Quebec students explore the rich history and beautiful nature of the
coast of British Columbia
VICTORIA, BC, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The long anticipated moment has
finally arrived as an excited secondary 2 (grade 8) class from Gaspé,
Quebec, readies to embark on Canada's Coolest School Trip. The winners of this national contest, École Antoine-Roy, created a
beautiful and catchy music video that captured the hearts of the public
and the judges alike.
The class is taking off on a four-day trip, from June 2 to 6, where they
will participate in some truly Canadian experiences along the coast of
British Columbia. Students will participate in whale-watching and
kayaking on the emerald waters of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve,
live the life of a First or Second World War soldier at Fort Rodd Hill
National Historic Site, connect with the traditions of local First
Nations, and tour Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site after dark
to sleep under the stars in Parks Canada's new oTENTik camping
experience. In other words, they are embarking on the trip of a
The winning class was one of the many Grade 8 / secondary 2 classes
across the country that created amazing videos on the importance of
Parks Canada places to Canadians, focusing on its natural and
historical significance. The prize includes meals, accommodations and
airfare to and from Victoria on board Air Canada, a proud national
supporter of the contest. This year, the contest is also supported by
Church & Dwight Canada Corp., the makers of ARM & HAMMERTM.
Canada's Coolest School Trip is a contest offered through the My Parks Pass program. My Parks Pass is a collaborative program between Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic
Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Canada and Historica
Canada. The program invites youth to learn about Canada's natural and
cultural heritage and experience Parks Canada places first-hand.
Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's
National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking practical action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and
the My Parks Pass and Canada's Coolest School Trip programs contribute to NCP goals of encouraging on-the-ground action
and partnerships that lead to tangible results.
The contest was open to all Grade 8 and secondary 2 classes in Canada
and ran from October 2013 to February 2014. There were a total of 38
videos submitted. A panel of judges selected the winning entry from the
ten videos that received the most public votes online.
For additional information and for the full contest rules and
conditions, or to view the video entries, visit www.myparkspass.ca.
"I am pleased to welcome the winning class to our amazing Parks Canada
places in British Columbia. Under our Government's National
Conservation Plan, we are encouraging Canadians to connect with nature
and this is an ideal opportunity for these students to do just that.
With so much to discover, I have no doubt it will be a great trip."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister
responsible for Parks Canada
Image with caption: "The winning secondary 2 (grade 8) class from École Antoine-Roy in Gaspé, Quebec, readies to embark on Canada's Coolest School Trip. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140530_C7672_PHOTO_EN_40917.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment