Parks Canada's Honourary Guide announces the 2017/18 Canada's Coolest School Trip contest


Hello everyone,

By now you’re back to school so I want to wish you all a wonderful start to the year. It will be filled with adventures and new experiences, and for one lucky class, memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

I am very happy to tell you that this year’s Parks Canada Coolest School Trip contest is launching today! For the first time, Parks Canada and its partners are inviting grades 7, 8, and 9 classes to participate by making a difference in your communities and connecting with Canada’s rich history and amazing nature.

And here’s the grand prize!

An all-expenses paid trip for an ENTIRE class to Parks Canada sites in Ontario! So the winning class will travel to Ottawa next June to explore: Thousand Islands National Park, Fort Wellington National Historic Site, the Rideau Canal, and Laurier House National Historic Site. And of course, Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market – right in the heart of the capital!

So – tell your teachers, your parents, your fellow students, and your friends about this exciting contest and to learn how to enter, and what other prizes are up for grabs, visit That’s

Good luck everyone!

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has graciously accepted to be Parks Canada’s Honourary Guide for families. With a passion for nature and the outdoors, and a commitment to youth and their well-being, Parks Canada is pleased to have Sophie Grégoire Trudeau take on this important role. The Honourary Guide will celebrate Canada’s diversity and help more Canadian families to connect with Canada’s nature and culture through Canada’s national parks and national historic sites, encouraging families to experience the outdoors and learn more about our country and its history through Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp program.

The focus of the Learn-to Camp program is to create a connection between first-time campers and the Canadian camping experience, to build awareness on family health and wellness, to introduce families to a lifetime of outdoor activities and encourage them to visit Parks Canada’s special heritage places.

Participants will learn practical skills like how to set up a tent, use a camp stove and light a campfire as well as important safety skills including wildlife safety, fire safety and water safety. Participants will also learn to appreciate the outdoors through hiking, photography, bird watching and star gazing and will be encouraged to explore other Parks Canada places across the country.