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cover-image-aug-2016Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes

Woodrising Inc., 2016

Want to reduce stress, spend time with friends and family, feel healthier, lower your blood pressure and have fun? Then lace up a pair of running shoes and hit the trails.

Building on the success of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola Ross’s latest hiking guide, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes, expands into new hiking territory. Nicola describes 37 routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. Her loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location, so there’s no need to drop a car or to retrace one’s footsteps. Ranging in length from 3.6 to 24.8 kilometres, each is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos and a smattering of local lore.

Halton Region stretches north from Oakville and Burlington, up the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment near Campbellville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Glen Williams and into the rural areas just across the border near Eden Mills, Rockwood, Erin, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta. If you live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes will provide you with days of enjoyment.

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Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes

Woodrising Inc., 2015

Situated in Southern Ontario’s Greenbelt, 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.

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Caledon

The Boston Mills Press, 1999
To purchase a copy, contact
nross@woodrising.com

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Nicola’s love for and familiarity with her hometown shines through in Caledon’s 120 pages of photos and essays. A native of the hamlet of Belfountain where the Credit River meets the Niagara Escarpment as it butts up against the Oak Ridges Moraine, Nicola demonstrates that her pen as is deft as her local knowledge is deep. She describes the region’s rich flora and fauna, its historic rock-quarrying past and its burgeoning equestrian present. Complimented by Gord Handley’s spectacular photos, and archival black and whites, Caledon is treasured by all who display it proudly on their living-room coffee tables.

 

nicolaross_publishing_2_sept002004Healing the Landscape: Celebrating Sudbury’s Reclamation Story

The City of Greater Sudbury, 2001
To purchase a copy, call 705.671.2489

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Visitors to Sudbury today may wonder what all the fuss was about. Gone is the community’s infamous moonscape that reportedly attracted astronauts from NASA. Thanks to the vision and dedication of all Sudburians, much of the 84,000 hectares of blackened, treeless rock that gave this industrial city its lunar reputation have turned green. More than 11-million trees and millions more shrubs have been planted. And now, close to 40 years after the reclamation began, nature has taken over the regreening process.

Using photos and personal accounts, this inspirational, gorgeous and award-winning book celebrates Sudbury’s reclamation success. It’s an extraordinary account of environmental progress and the community that achieved it.

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nicolaross_publishing_2_sept002003Dufferin County

The Boston Mills Press, 2002
To purchase a copy, contact
nross@woodrising.com

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When Dufferin County hit the streets in 2002, it outsold the latest Harry Potter book in local stores. People who live in, grew up in or visited this wildest of Southern Ontario’s rural places lined up at the till to claim their copies. Residents who seldom visited a bookstore checked out with three copies tucked under each arm, one for each of their children, or their children’s children or perhaps to take as a gift when visiting friends in faraway places.

Nicola’s absorbing essays, when combined with Rosemary Hasner’s breathtaking photos and rare archival shots paint the story of Ontario’s youngest county. The arts thrive in Dufferin County’s high, windswept hills, but agriculture remains the mainstay in the place that inspired Dan Needles to create his award-winning and highly entertaining Wingfield Farms performances.

 

nicolaross_publishing_2_sept002002Humber River: The Carrying Place Trail

Toronto Region Conservation Authority, 2009
To purchase a copy, contact
416.661.6600

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When a small group of individuals asked Canada’s Heritage Rivers System to designate Southern Ontario’s Humber River, officials had to curb their chuckles. The Humber? A Canadian Heritage River? Somehow, this small, meandering stream didn’t fit what organizers had in mind when they came up with the designation system. They were thinking of the great, roaring Thompson or the old voyageur route along the French. But supporters persevered. They pointed out that the Humber was part of the historic Carrying Place Trail used by fur traders, First Nations and others to travel from Toronto to Georgian Bay and beyond. In the end, the Humber received its designation. In honor of this accomplishment, Humber River: The Carry Place Trail describes the arduous task of receiving designation, and engages readers with an in-depth and entertaining understanding of the importance both past and present of one of Ontario’s most popular rivers.

 

nicolaross_publishing_2_sept002001Melville White Church

Belfountain Historical Society, 2012
To purchase a copy, contact
sarah.bohan@rogers.com

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“That the Melville White Church still stands is a tribute to the staunch Rockside pioneers from Scotland who built the spare little building 175 years ago. But a plucky band of dedicated residents from nearby Belfountain deserves credit too…”

So begins this tribute to one of Ontario’s oldest and dearest churches. Now lovingly restored, the church is the subject of numerous works of art, many of them used to illustrate this precious book.

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