A poster contest just for kids

Hey, kids! If you’re between the ages of eight and 15 and like to draw, you could design a poster for the national Canada Day Poster Challenge and win a really cool prize — a lap top and a trip to Banff and Jasper National Parks.

The Canada Day Poster Challenge is an annual contest and this year’s theme, Canada: A proud past, a bright future!, asks kids to design a poster that illustrates their pride in Canada and in being Canadian

The deadline for submitting your poster, along with an entry form, is March 31.

In honour of its Centennial, Parks Canada, along with its partner Brewster Canada, will host the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. They will travel to Alberta accompanied by a parent or guardian. Over five days and four nights, the group will visit Canada’s first national park — Banff. They will then take a cool ride on the Columbia Icefields; and end with a Learn-to-Camp experience in Jasper National Park. The visit will be organized between July and October 2011.

The national winner, and second- and third-place finalists will each win a laptop computer complete with software and a carrying case.

Prizes will also be offered to the 52 age category winners by proud sponsors of the 2011 Poster Challenge: the Trans Canada Trail, the Historica-Dominion Institute, Canada Post Corporation and the Royal Canadian Mint.

The Canadian Children’s Museum located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, will display the original artwork of the 13 finalists from June to September 2011.

For more information, visit the Parks Canada Website or click here to find all the rules, entry forms and more.