THE GIFT OF MAGICAL MOMENTS
“By supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy in this way, it is a gift of magical moments to those who will enjoy the Bruce Trail in the future as we do today.”— Stewart Fleming, Bruce Trail Conservancy Donor
Exploring the Bruce Trail has given me unique moments to enjoy I wouldn’t have experienced living in the city.
One of those moments occurred on a hike in the Bruce Peninsula. While looking out from Lion’s Head Harbour early one crisp dawn, I watched a stream of low-level clouds against a brightening clear sky pouring over the Escarpment and down across the water. There is always something new to discover along the Bruce Trail.;.
My story with the Bruce Trail began around 2012 when a friend invited me to join a hiking group. Up until then, I had been training in a nearby city park in preparation for hiking and climbing mountains around the world. The Bruce Trail turned out to be a great local destination for long hikes and gorgeous scenery, and just as unique as some of those far off places I visit. As cities grow and rural areas shrink, the Bruce Trail offers a ribbon of Ontario’s natural environment to explore; and for many reasons, it is important to protect it from the challenges of encroaching urban areas and to support it as it grows in popularity.
The Peninsula Trail Angels inspired me to make my first gift to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Their passion for the Bruce Trail exceeded my eagerness to earn my first Peninsula E2E and inspired me to share with friends and introduce others to the many unique places along the trails. Many volunteers have made and continue to make the trails possible. It is not uncommon to meet volunteers on the trails and share stories and, importantly, I use this opportunity to express my gratitude for their time and energy.
My decision to include the Bruce Trail Conservancy in my will and estate plans seemed like a natural fit. As a donor to the Bruce Trail today, why wouldn’t I be a donor in my will too, to help protect it for future generations to enjoy.
The Bruce Trail is a great place to enjoy with friends all year round, meet new friends, re-energize and experience nature, all enabled by the dedication of a relative few. A gift in my will is also a way to return the favour to them.
By supporting the Bruce Trail Conservancy in this way, it is a gift of magical moments to those who will enjoy the Bruce Trail in the future as we do today.