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Canada's Coolest School Trip

Photo: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic

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Due to COVID-19, Canada’s Coolest School Trip has been placed on hold and will resume when it is once again safe to do so. In place of the 2020/2021 competition, Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education and Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants have teamed up to provide a fun, interactive experience that will allow students to virtually connect with parks and historic sites from across the country.

From April 7 to May 14, elementary classes from across the country will have the opportunity to go on a 10-stop virtual tour with Parks Canada, Canadian Geographic Education, and Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants.

Students will hear from experts and park rangers working in Canada’s national parks and historic sites and have the chance to ask them questions on a wide range of topics. From beluga songs in the St. Lawrence River to the mysterious giant hills known as pingos in Canada’s Arctic—there’s so much to discover!

These virtual tour stops will be hosted live via YouTube with Parks Canada. All sessions are free and are offered in either English or French. Register your class today for the Cross-Canada Virtual Road Trip!

To accompany the live hangouts, Can Geo Education has created a StoryMap that offers background information about each of the 10 locations, as well as amazing photos, videos, maps and more!

Girl running down dock
Photo: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic

About Canada’s Coolest School Trip

Canada is a country that is full of rich history, diverse cultures and stunning landscapes that all merit conserving for the generations to come.

Canada’s Coolest School Trip (CCST) is an annual competition run by Parks Canada in partnership with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and with support from Air Canada. The competition encourages students to learn about Canada’s national parks and cultural heritage by challenging them to create a conservation project that contributes to the protection of their local environment and/or local history or culture. Students document their work through a video and a panel of judges selects the winner based on criteria that highlights originality, dedication and hard work.

Winners of the 2019/2020 CCST

Christine Blinn and Mathieu Viens’ Grade 7/Secondary 1 class from Butler Elementary School in Bedford, Que., are the winners of the 2019/2020 Canada’s Coolest School Trip. The trip has been postponed as a safety measure due to COVID-19. Read more about the winning class here!

Photo: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic

Past winners and grand-prizes

Winning classes have had the opportunity to travel to some amazing Parks Canada locations across Canada. Here are a few examples of past CCST trips:

  • In 2018/2019, students from Khàtìnas.àxh Community School in Teslin, Yukon, travelled to Riding Mountain National Park and Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site in Manitoba.
  • In 2017/2018, a class from Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre in Medicine Hat, Alta., won a trip to Thousand Islands National Park and the National Capital Region.
  • In 2016/2017, the winners travelled from Lethbridge Christian School in Lethbridge, Alta., to visit Nova Scotia’s Fort Anne National Historic Site, Kejimkujik National Park and Halifax’s Citadel.
  • In 2015/2016, students from Duke of Connaught School in Toronto, Ont., travelled to Jasper National Park in Alberta.
Photo: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic
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