One week left to nominate Great Places in Canada!

OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chances are your communities feature truly awesome places, where people love to gather with friends, listen to live music, take a leisurely stroll, or contemplate the meaning of life.

Every year, the Canadian Institute of Planners hosts the Great Places in Canada contest to celebrate the wonderful places Canadians love, and recognize the work of our country's professional planners. Nominations for Canada's Great Streets, Neighbourhoods, or Public Spaces are open for one more week until August 19, at

Currently 14 cherished places are in the running to be named Canada's Great Places for 2014. Check out these nominations!

  • Kensington, Calgary AB
  • McAdam Lake Campground on Waulklehegan Lake, McAdam NB Blackfriars Bridge, London ON
  • Old East Village, London ON Spencer Smith Park, Burlington ON
  • Inglewood, Calgary AB La rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec QC
  • Quartier Petit Champlain, Quebec QC Iles de Madeleine, Iles de Madeleine QC
  • The Barrington River, Barrington NS Laurier Woods, North Bay ON
  • Antigonish Town & Country Library, Antigonish NS Wakefield Village, Wakefield QC
  • McCreary's Beach Resort, Perth ON


Starting August 20, 2014, nominations will close and the popular voting frenzy will begin! Up to six locations will take home the honours, either as People's Choice Winners based on overall numbers of votes, or as the Grand Prize Winners based on planning excellence.

"The public gets very involved in promoting and cheering on their favourite places; the competition gets intense. Canadians are very proud of their communities and we love to see how engaged they get," says Michael Gordon, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) which hosts the competition.

Winning nominators will receive fabulous prize packages, which will include a combination of $500 gift certificates from VIA Rail Canada, Kodak ProPix cameras, Acer Iconia tablets and Tim Hortons gift cards. CIP is honoured to have VIA Rail Canada and Tim Hortons as this year's official prize sponsors!

Each Grand Prize-winning place will receive a beautiful steel plaque to mark the place for all to see and enjoy in the years to come!
The best places won't win unless they're nominated, so get your nominations in before August 19th.
Follow Great Places in Canada on Facebook and @GreatPlacesCA on Twitter for regular updates. Tell your friends, tell your family! Spread the word about this Great contest far and wide!

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Photos of last year's winners are available at

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