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…

Update on Sable Island Conference 2015


The first Sable Island Conference – The History and Science of Sable island – is less than two weeks away! There were so many people wanting to share their knowledge and experience about Sable Island that we have a very full program and had to ask some people to wait until our next conference. You will learn many new things about Sable Island on Friday evening May 1 and all-day Saturday May 2, 2015!

Friday night is free admission and includes talks on two recent books about living on Sable Island in the 1800s and the 1900s, a history of the natural history of Sable Island, how Sable Island became a National Park Reserve, and a panel discussion on the significance of Sable Island. Doors open at 6:30pm at Alumni Hall at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This portion of the conference will run from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Saturday admission is by registration which includes a light lunch and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Talks cover the geology, mapping efforts over the centuries, seabirds, songbirds, grey seals, horses, ship wrecks and human presence on Sable Island. There will be posters on the Sable Island seabed, location, vegetation, and a project to create an auditory tour of Sable Island. Also look for various tables by artists and other friends of Sable Island with Sable Island momentos.

More information about the conference is available under the “Sable Island Conference 2015” tab from or as follows:

General information including registration information

Confirmed speakers and their abstracts

Eventbrite registration

See you there!