Imagine if 50 words on Facebook could turn into the Canadian wilderness trip of a lifetime.

Imagine no more. In honour of Parks Canada’s 100th birthday, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has launched the Parks Dream Contest: What’s on your Bucket List?

“We launched the contest to help Canadians learn about the amazing opportunities that are offered in our National Parks,” says Holly Postelthwaite, national PR coordinator for CPAWS.

“We are really trying to reach the young, urban Facebook crowd, and make them realize the amazing experiences that are waiting for them in Canada’s wilderness.”

You certainly don’t have to be young or urban to enter — but you do need to be on Facebook.

“We wanted to make it fun, easy and simple,” Postelthwaite enthuses. “You just sign in with your Facebook account, and then in 50 words or less, share a dream experience you wish to have — or have already had — in one of Canada’s National Parks.”

The grand prize is spectacular — a $10,000 dream trip for two to the Nahanni, courtesy of Nahanni River Adventures — will all air fare and accommodations included.

And if the word ‘Nahanni’ conjures up images of thundering, dangerous white water and that’s not what you’re into — fear not.

“You don’t have to be an expert canoeist,” she adds.

“They will customize the experience based on your paddling experience. If you’re an extreme canoeist, they’ll choose and extreme route. If you’ve never paddled a canoe in your life, they’ll take care of you as well.”

Other prizes include Mountain Equipment Co-op shopping sprees and gift cards — plus year-long passes to all the National Parks.

“We planned this contest in hopes of assembling the top 100 dream experiences to be had in Canada’s National Parks. People think of going to Europe or Cancun on their vacations, so we wanted to really show them what’s waiting for them in their own back yard.”

Enter the contest right now at

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