TORONTO, Canada - Five locations in Canada have been named this year's Great Places.
They join the ranks of 20 other Great Places which have been honored since the competition started in 2010.
La rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec City
Photo by Cynthia Dial
There were 32 nominations this year, and more than 14,500 votes were received from Canadians across the country over the seven-month contest period.
"The winning places this year accentuate just how diverse Canada truly is. Great Places in Canada always showcases the best our country has to offer and this year is no exception. The winning places are inspiring and impressive," says Michael Gordon, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners which hosts the annual contest. CIP is the professional association of urban planners.
The Grand Prize winners – selected based on planning excellence as judged by a panel of experts – are:
Great Neighbourhood: Inglewood, Calgary, AB Great Street: La rue du Petit-Champlain, Québec, QC Great Public Space: Antigonish Town & County Library (The Peoples' Place Library), Antigonish, NS
The People's Choice Award winners – based solely on the number of votes – were announced as well. They are:
Great Neighbourhood: Old East Village, London, ON Great Street: La rue du Petit-Champlain, Québec, QC Great Public Space: McAdam Lake Campground on Waulklehegan Lake, McAdam, NB
La rue du Petit-Champlain in Québec is a double award winner – taking both a Grand Prize and a People's Choice Award. "The architecture and the atmosphere make La rue du Petit-Champlain one of Canada's great streets," says Joe Nethery, a member of the judging panel "The jury observed how well modern shops and restaurants are accommodated within a strictly preserved historic streetscape. The interaction between people and the street is something to be cherished and is deserving of recognition in the Great Places in Canada Contest."