For many of us, Sable Island holds a special, even 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.
As a part of our 90th Anniversary Festivities, we’ve created this fantastic weekend in partnership with our friends from Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute (evolved from the Green Horse Society). We’ll spend a couple days here at White Point delving into Sable Island – who she has welcomed, her ecology and of course, the wild horses.
Building on the legacy of our very successful event last year, this very special weekend will include hosting a Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner (Green Horse Society) on Saturday Jan. 20, 2018 from 7 – 9:30pm. We are thrilled to welcome and introduce guests to our special guest, Zoe Lucas, Founder of the Green Horse Society/Sable Island Institute. This 3-course, Nova Scotia inspired wine-paired dinner will see proceeds presented to Zoe and the Society.
Our 2017 Dinner raised more than $7000 for the Society. Zoe indicated it would be used to fund bee research – we’ll get an update on this project at our 2018 event!
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.
Join us as we celebrate Atlantic Canada’s 43rd National Park and get to know her a bit better.
Salute to Sable Island Weekend
3 ways to attend and learn:
1) Book the overnight package from $200/person, which includes Benefit Dinner see details now!
2) Attend the Sessions as a Day Guest, RSVP for your FREE admission. (limited number of seats available)
3) Attend the Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner: $100 plus tax per person.
Call 1-800-565-5068 ext 1 to book
Salute to Sable Island Weekend Itinerary
(Please note this weekend is hosted at White Point, not ON Sable Island.)
SATURDAY January 20
1:30pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Setting the Stage
Special thank-you is extended to fibre artist Suzanne Gunn and photographer Damian Lidgard for lending us a collection of their work for display throughout the weekend, bringing the beauty of Sable Island from their perspective for us to enjoy.
1:45pm: Towards the future: Sable Island Management Plan
Sable Island National Park Reserve Manager, Alannah Phillips, will share an update about the development of a management plan for Sable Island, what this means for the island and how you can get involved. She will also share what’s been happening on the island as well as some highlights from 2017
2:00pm: Ecology of Sable Island: It’s a web of connections!
After assisting the establishment of the national ecological integrity monitoring program for Parks Canada, Parks Canada Ecologist Dan Kehler turned his attention to Sable Island. Since the fall of 2016, he has been studying and monitoring the ecology of Sable Island. Dan will give you a peek into the ecology of the Island, its integrity and it’s future.
2:45pm: Footsteps in the Sand: Archaeology of Sable
Charles Burke is the Senior Archaeologist with the Archaeology and History Branch of Park Canada. Over the past year he has spent 7 months in the field conducting 20 archaeological digs in a variety of provinces, but Sable Island is at the top of his list of favourites. He’s unearthed new finds on Sable and is looking forward to sharing them with us.
3:30pm: They Kept the Light: Lightkeepers of Sable Island
Having earned the reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the role of Lighthouses on Sable Island for seafarers cannot be understated. The Islands two lights, Sable Island West End established in 1872 and Sable Island East End established in 1873 are now both inactive, but have a storied past. Efforts of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society keeps their legacy alive and honours Keepers and the lights themselves. Society President Joanne McCormick and Past-President and historian Barry MacDonald will introduce you to some of these colourful Keepers.
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
Connections: People and Sable Island
Sable Island has been the focus of human interest and activities for over three centuries. Mapmakers, settlers, fishermen, mariners, shipwreck victims, lifesavers, naturalists and scientists, prospectors, educators, artists, journalists and visitors have explored, survived, studied, and otherwise experienced Sable Island. For many, their fleeting or long-term encounter with the island was memorable-joyous, tragic, perplexing, inspirational. And through all these people and their work, adventures and misadventures, connections with the island extend beyond them and into the lives and communities of individuals who have never set foot on Sable Island. Zoe will share a few stories highlighting some of these relationships and their role in the cultural legacy of Sable Island.
