Contest transforms picnic site

Many Canadians are passionate about picnicking, but finding that perfect location isn’t always easy.

Many Canadians are passionate about picnicking, but finding that perfect location isn’t always easy.

According to a recent survey performed by Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, 85 per cent of Canadians like to picnic and 81 per cent would like to do it more often if there was a location worth going to, said Claire McRonald, marketing manager for Maple Leaf.

Schneiders Country Naturals is hosting the Schneiders Country Natural Picnic Anywhere Project to help Canadian towns, villages and cities create ultimate picnicking locations.

One Canadian city will be awarded $100,000 to transform a public space into the ultimate picnic destination while four runners-up will be given $10,000.

“To celebrate our recent move to more wholesome options, Schneiders is appealing to Canadians’ love for picnicking by offering this opportunity to transform a public space into a gathering spot that will benefit a community for many years to come,” said McRonald.

Nanaimo residents are encouraged to visit the contest website at www.facebook.com/Schnieders until Aug. 5 to nominate a park in their community that needs a little help to become an ultimate picnic area.