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Maple Syrup Traditions in Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tony Reynolds |

Sugaring off is a time-honoured ritual in the hills.

Erin’s New Seed Lending Library

Mar 26, 2018 | Janice Quirt |

Check out these seeds.

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

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

Mar 26, 2018 | Don Scallen |

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

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Mink: Master Predators

Mar 5, 2018 | Don Scallen |

Winter is the best time to find evidence of mink. With snow cover, mink tracks can readily be found along streams or the verges of ponds and lakes.

Sherri Cox prepares to perform surgery on a bear cub suffering from severe frostbite. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Wildlife Rescue: Cry of the Wild

Mar 26, 2018 | Gail Grant |

Sherri Cox, a corporate executive turned wildlife vet, takes her surgical skills on the road to aid animals in distress.

A sunny spring day gets students Sarah Baker, Megan Crane, Maggie Claus, Mikayla Clarke and Amanda Cote outside to plant fast-growing crops such as red leaf lettuce, spinach and kale. Photo by James MacDonald.

The Garden of Erin

Mar 26, 2018 | Janice Quirt |

Teens get the dirt on food and farming at Erin District High School.

Maple Syrup Season

Mad Maple Scones

Aug 17, 2012 | In The Hills |

Crisp on the outside with a rich, nutty interior, they make a perfect morning treat.

Ken Jewett: The Old Man and the Tree

Ken Jewett: The Old Man and the Tree

Nov 15, 2009 | Jeff Rollings |

Local Hero: Ken Jewett is the founder of Maple Leaves Forever.

Visiting a sugar bush, such as this one at Island Lake Conservation Area, is one of winter’s last pleasures. Photo by James MacDonald.

Let It Snow: Try These 10 Kids’ Winter Activities

Nov 22, 2017 | Janice Quirt |

Embrace the season with snow tubing, tuning into nature or warming up indoors with a zany DIY parlour game.

In Every Issue

Field Notes for Spring 2018

Mar 26, 2018 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Plant a pollinator garden, go for a farming grant and tap your inner naturalist.

An 1870 Media Battle over “Fake News”

Mar 26, 2018 | Ken Weber | Heritage

The tweets and accusations of fake news in today’s media seem almost dainty compared to the Orangeville Sun’s lambasting of its rival weekly, the Orangeville Advertiser.

Retreating from the Retreat

Mar 26, 2018 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

For most of the century before I arrived, this old house hosted a parade of smoker-drinker-carnivores who poured Paris green arsenic on their potato plants and thought cleansing of any kind was weakening.

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.

plastic cubes containing battery-powered LED lights

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2018

Mar 26, 2018 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

In the snow on a soccer field in Caledon East, a rather strange family and a triangle challenge at Duffy’s school.

Shop Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | Made in the Hills

Where we’re buying local this spring.

Spring in the Hills

Backyard Birding 127… 128… 129… and Counting

Jun 17, 2013 | Chris Wedeles |

Birdwatchers like me are notoriously nerdy, and the essence of this is a fascination with lists.

Greenhouse Plants

Spring Garden Clean Up

May 10, 2015 | Katie Dawson |

No time like the present to start working in the garden! Use these tips to clean up and get ready for new plants.

Spring’s Wild Beauties

Mar 31, 2013 | Don Scallen |

The heart-gladdening beauty of early wildflowers is a signal all is right in the woodland. Which one is your favourite?

The bold colours of poppies, irises and daylilies frame the farmhouse in June. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Purposeful Garden

Mar 23, 2015 | Tralee Pearce |

Misha Dubbeld’s gracious Mono garden is a testament to 20 years of love and labour. With all that she’s learned, her latest project is conceived on a grand scale.

On our summer 2017 cover, honeybee on viper’s bugloss. Photo by Debbie Gray.

Meet Mulmur’s New Beekeepers

Jun 21, 2017 | Tralee Pearce |

How the Heritage Bee Company is boosting the honeybee population in Headwaters and inspiring newbie beekeepers.

Liz and George Knowles have lived and gardened in Mono since 1976. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Botany of Desire

Mar 20, 2017 | Tralee Pearce |

Gardener Liz Knowles’ passion for rare yet rugged alpine flora has transformed her Mono gardens into more than an aesthetic triumph. They’re an aide memoire of her life and travels 40 years on.