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Do you know a grade 8/secondary 2 student or teacher? Passes for the My Parks Pass program are now available to order online! This little card gives all grade 8/secondary 2 students free entry to Parks Canada’s national parks,...
Until now, the My Parks Pass was sent directly to schools. But this year, teachers will be required to order their passes online to get them. Order here If you’re a Grade 8/Secondary 2 student, you’ll need to ask your teacher to...
When the videos came flooding in, we knew that this year would be remarkable. In total, 38 classes entered videos for a chance to win the 2014 Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest. A remarkable 150,000 votes came in from Canadians across...
You cast your vote and are waiting on the edge of your seat with anticipation. Well, we are thrilled to announce the 10 entries that received the most votes in 2014’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip, a My Parks Pass contest. Did...
Help a class win the trip of a life time! We’re counting on you to help us choose the top 10 videos by voting for your favourite video once a day from March 3 to March 24.  We are proud to announce that we have 38 entries from...
Hello ! Is someone in your family in grade 8 / secondary 2? Maybe a friend? Or even a neighbour down the road? Wouldn’t it rock their world to win a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to the coast of beautiful British Columbia? One...
Today marks the start of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Any grade 8 / secondary 2 class can enter to win a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places on the coast of beautiful British Columbia. The lucky...
Whether you’re a first-time camper or an experienced outdoors person, you probably have a list of must-pack items for your next camping trip: tent, sleeping bag, food, cooking supplies, first aid kit, clothes, and of course your My...
Olivia C., the winner of this year’s Ultimate Family Adventure contest, recently returned from her grand prize trip and wanted to tell you all about it. The trip, a 4-day whirlwind tour of Parks Canada places in Cape Breton, took...
Parks Day is a national celebration of Canada’s amazing natural and historic places from coast to coast to coast. It is held each year on the third Saturday of July – this year on July 20. Bring your family, bring your friends...
Congratulations to Olivia C. from Polyvalente Louis-Saint-Laurent in Quebec whose name was selected from all of the eligible entries in our Grand Prize draw! Olivia and her family will be heading to Parks Canada places in Cape Breton, Nova...
DisclaimerThe views in this opinion piece and post do not necessarily reflect the views of the My Parks Pass program. The views and opinions in this piece are solely the opinions of the winning class. To all those involved in delivering...
How do you bring back the memories of Canada's Coolest School Trip to share with your family and friends? In a video, of course! Check it out: Video by Jess Wiberg.
When they created their winning video entry of the students dreaming about a Fortress of Louisbourg field trip, Mrs. Pylatuk’s grade 8 class had no idea how wild the adventure would be. From a behind-the-scenes tour of Air Canada...
My Parks Pass provides hands-on and online opportunities for youth engagement, learning and connection with Parks Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The program is proud to collaborate with dedicated partners to ensure that...
Parks Canada announces winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip  A grade 8 class from Saskatchewan has won Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest of the My Parks Pass program. The lucky class will be travelling to Cape Breton...
If you live in a sizeable city then you’ve probably used a pedestrian overpass (or underpass) to walk to a bus stop, or simply traverse a highway by foot. These passage ways are built for the citizens to safely get from one place to...
Wow! So many amazing ads were submitted to the Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest – 44 classes across the country participated . Classes were invited to submit a video, audio or print ad encouraging other Canadians to explore...
When you see a picture of a bald eagle, you probably think of the United States of America, don’t you? Well, you’ve been misled in two ways: the first being that the bald eagle isn’t bald at all. “Bald” in...
You know all those mystical creatures like the Sasquatch, Big Foot, and the Abominable Snowman? Did you know there’s actually a zoological term for these creatures? They’re called  cryptids. They’re studied in...
The sun welcomes you; its rays highlight the markings from the past players.  Cold air fills your lungs.  You walk with a smile and head into a heated cabin.  Friends are waiting.  You sit, pick up on the conversation,...
  Borrow or use your cross-country skis.  Get up early, have a hardy breakfast and pack a lunch.  Hop in a car, pick up a partner and head towards Chelsea – a quaint town with nostalgic features.  Turn onto Old...
Up for a fight in July?  Pack your bags and head west.  Not to Banff.  Not to Whistler.  Not to Jasper.  You are going to Nahanni.  And you are going to have an adventure. You will fly into Fort Simpson....
Do you want to win Canada’s Coolest School Trip? This year, as part of the My Parks Pass program, Canada’s Coolest School Trip is going to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Fortress of...
We are pleased to announce the release of this year’s My Parks Pass Activity Guide. This year’s guide was designed to help parents and teachers introduce their students and children to the rich historical and natural heritage...
Disclaimer The views in this opinion piece and post do not necessarily reflect the views of Nature Canada. The views and opinions in this piece are solely the opinions of the Cruz Family.   From the nation’s vast and majestic parks...
  We are delighted to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to the Cruz Family from Ontario for being selected as the Grand Prize Winner of Canada's Ultimate Family Adventure Contest! As the grand prize winners the family will...
We are delighted to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to the Grade 8 Class at Montague Intermediate School from Montague, PEI, for being selected as the winners of Canada's Coolest School Trip! As the contest winners, the entire...
Up next on our features series of videos which have made it to our Top 10 are two more great videos. The first, titled “The Nahanni Valley” comes from the grade 8 class at Silverspring School in Saskatoon. Their video tells the...
For the final blog post featuring the Top 10 videos in the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest, we’ve chosen to team up two videos from different schools in the province of PEI. Both schools chose to recreate the events that...
This week, the two videos we’ll be featuring from the Top 10 are about two Parks Canada sites that are pretty far removed from most of the country’s population – the first is about a national park in Nunavut and the...
Today, the videos we’ll be featuring come from grade 8 classes in different parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The first grade 8 class, from Holy Cross School in Eastport, chose Terra Nova National Park as the topic for their...
