Prince Arthurs Landing – Marina Park in the Great Places in Canada Next Round

Splash Pad
The Splash Pad at Marina Park
Splash Pad
The Splash Pad at Marina Park

THUNDER BAY – The jury is in from its first round of deliberation, and thirteen nominations have been selected as finalists in the Great Places in Canada contest from an initial slate of twenty-nine. This gives people in Thunder Bay something it is likely they can all get behind to vote for – Marina Park.

The jury is now delving deeper into each finalist’s nomination.  The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), host of the annual contest, will announce the winners in each category on November 4, 2015, in conjunction with World Town Planning Day.

In the category of Great Street, the finalists are:

· Broadway                     

Orangeville, ON

· Lower Johnson Street – LoJo    

Victoria, BC

· Wolfville’s Main Street                    

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

In the category of Great Neighbourhood, the three finalists are:

· Quartier Petit Champlain                   

Quebec, QC

· Schmidtville                                       

Halifax, NS

· West End                                       

Vancouver, BC

And finally, in the Great Public Space category, which received the most nominations, the seven finalists are:

· Blockhouse Island                       

Brockville, ON

· Grizzly Plaza                              

Revelstoke, BC

· Lethbridge River Valley                      

Lethbridge, AB

· Mississauga Celebration Square           

Mississauga, ON

· Pemberton Downtown Community Barn   

Pemberton, BC

· Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park     

Thunder Bay, ON

· Stuart Park                                              

Kelowna, BC


“The nominations were stronger than ever this year,” says Hazel Christy, President of CIP, “and the support the nominees received from their respective communities was tremendous.  This program really showcases the amazing work done by professional planners and how that work can transform.”

The prize of People’s Choice, awarded to the nominee in each category that received the most online votes, will be announced onNovember 4th along with the Grand Prize winners determined by the Great Places in Canada jury.

The nominator of a Grand Prize winner in each category will receive a $500 travel voucher, a MEC Station shoulder bag, a one-year subscription to Plan Canada, the official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a certificate for nominating a winning place.  A stainless steel plaque will be delivered, engraved with the winner’s new designation, which can be mounted at the site.

The nominator of a People’s Choice winner will receive a leather travel case from Roots Canada, a 25% off voucher from any purchase at Roots, and a one-year subscription to Plan Canada.  A certificate will also be presented to the nominator for putting forward a winning place.

A big thank you also goes out to Communities in Bloom and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for their support in this contest.

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Great Places in Canada is an annual contest hosted by CIP and it is now in its fifth year. The contest seeks to increase Canadians’ awareness of the planning profession and the work of professional planners in Canada.  Visit for more information.

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