Planning for 2014

photo 2What a great March meeting of our enthusiastic committee!  We discussed projects for 2014 as well as events.   While there remains a big question related to the effects of this cold and snowy winter on water levels, we still know there will be work to do.

You will notice that some of our signs we made with the GSCA staff  last fall are already in place.  A calendar of events is being created to share on our web site so that it will be easily available.  Keep watching.  We are all anticipating a lovely warm spring.

If you have not signed up to receive emails on our web site or just want to explore the site more just go to  You may also wish to “like” our Facebook page at

We are very pleased to now have a membership on the Community Foundation Grey Bruce Environment website.  Check it out here.

More news coming soon,

Marie Knapp


March Snowshoe at Hibou

Third sunny day in a row.  The temperature was finally above freezing.  I needed another photo 4snowshoe through the trees to help rejuvenate.  I took to the Hibou trails and thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings.  As I wandered along the trails, I was pleased to see the packed snow from a number of people who obviously frequent the area.  The thought crossed my mind that once the snow begins to melt the area is going to be flooded for a while.

photo 3The Friends of Hibou work group plus some Grey Sauble Conservation Authority staff worked hard to build the boardwalks that will be placed on the trails at the back where most of the water lies in the spring.  But we need the area to be reasonably dry before  their placement can be done.  You may wish to get out on the trails while it is still winter weather and they are passable.  Then you can also see the new signs that have been placed.  The remainder of photo 1the signs will go up 2

13 Snowshoers trek through Hibou last Sunday

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

Snow Shoe Hike at Hibou Conservation Area Feb 16th

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.
                     (519) 371-0252

A Successful Building Day

Oct 2013a  Oct 2013 e

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)

Where the boardwalks will be placed.

Grant to build boardwalk

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
• 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.

Bob Knapp

Hike/Geocache for Conservation Oct 5th

Hi folks,

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

Hibou Trails Hike update and reminder Thursday May 23

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

an evening hike of the Hibou Trails.

DSCF4123We 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.DSCF4160

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.


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.

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  by May 5th.

Thank you,  Hope to see you there,

Bob Knapp