Celebrate Parks


Did you know that Canada’s first national park was created 125 years ago? Happy Birthday Banff!

To celebrate the occasion, we invite you to create a short video about one of Canada’s national parks. Tell the world why you think the park you’ve chosen is so amazing — and you could win a trip for two to Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories, a Flip camera, or other great prizes!

Pick a Park

Canada’s 42 National Parks each have their own mysteries, stunning landscapes, incredible wildlife and exciting experiences. We have resources to help you pick a park and get your creative juices flowing.

Make a Video

Take us on a tour of your favourite park — you don’t even have to leave your house. We’ll show you how. Be sure to enter by October 12!

Win Prizes

The top-voted video for each park, and 10 lucky random entrants win great prizes. If your video is one of the top 10 chosen by voters, you’re eligible for one of 3 grand prizes!

The 2010 contest is now over. Thanks for participating!

And the winners are…

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Celebrate Parks video contest! Your creativity and enthusiasm floored us. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and maybe learned a thing or two about national parks along the way.

You chose the top 10 favourites from the 90 entries, and our judging panel—award-winning travel and adventure journalist Bruce Kirkby, CPAWS Board president Oliver Kent, and Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle—chose the top three.


Gros Morne National Park: Tales from da Trailz: George Woodhouse

With catchy music, great info, and infectious enthusiasm, this video was the judges’ top pick. George wins a trip for two to Nahanni National Park, NWT, courtesy of Nahanni River Adventures.


Celebrating Bruce Peninsula National Park: Rachel Henderson

Information-packed, with a fun, personal feel. Rachel wins a customized HD Flip camera.


Isabelle goes to Elk Island National Park: Owen Strasky & Barb Atamaniuks

Our judges called this video “a great way to explore the park through the eyes of a child”. Owen wins a $100 gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op.

The top three also receive a one year family pass from Parks Canada, and the top 10 will have their videos featured at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest in February.

Thank you to all who participated!