Sidney’s Beacon Avenue on the Great Streets list

The street was nominated as one of Canada’s Great Places in a contest run by the Canadian Institute of Planners

The east end of Beacon Avenue in Sidney.

Is Sidney’s Beacon Avenue one of the great streets in Canada?

Mayor Larry Cross thinks so and is pleased the street was nominated as one of Canada’s Great Places in a contest run by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

The online contest is asking people to nominate which public place, neighbourhood and street they think is a great spot. People can nominate great places at until Sept. 2. Voting continues until Sept. 23 and prizes are on offer.

Sidney’s Beacon Avenue is up against some tough competition, such as Montreal’s Saint Catherine Street, Winnipeg’s Portage and Main, Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue and even the Malahat Drive and viewpoint. To date, Beacon Avenue has garnered 28 votes — in last place and well behind the 1,283 votes for Lacombe, Alberta’s historic Main Street. In 2012, Queen Street in Fredricton, NB received the most votes.

“We’re up there with the big boys,” Cross said, adding he didn’t realize the local street had been nominated.

Beacon Avenue has been the subject of debate recently, with some business owners calling for it to be made into a full two-way street. The route currently has a one-way section. Traffic flow issues aside, Cross said the character of Beacon Avenue won’t change as a result.

“We want to maintain the feel of a small town atmosphere and keep that pedestrian-friendly feel,” he said. “This does make our town a very special place.”

Just Posted

Science fair draws best junior scientists from Vancouver Island to Victoria

200 young science enthusiasts share their inventions and discoveries at UVic

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

Vic. Symphony, Jeans ‘n Classics will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Farm Whisperer tackles tough subject of farm succession

Linda Geggie is executive director with CR-FAIR

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

Most Read