Charlottetown's Great George Street nominated in national contest

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 19, 2014

Great George Street in downtown Charlottetown has been nominated in this year’s Great Streets category in the Great Places in Canada contest.

This is the fourth year the Canadian Institute of Planners have hosted the event with three different categories that Canadians can nominate and vote upon including great streets, neighbourhoods and public spaces.

For each of the three categories, there is a people’s choice winner and a grand prize winner. Winning nominators will receive packages of $500 gift certificates from VIA Rail Canada, Acer Iconia Tablets, Kodak PixPro cameras and Tim Hortons gift certificates.

“The contest is held to celebrate locations Canadians love,” says Janice Harper, land use planner and an executive on the Atlantic Planners’ Institute.

And it’s not just limited to voting for a place within one’s own province.

“This is about voting for a place you feel connected to, it doesn’t have to be your own place,” said Harper.

Harper said she feels that Great George Street, from a historical point of view, was a great nomination.

“It has a lot of features that make it a delightful and enjoyable space.”

Don Warren of Charlottetown had a chance to enjoy this space growing up as he lived on Great George Street from the ages of eight to 13.

“Even as a child I found it to be a very unique street,” said Warren.

He remembers in days gone by the coal yards down by the waterfront and coal being hauled up the street by horse and cart. Warren said he thinks it’s excellent Great George Street was nominated in this year’s Great Streets category.

“It’s a very nice street, especially for tourists to stroll around on.”

With Province House, the old bishop’s residence and St. Dunstan’s Basilica on the street itself, it makes for a very historical street, he said.

“It has an old-fashioned air about it. There are a lot of nice streets in Charlottetown that would certainly deserve mentioning but this one certainly holds its own.”

Harper said she feels the Great Places in Canada contest is an important one because it helps people talk about what public spaces they feel connected to.

“It’s a place where you want to take your time and enjoy because it’s such a pleasant street and it brings us in contact with our environment,” she said.

Since this contest is a national competition, she said she feels it will put Great George Street on the map.

The contest tends to generate a good friendly rivalry, she said.

Nominations close today and then the voting begins from Aug. 20 to Sept. 25. Up to six locations can win and the winners will be announced Nov. 7 as part of the Canadian celebrations for World Town Planning Day.