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Near-urban hiking made easy.

The Heart of Ontario supported the book’s development to elevate our regional nature and outdoor visitor offer. Nicola Ross has already written Halton Hikes: Loops and Lattes which the Heart of Ontario plans to leverage with the new book to increase regional visitation by promoting more diverse hiking experiences.   To build on the hiking activities, the book profiles businesses and community partners from various sectors:  accommodations, cafés, restaurants, museums, outdoor operators, and First Nations. The Hamilton Hikes & Area: Loops and Lattes  includes trails experiences found in Hamilton’s surrounding area of City of Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory that will encourage repeat visitations and extended stays.


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Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides

Near-Urban Hiking at its best.

Not just books, these essential pieces of hiking equipment, keep you on track and suggest places to follow up your hike with lunch, ice cream or a frothy latte.

Both Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes and Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes describe 37 loop routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. The loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location so no need to drop a car or retrace one’s footsteps.

Ranging in length from about 3 kilometres to about 25 kilometres, each loop route is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos, a smattering of local lore and great ideas about where to get lunch, a snack or a creamy latte.

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. Why not choose a hike through Glen Williams and stop for lunch at the Copper Kettle Pub or walk through the Crawford Lake Conservation Area and then head into Campbellville for lunch at the Trail Eatery or a latte at the Flying Monkey.

Caledon features the picturesque Forks of the Credit, the Devil’s Pulpit, Palgrave, Belfountain, the Badlands and more. Have lunch after your hike at Spirit Tree Estate Cidery or stop in for a latte at Higher Ground Coffee Co. in Belfountain. In Palgrave hike the Caledon Trailway and have a pint at the Church Pub. This is southern Ontario’s hiking at its best.

If you live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe, these Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides will provide you with days of enjoyment.

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Halton hikes

More Praise for the Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides:

“Nicola Ross’s two hiking books are collections of circle walks that end back at your car, eliminating the need to park vehicles at both ends of a trail or to return the whole way you went in…the notes about where to buy refreshments make for highly civilized outings.”
Niagara Escarpment Views

“With every trail loop she has included distance, level of difficulty, estimated length of time, the calories you’ll burn, highlights, places to eat and drink and possible entrance fees…”
Matthew Strader, Caledon Enterprise

“She shows readers how to navigate local 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.”
In the Hills magazine

“A brilliant way to explore the beauty and natural diversity of the area – it makes Caledon come alive.”
Christopher Carnegie, Caledon

“We’re about half way through our planned Caledon loop hikes, using your delightful book as our guide, choosing many of the 10 km or so lengths. We’ve only got lost once. We’ve also enjoyed your recommended post-hike sojourns.”
Stan Litch

“My family and I are excited to get started trying out your loops. We are hoping to do at least one each Saturday at this point as our schedules permit and may try to fit a couple shorter ones into a single day.”
Trudy Cowan & family

“If you want to explore the hiking trails of southern Ontario with a latte in hand, pick up Nicola Ross’s new book.”
The Toronto Star

“I suspect this book will be a staple for Ontario bookstores for years to come.”
Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books

“So much more than just hiking – lots of interesting background, history…”
Anita Foley

“I often find that trail books like yours tend to have very vague maps that aren’t super useful, but yours are much more detailed and user-friendly.”
Rebecca Petre, Bolton

“Happiness is being able to find the darn trail guide! I couldn’t find my copy of Caledon Hikes: Loops and Lattes for months.”
Rebecca Petre, Bolton

“The newest hiking guide takes its readers through 37 different loop routes throughout the Region from Burlington to Oakville, and all the way through Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Glen Williams, Erin, Rockwood, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta.”
Danielle Marr, Caledon Enterprise

“Following in the bootprints of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola Ross’s newest guidebook explores the woods and escarpments of the Halton area.”
Tracey Fockler, In the Hills magazine

“Today I hiked the Bear Den Loop from Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes. It was great! Lots of variety. I loved the cedar forests! And the boardwalk is wonderful. Great instructions,..”
Karen Bergmann

“Better still for those who love to get close to nature are the precise directions, terrific photographs and local lore that’s also included. It’s always nice to know the “whys” of your hike, before you’re on the trail.”
Julie Slack, Milton Canadian Champion

“Halton Hikes Loops and Lattes, not only gives detailed directions and trail maps, it also includes area restaurants and cafés so you can be sure you’ll get your caffeine fix and a bite to eat following the hikes.”
Julie Slack, Milton Canadian Champion

“It’s like carrying around your own set of historical plaques — only much lighter.”
Sarah Harmer, singer/songwriter in the Foreword

“Thanks Nicola for publishing this beautiful book, now I will have to pick up Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes.”
Case Vanderplas

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.


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 nross@woodrising.com.
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