Exploring Jasper National Park!

Another school year over, and another Canada’s Coolest School Trip enjoyed! The winners of the 2016 trip hailed from Toronto, Ontario. In June, the Duke of Connaught Public School’s split grade 7/8 class gave up the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto to enjoy 5 unforgettable days in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. They stayed at the amazing Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, an inspiring Education Centre set in the middle of the mountains that offers nature-immersion programs to students in Alberta, across Canada and across the world. group picturePhoto: Jessica Finn/Canadian GeographicOur contest winners took part in a variety of the Palisades activities, including canoeing on Lake Edith, mountain biking, hiking Maligne Canyon, geocaching, cultural learning experiences and so much more. The class also took a day-trip down the Icefields Parkway to take in arguably some of the park’s most breathtaking scenery, and to experience the Athabasca Glacier on a Brewster Ice Explorer! The class also faced any fear of heights on the Brewster Skywalk and the Jasper SkyTram and were rewarded with million-dollar views. The class capped off their adventure with a wet and wild rafting trip down the Athabasca River, followed by a soak in the Miette hotsprings! You can learn more about each day of the trip in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Education Blog in the links below (English only). Stay tuned for a photo album of the trip to be posted on the My Parks Pass Facebook page soon!

ice actionPhoto: Jessica Finn/Canadian Geographic

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4