Your Bruce Trail Story

Our Bruce Trail community abounds with stories. We want to hear yours.

For over 50 years, people have been exploring, building, and sharing the Bruce Trail. During this time, our wonderful footpath has been the setting, and occasionally the main character, in stories of adventure, love, inspiration, hardship, camaraderie, surprise, reflection, joy, and more. We want to hear your Bruce Trail story.
What role has the Bruce Trail played in your life?
What experiences, memories, or traditions have been born on the Trail?
What role has the Bruce Trail played in your life?
As a member, volunteer, donor, landowner, or hiker why have you chosen to be part of our community?
From life-changing end-to-ends, to friendships made, to seemingly ordinary moments.

Every story is welcomed.

Essay, poem, lyrics, journal, blog – your story can take any of these forms.

You may see it featured in an upcoming issue of Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine, or in our emails or social media channels.

Submissions can be anonymous. Photos to accompany your words are welcomed.

Submission Details
  • Submissions should be no longer than 600 words.
  • While submissions do not have to be about hiking, all stories must relate directly to an experience on or with the Bruce Trail.
  • Entrants are encouraged to include an accompanying photo.
  • Any submitted stories must be the original work of the author. Stories may be published anonymously if the author desires. Previously published work is acceptable and should be indicated as such.
  • Any submission that promotes actions conflicting with the Bruce Trail Users’ Code, or illegal or inappropriate activities, will be disqualified.
  • Submissions may also be selected to be featured in one of other communication channels including emails, newsletters, fundraising materials and social media. If so, you may be contacted by one of our staff for more details.
  • Stories received may be edited for length and clarity. You will have the opportunity to see any edits before it goes to print.
  • Submissions will be accepted throughout the year and do not need to be resubmitted for consideration in future issues.
  • Submit new stories as often as you would like. Stories from the same author will not be published in Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine within 4 issues (1 year) of each other.

By submitting your content to Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) via “Your Bruce Trail Story” you are giving the BTC the right to use your text and any associated photos in our Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine, and in other print or electronic media, for the purposes of promoting the BTC’s mission and awareness of its programs, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law.

You will retain copyright to any work you submit. You only grant the BTC rights to your content royalty-free, in perpetuity, nonexclusively to:

  • Reproduce, distribute, transform, display and/or to perform your photographs and text in all print and electronic mediums at any size.
  • Use your photos and text worldwide.
  • Provide your photograph and text to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, such as in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and the like, for editorial uses that directly benefit the BTC and the Bruce Trail. Whenever possible, BTC will consult with the original content creator about outside uses.
  • Archive in electronic forms so that your photos and text can be used to support our mission.

Whenever possible, BTC will provide attribution in the form of the writer and/or photographer’s name and/or website URL. Attribution will appear directly with the submitted text and/or next to the photo.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate that upon submission.

Please only submit original content that you have created. Do not submit content that you don’t have rights to.

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