For Educators

Know the past. Enjoy the present. Protect the future.

Welcome to the My Parks Pass program! Parks Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Geographic Education, Nature Canada and Historica Canada, is thrilled to continue this initiative designed to help students explore and learn about Parks Canada's natural and cultural heritage places. This multi-faceted program includes learning tools, national contests and an entry pass for grade 8/secondary 2 students.

Have you ever considered taking your students to explore the natural wonders of Canada's national parks or walk in the footsteps of the past by visiting our national historic sites? Through the My Parks Pass, you can do just that, and more! For free! All grade 8/secondary 2 classrooms, including split classes, receive free admission to 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and 4 national marine conservation areas as part of a classroom trip organized by your school. A visit to one of the Parks Canada locations directly supports the trend towards experiential, hands-on learning experiences. With more than 200 sites across the country there is an adventure closer than you think!

Please note that special My Parks Pass learning tools are now available for download below. These resources are linked to provincial or territorial curricula and learning expectations for your grade 8/secondary 2 students in history, science, and many other subject areas. They are designed to assist in planning class visits to the parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas, or in developing a local angle for students to better connect with the subject of study.

Canada's Coolest School Trip
In addition to the great learning tools below, we encourage teachers to participate in Canada's Coolest School Trip contest. You can win a 5-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places for you and your class. This video contest allows for grade 8/secondary 2 teachers of all subjects to participate. For information and details on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, visit our Contests page.

My Parks Pass ordering
As of 2013, we have been asking grade 8/secondary 2 teachers to order passes for their students through our online order form. We encourage you to distribute these passes to all grade 8/secondary 2 students in your school in an effort to help connect youth to Canada's natural and cultural treasures! For a list of pass benefits, please view the Your Pass page. To order My Parks Passes for your students, please complete this online Order Form


Activity Guide

Looking for ideas to explore Canada’s nature and history without leaving your classroom? Download the free Activity Guide! This guide provides tons of activities and guided learning opportunities designed to support teachers and students in their learning. You can download the Activity Guide in three different formats:

PDF - Download!
Available on the App Store - Download!
Available on Google Play - Download!

Classroom Resources

Newfoundland and Labrador

Ryan Premises National Historic Site
Making Fish: PDF | Word

Prince Edward Island


Nova Scotia

Grand-Pré National Historic Site
At Grand-Pré, Painting, Sculptures and Art Speak to You: PDF | Word

New Brunswick

Kouchibouguac National Park
Barrier Island Dune Walk, Salt Marsh Walk, Acadian Forest Walk: PDF | Word


La Mauricie National Park
A Helping Hand for the Black Bear: Online resource


Woodside National Historic Site
Canada: A Changing Society: PDF | Word


Riding Mountain National Park
Escarpment Odyssey & The Elk of RMNP Region: PDF | Word

Riel House National Historic Site
Guided Tour & On-Site Activity: PDF | Word


Grasslands National Park
Rock Talk & Rock and Roll: PDF | Word

Batoche National Historic Site
On-Site Program: PDF | Word


Elk Island National Park
Aquatic Ecology: PDF | Word

British Columbia

Mount Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks
Wilderness Writing, Snowshoeing, On the Rocks, Art in the Park: PDF | Word