event. Illuminares is a mixture of events put on by the society, such as fire-breathers and bands, and participants bringing their own homemade lanterns. Local lantern making workshops help people make their own personalized lantern. About 30,000 people come to this event on the last Saturday of July each year.
Trout Lake Farmer's Market
Kensington is younger and more diverse than the rest of the city with a third of residents speaking English as a mother tongue. Chinese is the second most common mother tongue. The average family income in Kensington is lower than the city average. However, this former working-class neighbourhood has changed over the years, as rising house prices have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families.
John Hendry Park at 3350 Victoria Drive is home to Trout Lake and the Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday from mid-May to Thanksgiving weekend. The Farmer’s Market features organic produce from BC farms, original art, jewelery, bedding plants, baked goods, coffee and buskers. Trout Lake also hosts the annual Public Dreams Illuminaires Lantern Festival, where over 10,000 locals join in with a magical parade of lanterns. Also nestled in the area is beautiful Kensington Park, located at Knight St and East 37th Ave, Kensington Community Centre offers a wide variety of recreational activities for all ages and all year.
Trout Lake Beach at John Hendry Park