Last week, we announced the Top 10 videos which received the most votes from people across the country looking to help one lucky class win the trip of a lifetime to Banff National Park. In case you missed it, check out the list here. Each...
We know you’re all incredibly eager to find out which class has been selected as the winner of Canada’s Coolest School Trip, and we’re happy to say you won’t have to wait much longer. We have handed over the reins...
The My Parks Pass team is excited to announce the Top 10 videos in the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest as determined by you, the voting public! Each and every one of the video entries is a wonderful example of what can be...
From Port Alberni in British Columbia all the way to Nain in Newfoundland and Labrador, we have received videos from Grade 8 and Secondary 2 classes from coast to coast to coast – quite literally. Dozens of schools in every province...
Over the last several months, we’ve been asking Grade 8 and Secondaire II students from all over Canada to make a short video that recreates a significant moment related to a national park, national historic site or national marine...
National historic sites in Canada help to tell the story of our nation and how it was shaped over the centuries into what it is today. There are military forts that commemorate the War of 1812 where you can re-enact historic battles, there...
Here's what you've all been waiting for...the My Parks Pass team has put together an example video for the Canada's Coolest School Trip Contest, and here it is! This video is about the significance of the Rideau Canal and how...
The year is 1897, and word has just reached the major Pacific ports of Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco that gold has been found in the Yukon! What better way to make a fortune than to find it in the gravel beds of the Yukon's...
Join the My Parks Pass team as they prepare to create an example of a final video for the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest in Episode 5 of Capture Your Heritage!
Politics, fur trade and treason – oh my! It may seem an unlikely combination, but it was one experienced by Métis leader and founder of the province of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Born at the Red River settlement into the unique culture of...
Still haven't had time to make a video for the Canada's Coolest School Trip Contest? Well, we've got good news for you! The deadline to submit a video that recreates a significant Canadian moment related to a national park,...
What do dinosaurs and cowboys have in common? If your answer is that they’re both awesome, you wouldn’t be wrong. They share more than just that, though! At different points in history, they actually both lived and roamed in...
FOR A PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION OF THIS LESSON PLAN, DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE. Warm up with fun drama games to get your students out of their heads and into their bodies. Great drama games can be found at www.dramaresource.com. Review the...
In a game of Battleship, a Destroyer typically takes up 3 squares and weighs next to nothing. In real life, one of Canada’s own destroyers, the HMCS Haida, measures an impressive 377 feet long and weighs nearly 2,000 tonnes –...
Join the My Parks Pass team for a visit to St. Lawrence Islands National Park and Fort Wellington National Historic Site! For more information on the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest, visit the contest page.
Here's the third episode of the Capture Your Heritage Series! If you're still looking for help creating a video for the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest, check out the featured site of the week for video topic ideas, or...
If you had a time machine and decided to travel to Québec 500 million years in the past, you might think you had made a severe miscalculation upon stepping out and seeing the landscape. Sure, time machines can be complicated and there is a...
Check out Episode 2 of the Capture Your Heritage video series!  
We hope you’re all excited about Canada’s Coolest School Trip – we certainly are! Whether you’ve already begun working on your video or are just getting started thinking about a topic, we’re here to help you...
Hey everyone - check out this video from the My Parks Pass team to help get you started on your contest ideas! Be sure to revisit to the blog over the coming weeks to follow us as we embark on our own journey of recreating a significant...
There are just over two months left to get in your Canada’s Coolest School Trip videos. Still thinking about what topic to choose for your submission? We’re digging deep into Canada’s rich natural and cultural history to...
Following the official launch of the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest, we’ve decided to help you out with some ideas for your videos! Once a week, we will be featuring a profile of a different national park, national...
This morning in Toronto, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent joined Grade 8 students from École Secondaire Étienne Brulé and Gordon A. Brown Middle School to kick off “Canada’s Coolest School Trip”, the newest...
If you missed out on the My Parks Pass flash mob event in downtown Toronto earlier this week, don’t worry – we’ve got the scoop! On the morning of Monday, October 24, sixty bright-eyed, outdoors-loving Grade 8 students...
Launching this Fall, My Parks Pass is excited to bring you Canada’s Coolest School Trip with Brewster Travel Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and Air Canada! Re-create a significant Canadian moment related to a national park,...
Congratulations to Savannah from Holy Name School in Ontario whose name was selected from over 7,700 entries in our Grand Prize draw! Savannah and her family will be heading to Jasper National Park this summer for the ultimate family...
You already know that your My Parks Pass gives you free access to over 200 national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for a full year. You also know that you can get a discount on a family/group pass...
Congratulations to Kyle from Sir George Etienne Cartier Public School in Ontario whose name was selected from all the contest entrants through May 31 in our Early Bird draw! Kyle wins an 8GB iPod Touch that he can take with him on all of...
Parks Canada is the world’s first national parks service. Help celebrate their 100th birthday, today and throughout the year, with some of the great events planned across the country. If you’re in Toronto this weekend, head...
Have you already entered your V.I.P. Code for a chance to win Canada’s Ultimate Family Adventure? Why not add even more chances to win prizes - just for you? Share your My Parks Pass experiences through photos and stories to win...
You and your family could be experiencing the summer vacation of a lifetime on an all-expenses-paid, round-trip to Jasper National Park in Alberta. Let Parks Canada get you and your family to a VIA Rail station, and then travel in luxury...
How well do you know the locations of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada? Sometimes all that information can pay off! These ten students knew their stuff and were the lucky winners...
What’s the link between a fort, a huge rock, an old guy, a tepee and a bison? Check out the My Parks Pass video and find out: If you’re a Grade 8/Secondary 2 student, you’ll get your My Parks Pass from your teacher so...