During hot days each summer, the Explorer could usually be found enjoying the clear sheltered waters of Georgian Bay at the Hibou Conservation Area on the eastern outskirts of Owen Sound. Here, two natural sandy beaches, picnic grounds, and a fully equipped playground offer hours of entertainment for the entire family. And, when you have had enough beach time, you can wander over two and a half kilometres of trails that extend throughout Hibou's 108 hectares. Along Hibou's trails are interpretive signs with information on tree and shrub species, beaver activities, wildflowers, beach ridges and more. Many stretches of the trial have boardwalks that allow hikers to navigate the area's fascinating wetlands. Accessible in all four seasons, Hibou's winding walks lead back to the beach where fall hikers can paddle to cool down their feet. The name Hibou comes from a freighter of the same name which sank off Paynteds Bay in 1936. Seven crew and passengers lost their lives in the shipwreck. The survivors of this shipping tragedy managed to struggle ashore through cold November waters, finding shelter and safety at what is today the Hibou Conservation Area. For six long years following the sinking, a lighted buoy marked the resting place of the Híbou. Divers repeatedly tried to search the wrecked vessel but all attempts were halted by the great depth of water and bad weather. Finally, the legendary Tom Reid was called in. Reid, at seventy-two, had spent his life rescuing ships and raising wrecks. The Reid Wrecking and Salvage Company of Sarnia was legendary throughout the Great Lakes. Tom Reid's divers easily reached the Hibou in 90 feet of water. On October 2, 1942, Reid put the air to the Hibou, bringing her to the surface. Six years on the bottom, the ill-fated ship came to the surface and floated, once again.