British Columbia

B.C. city crowned most physically active community in Canada

Enderby, population 2,000, tracked nearly two million activity minutes in the first annual Participaction challenge.

Enderby tracked almost 2 million activity minutes

A group of paddlers heads down the Shuswap River near Enderby, B.C., in July 2015. The city of Enderby has been named the most active in Canada in the first annual Participaction challenge. (World Paddle for the Planet)

The British Columbia city of Enderby has been crowned the most physically active community in Canada in the first annual Participaction challenge.

The victory comes as the city on the border of B.C.'s North Okanagan and Shuswap regions tracked almost two million activity minutes while hosting events like the Dash n' Splash, a flash mob and the Foam Fest.

In addition to the most active accolade, Enderby takes home the top prize of $150,000, which it plans to spend on recreation infrastructure projects.

There are also five regional winners that won $20,000 each for their efforts: Amqui, Quebec, Gameti, N.W.T., Harvey, N.B., Headingley, Man., and Marathon, Ont.

Elio Antunes, CEO of Participaction, a national non-profit organization, says the two-week challenge was an amazing opportunity to get Canadians moving and show that everything gets better with exercise.

Enderby Mayor Greg McCune says it's been exciting to watch their already lively community band together to encourage, support and engage in the challenge.

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