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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

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.

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.

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.