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The Covid-19 Olympics

Jun 25, 2020 | Charles Bongers | Arts

In light of the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games In The Hills Presents the Covid-19 Olympics.

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

The Boom in Local Food

Jun 25, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Food

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

Mask Makers, Assemble!

Jun 25, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Community

How local stitchers, engineers, manufacturers and teachers stepped up to create and donate face coverings and other apparel to beat back the virus.

Imagining the Future

Jun 25, 2020 | Brent Klassen | Farming

So we wonder, amid the disruption and heartbreak, what future is being born in this moment?

Pandemic Journals

Pandemic Journals

Jun 25, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Pandemic Journals

We thank everyone who shared a glimpse of their lives with us.

Keen eyes can spot a variety of fairy abodes secreted along the pathways in Palgrave and Dufferin Forests. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

How to Find a Fairy House

Jun 25, 2020 | Gail Grant | Leisure

Keen eyes can spot a variety of fairy abodes secreted along the pathways in Palgrave and Dufferin Forests.

Pandemic Journals

“I’ve taken this time to focus on what matters most”

Jun 25, 2020 | Kate Perreault | Pandemic Journals

A Mono teen reassesses her idea of “normal.”

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.

Vanessa Kreuzer and Terry Doel have had to reinvent Orangeville’s Lavender Blue Catering and Le Finis café during the pandemic.

“There was no time to wallow”

Jun 25, 2020 | Vanessa Kreuzer | Pandemic Journals

How the duo behind Orangeville’s Lavender Blue Catering are keeping Dufferin fed.

In Every Issue

Retired fishing boat ~ by Margaret Derry

Margaret Derry

Jun 25, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Margaret uploads her own photos as starting points, then reimagines the backgrounds and layers on “paint” using programs that mimic everything from brush strokes to pigment density.

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.

Messing with Our Sense of Time

Jun 25, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Are we in the middle of the pandemic, approaching the end, or is it just the beginning?

No Life Untouched

Jun 25, 2020 | Signe Ball | Letters, Our Readers Write

Reflections on how we’ve coped and what the future holds.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2020

Jun 25, 2020 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Describe how the engine can switch the cars, time yourself and the Jolly Morphology Club gets sentimental.

Local Buys: Summer 2020

Jun 25, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this summer in Headwaters.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Summer 2020

Jun 25, 2020 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Summer 2020 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Quarantini with a twist: Writer Gail Grant settles in for a Skype chat with a distant friend. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Home Alone

Jun 25, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Living solo in the era of Covid-19

Field Notes for Summer 2020

Jun 25, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to buy, watch, grow this summer.

Herb Hastings celebrated his 71st birthday at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with his daughter Annette. Photo Courtesy Herb Hastings.

Herb Hastings

Jun 25, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Herb Hastings is an original member of the Achill Choral Society, is working on his 13th end-to-end trek of the Bruce Trail by hiking 30 to 50 kilometres every week.

Trying to be More Like Dexter

Jun 25, 2020 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Dexter wants us to believe he keeps us safe from coyotes, but this is a harmless fiction. The truth is he craves news and gossip as much as any of us.

Our Hiking 101 guide to hiking in Caledon and Dufferin.

Hiking in Caledon and Dufferin

Jun 25, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Looking to get outside for some fresh air? Here’s our guide to walking in Headwaters.

Hiking in Caledon and Dufferin

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.

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.

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.

Fly Fishing

Avid flyfisher Susan Gesner (left) gives fishing novice Nicola Ross a casting lesson on the West Credit. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Lure of Fly Fishing

Sep 16, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

If you’ve never cast with a fly rod, you might expect the fly to land first. But that’s not how it happens.

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

Mar 24, 2020 | Elaine Anselmi | Made in the Hills

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

Brook Trout

A Strange Fish Story

Mar 22, 2007 | Don Scallen | Environment

More than sixty species of fish make their home in the Credit Valley watershed, but many of them are strangers to all but the most avid observers. Let us introduce you.

Summer Homes

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.

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.

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.

Get Outside

Amazing Beavers

Notes from the Wild

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

Red fox kits by their den entrance under an old garage. Photo by Don Scallen.

Red Foxes

Notes from the Wild

The Georgetown fox family is lucky to be living in an older section of town where yards are spacious and tree filled.

Skunks

Skunks and Porcupines, Masters of Defence

Notes from the Wild

Skunks, in contrast to porcupines, are positively cuddly with soft, luxuriant fur, just begging to be stroked.