Students can win a class trip to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, has announced “Coolest School Trip” contest, a part of the My Parks Pass program the ministry hopes will, “foster lasting relationships between young Canadians and Canada’s treasured places.”

“I’m happy to announce that this contest is launching into its second year today and will continue to help build deeper connections between youth and our natural and historic heritage,” said Minister Kent. “One lucky grade 8 or secondary 2 class will win an amazing opportunity to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Fortress of Louisbourg by visiting this national historic site; they will also tour Cape Breton Highlands National Park and other Parks Canada sites in Cape Breton.”

Parks Canada is offering the winning class a grand prize consisting of a four-day trip to Parks Canada places in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The prize includes meals, accommodations and return airfare to and from Sydney, Nova Scotia, for a class of up to 30 students and six chaperones.

How do you win? A class must produce an advertisement, in a print, audio or video format, about the people, places or things unique to Cape Breton.

Contest entries will be accepted online at www.myparkspass.ca and www.monpasseportparcs.ca, until February 24, 2013.

The Contest is open to all grade 8 and secondary 2 classes and split classes containing grade 8/secondary 2 students who are residing in Canada. The winning class will be announced in April 2013.

My Parks Pass program grants grade 8/secondary 2 students across Canada free access for one full year to any of Parks Canada’s parks and sites, as well as free entry for class visits. The My Parks Pass also entitles families to receive an instant discount on daily family or group passes, on annual national park or national historic site passes, or the Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

For additional information and for the full contest rules and conditions, please see www.myparkspass.ca or www.monpasseportparcs.ca.