Ever wonder what it’s like to be the captain of a ship? 

Here’s your chance to find out! The British High Commission in partnership with the Royal Navy is looking for a girl to navigate HMS Protector when she visits Canada in June. #CaptainForADay

Last year Captain Milly Ingham made history by becoming the first female Captain to command one of the Royal Navy’s ships. Now she wants to give another girl the same opportunity to experience what it’s like to take the helm of this state of the art Ice Patrol Ship.

If you’re between 12-16 years of age and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident we want to hear from you!

Spend a day with the crew learning what it takes to manage and sail HMS Protector. You’ll take part in navigation exercises, essential running of the ship, managing crew as well as using the ships research and scientific equipment that help carry out missions. At the end of the day you’ll join a British High Commission delegation at the annual Royal Nova Scotia Military Tattoo.

So if you’ve got the nautical know-how then come on board!

Here's how to enter...

  • Read through our #CaptainForADay Contest Details here.
  • Record a video of yourself answering the following question in no more than 2mins; This is the first time HMS Protector will visit the Canadian Arctic, what should she do while visiting the region?
  • Upload the video to a site of your choosing (YouTube / Dropbox / Google Drive) just make sure that it’s accessible for us to view
  • Fill in the application at the bottom of this page and make sure to share the link to your video!
  • Keep an eye on our UKinCanada social media channels where we will announce the winner.

Meet Captain Milly Ingham

The Captain for a Day Contest is in partnership with:


Thank you to all those who registered! The #CaptainForADay Contest is now closed.


We are looking for photos that tell a story related to climate change: these could be about the use of green technology, how local communities are adapting, Canada’s extraordinary biodiversity or the impact in your community. These are just some ideas; we will not stunt artistic expression by being too prescriptive about what these photos should portray. – be creative. These can be recently taken photos or ones you took in the more distant past; the key condition is they must be yours.

It is an opportunity to have your images recognised by an esteemed panel of judges and be part of the movement to raise awareness of climate change and our efforts to tackle it. All winning images and the artists behind them will receive extensive promotion through the activities and platforms of the British High Commission in Canada – and potentially internationally. This will include: being part of a Canada-wide media and digital marketing campaign; inclusion within a limited edition photobook and other promotional material; and, being part of a bespoke photography exhibition.

You are invited to submit between one and five images (which must be your own) along with a summary of what the images portray and how they fit with the theme.

The competition is open to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents. We encourage you to respect health restrictions, avoid unnecessary travel beyond your immediate community.

The photographer retains the rights to their photographs. However, by submitting a photo, you grant the British Government a royalty-free, world-wide, irrevocable, non-exclusive license for five years to use, modify, publish, display, distribute, and reproduce the photo. You warrant that you own the copyright of the photo and it has not been purchased or acquired by a third party. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit.