The Horses of Sable Island are coming ashore, virtually to White Point
Located 156 kms off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean is one of Canada’s national treasures, Sable Island. Although few have visited, her reputation as ‘The Graveyard of the Atlantic’ precedes her, but she is in fact teeming with life. Her wild horses are evidence of that. Enshrouded in mystery, myths and lore it is these majestic, tolerant and beautiful multi-generation residents that will be explored and celebrated on January 26 and 27 at White Point’s 3rd Salute to Sable Island.
Frequently referenced in the news and the subject of volumes of books and articles, an endless body of works of art and film and documented research, admittedly Canadians generally know very little about Sable Island. In an effort to change that, a unique and extensive collection of speakers – each intimate, passionate and knowledgeable in their fields; are coming ashore to White Point Beach Resort for 2 days. Working with officials from the Sable Island Institute and Parks Canada, White Point once again has created a unique opportunity for Canadians to explore, experience and connect with Sable Island without leaving a single footprint in her sand.
Island resident and President of the Sable Island Institute, Zoe Lucas headlines an impressive list of speakers. Joined by Director of Science Andy Horn, ecologist Dan Kehler and forensic scientist Tim Frasier, collectively they will offer intimate insight into the lives of Sable’s horses and how their population is sustained and affected by her shifting shorelines.
It’s not all science at Salute to Sable Island. Artists have virtually transported travelers through various mediums to Sable Island. Organizers have curated a line-up of artists that embrace the essence of, “Inspired by Sable”. Award winning Filmmaker Jacquelyn Mills of Montreal is joined by Ottawa photographer Sandy Sharkey along with local author Marsha Pierce Harding and dancer Suzanne Chui of Mocean based in Halifax to collectively take you on a moving and emotional journey to Sable Island.
Five years ago, the Government of Canada took steps to protect Sable Island. In 2013 the Sable Island National Park Reserve was established. Over the past year Parks Canada has been consulting with Canadian to help shape a Management Plan. With the results of the first phase of public consultation completed, Tony Loring from Parks Canada will share a summary report of what they have heard to date and outline the next steps.
A highlight of the two-day ‘virtual’ visit to Sable Island is the Benefit Dinner on the Saturday evening with special guest speaker, Zoe Lucas and her visual presentation “Horses of Sable: A Year in the Life of a Young Sable Horse”. Proceeds will support the work of the Sable Island Institute as will those from the silent auction featuring a bronze horse sculpture by Debra Garside, a framed photo from Sandy Sharkey as well as a chainsaw carved horse by Tracie Dugas among many other items. Over the past two years, more than $10,000 has been raised through this annual event, the 2019 gathering will enhance this again.
Organizers of Salute to Sable Island have been delighted with the response to date noting that some 100 guests have registered. While they are nearing capacity for the event, limited number of overnight packages, along with seats at the Benefit Dinner and the complimentary Day Passes remain.
The full itinerary and details for Salute to Sable Island and her Legendary Horses, taking place at White Point Beach Resort, January 26 -27 are available online at www.whitepoint.com or by calling 1-800-565-5068.