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Coolest School Trip Spotlight: L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site

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 are fur trading posts where you can relive the experience of the hunters and trappers who made a living off the land, and there are dozens of historic houses and buildings that were the sites of pivotal events in Canadian history.

Capture Your Heritage: The Final Video!

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 it came to be both a national historical site as well as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Coolest School Trip Spotlight: Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada

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 creeks, streams and rivers? This was the thinking of more than 50,000 people who set off to join the Yukon Gold Rush from all across the world, each of them motivated by dreams of making it rich by striking gold, gold and more gold.

Capture Your Heritage: Making the Video

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!

Coolest School Trip Spotlight: Riel House National Historic Site

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 the Métis, Riel spent his early days studying to one day become a priest. His devotion to his faith endured through what would become a lifetime of political involvement that wound up costing him his life at the age of 41, when he was publicly hanged for committing acts of treason against the Crown.

Contest deadline extended to January 31, 2012!

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, national historic site or national marine conservation area has been extended, and you now have until January 31, 2012 to create and submit your video to help you win a trip to Banff for your entire class.

Coolest School Trip Spotlight: Grasslands 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 the Canadian prairies.

Coolest School Trip Spotlight: HMCS Haida National Historic Site

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 – anyone thinking of sinking THIS ship had best come prepared for a loss! In her 20 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy, the HMCS Haida took on various roles, earned numerous battle honours across the globe, and is now a national historic site of Canada.

Capture Your Heritage: Site Visits, Part II

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.

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