Sable Island National Park Reserve

Location: Off shore of Nova Scotia
Region: Outside Ontario
Character: Recently declared a National Park Reserve

Sable Island National Park Reserve
By Parks Canada

Canada and Nova Scotia Reach Historic Agreement to designate Sable Island as a National Park Reserve

Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 17, 2011 - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, and the Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, today signed a landmark agreement that will protect Sable Island as a national park reserve of Canada.

“Today’s historic agreement will ensure that this iconic and valued Canadian landscape fabled for its wild horses, shipwrecks and one of the largest dune systems in Eastern Canada, will be protected as a national park reserve for the benefit of Canadians for all time,” said Minister Kent.

Located 290 kilometres offshore from Halifax, Sable Island is a windswept crescent-shaped sandbar 42 kilometres long that emerges from the Atlantic Ocean near the edge of the Continental Shelf. The island’s sand dunes and fresh water ponds are home to over 400 wild horses and numerous migrant and breeding birds, including the rare Ipswich Savannah sparrow. Called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, there were over 350 shipwrecks recorded here since 1583 due to the fog and storms that set siege to Sable Island.