Welcome to Great Places in Canada!

Congratulations to the Winners of Great Places in Canada 2015!

Here are your winners for Great Places in Canada 2015!

Great Street:  Broadway – Orangeville, ON
Great Neighbourhood:  West End – Vancouver, BC
Great Public Space:  Stuart Park – Kelowna, BC

Congratulations to the winners of People’s Choice!

Great Street:  Broadway – Orangeville, Ontario
Great Neighbourhood:  Historic Downtown Amherstburg – Amherstburg, Ontario
Great Public Space:  Labatt Memorial Park – London, Ontario

Visit the 2015 Winners page to see their profiles and jury statements.

Visit the Media page for Great Places news coverage and press releases 

Honourable Mention: Great Public Space

Grizzly Plaza – Revelstoke, BC

Runners Up for People’s Choice:

Great Street      

1st Runner-up:  Wolfville’s Main Street – Wolfville, NS
2nd Runner-up:  Pictou Lobster Carnival – Pictou, NS

Great Neighbourhood  

1st Runner-up:  Quartier Petit Champlain – Quebec, QC
2nd Runner-up:  Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community – Kemble, ON

Great Public Space         

1st Runner-up:  Lethbridge River Valley – Lethbridge, AB
2nd Runner-up:  Stuart Part – Kelowna, BC

CIP also wants to send a big thank you to each person or group that put together a nomination for their favourite place.  This year the quality of submissions was amazing, and the judges were impressed.

Prizes for the nominators of the winning places have been generously provided by VIA Rail Canada and Roots Canada.


Great Places in Canada was created by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) to celebrate and share those places which make one’s community unique and to recognize the vital work of our country’s professional planners.   Each nominated place is showcased on the 2015 Nominations page.

There are two ways for a nomination to win:

1.  The Grand Prize

The honour of “Great Place” is awarded by a jury of Professional Planners based a variety of planning merits under each category.  Nominators receive a prize and a plaque is given to commemorate the place’s new designation.

2.  People’s Choice

These awards are based solely on which place receives the most votes in each category.  It is a fun way to rally your community to vote and support its local nominee.


  • Nominate your great place (Nominations are now closed – get ready for 2016!)
  • Vote online
  • Share your favourites with the real and virtual world

June 22                       Contest Launch

September 3              Nomination period ends

September 10            Votes are blinded

September 24            Voting period ends

October 13                 Finalists announced

November 4               Winners announced in conjunction with World Town Planning Day Events