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What’s Inside
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.

Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides describe some 140 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 over 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.

Caledon features the picturesque Forks of the Credit, the Devil’s Pulpit, Palgrave, Belfountain, the Cheltenham Badlands and more. Cliffs, rivers, moraines and small villages, Caledon has it all.

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 and Terra Cotta.

Dufferin is the high county that extends from Orangeville into the Hockley Valley, Mono Cliffs Park and the hills of Mulmur. More remote, Dufferin’s deeply incised hills offer some of the best hiking in Southern Ontario.

Hamilton and Brant County
Hamilton and Brant County offer hikes to dozens of waterfalls and a whole lot more. There’s picturesque Paris, the Six Nations First Nation, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Grand River and some of the most beautiful sections of the Niagara Escarpment.

Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph
Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph offer culturally rich hikes in an area where Octoberfest competes with horse-drawn buggies for your attention. Its largely flat trails cross rich agricultural land and follow pastoral rivers. You’ll pass through historic towns.

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.

More Praise for the Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides:

Matthew Strader, Caledon Enterprise

“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

In the Hills magazine

“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

Christopher Carnegie, Caledon

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

Stan Litch

“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

Trudy Cowan & famil

“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

The Toronto Star

“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

Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books

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

Anita Foley

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

Rebecca Petre, Bolton

“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

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

Danielle Marr, Caledon Enterprise

“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

Tracey Fockler, In the Hills magazine

“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

Karen Bergmann

“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

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

Sarah Harmer

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

Case Vanderplas

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

Niagara Escarpment Views

“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

Niagara Escarpment Views

About the Author

A 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.

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