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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

Scott McLean holds the traces as Thumper and King pour their hearts into the task of pulling a “boat” loaded with up to 10,000 pounds of concrete slabs at recent agricultural fair competitions. Scott and his team participate in as many as 30 competitions over the course of the summer and fall. Photo by Lisa Binns.

Heavy Horses

Sep 11, 2014

Heart and muscle at the fall fair. Heavy horse pulls are crowd pleasers at Ontario’s fall fairs.

Two dragon boat crews battle it out at a recent regatta at Heart Lake Conservation area. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Paddling with Dragons

Jun 17, 2014

Two Caledon women are among those transforming Canada into a dragon boating powerhouse.

Creemore’s 100-Mile Store, owned by Sandra Lackie and Jackie Durnford, now boasts 100 suppliers who provide more than 1,000 products from within a 100-mile radius. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Local Food

Mar 23, 2014

A look back at a decade of progress and the challenges still ahead.

Trainer Tony Fenech has been putting Orangeville mayor Rob Adams through his paces for about four years, usually in the gym at Big Tyme Fitness and Boxing, but sometimes for variety on the playground equipment of a local school. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Beyond the Fitness Fad

Mar 23, 2014

Personal trainers offer clients much more than a physical workout.

A hiker enjoys a hike along a high path amid the golden fields of late summer. Photo by Gary Hall.

An Audacious Idea – The Bruce Trail Turns 50

Mar 23, 2014

“What,” Lowes asked, “would you think of a hiking trail winding up the Niagara Escarpment from one end to the other?”

A Path to Stillness, Clarity and Wisdom

Nov 19, 2013

The International Tai Chi Centre in Mono draws people from around the world to practise the ancient art.

chocolate covered oreos

How Sweet It Is

Nov 19, 2013

Classic truffles and novelty chocolates make an irresistible combo at The Chocolate Shop.

Growing Garlic

Sep 11, 2013

An Ancient Crop Adds Zest to Country Living!

She may be wearing borrowed skates, but writer Nicola Ross looks every bit the part in her debut hockey game. She even did a turn in goal and grinned happily (perhaps with relief it was over) front and centre for the team photo. Photo by Pete Paterson.

My Not-So-Glorious Hockey Career

Sep 11, 2013

But then, winning isn’t everything for the Caledon Women’s Hockey League.

Sandra Post

Lessons from a Champion

Jun 17, 2013

On the green with golf legend Sandra Post.

Having Your Cake

Jun 17, 2013

Sarah Hallett’s delectable sweets have locals coming back for more.

Photo by Ellen Cameron.

High on Horses

Mar 31, 2013

As Caledon prepares for the 2015 Pan Am Games, Headwaters Horse Country is saddling up for the ride of its life.

Pommies Dry Cider: Crisp, Clear & Dry

Mar 31, 2013

Even in colder weather customers love Pommies’ combination of five local apple varieties, a bit of sugar, water, naturally occurring acids and carbonation.

Going the Distance – On Horseback

Mar 31, 2013

Endurance riding is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world.

Aidan, Nancy and Jamie harvest the leek crop. Photo by Rosemary Hasner.

Am Braigh Farm: Farming on the Back Side of the Calendar

Nov 17, 2012

Jamie bought Am Braigh’s three acres and broken-down old farmhouse in 1992. His aunt came up with the name, which is Gaelic for “higher ground,” relating both to his property and his spiritual leanings.

John Paterson strikes a pose during a Qigong demonstration at October’s Weekend in the Woods at Hockley Valley Resort. Photo by Rosemary Hasner

Qigong: Going with the Flow

Nov 16, 2012

Qigong involves repeating exercises – some very simple and others much more rigourous – meant to get chi flowing. Specific exercises affect different areas of the body, allowing a practitioner to focus on particular problems and self-heal.

Hockley Valley Coffee Roasters: In pursuit of the perfect cup

Sep 13, 2012

Tom Deans loves coffee so much, he decided to roast it himself!

Pearl Willems and Elaine Crawford fi re at “birds” during the weekly Ladies’ Trap Shooting Night. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ladies’ night out … with shotguns

Sep 13, 2012

I cracked the gun open and the empty shot popped out of the barrel in a small cloud of smoke.

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.