Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in community settings.
“People, plants and pride… growing together” is our slogan, and it captures the essence of the program.
Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, all communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
Announced in October of 2013 at Community in Blooms’ annual symposium and awards ceremonies, the following communities are the Canadian 2013 National Winners of their respective categories: along with previous winners, they have now joined the Circle of Excellence . . . and you will greatly enjoy visiting them.
City of Kamloops, BC
Kenna Cartwright Nature Park is a very sensitive environment and hiking and biking trails are planned to take visitors safely through the most interesting and beautiful places around the City of Kamloops with stunning views, without damaging sensitive and unique plant and wildlife habitats. Designated trails are indicated on park maps and very well identified by trail markers.
Village of Ashcroft, BC
Situated on a flat bench overlooking the Thompson River, in a unique desert setting, Ashcroft is rich in history. Their logo reflects the clean air, fresh water and open landscape that provided rest and relaxation for the goldminers of the past and the travellers and residents of today. However it is the versatile volunteers that really make this community one where “Wellness Awaits You”.
City of Brooks, AB
The urban commemorative forest is a project initiated by the CiB committee in partnership with several businesses, local groups and the municipality. The idea was to plant trees dedicated to people and events that have a special significance to Brooks. The town gave 33 000 square meters of land on a slope east of Stafford Lake. A granite plaque (also a gift) engraved with donors and sponsors’ names has been placed at the entrance to the site.
CFB Shilo, MB
The Canadian Forces Base Shilo is located in Southwest Manitoba and due to its relative isolation prides itself on creating a strong sense of community for its residents. An active Community Council works hard to offer services and programmes for everyone on the Base. This past year they partnered with Engineering Services and the CFHA to offer landscape ties to any resident who wanted to build, design and plant a planter. One hundred and thirty one families stepped forward to create unique and beautiful gardens throughout the RHUs.
City of Pembroke, ON
The development of the Renaissance Square project has delivered a college built to LEEDS Gold standard, a park
and has transformed the downtown area, the waterfront and the college itself providing a well coordinated and
pleasant environment for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from. The fact that the college will also
deliver courses linked to the natural environment, outdoor adventure and forestry is commendable.
City of Sarnia, ON
Contribution to environmental stewardship and parks development is embraced by all levels of society. St. Clair School has a great horticultural program for its students that is tremendously successful in part due to the leadership, commitment and contribution of the teachers; the students are greatly involved in the community and have constructed a very successful natural garden adjacent to the school grounds for the benefit of all residents.
City of Stratford, ON
The “LOCAL”, as it is now known in Stratford, began slowly a few years ago as a Community Food Center (CFC) offering multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a friendly venue where food and community support is the central focus to help build health, hope, skills and community involvement for those in need. In 2013, the center opened its new kitchen and community room facility and expanded its community gardening and greenhouse program which makes it a very vibrant and active center for numerous community groups.
Municipality of Lambton Shores, ON
The Municipality of Lambton Shores is an amalgamated city of small communities located in south west Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. Tourism, with many kilometres of golden beaches, historical villages, and naturalized green spaces and farming are the main industries. The creation and expansion of community gardens is a key project of the Lambton Shores Communities in Bloom program.
Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, ON
Southwest Middlesex is an amalgamation of communities that create a vibrant and beautiful municipality with common services. Great effort has been made to retain the uniqueness of each area while creating ways to have continuity and a smooth flow throughout. One recently introduced recognition program is “Pay it Forward” whereby a home and a business in each community with wonderful curb appeal and landscaping are given a recognition sign for 1 month and they choose who gets the sign the following month.
Town of Sussex, NB
Touted as the Mural Capital of Atlantic Canada, Sussex, New Brunswick, also demonstrates a strong awareness of the benefits of maintaining a sustainable urban forest. As part of the defined goals and objectives for the management of its urban forest, a pamphlet that gives basic guidelines on Urban Trees: Selection and Care was produced by the new Sussex Urban Forest Committee.
Prince Edward Island
Community of Tignish, PE
The interpretive centre presents the history of the three cultures which formed the present community of Tignish: Micmac, Acadian and Irish. The important events of the last two hundred years are represented in chronological order. The Centre was opened in 1999, during the celebrations of the bicentennial of the arrival of the Acadians in Tignish. Volunteers from the local historical society contributed to the historical research which led to this permanent exhibition, a real gem to visit.
Community of Fogo, NL
Fogo, an island off the coast of Newfoundland, is known for its unspoiled scenic beauty, the rugged, rocky coastline, and for being named one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat Earth Society. Preservation of natural and built heritage is a priority in this community.