Eco parks and conservation wetlands, historic streets and quirky neighbourhoods – 32 of Canada’s most beloved public spaces are battling it out for the title of Canada’s favourite place.
Voting opened Wednesday for the Canadian Institute of Planners’ (CIP) annual Great Places in Canada contest.
Through the contest, CIP hopes to highlight the work of city planners.
The full list of nominees includes:
- Somba K’e Civic Plaza – Yellowknife, NWT
- Kensington neighbourhood – Calgary, AB
- Town of Sackville Waterfowl Park – Sackville, NB
- South End neighbourhood – Nanaimo, BC
- Blockhouse Island – Brockville, ON
- McCreary’s Beach Resort – Perth, ON
- McAdam Lake Campground on Waulklehegan Lake – McAdam, NB
- La rue du Petit-Champlain – Quebec, QC
- Downtown Port Hope – Port Hope, ON
- Parksville Community Park – Parksville, BC
- Old East Village – London, ON
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – Ottawa, ON
- Wakefield Village – Wakefield, QC
- Spencer Smith Park – Burlington, ON
- Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Port Alberni, BC
- Îles de la Madeleine – Îles de la Madeleine, QC
- The Barrington River, Barrington, NS
- St. Boniface – Winnipeg, MB
- Inglewood – Calgary, AB
- Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System – Hamilton/Burlington, ON
- Victoria Park neighbourhood – Kitchener, ON
- Quartier Petit Champlain – Quebec, QC
- Broadmoor Lake Park and the Centre in the Park – Strathcona County, AB
- Kiwanis Memorial Park – Saskatoon, SK
- The South End – Halifax, NS
- Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
- Historic Great George Street – Charlottetown, PEI
- The Hawk – Cape Sable Island, NS
- Antigonish Town & County Library – Antigonish, NS
- White Rock Pier and Promenade – White Rock, BC
- Blackfriars Bridge – London, ON
- Laurier Woods – North Bay, ON
Winners will be chosen in various categories (public spaces, neighbourhoods and streets) by a panel of professional planners. The People’s Choice award will be determined by popular vote.
Canadians have until Sept. 25 to place their vote, with winners being announced on Nov. 7 in conjunction with World Town Planning Day.
Was your favourite place in Canada left off the nomination list? Add it in the comments below!