3 Ways To Support This Project:
Ko-Fi Contributions gain access to exclusive content!
Contribute any amount. From buying me a coffee to funding my next post, all contributions help me to keep this project as a free resource for all.
Encrypted, secure transactions via PayPal Credit Card, Apple Pay & Google Pay payment.
All supporters’ 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. The top 3 contributions are featured supporters graphic from the sum of their contributions (contact me to inquire into the cost to be listed in the top 3).
Also accepting Bitcoin! Wallet: bc1qpjtea29x4gezww6kseavedyj9lhld967s5tfup
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.
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 (about me).
I don’t use a paywall or introduce other barriers, as this project was created to help everyone regardless of their ability to pay. The intent of my work is to provide equal opportunity access to the valuable tools and information I’ve created to help anyone explore our most beautiful places. The core of this project is to empower everyone to discover and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits associated with outdoor activities.
With my consistently expanding audience, I intend to educate and instill respect for nature and enlist more people to preserve it. I try to turn appreciation into action by stressing the importance of supporting people and organizations working to protect our wild spaces. With a significant following across all social media, I’m privileged to use my platform to help boost and advocate for causes, issues, people, and organizations that align with the core principles of this project.
My goal is to gain enough support to continue updating, improving, and expanding Halifax’s most popular online eco-tourism resource while keeping it free to all.
With your support, I’ll be able to devote more time and resources to this project. What you see now has been done with very limited resources. I’d like to do to keep creating & improving content, limited to how much support I can garner.
Thanks to all of you who “follow”, subscribe, “like”, share, re-tweet, and comment. In addition to motivation, your interactions help to expand my reach.