Canada's Coolest School Trip: Voting Opens Next Week!

Over the last several months, we’ve been asking Grade 8 and Secondaire II students from all over Canada to make a short video that recreates a significant moment related to a national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area to help them win Canada’s Coolest School Trip – a 4-day, 3-night adventure for their entire class in Banff. We’ve received dozens of great videos from classes across the country, and we’re incredibly impressed by each and every one of them. If you haven’t yet had the chance to watch the videos, take some time to visit the video gallery and experience Canada’s parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas through the eyes of the students who created the videos. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – you’ll want to get out there and experience these places for yourself!

How does the contest work, you ask? It’s simple. We’re asking Canadians to participate in the public voting period which will run from Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to Tuesday, February 21, 2012 to help us pick the contest finalists. The 10 videos with the most votes will then be assessed by our panel of judges who will be looking at a number of different things, like how well each video demonstrates an understanding of the chosen significant moment and how well the students were able to communicate what they learned about the site they chose for their video. From what we can tell of the videos that have been submitted so far, the judges are going to have a hard time selecting the winning class!

These students have already done the hard part, and this is what it comes down to – your vote will help them get one step closer to winning.. If one of your friends is in a video, vote for it! If a Grade 8/Secondary II class from your town submitted a video, vote for it! If you find a video about your favourite national park, national historic site or national marine conservation area, vote for it! If a video makes you laugh, vote for it! You are allowed to vote once a day for each day of the voting period, so make good use of all of those votes and remember to use them wisely.

Visit the video gallery, watch the videos, pick your favourite then be ready to vote on February 1st. We’re aiming to get 1,000 votes within the first 24 hours of public voting, but we can’t get there without your help. Show these students your support for all of their hard work and vote, vote, vote!