Friday, August 12, 2011

Contest Queen: How to see Canada for FREE

Did you know Canada.. Canada's own Contest Queen - Carolyn Wilman - is featured in a new show on TLC called High Stakes Sweepers, where Sweepstakes fanatics offer a look at their prize winnings. Catch it THIS Sunday (August 14th) on TLC.

We have a fantastic guest post from Carolyn to share about how she's travelled for FREE all over Canada....

I have been to Rimouski QC. I bet you are asking yourself, “Where is Rimouski?” I said the same thing when I heard I was going. (It’s about 3 hours northeast of Quebec City on the south-side of the St. Lawrence River.) I have no family, friends or business in that area of Quebec, so why would I go? I WON THE TRIP! It was were the 2009 Memorial Cup was held. (I blogged about our adventures here: Day 1 & Day 2)

So how did I win such a crazy trip? Well, I am a contestor. I know, what’s a contestor? A contestor is someone who likes to enter contests, sweepstakes and giveaways on a daily basis. I can spot the word win at 100 paces.

I became a contestor in August of 2001. At that point I had been a marketer for 15 years in the technology industry and became unemployed when the dot com bubble burst. While laying in bed one night I read a Reader’s Digest article about a woman and her husband who were teachers who enhanced their lifestyle by entering contests every day. I thought, “Good idea! I’ll just win what I need in life.” Sadly, I can’t earn my living winning, but I have been on some amazing Canadian adventures.

Besides Rimouski QC, we have been to La Malbaie QC to stay at Le Manoir Richelieu over the Easter weekend. To Montreal QC to see The Sam Roberts Band. To Stratford ON to see My One and Only. To Banff AB for the Coors Light Peak Party. We went to Whistler, BC for the passing of the touch at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics and then to Vancouver BC to the 2010 Winter Olympics themselves.

Not only have we travelled across Canada, we have met some amazing Canadians including: Michael Bublé, Holly Cole, Sarah Harmer, The Barenaked Ladies and Chef Jamie Kennedy.

The Wilmans & The Barenaked Ladies

I have been places, done things and met people I never would have imagined. I am glad I decided I to be a winner! Now, to win a trip to Halifax NS...

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. As a Promotional Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies build better promotions from the outside in.


  1. It is such a rush when you get the "You are a winner" announcement. I follow @ContestQueen on twitter and have entered many of the giveaways she has tweeted
    I too would like to win a trip to the east coast

  2. So addicted to entering contests myself! I've read Carolyns book and follow her on twitter and facebook, and am very excited to she her on the show! Being from BC, we've won trips to the East Coast to fish with Bob Izumi and won the Ritz Cracker contest for $5000 Air Canada Vacations - we are going fishing in Mexico!

  3. wow, that is some great place to win visits to! Good for you!


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