Vote early and vote often. The Nanaimo waterfront plays prominently in two choices for best places in Canada.
The Great Places in Canada contest is put on annually by the Canadian Institute of Planners, to encourage pride in local communities.
"People's Choice" in each category (street, neighbourhood, and public space) will be determined by online votes. The place with the most votes wins.
Two years ago the contest chose Commercial Street as Canada's best street to reaffirm downtown revitalization work undertaken there over the past decade.
This year the city has been nominated twice in the public spaces category. Both involve the downtown and its marine environment: The harbour and the seawall are both nominees.
The nomination process closed on Sept. 2, giving people three weeks to vote on their choices.
The contest website does give updates of the number of votes cast, but a campaign is underway to get Nanaimo as many votes as possible.
"We'd really encourage people to have pride in their hometown and the wonderful harbour we have," said Sasha Angus, Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. CEO.
Voting is at www.cip-icu. ca/greatplaces/en/.
The campaign is supported by the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association. "You'll see it on our Facebook page and we'll probably have it on our website," said Corry Hostetter, DNBIA general manager.
Voting closes at midnight on Sept. 23. Contest winners will be announced online Nov. 28.
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