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2000 Communities In Bloom Winners
October 8, 2000

1pt.gif (86 bytes)This year, with 97 finalists competing, from all provinces, territories and also from France, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Slovenia and Czech Republic with many more taking part on a provincial level to qualify as finalists, the program of Communities This has truly blossomed....The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are being proven in municipalities, big and small along with both rural and urban, all over Canada.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The appeal of the competition is more than simply visual. As important as this aspect is, the real strength of the program lies in the social and health impact participation has in building a sense of pride through community involvement. Whatever the outcome of the friendly competition between communities, these benefits make Communities in Bloom a contest where everyone wins.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Judges visit each municipality to evaluate, taking into account efforts of the whole community (municipal, private, corporate and institutional) in tidiness effort, urban forestry, landscaping, floral arrangements, turf areas, environmental effort, heritage conservation and community involvement.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)On September 30, Edmonton and area communities hosted the 2000 Communities in Bloom National Awards Ceremony honouring municipalities from each province and territory across Canada. This year marks the sixth edition of Communities in Bloom, a nation wide competition to elevate civic pride. A successful program since 1995, Communities in Bloom recognizes community participation in beautification, heritage and environmental awareness as part of its judging criteria. This year's national judges were keen to note the level of pride in community and the feeling of accomplishment demonstrated by all.

National Award Winners

1 to 1,000 population

Birtle, Manitoba

1,001 to 3,000 population

Viking, Alberta

3,001 to 5,000 population

Meaford, Ontario

5,001 to 10,000 population

Stony Plain, Alberta

10,001 to 20,000 population

Camrose, Alberta

20,001 to 50,000 population

Brandon, Manitoba

50,001 to 100,000 population

Kanata, Ontario

100,001 to 300,000 population

Greater Saint-John, New-Brunswick

Over 300,000 population

Edmonton, Alberta


Canadian Classic
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Stratford and St-Mary's, Ontario won the first edition of the Canadian Classic, a category in which past winners were twinned with municipalities who had never participated.

International Challenge
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Kelowna, British Columbia and Solihull, England (in the large city category) along with St-Adolphe-d'Howard, Quebec and Pitlochry, Scotland (in the small municipality category) won the first edition of the International Challenge. In this category, past winners of Communities in Bloom are twinned with past winners of european contests.

Communities in Bloom is made possible by the contribution of our:

Founding national sponsors
GREEN CROSS - NUTRITE - ZAUNSCHERB
NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION - AIR CANADA
National sponsors
MIRACLE GRO - PLANT & GARDEN
MUNICIPAL FINANCE AUTHORITY - CANADA BLOOMS
CANADIAN HERITAGE - STINSON FAMILY

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