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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Alton.

Pit by Pit

Sep 20, 2022

As another battle over aggregate mining gears up in Cataract, the question remains: how do we balance our voracious demand for aggregates with the rights of local citizens and nature?

Creemore Nature Preserve

Sep 20, 2022

This short hike in Clearview Township is perfect for a quick escape into brilliant fall colours, with gorgeous maple trees, a pollinator garden, and crystal waters that are the local brewery’s special ingredient.

Mulmur Hills Hike

Jun 24, 2022

A view of the Boyne River, a visit to legendary concert spot Rock Hill Park and the Bibbulmun Track Friendship Trail awaits on this hilly terrain.

Trail Running in Headwaters

Mar 29, 2022

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.

Upper Credit Conservation Area

Mar 29, 2022

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

Ken Hunt. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ice Angel: Ken Hunt

Nov 29, 2021

Thanks to this community builder, the Palgrave Mill Pond is a place where the village meets in winter to skate, play shinny and connect.

Yes, She Can: Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan

Nov 29, 2021

Two pivotal players in Canada’s first Olympic gold in women’s soccer in Tokyo call Caledon East and Shelburne home.

Nicola Ross, Judy Wilson, Jen Palacios and Margaret Shier take a spin on the community ice trail in Inglewood. Photo by Fred Webster.

Ice Skating Outside

Nov 29, 2021

Lacing up outdoors to hit the ice.

Sue Joy’s canine companion, Traffic, 11, masters a sun salutation during a “doga” (dog yoga) class in August among the sunflowers at Campell’s Cross Farm in Caledon. Yoga with animals is one of the many contemporary variations of the ancient practice. Photo by Venesa Zukic, Fly Light Photography.

Pick Your Pose

Sep 24, 2021

From hatha to ashtanga, there’s a wide range of yoga styles to address your physical, mental or spiritual needs – even the need to include furry pals.

Belfountain Under Siege

Jun 22, 2021

A dispatch from the battlefield.

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

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

Fluffy cygnets. Photo courtesy CVC.

Conservation Authorities v. Doug Ford

Mar 31, 2021

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

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

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

Tales of a Snowboarding Newbie

Nov 24, 2020

Strapping on a board for the first time can be daunting, but as Nicola Ross finds outs, hiring a knowledgeable instructor keeps bruising at bay.

Kayaking

Sep 18, 2020

Seeking peace and solitude on Island Lake in Orangeville.

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

The Boom in Local Food

Jun 25, 2020

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

Our Hiking 101 guide to hiking in Caledon and Dufferin.

Hiking in Caledon and Dufferin

Jun 25, 2020

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

Ultimate champion Monica Kerr-Coster defends against an opponent at a recent indoor pickup game in Erin. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Ultimate Frisbee Challenge

Mar 24, 2020

Inspired by Frisbee and played without referees, this field game is all about the sporting spirit.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.