Until the end of the month, you can nominate your favourite street, neighbourhood or public space in Canada to win the national Great Places in Canada contest.
Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the contest honours places in Canada that reflect superior public planning.
As of yesterday, 38 places were nominated, with front-runners being Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood; and Botanical Beach in British Columbia’s Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.
A first-, second- and third-place winner is chosen in each of three categories: Great Street, Great Neighbourhood and Great Public Space. In 2011, winners were Commercial Street in Nanaimo, BC; Quebec City’s Le Petit Champlain neighbourhood; and the Forks marketplace in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The prize for winning places is simply recognition and bragging rights, but the initial nominators of the first-place winners receive a $500 VIA Rail voucher and $500 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift card, and all nominators are entered in a drawing for other prizes.
To nominate a place, upload a description and/or photo and video to the Great Places in Canada Web site by January 31, 2012.
You can vote for an existing nomination until February 29, 2012. Places with the most votes win a people’s choice award. But the official winners are chosen by a panel of planning experts—so be sure to focus on places that reflect excellent public planning.
Winners will be announced on April 30, 2012 at 9 a.m. ET.