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Inspired by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Orangeville student Olivia Rowan urged on fellow protesters at a recent local climate strike. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Climate Change and the Young

Jun 20, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Environment

“We the young have started to move.” Youth here and around the world raise a battle cry for action on climate change.

Kilby Brunner Deforest with Beaverwood’s Halo. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Day at the Caledon Equestrian Park

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

The intense bond between animal and human fuels two dedicated young equestrians at the top of their game at this exciting show jumping event.

Field Notes for Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Artistic pursuits, outdoor yoga, farming fun and a kiddie hike!

Headwaters Health Care Centre CEO Stacey Daub has been working on patient service transitions for a decade: “Imagine if you could eliminate those transitions, if it truly was all within one system.” Photo by Pete Paterson.

Headwaters Health Care Centre Faces the Future

Jun 20, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Community

In the face of the province’s restructuring of health care, our Headwaters hospital is poised to emerge as the kind of community hub Ontario needs.

Rockcliffe Farm owner Alix Bezak in front of her on-farm shop with her chocolate lab, Goose. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Rockcliffe Farm’s Free-Range Thinking

Jun 20, 2019 | James Matthews | Farming

Alix and George Bezak raise black Angus cattle, chickens and more at their Mono property, winning over natural-meat converts one farm tour at a time.

Theatre Orangeville Dreams Big

Jun 20, 2019 | Johanna Bernhardt | Arts

Professional actors, amateurs, young people and people with developmental disabilities come together on an outdoor stage for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

How About Those Raptors (the Birds)?

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Look up! Where eagles, hawks and vultures soar.

Arnella Levy and her husband, Nigel Spencer, at Nella’s Jerk. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Food + Drink Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Nella’s Jerk has debuted to rave reviews, juicy strawberries and a new stop on the local wine tour.

Keeping the General Store Alive in Headwaters

Jun 20, 2019 | Kira Wronska Dorward | Community

Local shop owners lean on lattes and eggs Benedict, artisanal gifts and festive community events – even Airbnb suites – as they serve their communities.

In Every Issue

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Barney to the rescue, making do with matches and is $400 fair?

Home is Where the Art is

Jun 20, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

When entrepreneurs and artists Jocelyn Burke and James Webster renovated Jocelyn’s childhood home in Horning’s Mills, they laid the perfect groundwork for a well-curated life.

No Easy Way to the Promised Land

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Getting to Upper Canada took determination – and good luck.

Field Notes for Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Artistic pursuits, outdoor yoga, farming fun and a kiddie hike!

Anne Livingston was the first woman to receive the Brampton-Caledon Farmer of the Year Award. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Anne Livingston

Jun 20, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

When the family started Broadway Farm’s Market in 2002, Anne kept the books and did the baking for the shop.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Summer 2019 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Take a Hike

Tina Daalderop leads a recent pole-walking hike. Poles help with balance, contribute to a full-body workout and can be useful aids in tricky situations. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nordic Pole Walking

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.

Belfountain / Forks Park Loop Hike. Click to see larger map.

Caledon Hikes

Nicola Ross | Leisure

Nicola Ross shows readers how to navigate local Caledon trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.

Nature therapy guide Kaitlyn Powers (centre) instructs writing pals Gail Grant (left) and Nicola Ross how to be still, breathe deeply and absorb nature with all their senses – followed by tea. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 16. Photo by Robert McCaw.

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Don Scallen | Environment

Along the Bruce Trail, spring is the time to slow to a saunter 
and see, hear and scent nature’s renewal.

Garden Planning

Matches Made in Heaven

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

How Lorraine Roberts conjures up dreamy landscapes using colour, shape – and an appetite for surprise.

Volunteers (from left) Misha Dubbeld, Liz Knowles, Ann Davidson, Lynn Sinclair-Smith and Rebecca Muyal sort through donations for the annual spring plant sale – as Bruce McMoose looks on. The fundraiser brought in more than $3,ooo this year. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Healing Gardens

Michele Green | Leisure

A group of extraordinary gardeners have created a natural balm for Headwaters patients.

Painterly dabs of colour announce spring in one of the rock gardens. Photo by Liz Knowles.

Take a Tour of Larkspur Hollow

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

At their garden in Mono, Liz and George Knowles garden with an eye to all four seasons.

An allée of ‘Profusion’ crabapples and a “window” cut in a hedge at Lilactree Farm.

Spring at Lilactree Farm

Brian Bixley | Leisure

An allée of ‘Profusion’ crabapples at Lilactree Farm in Mulmur.

Notes from the Wild

Amazing Beavers

Notes from the Wild

This serendipitous meeting with a near-sighted beaver was my favorite type of wildlife encounter!

Freeliving caddisfly larva from the Credit River in Alton. Photo by Don Scallen.

Benthic Invertebrates

Notes from the Wild

The abundance of these aquatic larvae in our streams and rivers is a good thing.

Male and female rose-breasted grosbeak. Photo by Fiona Reid.

Spring Songbirds

Notes from the Wild

May and June herald the arrival of a trio of supremely beautiful tropical migrants: indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Piebald spotted salamander 2010. Photo by Charlotte Cox.

The Return of the Salamanders

Notes from the Wild

This year I managed to take video of the underwater breeding of spotted salamanders.