Official Contest Rules

Parks Canada Shop Instagram Contest

Official Contest Rules

The "Parks Canada Shop Instagram contest" (the "Contest") is organized by Cotton Candy, the official licensee of the Parks Canada merchandise program. Cotton Candy (“the Contest Organizer”) hosts and manages and @ParksCanadaShop. The Contest Organizer is responsible for the Contest, its organization and the Contest Rules (the "Rules").  This is not a Government of Canada or Parks Canada Agency contest.

The Contest will run from December 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (ET) until December 12, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) (the "Contest Period").

By registering to the "Parks Canada Shop Instagram contest", entrants get a chance to win one (1) Contest Prize.

By entering the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.


This Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada, 18 years of age or older at the time of their entry (each entrant is referred to as an "Entrant", together, the "Entrants") and who have an Instagram account prior to the start of the Contest Period.

Employees, agents, representatives, officers and directors of the Contest Organizer, of its subsidiaries, affiliated companies or agencies, parent corporations, advertising and promotion agencies, sponsors, suppliers of prizes, materials and services related to this Contest, or of any other party directly associated with the holding of the Contest, as well as members of their immediate families (brothers, sisters, children, father, mother), their legal or common-law spouse, and any persons residing with these employees, agents, representatives, officers and directors are not eligible to participate.



2.1 Entry procedures:

In order to enter during the Entry Period (as described below), each entrant must do the following:

  • Follow @ParksCanadaShop on Instagram
  • Like the giveaway post (shared on December 5, 2019) on the @ParksCanadaShop account
  • Tag 2 friends in the comments of the giveaway post on @ParksCanadaShop account.
  • Share your favourite Parks Canada location in the comments of the giveaway post on @ParksCanadaShop account.

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person per day during the Contest Period that is permitted.

Each valid entry will count as one entry (an “Entry”) into the Contest. The Contest Organizer reserves the right to disqualify Entries that it deems in its sole discretion to be harmful to individual users, Contest Organizer, the communities that make up Parks Canada Shop, or any rights of the Contest Organizer or its affiliates or any other party, including any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, profane, hateful or racially offensive, ethnically offensive, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including but not limited to any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, provincial, national, federal or international law.

By entering this Contest, you agree to abide by and be bound by these Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest Organizer with respect to all aspects of the Contest, which decisions are final.


There is one (1) prize package available to be won for the contest organized by @ParksCanadaShop. The Contest Organizer reserves the right to substitute a prize for another of equal or greater value.

3.1 There is one (1) prize package available to be won during the Contest Period consisting of one toque that is $29.95 plus taxes, one pair of socks that is $19.95 plus taxes and one crest that is $6.95 plus taxes from, these will be chosen by the Contest Organizer.  The Prize will include shipping to a Canadian address. By accepting the Prize, the winner agrees to waive all recourse against Cotton Candy, the Contest Organizer or any other parties attached to administering the contest, if the applicable Prize (or a component thereof) does not prove satisfactory, either in whole or in part. All incidental costs and expenses not specifically referred to shall be the responsibility without liability of winner. The Prize is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash and must be accepted as awarded, with no substitutions of any kind, except by the Contest Organizer. Unclaimed Prize will not be awarded. The Prize will only be shipped once the “declaration of compliance and release form” has been completed by prize winner and verified.  

Contest Organizer reserves the right, in the event that a selected Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another Prize of equal or greater value, without liability.

3.2 The following conditions apply to the Prizes offered:

The Contest Organizer maintains sole discretion in allowing for alternate plans.

All other costs and expenses not expressly listed as part of a Prize, including any fees, if applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Should any part of the Prizes not be claimed, no compensation will be provided to the winner.

Where applicable, any federal, provincial or local taxes beyond the regular retail sales taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the winner.

All Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.

No transfer, assignment, or substitution is permitted, except by the Contest Organizer, who reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a Prize for another Prize of equal or greater value.

Any Prize represented in promotional materials is for illustration purposes only and may not be the exact item(s) offered as a Prize.

Trademarks, logos, and all service marks (including individual product and retailer names) are the property of their respective owners.


4.1 Prize Draw

One (1) Entrant having entered the Contest will be randomly drawn for the one (1) prize at the offices of Cotton Candy at 2600 Argentia Rd., Mississauga, Ontario by a representative of the Contest Organizer.

4.2 Limits. An Entrant can only win one (1) time.


5.1 Prizes

The potential winner will be notified by Instagram direct message or email by the Contest Organizer within ten (10) days of the day of the draw.

The selected Entrant must answer a mathematical question correctly within a limited time. This question is required by law and will be posed by email or on the declaration of compliance and release form.

The potential winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize within forty-eight (48) hours of being contacted by the Contest Organizer.

If the potential winner cannot be reached or fails to reply within the Period provided in this paragraph, they will be deemed to have forfeited their Prize and the Prize will be put back in the available Prizes of the Contest, according to the conditions in section 3.1 until a winner is found.

In order to be declared the winner, a winning Entrant must complete and sign the “DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)”Form which will be sent to him/her/they and return it to the Contest Organizer within ten (10) days of receiving it.

This document includes a confirmation that the winner will abide by the Rules, releases the Contest Organizer, its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agencies, related companies and agents from all liability, except where proscribed by law, and allows the Contest Organizer and its representatives to use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements about the Prize, place of residence and/or without any compensation, in any advertising by the Contest Organizer and for any required disclosure without having to obtain the winner’s prior consent.

Within ten (10) days of receiving the duly completed “DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” Form, the Contest Organizer will contact the winner to inform him of how to take possession of the Prize.

5.2 Any inaccurate or false declaration or fraud will lead to automatic disqualification of the winner and loss of rights to the Prize.

5.3 If the winner fails to abide by any of the conditions set out above or any other condition provided in the Rules, they will automatically be disqualified and will lose rights to the Prize.


6.1. Verifications. The “DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” form are subject to verification by the Contest Organizer. Any entry or ”DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” form that is illegible, incomplete, fraudulent, copied or received late bearing an invalid e-mail address or phone number, not bearing the correct answer to the mathematical skill-testing question or otherwise noncompliant shall be rejected and will not entitle to an entry or to a Prize, as the case may be. Entrants are responsible for the correct and full completion of their ”DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” form in order to be reached in conformity with this Contest Rules if they are selected for a Prize.

If you are a potential winner, you are not a winner until the verification process is complete, and it is determined that you have complied with all terms of these Rules.

6.2 Conduct of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest Internet website or any related website or to sabotage the legitimate conduct of this Contest constitutes a violation of civil and criminal laws. Should there be any such attempts, the Contest Organizer reserves the right to reject the entrant’s entries and obtain legal or equitable relief under applicable laws.

6.3 Decisions of the Contest Organizer. Any decision of the Contest Organizer regarding any aspect of this Contest, including, without being limited to, the eligibility and/or disqualification of Participation Forms, shall be final and without appeal.

6.4 Disqualification. Any person entering or attempting to enter the Contest by means that are contrary to the Rules or unfair to other Entrants (for example, entries in excess of the prescribed limit, if any) will automatically be disqualified and may be referred to the competent legal authorities.

6.5 Acceptance of Prize. Prize must be accepted as described in this Contest Rules and may not, in any case, be in whole or in part transferred to another person, replaced by another Prize or exchanged for cash, except as provided in the section below.

6.6 Limitation of liability – use of Prize. The winner releases the Contest Organizer, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agencies, parent corporations, advertising and promotion agencies, employees, agents, representatives, officers and directors ("Released Parties") from any liability for damage of any kind whatsoever that he or his guests may suffer, directly or indirectly, by reason of acceptance, possession or use of the Prize, including, among other things, accidents, injuries, death, loss of enjoyment, inconveniences, disappointments, worries or frustrations or a physical or psychological nature.

For this purpose, winner hereby (i) acknowledges and confirms that Released Parties are not granting any warranties or assurances of any kind pertaining to the Prizes awarded in connection with the Contest; (ii) acknowledges and confirms the absence of any implied warranties and (iii) agrees to sign a “DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” form before receiving his/her Prize.

Any and all additional costs incurred by a winner to claim, use or redeem his/her Prize shall be borne by the winner.

6.7 Modification. The Contest Organizer reserves the right, at its sole discretion, subject to compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of this Contest in the event of a virus infection, a computer malfunction, an incident or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or running of the Contest as provided for in the Rules.

6.8 Number of Prizes awarded. In all cases, the Contest Organizer, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agencies, parent corporations, advertising and promotion agencies, employees, agents, representatives, officers and directors, and their suppliers of products, materials and services related to this Contest, and their employees, agents and representatives cannot be required to award more Prizes than the number indicated in the Rules or to award Prizes other than in accordance with the Rules.

If computer, printing, production, mechanical, seeding, typographical, or other errors result in more valid Prize claims for any Prize level than the number stated herein, the Contest Organizer reserves the right to award the stated number of Prizes for the Prize level at issue in a random draw from among all eligible, non-suspect, and valid Prize claims received for the applicable Prize level.

6.9 Authorizations. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on the Contest Organizer’s Instagram account:, and used by the Contest Organizer for any purpose regarding the Contest and for promotional and advertising purposes in connection with the Contest Organizer and their products at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.

By entering the Contest, the winner authorizes the Contest Organizer and its representatives to use, if required, their names, photo, likeness, statements regarding the Prize, and/or place of residence for advertising purposes in connection with the Contest, without any form of remuneration.

6.10 Ownership of entries. The “DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE (“RELEASE”)” form is the exclusive property of the Contest Organizer and will at no time be returned to Entrants.

6.11 Intellectual Property. The Contest Organizer is the sole owner of the Contest materials and promotional products as well as intellectual property rights thereto, and nothing in these Rules shall be construed so as to confer any right whatsoever to Entrants in this regard.

6.12 Communication with Entrants. Subject to the provisions of the Rules, there will be no communication or correspondence with Entrants, except with a winner, who will be contacted to be informed that they are a potential winner.

6.13 Entrant’s identity. For the purposes of the Rules, the Entrant is the person whose name appears on the Instagram username that applied and the Prize will be awarded to this person should that person be declared winner.

6.14 Unenforceability. If any paragraph of the Rules is declared or ruled to be illegal, unenforceable or void by a competent Court, then the paragraph in question shall be deemed void, but all other paragraphs not affected will be applied within the limitations of the law.

6.15 Gender. The masculine gender is used in these Rules solely for succinctness; it refers all genders.

6.16 Acceptance. By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by the Contest Rules and by the decisions of the Contest Organizer, which will be final and won’t be subject to appeal in any respect, including without limitation, any decisions concerning eligibility, disqualification of Participation Forms, or Prize attribution.

6.17 Personal information in connection with the Contest. Entrants’ personal information will be stored in the Contest database and the Contest Organizer will use it to contact Entrants for the purposes of the Contest.

No other use will be made of Entrants’ personal information after the contest period closes and the Prize has been successfully awarded.

6.18 Contest Rules and names of winners. A copy of the rules and the name of the winner may be obtained upon written request to:


Parks Canada Shop

2600 Argentia Rd.

Mississauga, Ontario

L5N 5V4



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