The Horses of Sable Island have enjoyed an intimate and legendary relationship with their island home. Some aspects of the life history of this unique population are obscured by mystery and misinformation. Why are they there? How did they get there? How do they survive and what are the impacts of their existence on the island – positive, negative or otherwise? Will they be there forever? This weekend we’ll explore the history, ecology and scientific research that is underway providing insight into their present status and their possible future.
For many of us, Sable Island holds a special, magical, place in our mind and heart. Intrigued by the sandbar in the Atlantic, join us as we bring Sable Island National Park Reserve– Canada’s 43rd Park – to life through a series of very special guest speakers and experiences.
Once again this year we’re creating a fantastic weekend in collaboration with our friends from Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute . Come spend a couple days here at White Point delving into Sable Island – who she has welcomed, her ecology and of course, the wild horses.
Get up close and personal with Sable Island, join us for a series of special presentations and meet the folks that spend their days caring and monitoring this very special and unique island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean.
You can even help make a difference. The Benefit Dinner on Saturday evening is always a popular, savoury and exciting event. Our Special Guest Speaker is again, the most knowledgeable champion for the Island Zoe Lucas. Between 2017 and 2018, our Benefit Dinner has raised more than $10,000 for the Institute and its special projects.
Join us as we celebrate Atlantic Canada’s 43rd National Park and get to know her a bit better, especially her Horses!
2019 Guest Speakers Include (in development):
- Special Guest Speaker and Benefit Dinner Speaker:
Zoe Lucas, President, Sable Island Institute
“A year in the life of a young Sable Island horse”
- Parks Canada: Management planning process for Sable Island National park Reserve
What We Heard: Summary Report from Phase I of Public Consultations
Livia Goodbrand, Senior Planner, Parks Canada
- History of the Sable Island horses – from the era of shipwrecks to present day in a National Park
Tim Frasier, Forensic Sciences Program Coordinator, SMU Dept. of Biology & Zoe Lucas
- Shifting dunes, buzzing bees, seals and horses: Understanding Sable’s ecology from the sand up.
Andy Horn, Director of Science, Sable Island Institute
- A Film Maker’s exploration and experience on Sable Island
- Inspired by Sable: Artists Panel with presentations by:
Marcia Pierce Harding, Author Secrets of Sable Island
Sandy Sharkey, Photographer: ‘Wild Spirit: Capturing the Beauty of Sable Island’s Wild Horses’
And more to come
Experience 3rd Annual Salute to Sable Island: The Legendary Horses
3 ways to attend and learn:
1) Book the overnight package from $200/person, double occupancy ($400/couple) plus gratuity and tax, including the Benefit Dinner
2) Attend the Sessions as a Day Guest (limited number of seats available)
3) Attend the Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner: $100 plus gratuity and tax, per person.
Call 1-800-565-5068 ext 1 to book your overnight package or day pass.
Salute to Sable Island Weekend Itinerary
(Please note this weekend is hosted at White Point, not ON Sable Island.)
SATURDAY January 26
1:30pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks
1:45 – 4:30: Informative Sessions with a terrific line-up of presenters
4:15-6:00pm: Free Time & Hands On!
Check-in and take a stroll on the beach but be sure to come back to get a bit more ‘hands-on’ with Sable!
We’ll have a Sable Island Touch Table with a variety of artifacts from the Island. Parks Canada is also promising to bring along their Sable Island ‘Green Screen’ so we can take ‘virtual’ photos on Sable Island in the Lounge.
6:00- 7:00pm: Meet & Mingle in the Founder’s Lounge
Meet and mingle with all our guest speakers and guests attending our Salute to Sable.
7:00 – 9:30pm: Benefit Dinner in support of the Sable Island Institute, with Guest Speaker Zoe Lucas
A year in the life of a young Sable Island horse
Zoe will introduce a group of horses—Vireo and his band-mates—and share some stories about their lives on Sable Island through the seasons.
SUNDAY January 27
9:30 – 11:30am: Informative sessions with a terrific line-up of presenters
Live Entertainment in the Founder’s Lounge 8 – 11pm,
Friday and Saturday by Tom Mills