Winners to be announced Nov. 8
The parade held each summer during the Clare festival is one of many events that reflect its “joie de vivre.” The community is up for a national Great Neighbourhood award.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO
Clare has made the short list of communities in the third annual “Great Places in Canada” contest.
The contest, run by the Canadian Institute of Planners, received 68 nominations in three categories this year (Great Streets, Great Public Spaces and Great Neighborhoods.)
They then asked Canadians to vote and combined that with judging to whittle the list down to 14 communities, including Clare, nominated in the Great Neighbourhoods category.
The nomination write up for Clare points out it is the only municipality in Nova Scotia that conducts business and offers services in both French and English.
“The Acadians are famous for their warm “joie de vivre”, reflected in our vibrant music, festivals, culture and way of life,” says the nomination. “The Clare municipality works hard each year to create a fantastic summer filled with unique Acadian events for the whole family to enjoy.”
“It is a great place to raise a family or to retire. As a travel destination, Clare has beautiful beaches, backwoods, cultural events, sights to see and so much more.”
More than 100,500 votes were received from Canadians across the country over the four-month contest period.
Clare is the only community in Nova Scotia among the finalists – in 2011, the first year of the contest, the Hydrostone District in Halifax won second best Great Neighbourhood and last year the Cape Fourchu Lighthouse in Yarmouth won the Great Public Spaces category.
Besides Clare, four of the short-listed places are located in Ontario, three in Alberta, two in British Columbia, two in New Brunswick, one in Quebec, and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We’re delighted that so many people joined in this celebration of Great Places by stopping for a moment and thinking about a street, a neighbourhood or a public space that inspires them,” says Michael Gordon, president of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Three Grand Award winners and three People’s Choice Award winners will be selected from these finalists. Grand Awards are selected on the basis of both popularity and planning excellence as judged by a panel of experts, and People’s Choice Awards are based solely on the number of votes.
Winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day, Friday, Nov. 8.
Plaques will be presented to the mayors of those communities, and the nominators of the winning entries will receive prizes.
The finalists in the Great Streets category are Courthouse Square, in Goderich, ON; Lacombe's Historic Main Street in Lacombe, AB; 104 Street Promenade in Edmonton, AB and Bernard Avenue in Kelowna, BC.
The finalists in the Great Neighbourhoods
category are 10 Street/Kensington Business Revitalization Zone in Calgary, AB; Lachine in Montreal, QC; Old South/ Wortley Village in London, ON; St. Jacobs, ON and Clare.
The finalists in the Great Public Spaces
category are Riverside Park in Cambridge, ON; McAdam Train Station in McAdam, NB; Granville Island in Vancouver, BC; Saint John City Market in Saint John, NB; and Manuels River Trail System and Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South, NL.