Francis Hilb Preserve

Est. 2011


8.93 Acres


Estimated Time

300 M

10 Minutes


Open Year Round

About the Preserve

Francis Hilb Preserve is a small preserve but it is packed with plenty to see! The area is a great spot for people who like botany and bird watching. This spot is also ideal for busy families who need a quick break from the city.

  • Boardwalk

  • Parking Lot

Trail Highlights
  • Woodland Trail

  • Boardwalk across Wetland

  • Cranberries and Pitcher Plants

  • Wetland Fen

  • Boreal Forest

Species in the Area

When the Sault Naturalists visited the Francis Hilb Preserve on July 14th, 2018; Sue and Bill Meades created a detailed list of the many flora in the preserve including:


  • Trees

  • Shrubs

  • Forbs

  • Graminoids

  • Pteridophytes


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

Recommended Activities
  • Birdwatching

  • Botany

  • Flowering seasons of wetland plants like pitcher plants

Other Information

This area is not AODA accessible. 

Local High-school Students Building the Boardwalk ©GaryMcGuffin

Local High-school Students Building the Boardwalk

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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