Canada’s Coolest School Trip #Contest

How does an all expenses paid trip to La Mauricie National Park and historic sites of Québec City sound? Pretty fun right!? For the past four years, My Parks Pass Canada has run a contest for grade 8 (secondary 2 in Québec) students to enter for the chance to win THE COOLEST class trip!

I went on some pretty great end of the year class trips when I went to school and they are the trips I remember the most. The other field trips were great, but the end of the year trip was always the best and memorable. I came from a small school so we always went as a joint 7/8 class, so I got to go on two great year end trips. The first to Montreal and the second to Toronto. I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember that the trips were fun and the highlight of my last two elementary school years.

Although the contest is already underway, there is still quite a bit of time to put your video together. So get your thinking caps on and get those entries in to win the Coolest School Trip! Here are the details:

From My Parks Pass Canada:

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 classroom 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 / anytime throughout the school year, and we mail out passes to schools in March/April. The program also offers free online resources for teachers, and Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. We are currently promoting this contest and it’s amazing prizes. Please see some details below:

Contest details:

This contest, in its fourth year, invites grade 8/secondary 2 classes across the country to submit a video for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the stunning La Mauricie National Park and to historic sites of Québec City, including Lévis Forts, the Fortifications, Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, Montmorency Park, the Québec Garrison Club and Artillery Park Heritage Site.

To enter the contest, grade 8/secondary 2 classes must pick a Parks Canada place that they feel is extraordinary and create a one-minute video that demonstrates why their chosen place is significant to Canadians. Contest entries will be accepted online at until February 23, 2015. There will be a public voting period in March, followed by final judging and an announcement of the winning class the first week of April.
The grand prize trip will take place during the first week of June. 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.

There are 8 other prizes to be won as well, 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 receives a free Parks Canada family Discovery Pass (value of $136). All contest details can be found at

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 or on our social media pages:

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