We are members of the Sable Island Preservation Trust, an organization that is working to preserve and protect the beautiful and mysterious Sable Island, approximately 90 minutes (by air) from Halifax NS, Canada.
Known for the beautiful wild horses that have roamed the island (and still do) for centuries.
Once known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, due to the many shipwrecks that rammed the island's shores (Sable was mentioned in the movie, the Perfect Storm). Sable today is no longer a lifesaving station for shipwreck survivors but it still inhabited by groups of scientists who come and go, mostly to study the birds, seals and horses of the island. Six permanent residents also inhabit the island all year, manning a main station that provides administation, weather reporting, coordination of aircraft activity to name a few of their activities.
We had the pleasure of seeing an intriguing film, Moving Sands, based in part on the lives of some of the early inhabitants of Sable Island. Featuring haunting scenes of earlier days on the islands and telling of the struggles and challenges faced by the family of Trixie Bouteilliers. Her father was the superintendent of the lifesaving station from 1885-1912. This is a story, told from the perspective of a young girl, living an unusual albeit wonderful childhood.
For more information past and present and spectacular photos of Sable Island, see the following links. It is a unique and special place. On our list of places still to visit. Visitors are restricted but there have been expeditions open to the public, as a way of promoting the cause of preserving Sable.