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Salamander hunter Eloise MacNeil. Photo by Don Scallen.

Wild Nocturne

Jun 22, 2021 | Don Scallen | Environment

Grab a flashlight and head out on a hike after sundown and get to know the creatures of the night – including moths, salamanders and frogs.

A visitor takes in the epic view at Purple Hill Lavender in Mulmur. Photo courtesy Emma Courtney.

Sunflower and Lavender Dreams

Jun 22, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Farming

Local sunflower and lavender farms are bursting with some of nature’s showiest blooms. Here’s how to enjoy them in person and via handmade products that capture the magic.

Joe Burchell uses a dowsing rod to commune with the energy of the Earth. Photo by Kerry Knudsen.

Rock of Ages

Jun 22, 2021 | Gail Grant | Arts

Stones are the inspiration for Joe Burchell’s monumental works of art.

Tree of Life

Jun 22, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins | Arts

Artist Jim Menken’s chainsaw allows fallen trees to rise again.

Regenerative Agriculture Puts the Soil First

Jun 22, 2021 | Cecily Ross | Farming

How cover crops, crop rotation and using livestock to fertilize fields puts local farmers on the front lines in reducing climate change.

The French family: Brian and Jeannette with their children Emmett (left), Charlie and Kayleigh. Photo by Kidlets Photography.

Work in Progress

Jun 22, 2021 | Jeannette French | Farming

As farmer Jeannette French notes, farming in Headwaters may always a work in progress, but this community provides the motivation it takes to forge on.

Belfountain Under Siege

Jun 22, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Community

A dispatch from the battlefield.

Baker and owner Cristina Roque works in the quiet of her kitchen at Orangeville’s Son of a Chef Bakery. Photo by Pete Paterson.

While We Are Sleeping

Jun 22, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins | Community

It’s 3:15 a.m. Where are you? Meet the folks who are doing important work in the middle of the night as most of us are curled up under the covers.

In Every Issue

Local Buys: Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Welcome a new season with nautical inspirations, summery collages and fresh new ceramics.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Marking time at the Jolly Morphology Club, a math journey with options and nouns from the outer edge.

Field Notes for Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to explore, browse, see this summer.

All Here 28" x 32" oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Sara Sniderhan

Jun 22, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Sara credits a physical move from Toronto for moves she’s been making artistically.

Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell’s off-grid home looks over a lush 22-acre property near Creemore. The artists (and now farmers) built it after moving here in 2013. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Landscape Art

Jun 22, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How artists Sara Sniderhan and Peter Mitchell rendered their vision for family living in Mulmur.

Imagining the Future

Jun 22, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

A lot of us are daring to hope that some things really will never be the same again – in a good way.

Summer Contributors

Jun 22, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the hardworking folks – Cindy Caines, Gail Grant and Cecily Ross – behind this issue.

Melissa Jenkins paints using natural inks she makes out of foraged plants and flowers. Photo courtesy of Melissa Jenkins.

Meet the Maker: Melissa Jenkins

Jun 22, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Natural inks made from foraged plants gave this artist a way to heal her body and share her passion for the outdoors.

Board Games for the Bored

Jun 22, 2021 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

As the pandemic wanes, our columnist taps into her nostalgia for board games with a fresh-out-of-the-package Scrabble.

It’s the End of the World … Again

Jun 22, 2021 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

As a scribbler I have always walked down the sunny side of the concession roads.

On her last day as a rural mail carrier, Connie Tersigni bade farewell to Beau, who would miss his treats. Photo by Bernie Rochon.

Connie Tersigni

Jun 22, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

When Connie started her route, there were no street numbers in Caledon.

The Ford Model T Coupe was popular among country doctors for, among other reasons, an enclosed cabin that would protect them from the elements when making house calls.

The Auto Takes Hold

Jun 22, 2021 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

In less than two decades automobiles grew from curiosity to commonplace in these hills.

Velvet Haney (left) and Rachel Manley show off the swimwear they designed for women “who aren’t at Woodstock anymore.” Photo by Garland Haney.

