Seeking Kawartha Lakes Great Canadian Planned Places?Does Kawartha Lakes have great planned spaces?
City of Kawartha Lakes has many beautiful Canadian Spaces, but a contest sponsored by The Canadian Institute of Planners looks for great planned main streets, neighborhoods or public spaces.
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This post contains information about the annual Canada-wide search for Great Canadian Places and a few ideas to get you started for next year's contest.
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If you can snap a picture of a Great Canadian (planned) Place and present a valid argument to support your choice, you could win a prize!
Which great Kawartha Lakes places might be good candidates for this annual contest?
Three Great Kawartha Lakes Planned Places
Emily Provincial ParkOne place I know was planned is Emily Provincial Park. I remember when it was just a bunch of farmer's fields and my mother remarking, "Who on earth would want to camp there out in the scorching sun?"
Now, Emily Provincial Park is one of the top Ontario destination picks for campers. However,since an admission fee is required, it may not qualify as a public space. Better put that thinking cap on again.
Kawartha Rail TrailWould Kawartha Rail Trail qualify?
Free for everyone to enjoy, this four-season trail was originally planned as a railroad and repuposed as a trail after the trains stopped running.
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Kawartha Rail Trail runs through a great variety of terrain and the autumn foiliage view from the trestle bridge out by Omemee is spectacular at any time of year. You can see the spectacular view in this youtube footage.
Several miles of trail are enhanced by a free downloadable MP3 tour guide of "Whistle Stops" along the way.
Lindsay Board Walk and Gardens
Now, further enhanced with a board walk and lighting that extends to the "train park" it is a place a dear friend of mine had always wanted to meander. If you have an inclination to meander along the Lindsay boardwalk, do it now! Do it today!
Great Canadian Places ContestThe Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes the contributions of planners by celebrating their lasting impressions on Canadian communities through the Great Places in Canada contest. This national contest invites the public to nominate and vote for a great street, public space, or neighborhood. In 2016 there were three ways to get involved:
- Nominate a great street, neighbourhood, or public space in Canada
- Vote for your favourite places
- Share your favourite places on social media
The Canadian Institute of Planners is pleased to provide two draw-prizes, valued at over $350.
In order to be entered to win a draw-prize, you must successfully nominate a Great Street, Great Neighbourhood, or Great Public Space.
The nominator of the Great Place that receives the most votes from the public will also win a prize.
Each prize includes:
- One $300.00 prepaid credit card
- A one-year subscription to Plan Canada, the premier planning magazine in Canada
Kawartha Lakes has plenty of great planned places.
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