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…

Our Summer Archives Transcriber and Story-Teller


Hello Friends of Sable Island!

I am Rebecca, the summer student working on transcribing R.J. Boutilier’s Letter Book and sharing it on the Friends of Sable Island Society social media so more people can learn about the fascinating history of Sable Island. I will be making posts on this blog over the summer, and look forward to giving you all some interesting material to share with your friends about Sable Island. I started on Monday, and already I am blown away with how much I have learned.

Like many others, I had heard about the horses more than anything else before beginning this position, so when I came across a brief discussion of the horses within my first couple of days, I was delighted. The protection of the horses began in 1961, long before I was even born, so when I read R.J.’s ideas from December 12th, 1884 on how to breed the horses to make them stronger, I was very interested. This is what I read:

“Permit me to call your attention to the number and conditions of the wild horses. It is properly estimated that there are at least four hundred on the Island, and some of the outpost men make the number much larger. They have their separate feeding grounds, and gangs with a leader horse, and has been the case always. The consequences of this; interbreeding has greatly deteriorated the stock, and given us the present generation of smaller & weaker ponies. An introduction of a few larger horses of finer breed is greatly needed, and the matter should be attended to at an early date.”

In light of the many questions surrounding the horses, I think learning as much as possible about how our interactions with them in the past have affected them is very important. I look forward to learning more about how this plan, and the other interactions of R.J.’s crew with the horses, affected the horses and life on the Island.

On a closing note, as I mentioned above I will be sharing my findings on the social media pages of the Friends of Sable Island Society. If you aren’t already, you can follow those pages to keep up with the stories I uncover this summer.

Facebook: Friends of Sable Island

Twitter: @FriendsofSable

And the brand new Tumblr:

May the Sands of Sable Island find it’s way between your toes,