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…

Thank You Bill Freedman


It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015. He was a true friend and supporter of Sable Island.

Bill Freedman was a former board member who served when we were still looking for a long-term solution for the island’s future as “Sable Island Preservation Trust”. He always spoke his mind and was never afraid of controversy, some of which he generated with statements like “It’s a no-brainer”. In recent years he worked with Parks Canada and other Sable Island stakeholders to create an assessment of the current ecological state of Sable Island. He participated as a guide on Adventure Canada’s first cruise to Sable in 2013. He also authored a text book on the ecology of Sable Island. In spite of his illness this past year he maintained his interest in nature and Sable Island, and was on the Organizing Committee for the first Sable Island Conference held in May 2015.

Bill’s experience and knowledge of Sable Island will be missed when important decisions are being made about the management of the island. He will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and the influence he’s had on this special and unique piece of the world. As he once said:

So in terms of biodiversity, it’s a special place that isn’t really replicated elsewhere in Canada, or even in the world. Everything is unique, but Sable Island… is really a difference place.” (Source:

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