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Canada's Coolest School Trip


Help the Canada's Coolest School Trip team pick this year’s winner by voting once per day starting on March 4, 2019. The top ten photo essays as voted by you and five staff-picks will move on to the judging round for the grand prize. Spread the word to get as much support as possible for your favourite photo essay!

Grand prize:

An all-expenses-paid trip to Manitoba from June 3-7, 2019, for a class of up to twenty-seven (27) students and one (1) adult chaperone per ten (10) students.

The trip includes a four (4) night, five (5) day trip to Parks Canada places in Manitoba where students will discover Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, where costumed interpreters will explain how a historic agreement with First Nations was made at this incredible stone fort, they will visit Riel House National Historic Site and hear tales of Louis Riel’s life and his struggle to defend Métis rights in Canada, they will go to the Forks National Historic Site, "the heart of the continent", where people have been gathering for 6,000 years! The grand-prize winners will also experience the breathtaking natural beauty and pristine wilderness of Riding Mountain National Park! 

Round-trip regular class flights to and from the airport served by Air Canada nearest the winning class, for travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, are included and supported by Air Canada.


Read about last year’s trip on our blog!



Runner-up prizes:

Three (3) runner-up winners will be selected from the short-listed 15 photo essays, including the top ten (10) photo essays as determined by public voting and the five (5) staff picks photo essays. Each video’s score will be determined by a panel of judges based on the rubric provided here

Each winning class of a runner-up prize will receive a field trip to a local Parks Canada place, including transportation and programming, up to a maximum value of $1000. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the class. If the class is not located near a Parks Canada place, the contest group entities will arrange a field trip, including transportation and programming, to a similar location of historical or natural significance, up to a maximum value of $1000. Additional costs for remotely located classes are at the discretion of the contest group entities.

Honourable mentions:

Six (6) honourable mentions will be awarded a prize package from the Contest Group Entities. Winners will be selected by region. If a region is not represented within the short-listed fifteen (15) photo essays, winners will be selected at the discretion of the judges and may be chosen from all entries received or from any region.

BC + AB (1 honourable mention)
SK+MB (1 honourable mention)
ON (1 honourable mention)
Quebec (1 honourable mention)
NB+NS+PEI+NL (1 honourable mention)
NU+NWT+YK (1 honourable mention)

Prize packages include:  

  • A Parks Canada gift bag including a pair of sunglasses per student
  • A one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic per winning class
  • One Canadian Geographic photo magazine per student
  • A Canadian Wildlife Federation calendar per student and a bat box per winning class
  • A one-year subscription to both Canadian Wildlife and Biosphere magazine per winning class
About Riel House National Historic Site

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Rules and regulations

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