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Parks Canada announces winners of Canada's Coolest School Trip and launch the "Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone" mapOTTAWA,
April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that a grade 8 class from
Saskatchewan has won
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest of the
My Parks Pass program. The lucky class will be travelling to
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to visit Parks Canada's Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and
Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
"Congratulations to Mrs.
Laurie Pylatuk's grade 8 class from Caronport Elementary School on winning
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest," said Minister Kent. "I have no doubt that this trip to some of Parks Canada's special places will create lifelong memories and a lasting connection between the students and this region of
Canada known for its scenery and culture."
Before receiving the good news, the winning class had the opportunity to be the very first students to try out the new
Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone program
. This program includes a giant floor map created with Canadian Geographic Education and brings to life important Parks Canada stories and places through exciting educational activities. Schools are invited to request, free of charge, the giant floor
map which is a fun way to learn about
Canada's nature and history. For more information visit
Following the map activity, Minister Kent announced to the class that they had won the contest. The class is thrilled and excited about their
June 3-7 trip to
To enter the contest, classes were invited to submit a video, audio or print advertisement encouraging Canadians to explore the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and/or
Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Between
November 2012 and
March 2013, 47 entries were submitted. Following public voting, a panel of judges reviewed the top five entries in each category and awarded the grand prize and three runner-up prizes. The winning class submitted a video ad comparing a field trip in
Saskatchewan, with one that would take place at the Fortress of
Louisbourg. The runner-up winners are Grade 8 classes from Environmental School in
Maple Ridge, British Columbia (video), École Héritage in
Falher, Alberta (audio) and Tyndale Christian School in
Calgary, Alberta (print). Each will receive a special presentation by Parks Canada, a pizza party and
$500 will be donated to a charity of their choice. To view the entries visit
"I am very proud that the video produced by Mrs. Pylatuk's grade 8 class from Caronport Elementary School won
Canada's Coolest School Trip, a program aimed at helping teachers in their work and students learn more about our great country," said Mr.
Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser,
Saskatchewan, who was attending the announcement.
My Parks Pass and
Canada's Coolest School Trip are a collaboration between Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, The Historica-Dominion Institute and Nature Canada. The class will be flying on-board Air Canada, a proud partner of the
My Parks Pass program and
Canada'sCoolest School Trip contest.
My Parks Pass program grants grade 8 / secondary 2 students across
Canada free access for one year to any national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas administrated by Parks Canada, including free entry for classes. The program also entitles families to receive a discount on daily and annual family passes.
Canada works to ensure
Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.
BACKGROUNDERCanada's Coolest School Trip contest and the My Parks Pass programMy Parks Pass provides real and/or virtual opportunities for ongoing youth engagement, learning and connection with
Canada's natural and cultural heritage. Parks
Canada is proud to collaborate with dedicated partners in this initiative; together, we work to ensure that all Canadian students have an opportunity to learn about the stories and places represented by national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.
A few words from our national partners:
"The students who won
Canada's Coolest School Trip this year clearly demonstrated a fine appreciation of Canadian geography. As a result they have earned an incomparable opportunity to explore a special place in our vast and diverse land. This partnership with Parks Canada has enabled the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to fulfill its mission to truly make
Canada better known to young Canadians. We look forward to extending this opportunity to many other students in years to come. "
John Geiger, president of the
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Canada is pleased to be a member of the
My Parks Pass program. This program has effectively engaged over 10,000 8th graders annually online and on site in Parks Canada's places. Many lucky winning families and classes have experienced spectacular Canadian landscapes and learned about the rich natural heritage that surrounds us. Nature
Canada is committed to pushing the boundaries beyond the typical offerings of a youth-based awareness and education program, creating meaningful connections between Canadian youth and families and the nature and biodiversity around us."
Ian Davidson, Executive Director of
My Parks Pass program provides students with an incredible opportunity to connect with the physical places where key moments of our country's history took place. We're delighted to congratulate the grade 8 students from Caronport Elementary School as the winners of this year's
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest."
Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of
The Historica-Dominion Institute
"All of us at Air Canada, and especially our team at Regina Airport, 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. 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
The national partners of the
My Parks Pass program also acknowledge the involvement, support and enthusiasm of many
Nova Scotia partners who together, look forward to welcoming the winning class of the 2012-2013 edition of
Canada's Coolest School Trip contest. This year local partners are: Ambassatours Gray Line,
Cape Breton University, Cape Breton Partnership, Destination Cape Breton Association, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, and Cape Breton Resorts.
Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone Giant Floor Map
The objective of the
Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone map program is to provide opportunities for youth to learn about the important stories and places that are represented by
Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
The map is 11 x 9 metres (35 x 26 feet) and includes 10 activities covering Parks Canada themes and stories - students can follow the migration route of species at risk, go on a road trip to Parks Canada places, guess the route of the lost ships of the Franklin expedition, and more. The main audience is Kindergarten to grade 8 students. The map is available to all schools in
Canada to borrow for free, for a two-week period. Five of these maps, along with the activity suitcases, are available.
The Royal Canadian Geographic Society has collaborated with Parks Canada to develop and deliver this program.
Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone map program is separate from, but in support of, the
My Parks Pass initiative
"This new giant floor map of
Canada's national parks represents a breakthrough in geographic education in
John Geiger, president of the
Royal Canadian Geographical Society. A joint initiative of Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, this innovative educational resource brings our natural and cultural heritage within walking distance of Canadian students. It is a tremendous incentive for Canadian youth to explore and discover our great country. "
For more information and to order the map for your school, visit:
SOURCE Parks Canada