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 Preservation Trust – The Story


Sable Island Preservation Trust was established as a non-profit, charitable organization in 1997 in response to Environment Canada’s announcement that it was closing the main station on Sable Island.  The founding members believed that a continuous human presence was essential for the long-term preservation of Sable Island.

After signing a lease agreement with the federal government, Sable Trust managed the island’s main station and continued the weather and other research and monitoring programs with direct and indirect funding of approximately $1 million per year from many public and private partners.   Sable Island was also designated as an Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) site under Environment Canada’s community-based program designed to help Atlantic Canadians restore and sustain watersheds and coastal areas.  Sable Trust administered the ACAP site, generating additional funding and attracting volunteers for preservation and education activities.

Recognizing that the lease agreement was a short-term solution for a continuous human presence on Sable Island, Sable Trust led a stakeholder meeting in 2003 to brainstorm long-term solutions and options for sustainable funding.  The first step in a long-term solution was to transfer responsibility for managing the main station back to the federal government.  This was completed in 2005.  Sable Trust continued to work with the Sable Island stakeholders to find a permanent solution.   The announcement in 2010 that Sable Island would become a National Park was welcome news.  With sustainable funding for the long-term human presence secured and managed by a willing and able arm of the federal government, Sable Trust was able to look ahead to the next challenge.

As a ‘Friends of’ group, working closely with Parks Canada, we can now focus on promoting research, developing and delivering education and interpretation programs, and giving voice and a means of action to the world-wide community of those who are passionate about this special place.   Please join us as a member to help protect and preserve Sable Island for generations to come.

The Sable Island story continues….