The My Parks Pass Canada program is entirely free and offers all grade 8 (secondary 2 in Quebec) students everywhere in Canada free entry to Parks Canada places with their class and with their families for a year. The goal of our program is to encourage youth to experience Parks Canada places first hand, whether in the classroom or in person, creating lasting relationships between young Canadians and Canada’s treasured places. Teachers are asked to order their My Parks Passes online at www.myparkspass.ca / www.monpasseportparcs.ca anytime throughout the school year, and we will mail out passes to schools in March/April. The program also offers free online resources for teachers, and the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Parks Canada is currently promoting this contest and it’s amazing prizes.
What – Grade 8/secondary 2 classes across the country are asked to submit a 1 minute video for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for their entire class, including the teacher and chaperones, to the stunning La Mauricie National Park and to the historic sites of Québec City. Students will canoe the breathtaking waters of La Mauricie National Park, hike to thundering waterfalls located deep inside the park and glimpse the many species of wildlife that call this park home. The students will also travel back in time to live the life of a soldier at Lévis Forts National Historic Site, dine as members of high society at the exclusive Québec Garrison Club National Historic Site and explore the rich history of the only remaining fortified city north of Mexico.
How – To enter the contest, grade 8/secondary 2 classes must pick a Parks Canada place that they think is extraordinary and create a one-minute video that demonstrates why their chosen place is significant to Canadians.
When – Video entries must be submitted to www.contest.myparkspass.ca no later than 4:59pm on February 23rd, 2015. Voting will take place during the month of March, and the winners are announced in April. The grand prize trip will take place during the first week of June.
Other Prizes – There are 8 other prizes to be won, including 3 runner-up VIP field trips to a local Parks Canada place, and 5 honourable mention prize packages. In addition, every teacher who’s class submits an entry will receive a free Parks Canada family Discovery Pass (value of $136).
Last year’s grand prize winners travelled from École Antoine-Roy in Gaspé, Québec to Victoria, British Columbia to experience Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. In 2013, a class from Caronport Elementary School in Saskatchewan won a trip to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Fortress of Louisbourg. Finally, in 2012, Montague Intermediate School in PEI won a trip to Banff National Park.
More details on the contest can be found at www.contest.myparkspass.ca or on our social media pages: