Winners announced in the Great Places in Canada contest

OTTAWA, May 16 /CNW/ - From more than 6,000 nominations and after four months of voting by people across the country, the winning locations in the first annual Great Places in Canada contest have been selected.

Announced today, the top places are:

Great Streets Great Neighbourhoods Great Public Spaces
1) Commercial Street,
Nanaimo, BC
1) Le Petit Champlain,
Québec, QC
1) The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
2) Ottawa Street (Textile District),  
Hamilton, ON
2) The Hydrostone,
Halifax, NS
2) Evergreen Brick Works,
Toronto, ON
3) Broadway Avenue,
Saskatoon, SK
3) Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose
First Nation), Lantzville, BC  
3) Pippy Park, St. John's, NL  

"The voting far exceeded what we were anticipating," said Marni Cappe, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), the sponsor of the competition.

"People really got involved and wanted to see their favourite location recognized as a Great Place. We tapped into a tremendous pride that Canadians have in the many beautiful places in this country. It was, in a true sense, a celebration of great places," Cappe added.

The top locations are being honoured not only because of their popularity, but also because they exemplify the highest standards of planning. To be judged a winner by the panel of professional planners, the location had to meet certain criteria including:

  • promoting social and economic activities
  • having a memorable or unique character
  • having design or architectural features that are visually interesting
  • meeting different aspects of sustainability
  • being accessible by different modes of transportation
  • reflecting local culture, history, and landscape

What was special about the number-one winner in each category?

Members of the judging panel comment:

Canada's Great Street - Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC
"It's terrific that Nanaimo's historic Commercial Street has been recognized as the stand-out in the Streets category. Rich in heritage, it struggled to stay alive in the face of rapid suburban development. The City and the downtown business community, working together, have catalyzed growth, revitalized heritage buildings and welcomed year-round cultural activity." - Linda Allen, President of CitySpaces Consulting and Fellow of Canadian Institute of Planners.

Canada's Great Neighbourhood - Le Petit Champlain, Quebec, QC
"Le Petit Champlain is a beautiful heritage public space in Quebec that integrates 400 years of history with the joyful joie-de-vivre of its residents: the pedestrian only zones are vibrant with people at all hours of the day and year, the human scale buildings create a very comfortable environment, and the modern boutiques and restaurants represent the ever-present exploring personality of the Quebecois." - Ana Stuermer, Master's student and researcher in Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University.

Canada's Great Public Space - The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
"The Forks has evolved into the quintessential example of how physical geography and urban design can come together to create a public space that is memorable, functional, and embodies the historic centre of downtown Winnipeg. This has been achieved through the creation of extensive trail networks, use of the waterfront in the summer and winter months, outdoor activities for festivals and events, surrounded by great urban design in building and public infrastructure." Alex Forbes, Assistant Director, Development Services for the City of Fredericton, member of Canadian Institute of Planners.

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

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