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…

Sable Island Ground Water Update


Pond reflection smAfter 36 years Terry W. Hennigar, P.Eng., FEC, who spent many months on Sable Island in the 1970’s researching the hydrogeology of Sable Island, returned this past summer to survey the island in an attempt to select wells for monitoring the quality of groundwater on the island. This work was supported by Parks Canada as an initiative of developing a long term monitoring program for the new Sable Island National Park Reserve.

The following is a summary of findings from the reconnaissance work carried out on Sable Island during August 2013:
1. Significant changes in the landscape of the island compared to the 1970s were noted. The areas of most observed changes were near the Old Mobil Base Camp on the West Spit and in the Green Plains.
2. Most of the exploratory test holes drilled in 1971 could not be located because of sand accumulations to the extent of several meters or more.
3. Two of the three former groundwater observation wells that were installed and instrumented during the early 1970s by Nova Scotia Environment were located, but were found to be inoperable as monitoring wells.
4. Implementation of a groundwater observation well network, for monitoring water levels and quality, requires new, proper well construction and instrumentation installation with digital pressure transducers.
5. Operation of a groundwater observation well network will require regular well maintenance and monitoring of instrumentation operation on a regular schedule.
6. A program will be required to assure the wells are functioning and easily located for access, servicing, and data retrieval.

Mr. Hennigar made the following recommendations for establishing and operating a groundwater observation well network on Sable Island:
1. New wells should be constructed and instrumented to implement a new groundwater observation well network for monitoring water levels and quality.
2. A dedicated observation well maintenance and monitoring program will be required to assure the wells are functioning and easily accessed for servicing.
3. New groundwater observation wells should be located in the area of the Main Station water supply and in the Green Plains.
4. The hydrogeologic setting of a selected number of ponds should be investigated to determine their status as perched or water table ponds.

Read the report…

Mr. Hennigar provided his professional services for free; Rae Anne LaPlante (a videographer from British Columbia), Friends of Sable Island Society and Parks Canada collaborated to cover his travel and living costs for the trip to Sable Island.