The Top Public Spaces in Canada and Vancouver

Vancouver and Western Canada Cover of Spacing Magazine's first national issues

Last Tuesday, was in town as part of their cross-Canada Road Show. The Road Show promoted their first national magazine issue featuring Canada’s top public spaces.  During their Vancouver stop, spacing also announced the launch of Spacing Vancouver—a partnership with Re:Place magazine. For those unfamiliar with Spacing, it is an award-winning magazine that “reveals the joys and obstacles of today’s urban landscape.” The magazine has become a leading voice across Canada on how to build a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city.

This summer, Spacing launches the first national edition of the magazine. This special edition is the biggest to date and is jammed-packed with insightful features on Canada’s unique brand of urbanism. The main feature of this inaugural national edition is 100 best public spaces in Canada.

Spacing gathered 135 architects, designers, urban affairs writers, and Spacing readers from across the country to vote on the best public spaces in their cities. The 100 spaces from 15 urban regions across Canada are profiled in a 25-page cover feature. You can pick up a copy at your local newsstand as well as every Chapter’s/Indigo store.

Canada’s and Vancouver’s Top Public Spaces

Canada Vancouver
The Seawall (Vancouver) The Seawall
Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto) Granville Island
Mount Royal (Montreal) Stanley Park
Rideau Canal (Ottawa) Vancouver (Art) Gallery Stairs
Place D’Youville (Quebec City) Pioneer Place/Pigeon Park
Granville Island (Vancouver) Commercial Drive
Kensington Market (Toronto) English Bay (First) Beach
Prince’s Island (Calgary) Victory Square
Pt. Pleasant Park ( Halifax) Kitsilano Beach Park
Beacon Hill [Park] (Victoria) Robson Square


Tomorrow I will give a recap and commentary on the panel discussion that took place at the launch. On Thursday I’ll dive a bit deeper into one of the major issues that arose. Stay tuned!

Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.

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