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Choose your favourite Whistler locale in the annual Great Places in Canada contest

Every year thousands of Canadians pick their favourite street, neighbourhood or public place

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Whether it's the serene beauty of Lost Lake, the hustle and bustle of Olympic Plaza, or the burgeoning artist enclave of Function Junction, there's no shortage of great places in Whistler, and now you have the impossible task of choosing your favourite.

The fourth annual Great Places in Canada competition is now underway, asking Canadians to nominate their favourite hangouts across the country, whether it's a street, neighbourhood or public space.

"Canadians are very passionate about the many wonderful locations in this country," said Michael Gordon, president of competition hosts the Canadian Institute of Planners, in a release. "So there is a great deal of friendly rivalry over what street, neighbourhood and public space will be recognized as Great Places this year."

Last year, over 100,000 Canadians voted in the People's Choice Awards, with Goderich, ON.'s Courthouse Square winning Great Street; London, ON.'s Old South/Wortley Village earning top honours in the Great Neighbourhood category and the McAdam Train Station in McAdam, NB being named the No. 1 Great Public Space.

Along with the People's Choice, decided by total votes, Grand Prize winners will be selected on the basis of planning excellence by a panel of experts.

Winning nominations will receive prizes, and plaques will awarded to the grand-prize winning locations.

Nominations are open to all Canadians and will be accepted until Aug. 19, with the voting period running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 25. Winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day, Nov. 7.

Visit www.greatplacesincanada.ca to nominate your favourite place now.

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