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.
The following communities are the Canadian 2012 National Winners of their respective categories: along with previous winners, they have now joined the Circle of Excellence . . . you will greatly enjoy visiting them.
City of Castlegar, BC http://www.castlegar.ca/about.php
The Brilliant Bridge was built in 1913 to cross the Columbia River, joining the Doukhobor community of Brilliant to the growing city of Castlegar. Its construction is an amazing example of ingenuity and courage when only hand tools and the simplest of machinery were available.
Municipality of Jasper, AB http://jasper-alberta.com/default.aspx?pageid=307
From an early trading post to today’s active community, Jasper, Alberta within the boundaries of Jasper National Park is in the unique situation of being part of a greater UNESCO World Heritage sit.
Strathcona County, AB http://www.strathcona.ab.ca/visitors.aspx
Strathcona County is the fourth largest municipality in Alberta and is a vibrant and growing community comprised of the Hamlet of Sherwood Park with the remainder of the County being rural acreages, farms, smaller communities and over 1400 hectares of natural area.
Town of Beausejour, MB http://ourhomeyourhome.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111&Itemid=3
The Town’s pride and joy is the Wally Chryplywy Nature Park that provides a woodland setting conducive to the pursuit of recreation and physical fitness.
Town of Boissevain, MB http://www.boissevain.ca/visitors/default.htm
Boissevain is a prairie town that has shown a long term commitment to community beautification and the Communities in Bloom program. Boissevain’s spirit shows in the many murals around town, the beautiful Arts Park, the Sawmill Tea and Coffee Company and at the Friday lunch at the farmer’s market.
Town of Fort Erie, ON http://www.forterie.ca/WebSite/tofeweb.nsf/thingstodo.html
Fort Erie is a town where all the community partners are working together. Citizens groups, businesses, the town, the International Bridge Authority all work together along with many organizations.
Municipality of Lambton Shores, ON http://www.lambtonshores.ca/visiting
The Municipality of Lambton Shores is an amalgamated city of a network of small communities located in south west Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. The Native Tree Project was created to educate community volunteers on tree planting and maintenance and to plant native trees.
Ville de Granby, QC http://www.ville.granby.qc.ca/fr/tourisme
After several years of work and commitment, The Miner Heritage Farm opened its doors in 2012, and features the history of the Miner family and its contribution to the history of the City of Granby.
Town of Appleton, NL http://www.townofappleton.ca/index.html
Appleton stands 20 km West of Gander, it is noted for its landscaping, its planting of commemorative trees and its environmental projects. The Riverfront Peace Park is a jewel adjacent to the park, the marina allows for recreational boating and the more serious fishing in the Gander, a world class salmon river.