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Francis Hilb Preserve

Est. 2011

Size

Length

Visitation Time

Season

8.93 Acres

300 M

30 Minutes

Open Year Round

About the Preserve

The Francis Hilb Preserve offers an enjoyable walk in the woods that opens out onto a beautiful walk across the wetland via a boardwalk ending on Goulais Bay. It is packed with plenty to see and comfortable places to sit quietly and observe nature. It's an inspirational place to come photograph, paint, read, or write! A great spot for botany and bird watching. And a magical place for children, and people of all ages, to learn about the wonder of wetlands. a relatively uncommon feature along the Lake Superior shoreline. 

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Amenities
  • Parking Lot on Mission Road marked with LSWC sign

  • Woodchip Marked Forest Trail

  • Boardwalk connecting forest to Goulais Bay across wetland

  • Seating at viewing platforms

  • Interpretive Panel sign (coming soon)

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Trail Highlights
  • Woodland Trail

  • Boardwalk across Wetland

  • Raised Viewing Platform

  • Goulais Bay beach

  • Variety of wetland plants inc. cranberries, Pitcher Plants and orchids.

  • Songbirds and sandhill cranes

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Habitat
  • Wetland Fen 

  • Mixed forest features inc conifers and hardwoods

  • Mosses, fungi and ferns

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Species in the Area

Sue Meades, the botanist who created Northern Ontario Plant Survey website, inventoried the Preserve including:

 

  • Trees

  • Shrubs

  • Flowers

  • Forbs

  • Graminoids

  • Pteridophytes

 

Click on the PDF icon above to learn more about the inventory, see photos and review the list of flora with their scientific names.

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Recommended Activities
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Other Information

This trail provides an easy walk and there are benches at both ends of the boardwalk.

  • Birdwatching particularly spring and fall migration

  • Bring binoculars and hand lenses to enjoy distant and close-up views

  • Botany particularly June and July

  • Sunsets over Goulais Bay

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New Boardwalk built in the Summer of 2021

Bog Laurel (Kalmia polifolia) ©GaryMcGuffin

Bog Laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

Children exploring the Francis Hilb Preserve ©GaryMcGuffin

Children exploring the Francis Hilb Preserve

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Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy Preserves