Gretchen Amirault, Lesley Brechin, George Cernan, George Clark, Oliver Doepner, IndiCrow Energetics, John Van Gurp, Jay Hackney, Jared Kay, Lois Larson, Carla M., Stephen Maly, Laura McDonald, Michael McFadden, Tamera Murdock, Frederick Rivard, John Spears, Gail Stacey, Steven, Pat Sims-Eastwood, Patrick Taylor, Willy’s Freshcut Fries & Burgers, Jonathan Woelber.
Thanks for contributing to this project!
Despite the sizeable amount of traffic the site receives (50 000 page views per month) and the diverse audience it reaches (17 000 unique visitors per month), funding is a major struggle. With no government grants or corporate backing, I’m able to be 100% independent at a cost.
I’ve built this platform to promote appreciation of Nova Scotia’s natural gems by inspiring and empowering everyone to explore them. To the best of my shoestring-budget ability, I showcase our natural gems and the grassroots groups who work to protect them in an effort to expand public appreciation and support. (about me).
I don’t use a paywall or introduce other barriers, as this project was created to help everyone. I aim to give people all the info needed to discover the physical and mental health benefits associated with outdoor adventures. My intent is to instill the same love I have for Nova Scotia’s great outdoors into my rapidly expanding audience.
My goal is to gain enough support to continue updating, adding, and improving Halifax’s best local eco-tourism resource while keeping it free to the public.
With your support, I’ll be able to devote more time and resources to this project. What you see now with HalifaxTrails.ca has been done with very limited resources. I have plenty of goals, limited only by how much support I can garner. You can help me achieve these goals 3 simple ways:
3 Ways To Support
All supporter’s names are displayed under the “Supporters” section on HalifaxTrails.ca. I also give shoutouts on social media. Feel free to include a website link or special instructions for your listing. Contact me with the info or leave a note with the contribution.
To be a “Top 3 Supporter” (as seen in the title graphic) the sum of your contributions must be at (tied with) or above the following values set thanks to the generosity of the current top 3 supporters: 1st) $500. 2nd) $300. 3rd) $230.
Shop on Amazon and support local at the same time: replace your current Amazon bookmark with my Amazon Affiliate Link. I receive a small commission on all Amazon purchases via the above link. This simple act is a big help.
Shop.HalifaxTrails.ca is a personally curated mix of budget-friendly, quality outdoor gear, Nova Scotia-centric books, and my own exclusive products. I receive a small commission on all Amazon product purchases and a larger percentage for my own products.
With price history tracking, custom price-drop alerts, and shareable wishlists, you’ll have powerful tools for good deals on good products. Stay tuned to the daily deals section for today’s best buys, and spread the word!
3) Click, Share, Subscribe, Like & Comment:
Clicking on ads throughout the site helps pay for the yearly web hosting fees. At a rate of pennies per click, it’s not much but it’s what pays that bill. (With regular contributions or shop purchases, I’d gladly get rid of the ads).
The simple act of sharing, commenting, “liking” and subscribing. All forms of engagement on the site or on social media are valuable feedback and a huge boost to algorithmic rankings. These simple acts are very helpful to reach a broader audience. More importantly, I’m motivated foremost by knowing my work is appreciated.
Leave me some feedback. I have encountered many friendly people on my hikes who were happy to see me at work and chat with me about the website. “There’s the trails guy!” a mother excitedly tells her children. She tells me they have begun family hiking adventures at the direction of her young son who was inspired by something he saw on HalifaxTrails.ca. Beaming with pride, I was happy to witness the type of thing I had in mind when I created the site back in 2009.
Some emails occupy my inbox like awards on a mantle. Among them, many people who tell me they’ve decided to visit or move to Nova Scotia thanks to what they’ve seen on HalifaxTrails.ca. Others tell me I’ve helped them discover their new favourite activity, or gotten through tough times by discovering the grounding experiences in nature. From groups and causes thanking me for a re-tweet to personal stories, feedback makes this whole project worthwhile.
People, Organizations, & Businesses Who Have Helped Me Along The Way:
Walter Regan is a wealth of knowledge and long been doing important, constructive work to benefit both the environment and the citizens of Halifax. I was privileged to sit down with Mr. Regan to learn about the many factors at play with regards to the state of nature protection in our city. A consistent “re-tweeter” of my Halifax Trails Twitter posts.
You haven’t truly experienced downtown Halifax if you didn’t stop at Willy’s. Consistently voted the #1 poutine in the city. A friend, good samaritan and supporter of everything I do.
Supportive Family & Friends
“Hold on, I just want to get a photo/video of this spot.” “Hey, come look at this for a sec.” Thanks for being patient hiking companions and a captive audience to requisition for ideas, support, and feedback 🙂
Thanks to all of you who “follow”, subscribe, “like”, share, re-tweet, and comment. Besides motivating me, your actions directly help to expand my reach. I genuinely appreciate all of it!