Raised on southern Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment in Toronto’s urban shadow, Nicola Ross developed a keen sense of place at an early age. She studied biology at the University of Guelph. After years living away, she returned to her roots in Caledon in 1996 where she created the Caledon Countryside Alliance, a local non-governmental organization involved in protecting the integrity of the land. Her conservation efforts garnered her the honour of being named Caledon’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2004.
The winner of numerous writing honours including a National Magazine Award, Nicola is the author five books, including Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Caledon and Dufferin County. Nicola is a regular contributor to and columnist with In the Hills magazine. Her articles have been published in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Explore magazine, Mountain Life, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, Harrowsmith Country Life and more. She was a regular environmental contributor to the CBC in Calgary and the long-time editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine. Ross is now pursuing her love of writing, travel and sport on a full time basis.