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.
We’re creating a fantastic weekend in collaboration with our friends from Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute. 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.
Between 2017 and 2018, our Benefit Dinner has raised more than $10,000 for the Institute.
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.
Three ways to ‘virtually’ visit & support Sable Island
1) Overnight Package includes Benefit Dinner, Presentations and Breakfast: from $200/per person
2) Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner Only: $100 per person
3) Day Guest for presentations only (free) with donations to Sable Island Institute welcomed. (SOLD OUT)
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.)
AGENDA (See full detailed agenda)
SATURDAY January 26
1:00pm: Doors Open
1:30pm: Welcome, Opening Remarks & Silent Auction
1:45 – 4:30: Informative Sessions with a terrific line-up of presenters including:
- Parks Canada: Management planning process for Sable Island National Park Reserve
What We Heard: Summary Report from Phase I of Public Consultations
Speaker: Livia Goodbrand, Senior Planner, Parks Canada
- History of the Sable Island horses – from the era of shipwrecks to present day in a National Park
Speaker: 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.
Speaker: Andy Horn, Director of Science, Sable Island Institute
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
Speaker: Zoe Lucas, President, Sable Island Institute
“A year in the life of a young Sable Island horse”
See Menu now.
Included in overnight package. Dinner Tickets available to public: $125.00
Until 11pm: Performing in the Founder’s Lounge, Tom Mills.
SUNDAY January 27
9:30 – 11:30am: Informative sessions with a terrific line-up of presenters
- A Film Maker’s exploration and experience on Sable Island
Speaker: Jacquelyn Mills
- Inspired by Sable: Artists Panel with presentations by:
‘Secrets of Sable’ by Author, Marcia Pierce Harding
Reflecting on her childhood fascination of Sable, this new book for young readers is a dream come true for Marcia.
‘Wild Spirit: Capturing the Beauty of Sable Island’s Wild Horses’
Join equine photographer, Sandy Sharkey as she describes the ultimate photographic journey: capturing the beauty of Sable Island’s wild horses.
Sable Island: A Contemporary Dance presentation by Mocean Dance.
Susanne Chui, Co-Artistic Director and dancer with Mocean Dance, shares the inspiration and creative process behind Sable Island, a contemporary dance
piece inspired by the island’s horses choreographed by Serge Bennathan.
Salute to Sable Island Weekend PACKAGE
Saturday January 26 & Sunday January 27, 2019
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 based on double occupancy 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
Benefit Dinner on Saturday January 26 only $100 per person
6 – 9:30pm with special guest speaker Zoe Lucas
Reserve now, call 800-565-5068 ext 1 or 902-354-2711 ext 1
Meet our Special Guest Speakers
Zoe Lucas, President Sable Island Institute
Zoe began working on Sable Island in 1974, and by 1982 was involved full-time with Sable projects, conducting various research and monitoring programs including studies of persistent litter in the marine environment, beach surveys for oiled seabirds and biodiversity studies (on mosses, lichens, fungi, and invertebrates). Beginning in the mid-1980s, Zoe began keeping life history records for the Sable horses and continued the study for over 30 years, until the island became a national park. She now spends about seven to eight months on the island each year, returning to the mainland for meetings, programs and events.
Sandy is an equine photographer who travels the world in search of her favourite subject: wild horses. She has photographed horses in Mongolia, Costa Rica, and France. In the spring of 2018 Sandy embarked on a 67 day road trip to capture images of wild mustangs in the American southwest and Alberta’s Rocky Mountain foothills. But her heart always brings her back to the wild horses of Nova Scotia’s Sable Island, which she calls ‘the model for wild horses around the world’. Sandy’s limited edition prints of wild horses are found in homes and businesses throughout North America, and can be custom ordered at www.sandysharkey.com
Timothy Frasier, Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University
Tim’s research program is focused on improving the theory and practice of wildlife conservation through the use of genetics. He is particularly interested in how the genetic characteristics of individuals shape patterns of mate choice, reproductive success, and health; and how these individual-based patterns combine to shape overall population patterns and trends. Tim led the preparation of a report for Parks Canada that reviewed current knowledge of the history and ecology of the Sable Island horses, and he and Zoe have collaborated on several genetics-based studies of the population. Tim is a member of the Advisory Council of the Sable Island Institute.
Andrew G Horn, Biology Department, Dalhousie University
Andy is a researcher and lecturer in the departments of Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. His main research interest is animal communication, especially acoustic communication in birds, and he has a particularly keen interest in fusion of the arts and sciences (e.g., music and biological soundscapes) and in public engagement with nature. Andy is director of the Sable Island Institute’s science programs, which include a wide range of biodiversity projects on the island, including the community-wide experiment he will describe in his talk.
Jacquelyn Mills, Director & Filmmaker
Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker from Cape Breton Island. After graduating from Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2008, Jacquelyn was named Canada’s Best New Director. Her first feature-length film “In the Waves” had its world premiere at Visions du Réel, Switzerland. The film was awarded Grand Jury Prize (NHIFF), Best Edit / Best Documentary (AFF) and Best Canadian Documentary (RIDM) and was part of TIFF / Cinemascope film series. Her current documentary project “Geographies of Solitude” explores the landscape, soundscape, plant and animal life cycles of Sable Island.