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In November 2021 Caledon residents participated in a protest in Bolton calling on the Ford government to cancel Highway 413. Organized by Environmental Defence, protests against 413 and the Bradford Bypass were held the same day in Holland Landing, King City and Mississauga. Photo courtesy Jenni Le Forestier.

Why Highway 413 is a Bad Idea

Mar 29, 2022 | Debbe Crandall | Environment

The “zombie” highway will hurt the environment, fail to solve the problems it aims to address – and there are better ideas to explore.

Land Acknowledgments Decoded

Mar 29, 2022 | Erin Fitzgibbon | Heritage

A primer on the history and the reconciliation goals behind the statements read out before municipal, arts and sports events.

Red eft. Photo by don Scallen.

Adapting to Survive

Mar 29, 2022 | Don Scallen | Environment

Animals use camouflage, poison and deception to live another day.

Spring Contributors

Mar 29, 2022 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the creative people – Marion Hodgson, Erin Fitzgibbon and Alison McGill – behind the spring issue.

Forever Gift: Community Foundations

Mar 29, 2022 | Jeff Rollings | Community

Community foundations in Caledon and Dufferin perpetuate a donor’s legacy and help stabilize a charity’s funding. Win, win.

Amateur gardener Emily Quinton grows vegetables in her backyard and in the Alton Village Square community garden. Photo courtesy Emily Quinton.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mar 29, 2022 | Alison McGill | Leisure

Creating your first vegetable garden can seem like a daunting task. Here’s a beginner’s guide to choosing the right spot, the top crops and enjoying the fruits (well, vegetables) of your labour.

Shooting star and sumac. Photo by Susanne McRoberts.

Natural Rhythm

Mar 29, 2022 | Alison McGill | Leisure

The rocky terrain on an escarpment precipice inspired rather than deterred the creation of this expansive Caledon garden.

You Say You Want an Evolution

Mar 29, 2022 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

In fact, going back is never an option.

Trail Running in Headwaters

Mar 29, 2022 | Nicola Ross | Leisure

Through the woods, up the hills, down the valleys, the popularity of trail running races is surging in Headwaters – and this competition is all about fun.

In Every Issue

Letters – Our Readers Write: Spring 2022

Mar 29, 2022 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Spring 2022 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Artist Beth Grant creates lampwork beads at her worktable inside Orangeville’s Dragonfly Arts. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Beth Grant

Mar 29, 2022 | Gail Grant | Made in the Hills

The East Garafraxa glass artist imbues her glossy beads with the colours and feel of the great outdoors, especially the expansive Far North.

Local Buys: Spring 2022

Mar 29, 2022 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Felted treasures, pink hoodies and handcrafted pottery.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2022

Mar 29, 2022 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

The Inglewood fence, the answer is in the letters and rhyming outside the box.

Field Notes for Spring 2022

Mar 29, 2022 | Johanna Bernhardt | Field Notes

Where to run, charge up, and gaze at art.

Orangeville’s “Stolen” Election

Mar 29, 2022 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Angry crowds, a mishandled ballot box, cries of voter suppression and a legal challenge rocked the election for Orangeville’s reeve in 1909.

Along with his Islamic faith, a focus on helping others has defined Imtiaz Ahmad’s life purpose. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Imtiaz Ahmad

Mar 29, 2022 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Along with his Islamic faith, a focus on helping others has defined Imtiaz Ahmad’s life purpose.

Food + Drink Spring 2022

Mar 29, 2022 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Decadent cakes, hearty mushrooms and eatery news you can use.

In 2021, Kathy Anderson and Michael Coombs, who met through an online dating site, celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary on their sailboat Escape. Photo Courtesy Kathy Anderson.

Digital Dating

Mar 29, 2022 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

The ways we meet may change, but the laws of attraction never grow old.

Treasures Worth Saving

Mar 29, 2022 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

I looked out the window and pondered my own answer to the question I’d asked.

Steve Sopinka of Creemore’s Fieldesign Architecture Studio left the street side of his family’s Victorian home mostly untouched and added a sleekly minimalist addition to the back. Photo by Bailey Noelle Photography.

Something Old, Something New

Mar 29, 2022 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How a Creemore designer reimagined his family’s century home, marrying Victorian substance with minimalist, Scandinavian style.

Grand Valley’s Jenna Brooks stands amid the storage racks her Mississauga-based company, Racked Out Inc., installs for clients. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Stepping Up: Jenna Brooks

Mar 29, 2022 | Janice Quirt | A Day in the Life

The warehouse racking entrepreneur sets her alarm for 4:30 a.m – early call times are all in a day’s work.

Upper Credit Conservation Area

Mar 29, 2022 | Nicola Ross | Take a Hike

Our inaugural Take a Hike features grassland, rock elms and an ancient pine tree on part of the Credit Valley Trail.

Learning to Visit Again

Mar 29, 2022 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

I seemed to have forgotten how a visit is supposed to go.

Rosebud Motel 6" x 6" Gouache on paper ~ by Jessica Tamlin

Jessica Tamlin

Mar 29, 2022 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

The Creemore artist mines the emotional connections we make with the landscape and landmarks around us.

Happy Returns: Rural Tax Credits

Mar 29, 2022 | Alison McGill | Country Living 101

As a country property owner you may be eligible to apply for one of three Ontario tax savings programs – and start your journey as a steward of the landscape.

We Dig It

A charming bouquet showcases several luscious peony varieties. Photo by Tessa Angus.

The Peony Pro: Caledon Hills Peony Farm

Looking for a rare peony variety? Diana Hillman’s got you covered with rootstock from North America and the Netherlands.

An autumn market bouquet includes zinnias, coneflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and a pink sunflower, along with other delights. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Life at a Flower Farm

Meet the women behind the blooms at Petals Flower Co., Purple Hill Lavender Farm, Stonewell Farm, Broadside Flowers and Caledon Hills Peony Farm.

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

Sunflower and Lavender Dreams

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.

An array of ‘Café au Lait’ dahlias. In summer, Amanda covers their buds with organza gift bags to ward off earwigs. Photo Courtesy Broadside Flowers.

The Green Thumb: Broadside Flowers

Terra Cotta landscape gardener Amanda White’s own garden is brimming with foxgloves and dahlias.

Signs of Spring

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander. Photo by Don Scallen.

Calvin the Salamander

Calvin is a rare piebald version of a spotted salamander.


Most of our minnows, like our songbirds, breed in spring and many male minnows, like male songbirds, advertise their reproductive fitness with brilliant colours.

American robin. Photo by Don Scallen.

Signs of Spring

In March nature pushes against the shackles of winter, and then bursts free with birdsong and butterflies.

Red elderberry flower buds

Life Renewed

There is much to quicken the pulse at this time of year. So much to see, hear and appreciate.

Calling All Cooks

Syrian Lemon Garlic Salad

This zingy lemon garlic salad is a takeaway hit at Rasmi’s Falafel at the Orangeville Farmers’ Market. Here’s how to make it at home.

This salad is even better if prepared and tossed with dressing a few hours or even a full day before serving. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Apple and Kale Salad

This apple and kale salad is perfect for potlucks because it travels so well.

Wild Leek Soup

Please harvest wild leeks sustainably, taking only 5 to 15 per cent of a given population a year.

Creamy Lemon Fiddlehead and Morel Mushroom Fettuccine

After your foraging trip, try this fettuccine dish to celebrate.

Outdoor Adventures

Rowing on Island Lake

On the calm, early morning waters of Island Lake, rowers get a healthy head start on their day.

E-bike fan Liz Beatty and skeptic Nicola Ross recently took their motorized wheels for a ride on Forks of the Credit Road. Photo by Pete Paterson.

E-Bikes: The Skeptic and the Fan

Are e-bikes cheating or are they the perfect solution for our hills? Two very different local cyclists take their e-bikes out for a spin, and weigh in on the experience.

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

Caledon Hikes

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.

You’ll completely miss the ball until you get used to the shorthandled pickleball paddle. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Pickleball, Anyone?

The name may be goofy, but this racquet sport delivers a competitive workout.