Sable Island has all the makings of a myth: a forty-one kilometers long sandbar, three hundred kilometers southeast of Halifax, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Now a research and rescue station, the remote and otherworldly island was recently named a national park by the Government of Canada. A legend for centuries, Sable Island beckons the intrepid adventurer for a closer look at its many mysteries.
Home to a population of feral ponies (descended from the equine survivors of a long-ago shipwreck), the island is also home base for large breeding groups of harbor and grey seals, vast colonies of birds including Arctic terns and the unique Ipswich sparrow—and a community of half a dozen humans.
Shrouded in fog, surrounded by sharks, battered by constant winds and currents, the shifting shores of Sable Island were the ruin of hundreds of wooden ships during their heyday. Among those sands lie wrecks and artifacts dating from the earliest days of transatlantic sail.
Yet Sable Island is a uniquely peaceful place. A haven for ecologists, photographers, scientists, birders and horse-lovers, under open skies far from the hue and cry of cities and freeways, Sable Island offers a new and deeper definition of an ‘island getaway’.
Day 1: St. John’s
Day 2: At sea
Day 3-6: Sable Island
Day 7-8: Saint Pierre
Day 9: St. John’s
We meet in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, it has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America’s oldest European settlement. We join our vessel, Sea Adventurer here.
Our presentation series will kick into full swing. While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for marine mammals and seabirds.
Visit the National Park, Research and Rescue station once known as the Graveyard of the North Atlantic.
Sable Island is the legendary location of many a shipwreck, home to a population of feral ponies and seals and seabirds abounding.
We’ll have a chance to meet some of the island’s handful of inhabitants and learn about this unique island first-hand.
A population of approximately 6,500 resides on the island of St. Pierre, all of various descents including French, Basque, Breton, and Normand.
St. Pierre’s houses reflect its history: an eclectic collection of colors and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys.
Discover one of the oldest cities in North America, a city unlike any other. Cradled in a harbor carved from 500 million year old rock and surrounded by hills running down to the ocean, St. John’s is the most easterly point in North America. St. John’s has been vitally important for centuries to explorers, adventurers, merchants, soldiers, pirates, and all manner of seafarers, who provided the foundation for this thriving modern day city.
* Itinerary may be subject to change