A gold medal day for the snow shoeing trek through the Hibou Conservation Area this past Sunday.
Well, perhaps not Olympic level in the afternoon event sponsored by Friends of Hibou in the wooded trails on the east side of the Harbor just north of Owen Sound. But great spirits and fun for the intrepid 13 who reveled in the brilliant sun but froze a little in the sharp northerly winds.
Chris Hachey lead us from the parking lot at the pumping station into the west side of the park, around the circular trail with side trips onto the beach and shore ice. Lots of birds in sight, especially around the feeders. We did make a short side trip up the east side trail.
All 13 who started finished together. Many thanks to Chris for his leadership – and home made cookies
Submitted by Jake Doherty
This is an invitation to the members of Friends of Hibou and of the Sydenham Bruce Trail and your friends.
Please come out for a snow shoe hike and enjoy this beautiful piece of property so close to Owen Sound. Head out of Owen Sound on 3rd Ave East and proceed toward Leith on Grey Road 15.
When: Feb 16th 1:30 pm
Where: Meet at the south parking lot of Hibou Conversation Area.
On your right as you approach the area from Owen Sound;
just after entering the Conservation area
Length: for about 1 to 1.5 hrs depending on conditions.
Leader: Jake Doherty Friends of Hibou Committee member
Jake invites you back to his house just south of the Conservation Area for warm drinks and cookies after the hike.
RSVP. Please phone or email Jake if you plan to attend.
firstname.lastname@example.org (519) 371-0252
Following a week of rain and two days of cold sun, we were lucky to have cloudy, dry warm day to bring a group of 11 workers together to construct the 25 eight-foot boardwalks for the wet part of the trail. Three hard working teams managed to complete the task by just after noon. What a group!
Those of us who love to use the trails are grateful for your time and effort in making this happen.
Thanks also to TD Canada Trust and their environmental funding for the purchase of the wood. We are definitely off to a great start in making the trails more user friendly. Soon you will see new signage with maps identifying “You Are Here.” at specific points along the trail.
If you are interested in joining the work groups, be sure to give us your email. There will be more work parties needed in the spring when the area dries out and the constructed boardwalks can be appropriately placed. (See the picture below)
As you may be aware, the Friends of Hibou has received a $4000 grant from TD Canada Trust Environmental Fund to build a boardwalk at Hibou through the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.
What follows are the plans, hoping some of you may be able to volunteer to help
The building materials will be delivered to Hibou Park on Monday Oct 28 in readiness to begin building on Wednesday.
Here are the plans for building, and assembly of the Boardwalk
When: 9am till 4pm on Wednesday Oct 30, Thursday Oct 31 costume optional), and Friday Nov 1st.
Where to meet: Hibou park by the garage in the beach parking Lot.
Construction: The boardwalk will be built in 8 foot sections using precut 2×6’s. It should go quickly.
To the site: Boardwalk pieces will be moved 700 meters along the northerly trail to the build location with the small truck owned by GSCA
Assembly: This will take place by putting sections on a block and using a screw gun to connect boardwalk pieces.
What to bring: warm clothes, hammer, gloves, ear protection (optional), Lunch if staying all day, drinking water.
Note: If it is too wet to move the board walk along the trail we will have to store them at Hibou until the trail is more dry.
Please contact us to sign up or if you have any questions.
• call 519 371 1255 or
• email email@example.com
• Be sure to leave us your phone number please
• Let us know which day or part of a day you can come. Oct 30, 31 and/or Nov 1. 9 to 12 and/or 12:30 to 4
• Note: work will only take place on Nov 1st if we have been able to move the boardwalk to the trail site.
Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.
We hope you will join us for the Oct 5th Hike and Geocache for Conservation at Hibou Conservation Area. Click on the links at the bottom for poster and pledge form.
Event Partners are Grey Sauble Conservation, Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation, Mid-Western Ontario Geocachers. Friends of Hibou, Best Western Inn on the Bay
10am to 11:30am – Cache In Trash Out (CITO) clean-up event
Participants will gather at the Hibou pavilion for a CITO event with a goal to clean-up the debris along the east shoreline. Garbage bags and gloves will be supplied. Prizes will be awarded!
11:30am – Foundation pledge hike / Geocache event
3km hike – Gather some pledges and join the guided hike that will explore the history and natural heritage of Hibou Conservation Area. Learn about Geocaching along the way and help discover some hidden caches. All proceeds benefit local conservation projects.
Geocaching – Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Players navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
This event will appeal to geocachers looking to find the newly established caches at Hibou.
1:00pm – 2:00pm –
BBQ – Sponsored by Best Western Inn on the Bay
Please share this with your friends who may also be interested.
The links below will give you the poster to share and the pledge form.
hope to see you there.
Hike for Conservation 2013
Hike for Conservation 2013 – Pledge form
Join us on Thursday May 23rd from 7pm till 9pm for
an evening hike of the Hibou Trails.
We would like to show you all the trails if time and weather permit.
We will include the boardwalk area on the east side of the road as well as the forest loop on the west side and some of the shoreline.
There are so many options to shorten your route and return to your car early if you wish.
Everything is fairly close to the road.
The total trails are around 5 to 6 Km if we do them all.
Bob Knapp will share some information he knows of the history and nature as we go..
Meet us at the south parking lot, on the right as you enter the park along East Bayshore Road from Owen Sound.
Please share this message with your hiking friends and colleagues.
Hope to see you there.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by May 5th.
Thank you, Hope to see you there,
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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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!