Contest! Photography, Short Story, Artwork!

July 6, 2021

Trout Hollow Reserve was generously donated by the Knight family to EBC earlier this year and is a truly unique property of 160 acres. The former site of the Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company, visitors can still see remnants of the mill that powered the Georgian Bay region 100 years ago, now lush with native flora and fauna. Also on the property are the remains of the Trout family Sawmill, which dates back to 1860, now all given back to nature.

As you walk along trails flanked by cedar groves that seem to have been there forever, you are actually at times walking along the upper lip of 100-year-old hydro and milling channels. During your walk, you can also see the remains of the mill house, S pipe and sluice gates along the Trout Hollow trail which winds along Bighead River and fields of ferns and native plants, including trilliums and columbine. When the season is right, salmon and trout fill the river and deer and wild turkeys roam the woods. There is a reason John Muir, famous naturalist, visited this area!

We want to celebrate the addition of this nature reserve by holding a contest! Spend some time at the reserve and be inspired by its history and natural beauty. 



Contest Details & Guidelines


Winners (16+ years) will receive:

  • Their work published in the Niagara Escarpment Views, on our website and social media

  • A physical, permanent sign of their work in the nature reserve

  • $50 gift card to be used in an outdoor equipment store of your choosing (e.g. MEC, Patagonia, North Face, Eddie Bauer).

Winners (11-15 years) will receive:

Winners (6-10 years) will receive:

  • Children’s Field guide 

  • Their work is published on EBC’s social media accounts and website.


  • Be as creative as you like! All entries should feature one or more of the following: history of Trout Hollow, the BigHead River, wildlife/landscape of Trout Hollow.

  • Written entries to be submitted as word document or pdf.

  • Paintings/drawings to be submitted as TIFF, GIF, PNG or PDF.

  • Entries to be sent to with a subject line of TROUT HOLLOW CONTEST before August 16th, 2021. Ensure name, address, email, phone number and age of the entrant. 

Note*** EBC will have the right to use reproductions of all or parts of the winning works.  Authors, artists retain all other rights to their works. 

Winners will be announced at our Trout Hollow opening event on September 18th, 2021.

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