Snip20160617_1Reverse Geo-Cache Challenge

Want to win prizes? Have a handheld GPS?

Is your cellphone equipped with GPS? 

Do you hike with kids with energy to spare?

Then this is your chance to have some fun and be entered to win some great prizes.

You may have noticed that each of the loop routes described in Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, has a GPS Trail Marker. (See the image from Hike #17 shown here.)

I happen to have the GPS coordinates for each of these trail markers.


The contest:

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If you send me the GPS coordinates for any 3 of the 37 loops in Caledon HIkes by July 31, 2016 then you will be entered to win one of 3 prizes that will include a Caledon Hikes cap. (See above)

It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s great exercise.

Just hike at least 3 loops, keep your eye open for the trail marker, record its GPS coordinates and send the name and number of the loop, and the GPS coordinates to me at

The winners will be drawn on August 5, 2016 so get your entries in now.

Good luck,


PS The trail marker for Hike # 13 (Devil’s Pulpit/Paua Coats Loop) is no longer there.



Enter to Win a Mid-Week Break

Ditch the Weekend.

Because weekends shouldn’t have all the fun, we invite you to celebrate a Mid-Week Break in Caledon’s spectacular hills. Home to fabulous hiking, wonderful restaurants, farm markets, galleries, the Credit Valley Explorer Tourist Train, yoga studies, spas, biking, birding, the Forks of the Credit trestle bridge, The Great War Flying Museum and more, Caledon is only an hour’s escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Now, Caledon is also home to the beautiful Peartree B&B (Peartree B&B). Lovingly run by Innkeeper Audrey Partridge, Peartree is located near the banks of the Credit River in the village of Terra Cotta. Your rooms open into a garden, fresh air and the peace we all need in our lives. You can walk to the Terra Cotta Inn for lunch or dinner, explore the Caledon Trailway or just relax with a good book in the sunshine without having to start your car.

And because the birds, trails, Terra Cotta Inn and the Peartree B&B don’t disappear on weekdays, we want you to experience what Caledon has to offer during the mid-week.

To enter to win one of three prizes including the Mid-Week Package described below, you must:

  • Book, pay for and stay during the mid-week at the lovely Lodge at Pine Cove (Lodge at Pine Cove) on the French River in Northern Ontario by June 30, 2016,


  • Buy a copy of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes on line from Loops & Lattes by June 30, 2016.


$24.95 + $6.30 for shipping

First Prize:

  • Two nights accommodations including a scrumptious breakfast for up to 4 people at the elegant and recently opened Peartree B&B in Terra Cotta, Ontario (
  • One 3-course dinner for 4 people at the historic Terra Cotta Inn (Terra Cotta Inn)
  • One half-day guided hike lead by Nicola Ross, author of Caledon’s only dedicated hiking guide: Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes (Loops & Lattes)
  • Other offers from local businesses, and the freedom to enjoy what Caledon has to offer.


Second Prize: 

  • 20% discount on your mid-week stay at The Lodge at Pine Cove during May or June, 2017 (Lodge at Pine Cove)
  • One 3-course dinner for two at The Lodge at Pine Cove (Lodge at Pine Cove)


Third Prize:

A copy of Halton Hikes: Mostly Loops & More Lattes, Nicola’s new hiking guide that will be available in November 2016 (Loops & Lattes)


  1. First prize is a mid-week package available on Monday through Thursday nights. It must be used by October 31, 2016 and is one package that must be used during the same stay at the Peartree B&B.
  2. Dinners at both the Terra Cotta Inn and The Lodge at Pine Cove are three-course meals. Liquor, coffee, tea and tips are not included.
  3. Transferable to friends or family, but the package cannot be changed. If the winner transfers the package, they must make the change known to the Peartree B&B in advance of the stay.
  4. To enter, you must:
    a) Book, pay for and stay during the mid-week at The Lodge at Pine Cove by June 30, 2016
    b) Purchase a copy of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes online from Loops & Lattes by June 30, 2016.
    5. Draw will take place on July 5, 2016. Winners will be notified by July 12, 2016.


Visit Lodge at Pine Cove, Loops & Lattes, Peartree B&B, Terra Cotta Inn or Caledon Tourism for more information.

To purchase Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, scroll down.

About the Caledon Hikes

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For the Caledon Hikes love story check out my new video created by Mick Partlett.

