Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Thank You Bill Freedman

October 28, 2015

It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015.…

AGM 2015 Recap

June 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24th at the…

Conference Thanks

June 2, 2015

One month ago today we opened the first Sable Island Conference. It was exciting to…

B-3: “Insights Into Shoreline Dynamics based on Repetitive Shore Surveys (1975-1985) on Sable Island, Nova Scotia” – R. B. Taylor


Sable Island is one of the longest continuous sand beaches and largest dune systems found in Atlantic Canada yet little has been written about its beach and nearshore dynamics and their relationship to backshore dune stability. Between 1975 and 1985 repetitive cross-shore surveys and depth of disturbance rods were used to measure spatial and temporal variations in sediment transport and beach mobility at a number of sites, particularly where foredune restoration was occurring.  Insights from the program are presented including recognition of the diversity of nearshore bar features and the impact of their variability on beach stability; the complexity of beach response to waves on north and south beaches during the same ten day period; and the impact of wave overwash and backshore flooding on foredune rebuilding compared with barrier beaches on mainland Nova Scotia. Mean decadal shoreline recessions of 2 to 6.1 m/a were observed at a few sites along north and south Sable Island; however, short term fluctuations in beach width of 32-48 m can occur in response to nearshore bar dynamics.  Daily recordings of beach sediment movement illustrate berm building versus erosion on opposite shores.  A natural mechanism of landward barrier beach migration during rising sea level is by wave washover and backshore extension.   A different dynamic for sedimentation in dune cuts and long term dune recovery occurs on Sable Island because of increased seawater ponding during storm wave overwash.