Grand Opening of the Hibou Boardwalk Trail May 10, 2015

Opening 1The new boardwalk trail is ready to be officially opening.  Marie Knapp talks about how it was a community that brought the Conservation Area into being, a community that began Friends of Hibou and now a community of volunteers that built the Boardwalk.


Opening 2The Trail is officially opened when Evelyn Holley who is on the Friends of Hibou Committee, and Susan Tuohy, Bank Manager from TD Canada Trust, the funder of the materials necessary to build the Boardwalk, cut the yellow ribbon.


Opening 3Bob talks about how the Boardwalk makes an area passable that would otherwise be underwater due to Beaver activity and nature.  In spring the wetlands come to life.




Opening 4 The group enjoys walking along the 200 feet of Boardwalk built by volunteers and laid down late fall 2014.





Opening 5Marie shows Susan where we walked in and how the trail system works.  There are maps at all junctures on the trails and each map is placed so the reader is facing North to simplify map reading.

Boardwalks moved back and ready to be installed

Hello All volunteers,

OCt 2013 cWe have good news.   The GSCA has moved the boardwalk out to the area in Hibou where they will be installed.  A big thank you to  Chris Hachey.  There are approximately 24 eight foot sections that we will need to place and attach together with a screw gun using a piece of 2×6.  The sections will sit on cement blocks that are at location.  The area where they are being placed is dry at this present time, but boots would be good to have while working.

We have set aside Wed. Sept. 10 and Thurs. Sept. 11 as work days.  If we can get 8 volunteers most of the work should be completed in 1 day with Thurs. saved as a back up or rain day.

If you could help us to install boardwalk on Wednesday simply give me a phone call(519 371 1255) or send me an email    We will meet at 9:00am at the north end of the park by the main entrance to the beach.

We will have some snacks available but you might like to bring your own water and some lunch if you are able to stay for the day.

I am really looking forward to getting this boardwalk installed after all the preliminary work we have done.  Hope you can make it.

Bob Knapp Chair Friends of Hibou

Hibou Trails Improved

Trail work this summer has been delayed due to the unusual weather patterns we have been experiencing.  The planned location for the boardwalk is at the back of the acreage to the south and east of the road.  The trail into that spot has been very wet, making it impossible to take the constructed boardwalk pieces in.  However we are very pleased to say that gravel has been brought in and spread with the use of a backhoe and a skid steer by Elmridge Contracting July 2014d

The next step will be to get the boardwalk pieces in to the site where they will be placed.  After that  a team of volunteers will work with Chris Hatchey to lay them securely.  It has been a long wait but will be well worth it when we finally get the boardwalk in place.  The grant money we received has all been spent and then some.  We are grateful for the contribution from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority to make this happen.  It looks better already.

If you are interested in volunteering to put the boardwalk in place securely, keep watching this web site.  We will be posting all the information here when everything is ready for our work.  It is exciting to see this all falling into place.  We would love to hear from you about how you are using Hibou.  Give us some positive feedback as you see progress being made. We really want to see the area being used and appreciated.

July 2014c          July 2014b

Trail work postponed

Happy Canada Day to everyone!

Unfortunately the trail we were going to work on at Hibou is too wet to take the truck in. We need to transport the blocks and boardwalk into the work site by truck.  So we have to postpone the trail work.

We may not be able to do it till later in the summer.  We will let you know.  Meanwhile enjoy other sections of Hibou.

Marie Knapp

July 2 and 3 fast approaching

DSCF4129Hi folks,

We are pleased to have 5 people confirmed to help work on laying down the boardwalk at Hibou next Wednesday July 2nd.  we would like to have at least 3 more so check your calendars.  Even a half day is much appreciated.  Email Bob at if you have some time available.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Bob Knapp




Installing the Boardwalk: July 2 and 3

Volunteers helped build the boardwalk.  Now it is time to put it in place.

When: Wed. July 2, and Thurs. July 3  9:00am-4:00pm  Oct 2013 e

Sections will be transported by truck to the wet area.  We will set the sections on blocks and attach them together using a screw gun (Robertson Red Head).   The boardwalk will be over 200 feet long and each section is 8 feet long.

Would you be able to help us?  You can volunteer both days, 1 day or half a day.   Half Day will be from 9:00-12:30  or 1:00-4:00.   We will have snacks available.  Please bring drinking water.  If you have a screw gun, could bring it too.

If you can help:  Please email me or phone me at 519 371 1255

Meeting Place will be at the Beach Parking Lot.   The work area is along the farthest north trail and extends to the trail close to the link to the Tom Thomson Trail.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Knapp


Full Moon Hike Wednesday May 14th 7:30pm

DSCF4153The weather forecast for Wednesday looks good.  Looks like we will have some sun. Join us for an evening hike and hopefully the clouds will clear and the full moon will be shining.

Meet us at 7:30pm at the south parking lot by the pump house just after you enter Hibou Conservation Area.  Bob Knapp will lead us on a hike.  We will likely end by the shore before returning to our cars.  The full moon may be most visible.  In any case the view by the water will be beautiful.  Hike ends at about 9pm.

We would love to see you there.



Trail work still on for today May 1st.

We were lucky  with very little rain yesterday and only 1/2cm last night.  Today the chance of rain between noon and 3pm is only 20%.   So we will continue with our plan to do trail clean up and clipping this afternoon.

Bring clippers. Wear boots and work gloves.   And see you at the south parking lot at 1pm.

Committee members meet at 12:30.

Bob Knapp

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