Benefit Dinner Menu prepared by Executive Chef Alan Crosby
Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts
Cast Iron Seared Salmon with local lobster and double smoked bacon cream
Gratin Potato and “ Street Corn” salad
Paired with a glass of Nova Scotia Wine – your choice: Blomidon Chardonnay or Grand Pre Baco Noir
Very Lemon, Lemon Tarts
With red fruit coulis and mango-pineapple salsa
*Proceeds from the dinner will be presented to Zoe Lucas during the Dinner.
9:30-11:00pm: Live entertainment in the Lounge
SUNDAY January 21
9:30am: Sable Island Institute: An Introduction
After years in development, learn about The Sable Island Institute, a new multidisciplinary organization that will promote and preserve the natural and cultural legacy of Sable Island through research, conservation, and education. As one of the founding members of the Institute, ornithologist Andy Horn, Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, will explain the role of the Green Horse Society in establishing the Institute, and provide an overview of the Institute’s current and future programs on – and off – the island, including public outreach and citizen science projects that will enable everyone – individuals and communities – to connect through the Sable Island experience.
9:45am: Genetics of the Horses of Sable Island: Who’s Your Daddy?
Geneticist Tim Fraser, the Forensic Sciences Program Coordinator within the Department of Biology at Saint Mary’s University, has been studying genetics and how they impact animals in their choice of mate, reproductive success, health and population of animals. He’s intimate with the horses of Sable Island and has worked with Zoe Lucas to gain insight and understanding into the dynamics affecting sustainability of the horses and other wildlife.
10:30am: Inspired by Sable: An Artists Perspective (Panel Discussion)
Susan Tooke, Illustrator
Drawing from her experiences with Sable Island, Susan Tooke, an awarding winning illustrator, will share how her relationship with Sable Island has influenced her art and interest in environmental preservation in this illustrated presentation from her book ‘Free as the Wind’.
Janet Barkhouse, Author and Poet
Inspired by her fascination with Sable and stories her mother shared with her, Janet has published a number of books relating to her experiences with the Island including her most recent work, Sable Island Fieldnotes featuring photographs by Zoe Lucas.
Susan Crowe, Musician
An award winning Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Susan has drawn on her experiences on Sable Island. Its rich imagery has been used in several pieces that she will share with us.
11:30am: Special Screening of: Stronghold of Resistance: Sable Island & Her Legendary Horses , by Drew Doggett
Drew is a photographer, director, and producer who focuses on telling the extraordinary stories of places, objects and cultures at risk of disappearing. His practice is characterized by his passion for chronicling diversity and culture while utilizing the discipline and sympathies he learned working in fashion photography. His work can be found in private and public collections globally, notably the Smithsonian African Art Museum (DC).
Sable Island has been of specific fascination to Drew because of its unparalleled, preserved state. He has traveled there twice now, each time creating an award-winning series of photographs that explores the island’s incredible horses and their otherworldly home.
The short film, titled Stronghold of Resistance: Sable Island & Her Legendary Horses, was created in 2016 during Drew’s second trip there. Through a narrator mysteriously enmeshed within the island, the film explores the never-ending cycles that make this strip of land a self-sustaining system where the wild horses have managed to thrive.
11:45am: Closing Remarks
Salute to Sable Island Weekend PACKAGE
Saturday January 20 & Sunday January 21, 2018
RESERVE now by calling 1-800-565-5068 ext 1
Based on 2 people sharing accommodations:
1 night from $200 per person based on double occupancy ($400/couple) plus tax and gratuities
For 1 person, single accommodations:
1 night from $295 includes gratuities, plus tax
*based on White Point Room. Cottage rates available upon request
Overnight Package @ $200 per person includes
- Presentations as outlined on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning
- Saturday evening Meet & Greet
- Ticket for our Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner ($100)
- Live entertainment on Saturday evening in the Lounge following Dinner
- Breakfast for 1 person
- Overnight accommodations in a White Point Room (Lakeside rooms and cottage rates available)
- Access to all recreation facilities
- Wi-Fi & Parking
DAY PASSES for Presentations ONLY
A limited number of seats are available for Salute to Sable Island for those interested in attending the presentations only.
Reserve your seat now.