Volunteer Events

Experience the Beauty of the Hibou Trails

Join us on Thursday May 23rd from 7pm till 9pm for

an evening hike of the Hibou Trails.

About 5-6 km in total.  Shorter options will be possible.

Led by Bob Knapp.

Meet us at the south parking lot,

on the right as you enter the park along East Bayshore Road from Owen Sound.

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Trail Clipping Hibou, Tuesday May 7, 1:30pm

You are invited to join us for the first volunteer project.

When:  Tuesday May 7th, 1:30 to 4:30

Where: meet us at the south Hibou parking lot by the pumping station off East bayshore Road

What to bring:  clippers, small hand saws, work gloves, proper footwear, drinking water,

If you are coming to help out please email us at friendsofhibou@rogers.com  by May 5th.

Thank you,  Hope to see you there,

Bob Knapp

Projects and Work Groups

So glad you are interested in helping us with projects.  Currently we are doing an inventory of the area and determining our priorities.  Soon we will be ready to set up work parties to help.  This is the place where you will learn about when and where and what to bring.  keep watching.

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Enthusiastic Group Begins

by Marie Knapp

For me this is like picking up where we left off over 30 years ago.  Bob had been very involved with the procurement of Hibou.  We have continued to visit the area for a walk along the shore or for a ski or snowshoe over the years.  The water levels changing have had an impact on the beach at Paynter’s Bay but that didn’t keep us from entering the trails more to the south and finding a place for a refreshing dip in the water on a hot summer’s day.

Frequently it crossed my mind that we should develop a Friends of Hibou to help with the upkeep of the area.  In his book published in 2008, Bob Knapp wrote: “Thirty five years have passed since Hibou became a park.  Perhaps it is time to form a friends of Hibou organization to assist with the park so that it continues to be a very special place on Georgian Bay“.

The timing is right.  Malcolm Kirk died in September 2012.  In his obituary I found the following: “An ardent conservationist throughout his life, Mac was deeply committed to the preservation of Ontario’s and Canada’s natural heritage. Mac and his generation were the pioneers of Ontario’s modern environmental movement. His legacy is manifested in numerous nature reserves which were secured in conjunction with public and non-profit nature organizations.”  Yes the time is right!  It is partly filling a legacy left behind by those of another generation who were ahead of their times.  This is very exciting!