Three spots in Newfoundland are finalists in a Canada-wide “great places” competition.
The Great Places in Canada contest — sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners as a way to highlight the work of professional planners. The contest accepted nominations throughout December and January, and now two spots in St. John’s and one in Grand Falls-Windsor are among the 90 finalists people can vote for at greatplacesincanada.com.
In St. John’s, the downtown Ecclesiastical District is nominated under the “Great Neighbourhoods” category. “The Ecclesiastical District is a pleasant place to walk around,” reads the nomination on the contest’s website. “Aside from the many houses, it has an exceptional collection of churches, schools, convents, a monastery, and associated meeting places, including a social centre for low-income citizens, a food bank, and a community centre.”
Under the “Great Public Spaces” category, Memorial University’s Botanical Garden is a finalist. “The Garden is a wonderful place for tourists to get “up close and personal” with the Newfoundland environment. For residents, it’s a great escape and a chance to commune with nature,” reads the website.
In Grand Falls-Windsor, High Street has earned a nomination in the “Great Streets” category. “The redevelopment of High Street has allowed for greater economic capacity of the downtown area of the town. It has become a place to recreate, reconnect, and socialize for the residents of the town. It also takes advantage of the remarkable natural setting along the Exploits River, providing residents with increased opportunities for recreation and leisure,” reads the website’s description.
Winners will be announced after voting concludes Feb. 29. Plaques will be presented to mayors of the winning towns, and the nominators will also win prizes from the company’s sponsors.