Write for Trip Reports

Have you taken a backcountry trip you’d like to write about? In order to share as many trip reports as possible, we source our trip reports from community members and outdoor enthusiasts. Trip Reports currently pays between $75 and $150 CAD for each trip report, depending on length and location (see details below). You will also receive an author bio and links to your website / social media channels.

Updated: May 21st, 2021

How it Works

Send us your pitch. Tell us the destination and route you completed. Please provide an estimation on the length of post, how many photos you have and if you have a YouTube video / GPS coordinates for the route.

Write your trip report. Once we have confirmed your route, write your report. Please use the template provided and refer to example trip reports on the site. Be thorough and ensure everything is as accurate as possible. First and foremost, the report should be informative. You can also add your personality with trip tips and anecdotes – be creative!

Create your map. Each of the trip reports contains a custom Google Map with the starting point, ending point, campsites, portages and special features marked. Please create a Google Map to accompany your report – if you’ve never made a custom Google Map before, here is a tutorial.

Note: If you have GPS coordinates for your route, you can send the GPX or KML file to Mikaela directly and skip the step above.

Send your trip report. We will review it and may make minor edits for consistency. Then we will confirm payment, pay you and post your trip report!

See it published!

Trip Report Requirements

  1. Follow the template. To ensure consistency across trip reports, you should follow the template as closely as possible. If the template is not followed, or there are lots of missing pieces, we likely cannot accept the report. Here is the template.
  2. Keep the length between 1,500 and 3,500 words. Naturally, the longer the trip, the longer the report. Typically, trip reports must be a minimum of 1,500 words to be accepted, as this is what we’ve found to be the minimum length to ensure sufficient detail.
  3. Submit between 6 and 14 photos. Photos should be high quality and a minimum of 1080 px on the longest side. The template contains instructions for sending photos.

If you are interested in sending a pitch, please send an email to [email protected].

Here is an example trip report for a backpacking route.

Here is an example trip report for a canoeing route.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Details on Compensation

Note: Compensation structure has recently been updated to reflect the new requirements. See details here.

Compensation is determined based on the length of the trip.

  • 1 – 2 nights: $75
  • 3 – 4 nights: $100
  • 5 – 7 nights: $125
  • Rates for trips longer than one week are determined on a case-by-case basis

In addition, we are currently compensating an additional $25 for routes in highly requested destinations:

  • Quetico Provincial Park
  • Temagami region
  • Wabakimi Provincial Park
  • Lake Superior region