Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is home to an exciting mix of independent cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. After all, “The Drive” is arguably the most diverse and colourful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It’s also ground zero for many of Vancouver’s largest festivals, including Illuminares, the Dyke March, Italian Day, the Vancouver Poetry Festival, the Parade of Lost Souls, East Side Pride and Car-Free Day.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Top 5 Reasons to Go to Italian Day on Sunday – Don’t fugedaboudit!

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While Vancouver’s Chinatown is a top tourist attraction and the Little India neighborhood draws plenty of visitors, few people realize that Vancouver also has a Little Italy.  Although the city’s Italian population has dwindled over the years, the Commercial Drive neighborhood has long had a strong Italian presence. This Sunday, June 6, Commercial Drive will celebrate its heritage with Italian Day 2010.

Streets will be closed to traffic and filled with vendors selling pastas and sausages.  This is the city’s first Italian Day since 1982, so expect big crowds hungry for some authentic Italian cooking and culture.  Here are five reasons to check out Italian Day on Sunday.

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Top 5 Reasons to Go to Italian Day on Sunday – Don’t fugedaboudit!