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Group names Winnipeg's The Forks named Canada's 'Great Public Space' for 2011

WINNIPEG -- It's a favorite haunt for Winnipeggers, but now The Forks at the famous junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been named the top tourism spot in Canada.

The Canadian Institute of Planners has recognized The Forks as Canada's Great Public Space for 2011.

The award is based on input from the institute and is part of a nationwide competition in which people go online to vote in different categories for the best places in Canada.

More than 75,000 people cast ballots and The Forks came out on top of a list of 6,000 nominees.

Paul Jordan, executive director of The Forks, says it's a great honour for the area, which provides a year-round array of dining, shopping, entertainment and other attractions.

Jordan also says the award shows that Winnipeg can punch above its weight and create places as good as any other in Canada.