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Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 300 kilometres southeast of

Halifax, the smile-shaped sandbar became Canada’s 43

rd

national park in 2013. The 34-square-kilometre island is

known for its wild horses, plentiful grey seals, 350 bird species,

sand dunes, extensive beaches and vegetation that ranges

from yellow water lilies to red cranberries. So why have so

few Canadians visited this natural paradise?

Prior to Adventure Canada’s first cruise to Sable Island in 2014,

getting to this Nova Scotia island wasn’t easy. Most visitors

arrived on 70-minuteMaritime Air flights fromHalifax. (You

must charter the entire plane for between one and seven

passengers. Individual seat bookings and credit-card payments

aren’t accepted.) Flights are often delayed for days or even

weeks by fog, high winds or poor landing conditions on the

eight-kilometre-long beach runway.

Our Adventure Canada ship cruised southwest fromSt. John’s,

Newfoundland for 33 hours until we reached Sable Island.

Dining, entertainment, a well-stocked library and enrichment

lectures by Parks Canada staff, marine researchers, ecologists,

ornithologists and authors made the time pass quickly.

Cruising allowed us to visit several areas of the island, much

more than day-visitors see. (People who arrive by plane must

depart before dusk, because Sable Island has no overnight

tourist accommodations. Camping is not permitted.) We

enjoyed three shore excursions and two tours on Zodiacs

(sturdy, inflatable rubber boats) over three days.

Sable Island

Sable Island was on our bucket list for years.

Zodiacs shuttle passengers between the ship and Sable Island

Story and Photos by

Barb and Ron Kroll

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