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…

A-2: “Return to Sable” – Jill Martin


Writing under the pseudonym Jill Martin-Bouteillier in honour of her family, Jill’s novel Return to Sable (2015) opens the portal to life on Sable Island before the installation of both the telephone and the wireless. Although her motives in writing the book are personal, her narrative illuminates both the challenges and the wonderment of life on Sable Island 100 years ago. Her book chronicles her great grandfather RJ Bouteillier’s residency on Sable Island from 1879 to 1913 during which he served first in the capacity as foreman of carpentry and then beginning in 1884, as Superintendent. As part of the research to write this book, she consulted RJ Bouteillier’s yearly logs; the Marconi records held in the National Archives in Ottawa, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; and personal letters and artefacts in her possession. In the second year of her research, she conducted qualitative interviews with children of two of the main characters. From the late 19th Century and into the early 20th Century, RJ championed stewardship of Sable Island in a variety of ways: his dutiful care of the wild horses, documentation of yearly dune erosion, collection and recording of meteorological data and bird migration, but without a doubt the most important duty during those years – lifesaving. Her work sheds light on a period in Sable Island’s history of which few people have any knowledge.