Welcome to Friends of Hibou

Greetings from the Friends of Hibou!

The beach is open and waiting for you to take a swim!  There is a small fee for parking, but it’s worth it!!!

Trails to HIKE at HIBOU  –  there is 6 km’s of easy trails to hike that consist of shoreline, wetlands and forests.   The trail terrain is flat and consists of varied materials such as: stone dust, narrow footpaths, wooden boardwalks and a flat rocky shoreline (some areas of the trail are wet and require rubber boats and high water along the shoreline does not allow hiking in some areas).  These trails would not be suitable for strollers.   Download our NEW INTERPRETIVE TRAIL GUIDE on this page and learn about nature in a fun way with your family!!

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We are all volunteers connected with the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.  We are interested in helping to maintain and upgrade the Hibou Conservation Area including your beach and hiking trails.  We have been volunteering at Hibou since 2013.  We have been working in three different areas along the trail:  wetland trails, the rough shoreline, and the sandy beach area.

The Wetland Trails: Educational materials remains our main focus.  We have completed the new signage along the wetland trail.  img_5036The brochures are located in the box under the two large signs at two different entrances.  We hope to see families and school groups use this interpretive trail and learn more about wetland features right close to home.

 

The new interpretative signs were funded by the Kiwanis Club, the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, the Community Foundation, The GSCA Foundation, and Knapp Family. The trail runs through a protected area.  The wetness of the area depends on weather, water table level and the work of the mighty beaver. We work hard to build and maintain trails and boardwalks in that large area in a way that meets the Conservation Authority mandate.

shoreline

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.

The shoreline has changed dramatically with the high water.  It is natural, stony, quiet, suitable for picnics (in spots even with the high water) if you bring out everything you bring in including garbage.  Our volunteers work at keeping the area clean and natural.

Early Spring
Early Spring 2009

Hibou sandy beach area is the most used area of Hibou.  There is room for many 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. The high water has even improved swimming in an area with a sandy bottom.  This year, the beach is large so there is lots of room for your family, even with a shrinking beach area.

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Summer 2019

We are always looking for more volunteers to help us and YOU can 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. 

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

GPS Coordinates:

Latitude: 44.6166° North,
Longitude: -80.9078° West,
UTM X Easting: 507316.0152,
Y Northing: 4940365.591

Address:

359186 Grey County Road 15, Meaford