Win prizes valued at over $7000

Including the choose your own unplugged Canadian experience

Grand prize worth approximately $4000!

The grand prize draw

Will take place the week of April 2nd, 2012

Your collected points will be converted into ballots (50 points = 1 ballot) and entered into the draw. A ballot will be drawn at random, the winner announced and that individual will receive the Grand Prize package!

50 points = 1 ballot

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The grand prize package includes:

  • 1-year Parks Canada Discovery Pass (Group/Family*)

    giving you unlimited access to over 100 National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites
  • Up to $3000 Via Rail travel credits

    to be used towards train travel anywhere Via Rail goes
  • Outdoor gear from Atmosphere valued at $1000

About the contest

We want to reward you for joining Operation Unplugged! Not only will you earn points for participating in Operation Unplugged, the points you earn will be turned into ballots that will be entered into the grand prize draw for an outdoor adventure package that includes access to Parks Canada locations across the country, transportation and gear.

From January 30, 2012 to April 3, 2012

you also have the chance to win weekly and instant mission-based prizes. So what are you waiting for?

All contests close April 3, 2012 at 7:59:59 PM (ET). You must be eligible to win.

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Parks Canada
VIA Rail Canada Atmosphere

All prizes are sponsored by our partners
Parks Canada, Via Rail and Atmosphere.

Mission Prizes

There are four ways to win additional prizes

In addition to winning the prizes described below, all winners in any of the categories will receive 1000 bonus points...
That's 20 ballots towards the drawing of the grand prize!



Do you have the most collected points? Weekly prizes of a Parks Canada Discovery Pass will be awarded based on a random draw of the Top 10 individuals who have collected the most points on the National Leaderboard.

Friday 9:00 a.m., E.S.T. to Friday 8:59 a.m., E.S.T.


Video Missions

Alan Bishop will be posting a specific video mission (#missionunplug) every week for you to embark on. We'll post the video mission on Monday and alert everyone via Facebook or Twitter which mission is eligible for the contest. You will have until 10 p.m. EST the following Sunday to upload your response to the featured mission.

Winners will be announced on Monday
the next featured video mission will go live on Monday


We're awarding a $50 gift card for Atmosphere each week for the best uploaded video mission response. What do we mean by "the best"? Record yourself succeeding in a video mission in a spectacular way, highlight an amazing location or fail hilariously, if it makes an impression on us, you may get that week's prize.


If you don't know how to upload your video response to the site, don't worry. Step by step instructions are available on the Video Missions page. If you miss a week or are coming to the campaign late, you can still participate. While the featured mission will be the one we award prizing to, you're free to do any of the missions at any time to earn points and collect badges.


On the Spot

On The Spot prizes are available for our followers on Facebook and Twitter. Keep an eye on our announcements and respond to our call to action for instant prizes. Follow us on Twitter @OpUnplugged and like our Facebook page to keep up to date on all the action and look for your chance to win!

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On the spot prizes

Proof of life

Prove you have a life outside your network! Show us a moment of your life in the great outdoors, post it or tag it on Facebook or Twitter, and enter it in our #ProofOfLife weekly photo share. From all the entries, we'll select the #ProofOfLife pick of the week and a runner-up to feature on the site and on our social media pages. If your photo is selected as a pick of the week, you get a prize!

We will be accepting submissions for the Proof of Life photo share all day Tuesdays
and a winner and runner up will be announced the next day Wednesday at noon, 12:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Prizes available to be won are $50 gift cards for Atmosphere and beautiful Parks Canada books.

In the week of April 2nd, the final week of Proof of Life, we'll be awarding a Parks Canada Discovery Pass* for the best photo from the weekly winners.

How to

Prove you have a life

Show us a moment of your life in the great outdoors and post it or tag it to enter it in our #ProofOfLife weekly photo share.

You must own the images that you submit for #ProofOfLife. By submitting to the #ProofOfLife photo share, you agree that you own the rights to the picture.


How to tag via Facebook

  • Login to your Facebook account
  • Upload your photo to any of your albums or create a new album
  • Tag the Operation Unplugged Facebook page in your photo and set the permissions to "everyone".
  • Don't forget to Like the Facebook page.

How to tag via twitter

  • Post your photo using any public photo sharing method.
  • Tag the photo with the hashtag "#ProofOfLife"

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The Swag

There are a ton of prizes
to be won.

  • $50 gift cards from Atmosphere
  • $10 gift cards from Atmosphere
  • Parks Canada Discovery Passes (Group/Family*)
  • "Canadas National Parks, A Celebration" books
  • "National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada" books
  • Swag such as keychains, mugs, flashlights, etc.
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* The Group/Family pass allows up to seven (7) people in one vehicle unlimited access to all Parks Canada locations for one year.

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Unplug. Go Out. Explore.

If you're reading this, you're probably online right now which means you could most likely use a break... and not for a chocolate bar. OPERATION UNPLUGGED is a Canada-wide movement to get you to look up from your networked devices and go outside for some real-world interaction. We're giving you missions to get off your duff and go into the great outdoors (or at least stuff that's outdoor related). Then we want you to come back here to share what you've done for prizes and a sense of accomplishment because, you know, it's something you can brag about. So stop reading status updates and Uplug. Go Out. Explore.

Earn points, collect badge, win prizes.

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Step 2:


Test your knowledge and abilities, or just go outside - earn points & badges.

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Step 3:

Bragging Rights

Invite your friends and show them what you're made of.

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Step 4:

Free Stuff

The more points you earn the better your chances are to win Free Stuff!

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