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Village of Canning Princess and Child Attendant

Kelcey Hiltz and Lyla Holt
2016 Princess Canning Kelcey Hiltz (left) and Child Attendant, Lyla Holt (right).

Congratulations to this year’s Princess Canning Kelcey Hiltz and Child Attendant Lyla Holt! Wishing them both a successful, enjoyable year ahead and many thanks for representing our wonderful community!

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Canning is having a Banner Year!

Restored Wilf Carter poster photo (courtesy of deborahnicholsonphotography.com)
Lovingly restored country music legend Wilf Carter poster photo (courtesy of deborahnicholsonphotography.com)

As you drive or walk through Canning, some added features may catch your eye.  There are 12 new roadside banners gracing the poles on Main St. Six of them feature historical images and the other six are wonderful pictures of the beauty of Canning and the nearby area.

The banners were the result of over two years of thinking, planning, and efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association’s (CABDA) Branding Committee, comprising of local volunteers, June Granger, Kim MacQuarrie, Sandra Gunther, and Michael Gabriel (committee head). Two of the images, displaying Medford and Pereaux scenery, were photos taken by Marven Blenus and Samantha Hudson, respectively, the first and second place winners of a contest held in 2014, sponsored by CABDA, the Village of Canning, and the Valley Credit Union.

Poster of Medford based on contest-wining photo by Marven Blenus.
Poster of Medford based on contest-winning photo by Marven Blenus.
Poster of Pereaux based on contest-wining photo by Samantha Hudson.
Poster of Pereaux based on contest-winning photo by Samantha Hudson.

Other photos were contributed pro bono by talented professional local photographer, Deborah Nicholson, and by local marketing and design businessman, Michael Gabriel. They include Canning’s iconic lighthouse, local pottery artist Denise Aspinall, the bandstand at Bruce Spicer Park, and the local Blomidon Estate Vineyard. Historical images include a photo of a seated Sir Frederick Borden, former Minister of Militia and Defence and father of Harold Lothrop Borden, whose bronze stature appears atop the fountain monument at the intersection of Main Street and North Avenue, as well as a thoroughly restored poster photo of local musical celebrity, Wilf Carter (with special thanks to Deborah Nicholson). These were based on photos and postcards graciously provided by the Fieldwood Heritage Society and Gerald Cudmore.

The banner designs, printing, and their installation were made possible through funds by Nova Scotia Tourism’s First Impressions Grant, which was realized thanks to the time and great efforts by Kim MacQuarrie and the other members of the Branding Committee.

Coupled with the new sidewalks, benches, planters, and flowers around the poles and banners (all handiwork of CABDA’s Beautification Committee), Canning is looking even warmer and more welcoming!  So if you haven’t done so lately, take a slow stroll down Main St. and “breathe, imagine, and experience” our beautiful, vibrant Village!

New Picnic and Park Benches in Canning

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Some additions and improvement in the works for Canning! A picnic table (see photo above) was donated by Lis van Berkel,  of the Merritt Gibson Memorial Library board, and installed by Gary Long (also a library board member) next to the Lighthouse downtown.

Thanks to the Canning and Area Business Development Association (CABDA), park benches (built and installed by local company Up Country Builders with the provincial government First Impressions grant) were installed Monday – one in Bruce Spicer Park, one in front of the medical clinic, and two next to the library in the green space.

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Benches Trail Picnic Table Village of Canning 303
Come out and enjoy the newly built and placed high quality benches in our community!