Canada’s Coolest School Trip is back for another year!

Today marks the start of this year’s Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. Any grade 8 / secondary 2 class can enter to win a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places on the coast of beautiful British Columbia.

The lucky grand-prize winners will experience the emerald waters of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and go on amazing beach adventures 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 to and from Victoria for a class of up to 30 students and their chaperones. There are also many other great prizes to win, including field trips and gift packages.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Canada's Coolest Stories: where nature and history meet”. To enter the contest, grade 8 / secondary 2 classes must select a Parks Canada place and create a video that tells the story of its importance to Canadians.

Contest entries will be accepted online at until February 24, 2014. The contest is open to all grade 8 / secondary 2 classes in Canada. It’s also open to split classes that include grade 8 / secondary 2 students. The winning class will be announced in April 2014.

This contest is part of My Parks Pass, a program offered by the following partners: Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Historica Canada and Nature Canada. Once again this year, Air Canada is a proud partner of the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest.

This contest is not only fun and educational but the prizes are amazing. So good luck with your entry!