Welcome to Friends of Hibou

Greetings from the Friends of Hibou,

We are pleased to have people visit our site and learn more about Friends of Hibou.  We are all volunteers connected with the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.  We are interested in helping to maintain and upgrade the Hibou Conservation Area and have been working since 2013 to do that.

Our work is primarily focused in four different areas.  I will talk about the swamp side and the shore side. The road between Owen Sound and Leith separates the 2 areas.

Included is our focused plan for 2017

  1. Educational Materials will be big 2017-18  project as img_5036we work on new signage in the wetland area and complementary brochures with explanations.  We hope to see families and school groups use it when it is completed and learn more about wetland features right close to home. We have recently received donations from the Kiwanis Club and from the Owen Sound Field Naturalists. Our work on planning has already begun. We have most funding in place and quotes for different parts of the project.  Keep following this one.  It is exciting!Opening 2
  2. Here is some information about the swamp side of the road.
    This is a protected area with trails running through.  The wetness of the area depends on weather, water table level and the work of the mighty beaver.  We have been working hard to build and maintain trails and boardwalks in that large area in a way that meets the Conservation Authority mandate.  The work we have already done makes the educational signage a great next step.shoreline
  3. Rough shoreline and nearby trails  are located on the shore side of the road.  You would enter across the road from the first parking lot you come to as you
    enter Hibou.  We work at keeping this area clean with no fire permits.  Dogs on leash are welcome but it is NOT an off-leash area. This shoreline is natural, stony, quiet, suitable for picnics if you bring out everything you bring in including garbage.  Our volunteers work at keeping the area clean and natural.
  4. Hibou beach area is the most used area of Hibou.  There is room for Early Springmany cars to park with a small parking fee.  Two picnic shelters make it useful for picnics and for shade or rain protection.  In this area you will see some of the five benches we have put in for people to sit and enjoy the view and sunsets in three seasons.





If you click on the map you will get a larger view.

We are always looking for more volunteers to help us. Become a Friend of Hibou and get emails about up coming volunteer opportunities.  Insert your email where asked in the top right column.  There is no charge to become a Friend. 

Hibou has a total of 133 hectares with over 2 kilometers of shoreline.  The sandy beach is at the north end.  About 4 kilometers of trails lie mostly on the swamp side of the road.  The trails are good for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, but at times can be rather wet.  A number of boardwalks cross wet portions of the trail.  There is a trail that links these trails with the Tom Thomson Trail.

Heading south from the sandy beach (Paynter’s Bay) there are lots of fascinating rocks.  The water is shallow all along and it makes a pleasant hike.  You can walk undisturbed and marvel at the water, rocks and trees.

If you have any questions or comments please send an email to us at friendsofhibou@rogers.com