(EXPIRED) Canada giving away annual national park passes (drawing with 4,000 winners)

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We don’t usually cover contests, but this one seems cool, it could be relevant to a lot of readers, and odds aren’t terrible with 4,000 winners (there is also 1 grand prize). Through a promotional / sweepstakes called Canada Refresh, four thousand Americans will receive a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, granting unlimited admission to over 80 Parks Canada destinations (reportedly a $113 value in US Dollars). One grand prize winner will get a $20,000 “sabbatical” in the form of airfare and gift card money to really experience Canada’s sights and activities.

The Deal

  • Canada is giving away 4,000 year-long national park passes to Americans through a drawing. Additionally, one person will win an elaborate “sabbatical” package including all flights and accommodations and money to use toward various activities.
  • Direct link to this deal

Key Terms

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the date of entry
  • To enter the Contest, complete your Entry and also complete the essay as prompted describing how you plan to spend your sabbatical in Canadian Nature, in 150 words or less.
  • There is a limit of one entry per person
  • If you want to enter for the dream sabbatical, you’ll need to write an essay of fewer than 150 words about why and how you would spend your time in Canada nature
  • “Dream Sabbatical” prize includes:
    • A custom, tailored sabbatical experience including all transportation (flights and in-market transport), accommodations, excursions and more, curated by Canadian travel experts, Canada by Design. ($15,000 value)
    • All the gear you need to set you up for success ($2,500 USD to spend with Canadian travel and attire brands, Monos and Arc’teryx)
    • A travel stipend to cover food and incidentals ($2,500 USD value)
    • 12 months of access to Canada’s 80 destinations via an Annual Parks Canada Discovery Family/Group Pass ($113 USD Value)
    • Itinerary inspiration from Destination Canada, including indigenous led experiences, outdoor adventures, urban experiences and more

Quick Thoughts

I don’t bother posting most contests because of the long odds of winning. However, in this case, it seems that there will be quite a number of winners and I imagine that a year-long pass to Canada’s national parks could be really appealing for some readers. I think I’ll probably throw my hat in the ring because I could see planning some family trips to national parks in Canada if we won a pass.

If you win, you might find this post helpful: Best ways to get to cities in the US and Canada using miles.

H/T: Michael W Travels

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T. Jones

Thanks for the heads up! And a thank you to Stephen for the reminder yesterday. I’ve been considering a vacation in Canada for some time now and, even if I don’t win a prize, I appreciated the opportunity to dream a little more. I had fun with the little writing exercise too. Good luck to everyone who threw their hat in the ring!


I grew up in Calgary, so I could see the mountains near Banff from the window of my house. Definitely worth the trip!

Keep in mind, to enter Canada if you do win this Pass, you currently need to have the Covid shot if you’re not Canadian.


Thanks, Nick. My dream trip to Jasper, Banff, & Lake Louise was canceled 3x due to Covid – maybe this super nice promo could finally be it!