Canadian Institute of Planners

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Great Places in Canada

Great Places in Canada

February 27, 2012 09:50 ET

Only a Few Days Left to Vote for Canada's Great Places!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2012) - The second Great Places in Canada competition is drawing to a close as contenders scramble for support before voting officially ends at midnight this Wednesday.

This year 90 locations across Canada have been nominated in the Great Streets, Great Neighbourhoods and Great Public Spaces categories. In all, more than 187,000 votes have been cast - more than double last year's number - as the various communities vie to claim top spot.

"It's really exciting to watch how the numbers change each day as communities rally behind their nomination and residents become engaged in getting out the vote," says Andrea Gabor, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) which hosts the competition.

"There are a number of very tight races," Gabor adds. "We've seen communities make up flyers to promote their favourite locations, start Facebook and Twitter campaigns, and really go above and beyond. It shows just how proud Canadians are of the many great places in this country."

With only three days left, make sure you have a say in deciding which locations will be named Canada's Great Places. Vote at
You can also follow us on Twitter @GreatPlacesCA and like us on Facebook Great Places in Canada for the latest updates.

Once again, the final nominations are:

Great Streets Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Kakabeka Falls, ON Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Parc Regional Educatif Bois de Belle-Rivière, Mirabel, QC Cathedral Grove, Near Port Alberni, BC
Icefields Parkway, between Banff and Jasper, AB Lake Koocanusa, BC Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler, BC
High Street, Grand Falls Windsor, NL Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC Samson Trail, New Glasgow, NS
Yonge Street, Toronto, ON Heartland Forest, Niagara Falls, ON The Grotto, Near Tobermory, ON
Main Street, Summerland, BC Mississauga Celebration Square, Mississauga, ON Le Parc du Mont Royal, Montreal, QC
Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie, ON Village de Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, Lac-Saint-Jean, QC Victoria Park, Truro, NS
Osborne Street, Winnipeg, MB Miller Point Peace Park, Dayspring (near Bridgewater), NS Great Neighbourhoods
Victoria Row (on Richmond St.), Charlottetown, PEI Wascana Park, Regina, SK LaHave River, near Bridgewater, NS
Main Street, Warkworth, ON Bowen Park, Nanaimo, BC Old Montreal, Montreal, QC
Portage and Main, Winnipeg, MB Assiniboine Forest, Winnipeg, MB Town of Creighton, Creighton, SK
Queen Street, Fredericton, NB The Dog Park, Kingston, ON Beauty Bay, Kenora, ON
Granville Street, Vancouver, BC City Market, Saint John, NB Roncesvalles Village, Toronto, ON
Clare Street, Victoria, BC St. Victor Petroglyphs, St. Victor, SK London Road Neighbourhood, Lethbridge, AB
Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON Minden Boardwalk, Minden, ON Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC
King Street, Lunenburg, NS Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, BC Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, MB
Victoria Park, Charlottetown, PEI Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville, ON Woodfield, London, ON
Great Public Spaces Brewer Park Oval, Ottawa, ON Town of Gravelbourg, Gravelbourg, SK
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC Liberty Street Linear Park, Toronto, ON Marysville, Fredericton, NB
Hecla Provincial Park, near Riverton, MB Cultus Lake Park, Cultus Lake, BC Town of Ladysmith, Ladysmith, BC
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON Central Memorial Park, Calgary, AB Osborne Village, Winnipeg, MB
West Montrose Covered Bridge, Waterloo, ON Millennium Park, Creston, BC Chinatown, Ottawa, ON
Komoka Provincial Park, London, ON Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC Old Ottawa South Neigbourhood, Ottawa, ON
Old Port, Montreal, QC Ducks Unlimited Trail "Miner's Marsh", Kentville, NS St. John's Ecclesiastical District, St. John's, NL
Central Library, Vancouver, BC Maligne Canyon Hike, Jasper, AB White Rock Beach, White Rock, BC
Waterton Lakes National Park, Near Pincher Creek, AB Rainbow Stage Theatre in Kildonan Park, Winnipeg, MB Lion's Head, Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON
Bois-des-Esprits, Winnipeg, MB The Lunenburg Heritage Society Bandstand, Lunenburg, NS Powell River's Historic Townsite, Powell River, BC
The South March Highlands, Ottawa, ON Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth, NS Victoria Park Neighbourhood, Kitchener, ON
Officer's Square, Fredericton, NB Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, St. John's, NL Parkdale, Toronto, ON
Prince Arthur's Landing, Thunder Bay, ON Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, Haliburton, ON City of Fernie, Fernie, BC
Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew, BC Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, Halifax, NS Town of Churchill, Churchill, MB

While voting will remain open for the next three days, the real-time tally will no longer be posted on the website. The judges will decide on the semi-finalists in early April and announce the winners at the end of April. People's Choice awards will also be made in each of the three categories.

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