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Can Bernard Avenue cut it as the country's best street?

August 22, 2013 - 8:30 AM

KELOWNA - City officials are eager to see downtown's main drag compete for Canada's best street - and they want your vote.

Still waiting on the third phase of its $14 million renovation, Bernard Avenue was chosen as a candidate for the Canadian Institue of Planners' Great Places in Canada competition.

Heritage brick buildings, waterfront ammenities and mountain views are some of the stand-out qualities touted on Bernard Avenue, along with ample "street furniture" and generous sidewalk space for cafe patios.

The annual showdown considers nominees in three different categories: neighborhoods, public places and streets.

Based on votes from the public, Bernard Avenue made the cut along with Vancouver Island's Malahat Drive, Saint Catherine Street in Montreal, Portage and Main in Winnipeg and Alberta's historic Main Street in Lacombe. And other streets could squeeze into the running before the nomination deadline on September 2.

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray is encouraging local residents to cheer on the city's main street.

“We’re asking residents to vote and show their pride for our City,” Gray said in a press statement today.

“Bernard Avenue has been transformed from a road to a destination.”

To make a vote or check out what other rivalling streets have to offer visit the Great Places in Canada website

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.



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