Hibou Conservation Area

Location: Owen Sound Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Day-use Area
Length/Size: 108 hectares

Hibou Conservation Area
By Grey Sauble Conservation

Hibou Conservation area is a scenic, 108 hectare day-use facility over looking the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay.

The name Hibou is derived from a freighter of that name which sank mysteriously off Paynter's Bay in 1936. Seven crew and passengers were killed. The survivors of this, the most striking shipping tragedy ever to occur near Owen Sound, managed to struggle ashore at what is now called Hibou Conservation Area.

The entire family will enjoy the clear, sheltered waters and two natural sandy beaches of Hibou. Picnic facilities and playground equipment help to round out a full day at the beach. There is a nominal parking fee of $3.00 in effect from mid-June to Labour Day weekend. Individual or seasonal day passes may be purchased.

If beaching isn't your idea of a relaxing time, try out the 2.5-km of trails across the road from the beach. Along the trail are interpretive signs with information on tree and shrub species, beaver activities, wildflowers, beach ridges, and more. Many stretches of the trail incorporate boardwalk to allow hikers to navigate low-lying wet areas. The trails are open to the public year-round.