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The 2016/17 Canada's Coolest School Trip was a blast!

In June, one lucky grade 8 class from Lethbridge Alberta, travelled across the country to Nova Scotia for a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget. From cricket to camping, hiking to museums and campfires to stargazing, this class made sure no opportunity was missed during their Canada’s Coolest School Trip!

The Final Top 12 Are…

The competition was tough and we admire every class for their efforts during the voting period. Thanks to you, a total of 50,269 votes were cast! We are thrilled to announce the final Top 12 classes that received the most votes overall and that will move on to the judging round. These classes are now one step closer to winning the grand prize, a trip to Parks Canada places in Nova Scotia! Congratulations!

The final top 12 are:

Top 12 of Week Two!

We’ve made it to the end of the second week of voting! Can you believe that over 30,700 votes have been cast? The current leading top 12 are listed below. Congratulations, you’ve worked hard, but don’t give up now! Tell everyone you know to get out there and vote for your video. On March 24, we will announce the final Top 12 videos that received the most votes over the course of the complete voting period, and that will move on to the judging round! Good luck!!!

Top 12 of Week One!

The first week of voting has come to an end! The 12 videos that are currently leading the pack with the most votes are listed below. Stay tuned to see if these leaders can hold their spots! We’ll announce the top 12 of week two on March 17, and the final top 12 videos that will move on to the judging round will be announced on March 24. Good luck and get voting!

Free entry to Parks Canada places in 2017

Thinking of exploring some of Canada’s national treasures?

This is the time! Admission to Parks Canada places will be free for everyone in 2017. Learn more at

Exploring Jasper National Park!

Another school year over, and another Canada’s Coolest School Trip enjoyed! The winners of the 2016 trip hailed from Toronto, Ontario. In June, the Duke of Connaught Public School’s split grade 7/8 class gave up the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto to enjoy 5 unforgettable days in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. They stayed at the amazing Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, an inspiring Education Centre set in the middle of the mountains that offers nature-immersion programs to students in Alberta, across Canada and across the world.

Discover Your Parks Contest Winners

Discover Your Parks contest

Thanks for entering the Discover Your Parks contest! Below you will find a list of prize winners. Don't forget to use your My Parks Pass to Discover Your Parks with your family and friends this summer! You can find a list of national parks and national historic sites that you can visit for free, for an entire year, on our Where To Go page! We hope to see you soon!

iPad mini Winners

Dania Alhelwani
Fairview Junior High School

Explore Parks Canada places for FREE this summer!

What’s on you checklist this summer? If it’s to spend as much time exploring as possible – we have you covered with the My Parks Pass program. This program gives grade 8/secondary 2 students free entry to all national parks and national historic sites across Canada. If you’re in grade 8/secondary 2, ask your teacher to order My Parks Passes for your class before May 31st at so that you can start exploring now!

Announcing the Winner of Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest!

Congratulations to Caledonia Regional High School, from Hillsborough, New Brunswick for winning the 2015 Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest! This amazing class will be heading on a five-day adventure to Parks Canada places in Quebec. They’ll explore the natural beauty of La Mauricie National Park and experience the rich history of the national historic sites in Québec City.

Watch their Grand Prize winning video:

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