The 2015 Great Places in Canada and the People’s Choice Places

GREAT PLACES IN CANADA

  • Broadway Waterfall

    Broadway

    Street

    Orangeville, Ontario
    2015 Great Place In Canada – Street
    2015 People’s Choice – Street

    Jury Statement
    To be great, a street must be a destination in its own right. Broadway fits the bill as an inviting place at the heart of Orangeville. Historic buildings, contextual redevelopment, and attention to the pedestrian experience combine in a unique place enjoyed daily by shoppers, workers and visitors alike. Institutional uses anchor the street and give it purpose, while restaurants, landscaping, and patios enable people to enjoy the space and enliven the street with activity. Festivals and events regularly invite people to experience the street, and contribute to Broadway’s dynamic character. The jury was impressed by the central role Broadway plays in the community, along with the heritage character and streetscape design.

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  • Historic Downtown Amherstburg

    Amherstburg, Ontario
    2015 People’s Choice – Neighbourhood

    Historic Downtown Amherstburg, stretching from Alma Street to Park Street and Sandwich Street South (County Road 20) to the Detroit River front, embodies the quaint charm and beauty of an 18th century war-built town.

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  • Labatt Memorial Park

    Labatt Memorial Park

    Public Space

    London, Ontario
    2015 People’s Choice – Public Space

    Nestled at the forks of the Thames River (a Canadian Heritage River) in London, Ontario, with the city’s skyline as its scenic backdrop, historic Labatt Memorial Park is the World’s Oldest Baseball Grounds in continuous use since 1877.

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  • Andrew Gibbs Park Signage

    Stuart Park

    Public Space

    Kelowna, British Columbia
    2015 Great Place In Canada – Public Space

    Jury Statement

    Stuart Park bridges the re-emergence of Kelowna’s downtown within the incredible natural setting of the Okanagan Valley.  Energized by a civic plaza, the park comes alive at all seasons.  Summer performances on the plaza are memorable, while free winter-time ice-skating under the clear Okanagan skies invites people in the winter months.   Recent enhancements to Stuart Park make it a year round destination and the cultural and civic heart of Kelowna.  Ultimately, the jury was won over by the multiple strengths of the park – its everyday use, community focus, unique reflection of local character and natural environment, accessibility for multi-generational activities, and the significant role it already plays as a Great Place in Kelowna.

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  • West End

    West End

    Neighbourhood

    Vancouver, British Columbia
    2015 Great Place In Canada – Neighbourhood

    Jury Statement
    The West End makes it easy, safe and inviting for residents to walk and bike to work, to access thriving local businesses and to explore Vancouver’s beaches, trails and Stanley Park. Transit access, traffic calming, street furniture, treed promenades, pocket parks and public spaces reflect a thoughtful approach to placemaking. Home to the city’s LGBTQ community, the West End’s density is evenly matched by its diversity of residents, and by a strong commitment to creating an inclusive community that prioritizes affordable housing.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE

  • Andrew Gibbs Park Signage

    Stuart Park

    Public Space

    Kelowna, British Columbia
    2015 Great Place In Canada – Public Space

    Jury Statement

    Stuart Park bridges the re-emergence of Kelowna’s downtown within the incredible natural setting of the Okanagan Valley.  Energized by a civic plaza, the park comes alive at all seasons.  Summer performances on the plaza are memorable, while free winter-time ice-skating under the clear Okanagan skies invites people in the winter months.   Recent enhancements to Stuart Park make it a year round destination and the cultural and civic heart of Kelowna.  Ultimately, the jury was won over by the multiple strengths of the park – its everyday use, community focus, unique reflection of local character and natural environment, accessibility for multi-generational activities, and the significant role it already plays as a Great Place in Kelowna.

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