Lucky Class from Lethbridge, Alberta, Wins "Canada's Coolest School Trip!"

Off they go to explore Parks Canada places in beautiful Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, April 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced that the grade 8 class of Lethbridge Christian School won the Canada's Coolest School Trip. A total of 69 classes participated in the video competition and students from this grade 8 class are the winners of the trip of a lifetime to visit Parks Canada's treasured places in magnificent Nova Scotia.  

The winning class will embark on a five-day, all expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places in Nova Scotia from June 5-9, 2017, including a visit to Canada's first national historic site, Fort Anne, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of national historic sites in Canada. The winning class will explore the beautiful landscape of Nova Scotia and experience Mi'kmaq culture in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, take part in a spooky ghost tour at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, uncover the tragic and powerful Acadian history at Grand-Pré National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage site, and so much more!

"Thank you to all the students and teachers who put the time and effort into creating these fantastic videos and congratulations to the winning class. Our Government has made admission to Canada's national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservations areas free in 2017. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I encourage all Canadians, including youth, to explore Canada's remarkable gateways to nature, adventure, conservation, science and learning in 2017 for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation."

Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • 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, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Historica Canada is also a founding program partner. The national contest partner is Air Canada.
  • The contest was open to all grade 8 and secondary 2 classes in Canada and entries were received between September 12, 2016 and February 27, 2017. A total of 69 videos were submitted. A panel of judges selected the winning entry from twelve videos that received the most public votes online.
  • Classes submitted remarkable videos, often in a creative way, on the importance of Parks Canada places within the context of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.
  • The grand prize trip will take place from June 5-9, 2017 and includes meals, accommodations and airfare to and from Halifax, Nova Scotia on-board Air Canada.
  • As part of this initiative, other prizes include five runner-up local Parks Canada field trips and five honourable mention prize packages. The runner-up prizes were awarded to classes at the following schools: Kateri School (Trout Lake, AB), The Bobs-Annette Street P.S. (Toronto, ON), Cummer Valley Middle School (Toronto, ON), Garrison Road Middle School (Fort Erie, ON), Mitchell District H.S. (Mitchell, ON). These classes have won an action-packed field trip to a local Parks Canada place or to a special natural or historic place near them.
  • To view the video entries or for additional information and for the full contest rules and conditions, visit

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812,,


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