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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

You’ll completely miss the ball until you get used to the shorthandled pickleball paddle. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Pickleball, Anyone?

Sep 16, 2017

The name may be goofy, but this racquet sport delivers a competitive workout.

The Classic Revival style of the Dufferin County Court House was designed to impress the citizenry with the authority of the judiciary. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walking Tour of Orangeville, Inglewood or Hillsburgh

Jun 21, 2017

Soak up some fascinating local history and stroll the sidewalks of our towns and villages.

Women Shine in Learn-to Sport Programs

Jun 21, 2017

What makes the difference? Support and personal connections.

Stella Davies thought the game might be a fun diversion for her and her husband David who had developed a vision problem. The unexpected result? His vision improved. Photos by James MacDonald.

Playing Ping-Pong in Mono is a Community Affair

Mar 20, 2017

A dedicated band of Ping-Pong fans of every age congregate every week to show their paddle power.

Donna Davies, historian with attitude. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Donna Davies

Nov 22, 2016

Historian with attitude

Barrie Shepley, high-performance brain. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Barrie Shepley

Nov 22, 2016

High-performance brain

An aerial yoga workout, like this one at Personal Best in Mono Mills, combines yoga, Pilates and dance. The silk hammock allows for extra stretch and the occasional thrill of weightlessness. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Fusion workouts

Nov 22, 2016

Mix & match, fusion workouts take the “same old” out of exercise.

Ryan Atkins plows through a water obstacle. Photos by Fred Webster.

Obstacle Course Racing

Sep 16, 2016

Making sport of obstacles: A Caledon couple are rising stars in a challenging new professional sport.

The Language of Nature

Jun 20, 2016

Without words, are we lost in the woods? How words connect us to nature.

Members of the Orangeville Athletic Sports and Social Club women’s league play weekly at Rotary Park throughout the summer. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

The Good Old Soccer Game

Jun 20, 2016

Leaving hockey behind, sports lovers in the hills and beyond are heading to the soccer pitch in record numbers.

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Zoo Food

Mar 21, 2016

How a local feed mill has become the go-to resource for zoos across North America.

It was a blustery day when Carl “Crusty” Cosack took writer Nicola Ross for a ride across the high hills of Peace Valley Ranch. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Home on the Range

Mar 21, 2016

Need to soothe your soul and focus your mind? Try a cattle drive!

Colleen Darrell a trailblazing volunteer. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Colleen Darrell

Nov 25, 2015

For Colleen, volunteering with the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club seemed like a natural choice.

Squash pro Leah Desbarres (left), ranked for many years among Ontario’s top ten players, gives relative newcomer Terry Pritchard some tough competition on the court. Photo by James MacDonald.

The Awesomeness of Squash

Nov 25, 2015

First played in prison, this fast-paced game is not for the faint of heart.

Ivonne Ibarra (left) leads Zumba classes at Riverdale Fitness Mill. She mentored Janice M-Eisenberg (right) who now leads classes at Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Zumba – Party your way to fitness

Sep 11, 2015

Get off the treadmill and join the Zumba craze!

The Credit River is one of the defining features of rural Caledon. Click for larger image. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Finding Balance in Caledon: The Urban/Rural Divide

Jun 16, 2015

In less than two decades Caledon’s population will be 75 per cent urban. Can its countryside values survive the shift?

Belfountain / Forks Park Loop Hike. Click to see larger map.

Caledon Hikes

Jun 16, 2015

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.

Thick forests gave way to farmers’ fields, and we drifted by the rich, green fairways of the Caledon Country Club. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Paddling in Caledon

Jun 16, 2015

Needing to maintain my balance added an interesting dimension to traditional yoga, but what appealed to me most was the fresh breeze and warm sunshine in our open-air “studio.”

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.