Repairing the Boardwalk

A group of hardworking volunteers and two GSC staff met on June 28th to remove 80 old pieces of boardwalk and replace them with new, sturdy boards.  To see more photos from the event go to Project Photos






Friends of Hibou aim to keep the Interpretive Trail open and as safe as possible.  Given that it is offering us a place to walk through an area of Wetland, it is understandable that the water is going to have an impact on the trail. Walkers must be prepared for wet spots.  The boardwalk and graveled areas help keep the trail as walkable as possible.


photos by Don Sankey



Free family Fun Day August 7, 2022

If you dare, take a peek at the live display of snakes, turtles and reptiles. Learn more….

by Krista McKee

With summer here, we are searching for things to do, places to see and adventures to experience. Hibou Conservation Area is one of these interesting and fun filled areas to explore that is just a few minutes away from Owen Sound.

Check out the list below.

  • Did you know that on Sunday August 7th the parking fee will be waived at Hibou for the “Free Family Fun Day”. This activity-filled day will allow us to stop, look, listen and learn what Hibou has to offer.
  • Upon your arrival, you will be given an Explore Passport that you bring to each activity in the park.
  • There are so many things to visit starting with trees, see the instruments they use to measure a tree’s width and height.
  • How many marsh monsters live in our water – water spiders, mosquito larva, dragonflies and more – see how big they are under a microscope? These monsters are how we determine the health of our lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Fossils that tell us what was here before us. See the interesting creatures that were caught in sand and slowly turned into rock.
  • The Sydenham Sportsman’s Association will show you what lives in our bay, from egg to fish and all the things they do to help with the fish population in our area.
  • If you dare, take a peek at the live display of snakes, turtles and reptiles. On their website they say:

we do love to allow the public to participate in a hands-on manner with our beautiful animals. Often the interpreter will have a snake available to allow those who are interested the experience of getting up close and personal.”

  • The Nature Discovery display will have a collection of interesting things that have been collected over the years.
  • Drinking Water Source Protection will demonstrate what happens upstream and how it affects everything downstream.
  • Once you have visited all the activities, take time to stop and let the kids play on the new playground equipment that The Optimist Club of Sydenham and District along with their Youth Club fundraised to purchase and install at Hibou.
  • Have lunch at Hibou and support The Optimist’s BBQ lunch fundraiser for their 2022 projects.
  • Big Bay Ice Cream will be there too.
  • Don’t forget to take a hike with the trail guides of Hibou.

Hibou News, Spring 2022

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday August 7th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Set this day aside to bring your family to Hibou Conservation
Area for our
Free Family Fun Day.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring Newsletter.

Hibou News, Winter 2022

Happy Winter,

Things tend to be a bit quieter now, at least until we have enough snow for snowshoeing or skiing. While we remain uncertain regarding what the winter will bring in terms of restrictions, you do know that Hibou is there for you to venture out of doors enjoying nature while still staying healthy.

This Newsletter is shorter but just as important. We look forward to any responses. We hope you enjoy the holiday season, respecting all the many different ways that people celebrate.

Click on the link below to open the Newsletter. Feel free to share it as you wish.

Forest Bathing postponed

Due to insufficient registration, the Forest Bathing walk scheduled for Monday September 20 is being postponed till Friday October 8.

Same time and place. In order to run the activity there must be sufficient numbers registered by noon October 6.
Thank you, Marie

Please email me with any questions.

Hibou News Sept 2021

Hopefully the Newsletter will appear in a more readable format. Thank you for your patience. I have been away from WordPress for a while and it seems to have changed.

In case there are still some glitches, I am sharing with you the guided hike schedule from the Newsletter.

Together with Grey Sauble Conservation, Friends of Hibou are
again offering guided hikes/walks this fall. More may be offered
later in the season depending on weather and Covid so watch our
web site and Face Book page.

Sept 20 Monday 10:00am till 12:00 Adapted Forest bathing
walk with Marie Knapp
Sept 30 Thursday 9:30 till 12:00 A guided hike on the
Interpretive Trail with Bob Knapp
Oct 7 Thursday 9:30 till 12:00 A guided hike on the Interpretive
trail with Barry Lewin

All hikes will begin at the parking lot by the Pump House at the
Southern entrance to the trails. Covid Restrictions will be followed.
Please have a mask handy and keep a safe distance from others.
Please Register for scheduled hikes:

Volunteers Monday July 19 9am till noon

We are looking for more volunteers to help us do trail clipping and cleaning litter along the length of shoreline

WHEN:  Monday morning July 19, 9am till noon

WHERE TO MEET: at the south parking lot by the pump house.

WHAT TO BRING: water, insect repellent, comfortable work gloves, clippers for clipping the trail, small garbage bag is you have some for litter pick up.

THE PLAN: We will divide into smaller groups. we hope for six people to do clipping. Two groups on the interpretive trail and one  group on The Point Trail across the road.

We will also have three groups to do litter pick up along the shore. 

With the lower water, there is more shoreline to pick up things that the waves have deposited (not wood). We will also ask you to dismantle any firepits you see as these are not allowed at Hibou.

It is helpful if you let us know that you are able to join us. 

Email me at

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