Competition heats up as Canadians vote for this country's Great Places

OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The first annual Great Places in Canada contest is now nearing the halfway mark, and as people across the country nominate and vote for their favourite locations, some interesting trends are emerging.

As of January 25, 2011, the results so far are:

  • In British Columbia., George Little Park Spirit Square in Terrace has attracted 1,330 votes - far more than any other location in Canada, and way ahead of the top pick in Vancouver, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, which has 189 votes.
  • In the Prairie Provinces, the Town of Canora in Saskatchewan is the leader with 183 votes. The top place in Alberta, RiverWalk in Calgary, has 97 votes. The Exchange District in Winnipeg is the front-runner in Manitoba with 47 votes.
  • In Ontario, Zwicks Park in Belleville has the most votes with 546. Interestingly, Toronto leads with the most nominations, but this has split the voting with its most popular place to date, St. Lawrence Market, getting only 28 votes.
  • In Quebec, Le Parc des Chutes Montmorency leads with 791 votes but Auberge le Baluchon is right behind it with 787. These are the second and third most popular nominations in Canada
  • In the Atlantic Provinces, Pippy Park in Newfoundland and Labrador leads the way with 592 votes, with City Market in Saint John, New Brunswick, being a distant second with 64 votes. The Hydrostone in Halifax has 57 votes while Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown has 42 votes.

"We're seeing a great deal of friendly rivalry as Canadians vote for their local places, and the competition is heating up as we enter the last two months of the contest," says Steven Brasier, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Will your city or town be among the Great Places in Canada?

Go to www.greatplacesincanada.ca to nominate or vote for your favourite street, open space, or community. Also check out the website for the most recent voting numbers and popular entries.

Nominations and votes will be accepted until March 25, 2011. A panel of judges will select the finalists in April, with the winners announced in May.

Great Places in Canada is being sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), a not-for-profit organization, to celebrate the locations that people love most.

CIP thanks VIA Rail, Photo Life Magazine and Second Cup for their generous sponsorship of this year's Great Places in Canada contest.

The Canadian Institute of Planners was established in 1919 and has a membership of 7,800 professional planners. The Institute sets a Code of Professional Practice and national standards for training, certification and best practices.  Please visit http://www.cip-icu.ca/.

The nominator of the winner of each category (street, public space and neighbourhood) of the Great Places in Canada competition will have an opportunity to travel with VIA Rail with their prize of a $500 travel voucher. As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation to Canadian travellers, and service in both official languages. Every week VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometers route network. VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Please visit www.viarail.ca.

Established in1976, Photo Life magazine is Canada's leading source for photography including technical knowledge and tips, industry news and events, international travel photography editorials, as well as interviews and profiles of major Canadian and international photographers. Photo Life is published six times per annum and is distributed to subscribers, newsstands, and participating photo retailers. Please visit www.photolife.com.

As a proudly Canadian company committed to coffee integrity, Second Cup celebrates its franchisees' local ownership where all 5,000 associates are Trusted Coffee ExpertsTM. Since we opened our first Second Cup café in 1975, we've always purchased the best coffees grown under the best practices. Today, we're extremely proud to offer you coffees that are Rainforest Alliance Certified, Certified Organic, and Fair Trade Certified. Please visit www.secondcup.com.

SOURCE Canadian Institute of Planners

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For further information, visit www.GreatPlacesInCanada.com or contact:

Holly Beetham     Niki Kerimova
holly@prpost.ca    niki@prpost.ca
416-777-0368     416-777-0368

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