Home to the Niagara Escarpment’s cliffs, the Oak Ridges Moraine’s rolling kames and kettles, fine farmland and several of southern Ontario’s most picturesque rivers, Caledon is a rural gem located within Toronto’s urban shadow. In Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola provides detailed descriptions of 37 hiking loops that are a perfect way to spend an hour, an afternoon or even an entire day. Nicola’s carefully thought-out routes demonstrate her familiarity with the landscape and knowledge of what makes a good hike great. All of the routes described in this thoughtfully organized guide start and end at the same location. Sprinkled within her instructions is fascinating information about Caledon’s plants and animals, tidbits about its industrial past, and suggestions about where to top off your walk with a frothy café latte or an irresistible ice cream cone.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area or plan to visit, Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes will provide you with hours of hiking enjoyment.

$24.95 + $6.30 shipping & handling

About the Author

NicolaRosscroppedA hometown girl, NICOLA ROSS is part of Caledon’s landscape. Years spent hiking local trails, wandering down country roads and exploring villages prompted her to start the Caledon Countryside Alliance to help protect the area from urban sprawl. A columnist with In The Hills magazine for almost two decades and the award-winning author of five books including Caledon and Dufferin County, Nicola lends her knowledge of Caledon’s past and present to her familiarity with the trails that crisscross its dramatic landscape.

Write on the Yukon:
A Paddling/Writing Adventure


NEW! Canoe North Adventures invites you to join Adventure & Travel writer Nicola Ross for this unique opportunity to experience the legend and lore of the Klondike Gold Rush. After canoeing down the Yukon River’s swift current amid vast mountain peaks, the trip concludes in Dawson City where we will visit Diamond Tooth Gerties, drop by Pierre Berton’s house, catch up with Robert Service and pan for our golden fortunes along the shores of Bonanza Creek.

Write on the Yukon involves 12 days of paddling the Pelly and Yukon rivers, two of Canada’s most historic waterways. We will spend our days canoeing through history and our nights sleeping with the sound of rushing water as our lullaby. Should you be interested telling a few stories, the schedule allows you time to write about your adventure, work on your memoir or get started on that novel you’ve been wanting to write. We invite you to be inspired by the Yukon’s vast and magical landscape!

Meant for paddlers and writers of all skill levels, this adventure provides you with access to the advice and expertise of seasoned travel, adventure and environmental writer Nicola Ross. She will provide one-on-one assistance and offer workshops that will take place on the shores of the river where, with luck, a curtain of Aurora Borealis will be shimmering in the background. You will come away from the once-in-a-lifetime experience both inspired by your surroundings and more confident that your stories tell a tale that will keep your readers on the edge of their seats.

For more details and photos please visit the page for our regular Yukon River trip.  Note: this trip is a day longer to allow extra time for writing and observing.

Please register by calling 519-941-6654 or emailing

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I offer a variety of communication services including freelance writing and editing for magazines, newspapers and books as well as coaching and instruction. I am a seasoned non-fiction writer with particular expertise and experience in the environmental, travel and sport sectors. The winner of several writing awards including a National Magazine Award, and author of five books, I taught freelance writing at Humber College for several years. In a quick, efficient manner, I turn technical facts, figures and details into well-organized and concise prose that captures and holds the reader’s attention.
Crazy about sport and travel, I often combine these endeavours in an effort to learn about myself and the people around me. My most recent adventure was a two-month-long trek on horseback across Patagonia. (See Dusty Travels)This was on the tail of a mad 11-day canoe trip down the Northwest Territories’ Mountain River where I encountered seven-foot standing waves, six deep canyons and kilometres of churning whitewater. (See A Paddling Chick is Born) I add these adventures to cycling trips in Mexico, Cuba, Europe, Canada and the United States, hiking trips the world over, kayaking in Mexico and Canada, and time spent simply living among lovely folk in faraway places.
A biologist and accomplished environmental/science writer, I am particularly adept in working with information that deals with climate change, urban sprawl, green economics and corporate environmental performance.
After years working in the environment sector as a climate change consultant, writer and editor of Canada’s national environmental magazine Alternatives Journal, I recently switched careers. I now spend my summers running a small adventure company French River Adventures at The Lodge at Pine Cove. And during Canada’s long, cold winter? You can find me in some warm part of the world – for the last three years it’s been Patagonia – discovering what I can about nature, culture, travel and sport.
If you require someone to research and write magazine- or newspaper- or book-length projects, please contact me at