St. John’s, N.L.
Where: George St.
When: After 6 p.m., all year-round
Any particular reason?: This is the heart of St. John’s entertainment district, and also acts as the main stage for festivals and Mardi Gras

Charlottetown, P.E.I
Where: Victoria Row
When: During the summer months
Any particular reason?: A place for citizens to gather for music, food and general hanging out

Dartmouth, N.S.
Where: Portland Street and Prince Albert Road
When: June 15 and August 24, 2014
Any particular reason?: “It is about opening streets to a greater variety of transportation modes,” via Switch Open Street Sundays.

Halifax
Where: Granville Mall
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: A shopping district created out of a former street

Montreal
Where: Ste-Catherine Street, between St-Hubert and Papineau
When: From May 15 to September 1, 2014
Any particular reason?: Aires Libres, making way for free art exhibits, street vendors as well as a backdrop for many restaurant patios, according to Hotels.com

Quebec City
Where: Petit Champlain district
When: Always
Any particular reason?: Narrow cobblestone streets — and tourist charm. Carefree Cities calls it the “one decent example of a carfree district” in North America.

 

 

Mont-Tremblant, Que.
Where: The village at the foot of the hill
When: Always
Any particular reason?: Tourism — it helps to create a “European-style village” feel at the bottom of this ski resort, notes Hotels.com.

Ottawa
Where: Sparks St.
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: Open-air mall and festival venue

Toronto
Where: Yonge and Bloor Streets
When: August 17 and 31, 2014
Any particular reason?: For Open Streets TO, which will close these streets to cars, “promoting physical activity and exploring our city in healthy and fun ways.”

Also: Kensington Market in the summer, where the whole market is closed to cars on the last Sunday of the month

Toronto Islands, Ont.
Where: Just a ferry ride from downtown Toronto
When: Always
Any particular reason?: No space, no need

Victoria Beach, Man.
Where: An hour and a half north of Winnipeg (and yes, the whole city)
When: June 20 to September 1, 2014 (and every summer)
Any particular reason?: To maintain the resort-like feel of this community, which features beaches and is home to thousands of cottagers in the summer.

Regina
Where: Scarth Street Mall
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: Open-air mall

Calgary
Where: Stephen Ave. (8 Ave. SW)
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: A pedestrian shopping area, entertainment district.

Vancouver
Where: Granville Island
When: Every weekend, from June 28 to Labour Day, 2014
Any particular reason?: Part of Viva Vancouver’s plan for the summer, which includes other areas of the city at other points.

Whistler, B.C.
Where: Whistler Village
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: Much like Mont Tremblant, keeping this area car-free adds to the resort feel of it (and makes it easier for tourists and residents to shop, eat and play)

Victoria, B.C.
Where: Bastion Square
When: All the time
Any particular reason?: Open square, an artisan market throughout the summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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