Meet the Bathing Boomers

Jun 22, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Fashion or comfort? Caledon friends and swimwear designers Velvet Haney and Rachel Manley believe you can have both.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Summer 2021 edition of In The Hills magazine.

From left, brothers Leif, Waverly and Xavier discover a cache in a hollowed out tree trunk. Photo by Fred Webster.

Geocaching Treasure Hunt

Jun 22, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

A thoroughly modern treasure hunt is a surefire way to get kids busy outdoors.

Food + Drink Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

A new grocery to visit, fresh gourmet takeout to try and a bevy of food trucks to chase.

Summer Critters

milkweed beetle

Beetle Mania

Four beetles among hundreds of thousands, each with a unique story to tell.

Amazing Beavers

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

Tiger swallowtail. Photo by Don Scallen.

Flight of the Butterfly

To the casual observer the flight of a butterfly appears haphazard and inefficient, something like the bobbing of a cork on turbulent waters.

Birdsong – Brought to You by Bugs

I recently had the pleasure of watching a pair of house wren parents feed their babies in a backyard nest box.

Pandemic Journals

The Upper Credit Humane Society’s Heather Webber reports a rise in people willing to foster shelter pets.

“Very quickly, animals were placed in foster homes”

Jun 25, 2020 | Heather Webber | Pandemic Journals

Keeping both animals and staff safe was a priority at the Upper Credit Humane Society shelter.

“All my paid work is suspended”

May 20, 2020 | Jane Mountain | Pandemic Journals

This volunteer now makes grocery deliveries to seniors for free.

“We do all of this to help one person at a time”

Oct 3, 2020 | Brenda Bot | Pandemic Journals

A Mono farm sustains itself and its network of charitable good deeds.

Shelburne mayor Wade Mills is grateful for the compassion shown by the community.

“The collective grief shared by our community is something that will long endure”

Jun 25, 2020 | Wade Mills | Pandemic Journals

Shelburne’s mayor reflects on both the tragedy that gripped his town and the compassion it inspired.

The Stories Behind Local Food

Chicken teriyaki skewers at Heatherlea Farm Shoppe. Photo courtesy Heatherlea Farm Shoppe.

The Boom in Local Food

Nicola Ross | Food

In the dark cloud of the pandemic, a silver lining for small farmers.

Craft Beer in Caledon

Craft Beer Takes Root in Caledon

Tralee Pearce | Food

Local restaurants and beer lovers are embracing a fresh wave of Caledon craft breweries – with inventive recipes and meaningful branding behind their budding reputations.

Rasmi AlHariri scoops raw falafel into the deep fryer at his family’s booth at Orangeville Farmers’ Market. Photo by Pete Paterson.

A Taste of Syria

Tralee Pearce | Cooking with...

Crispy chickpea fritters and zingy sides are at the heart of Rasmi’s Falafel.

Heatherlea Farm Shoppe

Heatherlea Farm Shoppe

In The Hills | Headwaters Farm Fresh | On-farm restaurant | On-farm store | Online order

Artisan dry-aged Angus beef, fresh meats, coffee, pies, cookies, tarts, cheese, produce, heat-and-serve meals, local foods

At Home in the Hills

Crisp and white, Compass House, designed by Toronto architecture firm Superkül, sits on a 200-acre property in the hills of Mulmur. Photo by Ben Rahn / A-Frame Studio.

A Mulmur Masterpiece by Architecture Firm Superkül

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a project called Compass House helped one family build roots in Dufferin County – and cemented its two architects’ love of the area.

The home’s lower level features walkouts to an infinity pool. Photography © Ben Rahn / A-Frame.

Picture Perfect

Jun 19, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

A modern retreat melds seamlessly with its natural setting.

The property’s original stone steps veer a little to one side, but the owners love the patina and have no plans to replace them. Photo by Nat Caron.

A Caledon Cottage Reborn

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a Toronto couple transformed a dilapidated house into a year-round sanctuary.

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.