Thank you to our 2012-2013 My Parks Pass Contests Partners

My Parks Pass provides hands-on and online opportunities for youth engagement, learning and connection with Parks Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The program is proud to collaborate with dedicated partners to ensure that Canadian students have an opportunity to learn about the stories and places represented by national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

The My Parks Pass program includes two exciting contests: Canada’s Coolest School Trip and Ultimate Family Adventure. This year, a lucky grade 8 class won a trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and a family of four will soon win a similar trip, thanks to many partners who helped make these great prizes possible.

The My Parks Pass program would like to acknowledge involvement, support and enthusiasm of the partners.

Air Canada is the national partner of the 2012-2013 edition of the My Parks Pass program contests. They are proud to fly the winning class of Canada’s Coolest School Trip as well as the winning family of the Ultimate Family Adventure to Sydney, Nova Scotia, where they will take part in the Louisbourg300 celebrations as well as taking in the sights and sounds of Cape Breton Island.

All of us at Air Canada look forward to welcoming the students from Caronport Elementary School onboard our flights to Toronto and onwards to Sydney, NS, in June. As the country’s largest airline serving the most communities Canada-wide, Air Canada is delighted to support young Canadians in their exploration of our great country through our partnership in Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. We also look forward to welcoming the winners of the Ultimate Family Adventure Contest. Fostering relationships between the next generation and Canada's treasured and natural heritage is also consistent with Air Canada's social responsibilities of supporting communities and helping to promote environmental stewardship.”  Craig Landry, Vice President, Marketing, at Air Canada

Canadian Geographic Education is the educational branch of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and proudly produces quality educational resources for teachers.  They are committed to fostering geographic engagement in Canadian schools and strengthening students’ geographic literacy. Thank you to the Canadian Geographic Education for their support as a valued partner and for promoting Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest through their extensive network.


The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s history, culture and values with special collector coins honouring major national achievements and themes. In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Louisbourg, the Mint has produced two commemorative coins. The winning class of the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest will have the privilege of participating in a special ceremony to unveil the two coins’ designs at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, and to learn from the artists that designed the coins.

Some know them as the Company with Kilts, but Ambassatours Gray Line is also known as one of Atlantic Canada’s leading transportation and tourism operators and as such, it is proud to share the treasures of Cape Breton Island with the students from Caronport Elementary School. The winning class will witness first-hand the rugged beauty and cultural heritage of Cape Breton Island on-board one of their spacious motorcoaches.

Cape Breton University's faculty, students and graduates are recognized nationally and internationally for innovative accomplishments, from academic excellence to athletic prowess.  As this year marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of île Royal (Cape Breton Island) and the settlement of Louisbourg, Cape Breton University is pleased to be a partner in support of the My Parks Pass program and its efforts to connect youth with nature and history.  The winning class of Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest will experience campus life while staying overnight in the university dorms.

The Cape Breton Partnership is a private sector driven economic development organization that brings together the considerable knowledge, skills and experience of Cape Breton area business and community leaders to build a vision for growth and prosperity. Cape Breton Partnership recognizes that the future prosperity of our economic and social development is dependent on the success of our youth.  We thank Cape Breton Partnership for its support and for working closely with various partners to support, promote and coordinate local aspects of the trip for the winning grade 8 class.

Destination Cape Breton Association is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of tourism on Cape Breton Island. We thank Destination Cape Breton Association for their support and making this trip possible as a hospitality and accommodations partner.

Nova Scotia Tourism Agency’s mandate covers planning, development, marketing and operations for the tourism industry in Nova Scotia. The Agency provides tourism operators with the tools and support they need to run successful businesses. Thank you to the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency for their support as a valued hospitality and accommodations partner for the winning class, and for promoting Canada’s Coolest School Trip through their extensive on-line presence.

Located on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, the Inverary Resort, a property of Cape Breton Resorts, is the only waterfront hotel in Baddeck and the starting point of the world famous Cabot Trail. Since it is the perfect base to explore Cape Breton Island, the winning class will spend a night at this family-oriented property and share a unique experience on the shores of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes.