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Fluffy cygnets. Photo courtesy CVC.

Conservation Authorities v. Doug Ford

Mar 31, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Environment

The provincial government is stripping Ontario’s conservation authorities of the very meaning of their name ­– and key protections for the environment.

Orangeville Restaurants

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Food

A small Ontario town boasts a culinary scene with fine dining, great coffee shops and everything in between.

Kits at play. Photo by Critter Clicks Photography.

New Kits on the Block

Mar 31, 2021 | Don Scallen | Environment

Red foxes are making themselves at home in Inglewood, Grand Valley and Palgrave, hunting in our yards and denning under our sheds and garages.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds visit frequently in early summer to nectar on Sicilian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum), a lesser known member of the onion family. Photo by Tony Spencer.

Piet Oudolf, Reimagined

Mar 31, 2021 | Tony Spencer | Leisure

Dedicated local gardener Tony Spencer channels the aesthetic of the famed Dutch plantsman into his corner of the rural countryside of Mono.

Greystones Restaurant and Lounge director of operation Danielle Hughes and co-owner Benn Froggett stand at the bar in the lounge. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Greystones Reborn

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Food

An Orangeville landmark gets a splashy makeover and the chance to turbocharge the town’s vibrant dining scene.

Some Sunny Day

Mar 31, 2021 | Anthony Jenkins | Community

Covid has shifted our world and changed our priorities. For many, the hopes and dreams for the aftertimes are simple ones – to hug a parent, have dinner with a friend.

It Takes a Virtual Village

Mar 31, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Community

In what could have been a lost year for isolated new parents and their babies, social agencies moved their tried-and-true community meetups and support groups online.

Spring Contributors

Mar 31, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the creative folks – Johanna Bernhardt, Anthony Jenkins and Kim van Oosterom – who make this issue shine.

In Every Issue

Fairy Houses

Letters – Our Readers Write: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

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

Field Notes for Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to plant, read, wear this spring.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

From the office window, riddling in Redickville and the prevaricating paddlers.

Pandemic Fatigue

Mar 31, 2021 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

A year in we’ve been through so much – but we’re still putting one foot in front of the other.

Red-spotted newt. Photo courtesy CVC.

No Green Recovery

Mar 31, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

The Ford government has navigated Covid as well as or better than many – but at the same time, it has also escalated its pro-development agenda.

Food + Drink Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

We’re tracking family-sized meals, vegetarian tacos and gourmet doughnuts.

Who You Gonna Call?

Mar 31, 2021 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

A country house has a lot of moving parts that can stop moving at any moment.

Christine Nnawuchi

Mar 31, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Bolton multimedia artist and ceramicist Christine Nnawuchi mines the depths of her imagination for the objects and artifacts in her latest collection.

Bruce Wanless won three MVP awards in Ontario lacrosse leagues and played on four national championship teams. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Bruce Wanless

Mar 31, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Humble beginnings for Bruce, who is considered one of lacrosse’s all-time great defensive players.

Spring Contributors

Mar 31, 2021 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three of the creative folks – Johanna Bernhardt, Anthony Jenkins and Kim van Oosterom – who make this issue shine.

Covid-19 Has Changed Us

Mar 31, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

And some of those changes may be for the better.

Jewelry maker Kristin Evensen at work in her Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Kristin Evensen

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

This Orangeville artist strings together her Anishnaabe heritage and contemporary design in every pair of earrings she makes.

Local Buys: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Fixate on florals this spring – fresh, preserved and, yes, paper.

Angus and his father, John, paddled together at least once a month through every season for 21 years. Photo by Fred Webster.

Canoeing the Humber

Mar 31, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.
– Henry David Thoreau

A New Heritage

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How a young family is reimagining an 1885 Erin farmhouse for a long, happy life.

Huge crowds filled every community on Orangemen’s Day. In Caledon East, c.1900, the Ontario Hotel had to install extra balcony supports for this group photo. Photo courtesy Doris Porter.

The Orange and the Green: A Legacy of Distrust

Mar 31, 2021 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Animus between Protestants and Catholics brewed among early settlers in Headwaters.

Meet More Makers

Jewelry maker Kristin Evensen at work in her Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Kristin Evensen

This Orangeville artist strings together her Anishnaabe heritage and contemporary design in every pair of earrings she makes.

Jennifer Kleinpaste at her new store’s essential oil bar where she brainstorms scent blends for future products. Jennifer or staffer Jessica Marchildon also create signature blends for customers here. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Kleinpaste of Bridlewood Soaps

How an Orangeville mom made homemade soaps and beauty oils her business.

Dry stone waller Eric Landman stands on a private Caledon property where he has completed many walls and structures. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Eric Landman

The ancient craft of dry stone walling is alive and well in Headwaters thanks to this busy local artisan.

Cristina Repanovici works on a new piece in her Criopia studio in Caledon East. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Cristina Repanovici

How a designer found her groove in Caledon East by offering one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sculptural clothing creations.

A fly tying case, is filled with ties created at each meeting and given away as a door prize. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: The Fly Tyers

Headwaters Fly Fishing Club keeps the art and craft of handmade ties alive.

Svetlana Ponkin demonstrates knitting with supersized merino wool at the Rare Threads shop in the Alton Mill. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Svetlana Ponkin

From the Alton Mill to the One of a Kind Show, this knitter’s up-sized pieces are wowing collectors.

The necklace and earrings, were inspired by the curves and lines of a mosque window. Photo Courtesy Anne-Marie Warburton.

Meet the Maker: Anne-Marie Warburton of Gallery Gemma

This jeweller crafts her designs to match the individual – even when meeting them in person was on hold.

Air & Earth Design jeweller Heidi von der Gathen at work in her expansive Orangeville studio. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Heidi von der Gathen

An Orangeville jeweller casts nature as the star of her striking one-of-a-kind pieces.

Spring Characters

Mourning cloak

Spring Butterflies

Five ways butterflies survive the winter.

Monarch nectaring on New England Aster

Goldenrod and Asters

Asters and goldenrods are tremendously important wildlife plants.

Spring Peepers

On warm evenings in April and May our hills awaken to the life affirming voices of spring peepers. Their shrill calls stir the winter weary soul.

Southern flying squirrel. Photo by Kim van Oosterom.

Flying Squirrels

Remarkably, flying squirrels can glide up to 90 metres, though most of their aerial journeys are much shorter.

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.

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

Spring Songbirds

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

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

Spring Hikes on The Bruce Trail

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

Spring’s Croaking Chorus

Ten species of frogs and toads share our landscape, a rich assemblage of hopping amphibians for such a northerly clime.

Flower Power

Lee Anne Downey sits at her kitchen counter with the lavender oil she pressed last summer at Stonewell Farm. She is developing ideas for a small-batch line of lavender products to debut this year. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Doer: Stonewell Farm

At Lee Anne Downey’s new lavender farm in Erin, small-batch products and intimate retreats are in the works.

Early summer brings a carnival of colour with Bourbon Rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’, delphiniums ‘Magic Fountain’ and ‘Summer Skies’, Lilium Regale and pink Lilium Toscana. Photo by Brock May.

The Artist’s Garden

Art and gardening inspire each other to superlative effect in the botanical pursuits of two local artists.

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

A Botany of Desire

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.

Accidental Gardeners

With trial, error, dumb luck – and joy – two neophytes transformed four acres of bramble and meadow into a painterly Hockley garden.

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

Take a Tour of Larkspur Hollow

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

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.

A cultivar of the famous blue poppy found in the Himalayas, Mecanopsis ‘Lingholm’ adds a surreal touch to the landscape. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Stars of Larkspur Hollow

Up close and personal with some of the stars of Liz Knowles’ garden – many of them from alpine destinations in Central Asia, China and India.

Matches Made in Heaven

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

Pandemic Journals

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.

Grand Valley’s Karla Leger teaches her piano students via video chats.

“The enthusiasm of my students remains”

Jun 25, 2020 | Karla Leger | Pandemic Journals

A piano teacher keeps her music school running on her iPad.

“It allowed all of us to escape the world for a bit”

Oct 3, 2020 | Chris Broom | Pandemic Journals

How an Orangeville soccer coach stayed connected when practice was cancelled.

Pepe Lopez travels to Canada each summer from Mexico to work on a Mulmur farm. It feels different this year, he says.

“I always think of my family – my wife, Faviola, and my daughter, Jimena”

Jun 25, 2020 | Pepe Lopez | Pandemic Journals

On a Mulmur farm, an essential seasonal worker misses his Mexican homeland.

In the Kitchen

Creamy Lemon Fiddlehead and Morel Mushroom Fettuccine

Ruth Ann Pearce | Recipes

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

Syrian Lemon Garlic Salad

Tralee Pearce | Cooking with...

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

Cecily Ross | Salads

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

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

In The Hills | Salads

This healthy twist on a classic is my friend Rich Miller’s family recipe.

At Home in the Hills

A New Heritage

Mar 31, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

How a young family is reimagining an 1885 Erin farmhouse for a long, happy life.

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.

A family finds both continuity with the past and dreams fulfilled in a historic log house in Caledon. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Safe Haven in a Log Cabin

Jun 25, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

A family finds both continuity with the past and dreams fulfilled in a historic log house in Caledon.

The grand Victorian exterior of Sandy and Peter Reeves’ Hillsburgh farmhouse has changed little since it was built in 1876. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

At Home with Pond Side Pilates

Sep 16, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a lush Hillsburgh property warms the souls of its English expat owners – and neighbours looking to get fit.