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Media Release: Laurentian Valley Geo-Gnoming Contest!

It is getting close to that time of year! The Laurentian Valley Geo-Gnoming Contest is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 9:00 am.  Last summer saw the launch of Laurentian Valley’s Geo-Gnoming Contest which proved to be a huge success! The Township received close to 1000 selfies over the 5 week long contest.

The contest involves exploring 5 different Laurentian Valley parks and recreation centres to find the LV GNOME, taking a selfie with it and sending it to the Township’s Facebook page by private message (  Each Monday the LV GNOME will be placed on the grounds of one of Laurentian Valley’s parks or recreation centres for a week with location LV GNOME and its coordinates posted on the Township’s Facebook page.   Participants have a chance to win a weekly prize and a grand prize of a kayak, paddle and life jacket. To enter the draw for the grand prize, participants must send the Township at least 4 selfies (so find the gnome in 4 different parks or recreation centres).  The GRAND PRIZE DRAW will be on August 21, 2019 live on the Township’s Facebook page. The contest is open to residents and non-residents of all ages.   

Last summer’s lucky weekly winners included: Karyne Carriere, Ella Lee, Nolan Graveline, Taylor and Paige Lee. For the Grand Prize draw, there were 120 participants who found the LV GNOME at least 4 times.  Candace Bohemier was the lucky participant to win the kayak grand prize.  Winner Candace Bohemier said “I am overjoyed! I participated because I have MS and it helps for me to get out and exercise, I never expected to win.” Other participants said how they enjoyed exploring and discovering the different parks through this fun family activity.

Mayor Steve Bennett says “I am thrilled by the success of the contest in 2018. It was a great opportunity for people to discover Laurentian Valley and for past participants to discover new areas. I look forward to this year’s contest and the opportunity for new participants to explore our beautiful parks and recreation areas.

For more information, visit our facebook page at or our website at or contact:

Navada Sargent, Planning/Administrative Clerk, 613-735-6291 ext. 207,