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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

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.

On our cover: The family Cook – Jason, Bryan, Collin and Jim – at the 2019 Great Canadian Pond Spiel on Island Lake. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Curling for the Win

Nov 22, 2019

The centuries-old sport continues to thrive and the Great Canadian Pond Spiel is a fun-filled reminder of its origin on natural ice.

Birds of a Feather: Badminton

Nov 22, 2019

Fast-paced, action-packed and sociable, badminton converts a longtime tennis player.

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

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

Inspired by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Orangeville student Olivia Rowan urged on fellow protesters at a recent local climate strike. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Climate Change and the Young

Jun 20, 2019

“We the young have started to move.” Youth here and around the world raise a battle cry for action on climate change.

Constructed on the former tracks of North-Western Railway, Caledon Trailway covers 35 scenic kilometres from Terra Cotta to Highway 9. Photo by Pete Paterson.

From Rails to Trails

Jun 20, 2019

Tearing up tracks for a place to go slow.

Lawn Bowling

Mar 19, 2019

Often called summertime curling, lawn bowling has an ancient history.

Snow Queen: Zoe Bergermann, 24, Erin. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Snow Queen: Zoe Bergermann

Nov 20, 2018

Zoe Bergermann scored her first World Cup podium finish and made her Olympic debut this year.

Lacrosse Leader: Jeff Henrick, 21, Orangeville. Photo by Casey Cascaldo.

Lacrosse Leader: Jeff Henrick

Nov 20, 2018

Orangeville’s Jeff Henrick is junior at Ohio State University, where he plays the game he honed with the Northmen here at home.

Running Star: Aysia Maurice, 14, Bolton. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Running Star: Aysia Maurice

Nov 20, 2018

Bolton runner Aysia Maurice holds provincial records for the 2,000-metre and 1,500-metre steeplechase, and has placed in the top 10 nationally in both events.

Mary Baxter (centre) and her co-instructor Sarah Butler (centre left) lead a Nia session at the Ecology Retreat Centre: “Fall in love with feeling good and the joy of movement.” Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nia: Unleash Your Happy Warrior

Nov 20, 2018

Nia combines yoga, martial arts and dance.

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

Sep 18, 2018

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.

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

Jun 19, 2018

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.

Don Coats (left) tested his mettle, with the help of an e-bike, against younger and fitter triathlete Sean Bechtel on his road bike. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Can an E-bike Help you Shave Minutes off your Time?

Jun 19, 2018

Manpower vs horsepower: How Don Coats, the owner of Caledon Hills Cycling in Inglewood, fared using an e-bike to race his faster employee, Sean Bechtel.

A Tale of Two Women: Virginia Ridpath. Photo by Jeff Ridpath. Richie Castillo. Photo by Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Swimming Buddies: Virginia Ridpath and Richie Castillo

Jun 19, 2018

A former Olympic swimmer and her Philippines-born caregiver swam together for less than a year – but the experience changed both their lives profoundly.

Enthusiastic master swimmer Jo Coburn. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Orangeville Otters Swim Club

Jun 19, 2018

Otters in the Waters: The pool isn’t just for kids.

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.