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Rap artist wins national video contest with Gros Morne Park entry

  • Published on Nov 16 2010 |
  • This article is tagged as: cpaws people

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce that George Woodhouse’s “Tales from da Trailz” - an entertaining and informative rap video about Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park has won top prize in its 2010 national Celebrate Parks Video Contest. The contest was generously supported by Parks Canada.

Watch the video:


Woodhouse is a 20 year-old student originally from Owen Sound, Ontario now living in Halifax and attending Dalhousie University. He says he was inspired to make the video by his friend and production partner David Lawless’s rave review after spending a summer in Gros Morne National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Amazingly, Woodhouse has yet to visit Gros Morne himself.
Woodhouse has won the grand prize of a trip for two that he’ll share with Lawless  on the NWT’s Nahanni River in Canada’s third-largest national park, donated by Nahanni River Adventures.

“It just goes to show that your best success in life will happen when you are doing what you truly love to do.  And for me... that is just being creative in whichever way I feel.  Apparently enviro-rapping paid off this time in a bigger way than Dave and I ever thought possible.  We\'re only 20 years old and it freaks me out that we\'ll be crossing something off our bucket list already!  I definitely know how lucky we are”, says Woodhouse.

"We were delighted by the number and quality of entries to this contest that we received. Our goal was to enable Canadians to share their love of our many wonderful national parks, and it certainly worked,” says CPAWS National Executive Director Eric Hebert-Daly.

The Celebrate Parks video contest ran from July to October, receiving over 30,000 visits to the website.  Ninety people submitted video entries and over 7,000 votes were cast. Contestants were required to submit a 2-minute video about their favourite national park.

Adds Woodhouse, “I got to watch new videos of  National parks every day and it really felt like the country was coming together; both naturally and socially.  We\'ve got all these amazing National parks out there that had to earn their National title, and after this contest... I just wanna pack my bags and check them all out.”

Judges Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada, Oliver Kent, president of CPAWS’ National Board of Trustees, and Bruce Kirkby, award-winning travel and adventure journalist, chose three finalists from the top 10 voted entries. In addition to Woodhouse’s video, Rachel Henderson won second place for “Celebrating Bruce Peninsula National Park”, and Owen Strasky won third place for "Isabelle Goes to Elk Island National Park”.

Runners-up will receive prizes including a flip HD video camera, Parks Canada annual discovery passes and Mountain Equipment Co-op gift cards.


For interviews, contact:
Holly Postlethwaite (613) 569-7226 x232,

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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s pre-eminent, national community-based voice for public wilderness protection. Since 1963 CPAWS has taken a lead role in establishing two-thirds of Canada’s protected wild spaces — an area over seven times the size of Nova Scotia.

In 2010 Parks Canada is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Banff, Canada’s first national park and in 2011 will be celebrating its centennial as the world’s first national parks service. On behalf of the people of Canada, Parks Canada protects and presents nationally significant examples of Canada\'s natural and cultural heritage and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.