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COVID-19 Guidelines and Waiver for Guided Hikes – Friends of Hibou

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COVID-19 Guidelines for Guided Hikes:

  1. Complete a self-screening the morning of the guided hike.

    Find the self-assessment here.

  2. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have come into contact with some experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

  3. Follow the guided hike guidelines for navigating nature during COVID-19:

  • Hikers may choose to wear masks or pack a mask for situations where physical distancing might be a challenge.

  • Hikers may bring hand sanitizer, bug spray, sunscreen, etc., but should not share with the group.

  • Hikers must always maintain physical distancing (6 feet/2 metres) from other hikers that are not in their “social bubble” of 10 people. Please provide space for other hikers to pass safely.

  • Please leave your dogs at home for guided hikes.

  • Avoid touching surfaces.

  • Amenities like washrooms and garbage receptacles may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

  1. Hikers who experience COVID-19 symptoms following a Friends of Hibou/GSCA Guided Hike must inform their local public health unit.

    I acknowledge and confirm that I have read the COVID-19 guidelines for guided hikes and I agree to follow those guidelines (type initials below).

Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability:

I acknowledge that this activity in which I am participating and/or my child/ren are participating, organized by the The Friends of Hibou in conjunctions with Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) and/or its partners, involves risks which are beyond the control of the Friends of Hibou, GSCA and its partners. Notwithstanding the acknowledgement of such risks, I hereby release the Friends of Hibou, GSCA, its partners, contractors, employees, agents, assigns and executors from all claims for damage however so arising as a result of my participation in this and any other activity organized by the Friends of Hibou, GSCA and/or its partners. I agree to pay the cost of my emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of this activity, its length, duration and degrees of difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able to participate. I have no medical or other condition which might preclude my participation. I agree to follow the directions of the leader and any assistants at all times.

Further, I acknowledge and accept that Grey Sauble Conservation is not cleaning, sanitizing, and/or otherwise treating any exterior surface(s) to prevent against the transmission, spread, or communication of COVID-19 or other contagious, infectious or communicable disease, illnesses or viruses, bacteria or other pathogen.  In consideration of my being permitted to participate in the activity of guided hike, I agree to assume all risk associated with any transmission, spread, communication, infection, etc associated with COVID-19 or other contagious, infectious or communicable disease, illnesses or viruses, bacteria or other pathogen. I agree that the Friends of Hibou, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and/or its partners shall not be liable for any claim, action, occurrence, accident, loss, damage, injury, cost, expense, fees, charges, fines, penalties or other amount that, directly or indirectly, is, or is alleged, to be caused by, contributed to or results or arises from (in whole or in part, regardless of any other cause or event contributing concurrently or in any sequence and notwithstanding any continuous or repeated exposure to) covid-19 or other contagious, infectious or communicable disease, illnesses or viruses, or the fear or threat thereof.

I have read this Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability and accept its terms (type initials below).

Photo Release:
I give permission for Friends of Hibou and/or Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) to take and use still or moving pictures taken of me during this event in promotional material that may be distributed in print, through social media, or other outlets. I understand that GSCA will own the rights to this photo/moving picture and that no royalty, fee or other compensation shall become payable to me by reason of such use.

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Property Closures:

    • – Eugenia Falls is now closed for the fall/winter season 
    • – Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 

Please read Visiting Conservation Areas for important info.

Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.


The GSCA office is open again to the public. The lobby will be open between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Monday-Friday) for individuals to drop off items, pick up any necessary materials, and to pay for services. COVID-19 self-screening will be required prior to entering the building and masks are mandatory. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only starting on October 18, 2021.

Some GSCA staff will be working remotely and may not have access to office phones.

Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

Visit this link for more information about visiting properties during COVID-19.  Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

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