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Pictou street in running in Great Places contest

PICTOU – Pictou’s Front Street is facing off against Broadway in Orangeville, Ont., for the title of Great Street in the Great Places in Canada contest.

The online contest, held annually for the past five years by the Canadian Institute of Planners, celebrates places that make communities unique. The contest is meant to engage Canadians in sharing their favourite places and to recognize the work accomplished by professional planners to make these places possible.

The Pictou Lobster Carnival’s office is located at 71 Front St., a former CN Station located near the waterfront.

According to the contest criteria, a street may be noteworthy because of its architecture, the types of businesses lining the sidewalk, or the annual festivals that have become synonymous with that street’s name.

On Thursday, Pictou had a total of 457 votes, while Orangeville had 1,056. The top vote-getter wins the title of People’s Choice. The grand prize winner in each category is determined by a jury of professional planners.

Voting closes on Sept. 24. Finalists will be announced in October, with the grand prize winners and People’s Choice winners revealed Nov. 4.

Votes can be cast once per day. Visit to vote.

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