Great Places in Canada presents its final slate of nominees for 2015

OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Great Places in Canada contest accepted its final nomination on September 3rd from Thunder Bay, Ontario topping off the list of 29 entries for 2015. (Prince Arthur's Landing – pictured)

The jury has been formed and is currently reviewing all 29 nominations. A list of finalists will be announced on October 20th, 2015. 

Meanwhile, the voting continues with fervour! There is one week left to vote for your favourite place before the polls close on September 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT. The winner of People's Choice in each category (Street, Neighbourhood and Public Space), will then be determined. The voting results have been visible all summer, but were concealed last week to heighten the anticipation.

Here are the nominations for 2015:


Public Space


AA Macdonald Memorial Gardens

Georgetown, PEI

Arbour Lake Residents Association

Calgary, AB

Abbey Centre

Blackfalds, AB

Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community

Kemble, ON

Blackfriars Bridge

London, ON


Cookstown, ON

Blockhouse Island

Brockville, ON

Historic Downtown Amherstburg

Amherstburg, ON

Bon Accord Memorial Rose Garden

Bon Accord, AB

Quartier Petit Champlain

Quebec, QC

Conception Bay South T'Railway

Conception Bay South, NL


Halifax, NS

Grizzly Plaza

Revelstoke, BC

West End

Vancouver, BC

Labatt Memorial Park

London, ON

Lakeview Park and Marina

Town of Lakeshore, ON

Lethbridge River Valley

Lethbridge, AB


Meadowlily Woods

London, ON


Orangeville, ON

Mississauga Celebration Square

Mississauga, ON

Little Gaetz

Red Deer, AB

Pemberton Downtown Community Barn

Pemberton, BC

Lower Johnson Street - LoJo

Victoria, BC

Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park

Thunder Bay, ON

Main Street Osoyoos

Osoyoos, BC

Stuart Park

Kelowna, BC

Pictou Lobster Carnival

Pictou, NS

Witless Bay's Lower Pond Beach

Witless Bay, NL

Wolfville's Main Street

Wolfville, NS


The nominations are nicely distributed across the categories. Seven Neighbourhoods, six Streets, and in the always popular Public Space category there are 16 nominees. The quality of the submissions this year are better than ever. Each nomination gives insight into the character and pride of the place and its people. 

After the finalists are announced in October, the Grand Prize winners and People's Choice winners will be declared November 4th, 2015, in conjunction with World Town Planning Day.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), created the Great Places in Canada contest to engage Canadians in sharing their favourite places and to recognize the work accomplished by professional planners to make these places possible. 

There are two ways to win:

  1. Grand Prize Winner in each category is determined by a jury of professional planners, based on a variety of planning merits.  A plaque honouring the winning place is presented, plus the nominator wins a great prize of approximately $650 value.
  2. People's Choice goes to the place in each category with the most online votes.  Each is presented with a certificate, and the nominator wins a prize of approximately $200 value.

Prizes are being provided by in part by the contest's generous sponsor, Roots Canada. Details of the prizes will be available soon on the Great Places in Canada website.

A big thank you also goes out to Communities in Bloom and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for their support in this contest. 

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Great Places in Canada is an annual contest hosted by CIP and it is now in its fifth year. The contest seeks to increase Canadians' awareness of the planning profession and the work of professional planners in Canada. Visit for more information.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is the national voice of Canada's planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. CIP has a membership of over 7,800 professional planners, and collaborates with provincial planning institutes and associations to promote professional standards, training and certification as well as best practices in planning across Canada. Visit

Roots Canada - Founded in 1973, Roots is Canada's leading lifestyle brand known for its quality leather goods, athletic apparel, accessories, and natural fiber clothing. In addition to its state-of-the-art factory and design centre in Toronto, Roots has 125 stores in Canada and the United States along with 100 retail locations in Asia. The core values that have always governed Roots are based on a commitment to active, healthy living, respect for the environment, community support and a passion for Canada. For more, visit

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With over 2,000 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 19 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Visit


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