My Parks Pass

My Parks Pass [Canada]

My Parks Pass is a program offered in collaboration by Parks Canada, Historica Canada, Nature Canada, Canadian Geographic Education and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The My Parks Pass program is an opportunity for students to explore and learn about Canada's rich history and amazing nature by connecting them to Parks Canada's network of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

This multi-faceted program includes online learning tools, exciting contests, and free entry for grade 8 / secondary 2 classes all school year to any national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area managed by Parks Canada!

Passes for the My Parks Pass program are now available to order online! During the first four year of the program passes were sent directly to schools. This year, to receive passes, teachers must order them online at www.myparkspass.ca (for free). Don’t delay, grade 8/secondary 2 teachers must order before May 31, 2014!

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

Announcing the Winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip!

Thank you to the thousands of Canadians that took the time to vote and help a grade 8 / secondary 2 class win the trip of a lifetime! Over 150,000 votes were cast for the 38 entries to this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest!


Grand Prize

École Antoine-Roy from Gaspé, Quebec ! (Video)

The lucky grand-prize winners will discover the emerald waters of the Pacific and go on amazing beach adventures in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve to observe the wildlife that make this beautiful place their home. Students will also live the life of a World War I or II soldier at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, connect with the traditions of local First Nations, tour Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site after dark and sleep under the stars in Parks Canada's new oTENTik camping experience. The grand prize includes meals, accommodation and return airfare with Air Canada to and from Victoria.


Runners-up

Toronto Waldorf School from Thornhill, Ontario (Video)
Montague Intermediate from Montague, Prince Edward Island (Video)
Northside Christian School from Vanderhoof, British Columbia (Video)

The 3 runners-up will receive a field trip to a local Parks Canada place, or $750 to put towards another destination of natural or historical importance.


Honorable Mentions

Pavillon la Citadelle from Cornwall, Ontario (Video)
Cedarview Middle School from Nepean, Ontario (Video)
École Carrefour de l’Acadie from Dieppe, New Brunswick (Video)
Glashan Public School from Ottawa, Ontario (Video)
Father Mercredi Community School from Fort McMurray, Alberta (Video)

The 5 honorable mentions will receive a prize package of a value of $600, put together by the contest entities.

Thank you to all who participated in Canada’s Coolest School Trip! We would also like to thank Air Canada and Church & Dwight Canada Corp., the makers of ARM & HAMMER TM, for being proud partners of the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest this year.

To view the video entries, and to find out about the winning classes, check out www.myparkspass.ca.

Don’t miss out on next year’s contest! Register to our mailing list at www.myparkspass.ca.

My Parks Pass Activity Guide

My Parks Pass - Activity Guide

The activities found in the My Parks Pass Activity Guide, created by Historica Canada, connect significant curricular themes to Parks Canada places, bringing our history and nature to life.

Developed in line with critical thinking pedagogy, the content of this guide will enrich junior-intermediate history, geography, environmental science, and social studies classes.
The guide's content is available, in both French and English, as a free download in PDF format on www.myparkspass.ca, or as a free interactive eBook available on iTunes.

Canada's national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas tell the story of our country. The My Parks Pass Activity Guide will bring these stories to the classrooms, through engaging activities, guided learning opportunities and interactive online materials.

Nature Canada  Education - Fostering Geographic Engagement

Canadian Wildlife Federation  Historica Canada