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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

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.”

The Yin and Yang of Well-Being

Mar 23, 2015

As alternative therapies move into the mainstream and options expand, 
it’s harder than ever to know what choices make sense for your health. Nicola Ross went on a personal journey to find out.

Andrea and Dave Adsetts (left) congratulate Carol Hall and Dennis Beentjes at a recent 95+ tournament on Mono Centre courts. Photo by Jason Hall.

Tennis a Lifelong Sport

Mar 23, 2015

With nine community clubs and one busy private club, you can find a game anytime, anywhere in Headwaters.

Fat Bikes – the Action’s in the Traction

Nov 17, 2014

For these “fatty” enthusiasts, the coming of winter no longer spells the end of the ride.

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.

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.