Sable Island (French: île de Sable) is a small island situated 300 km southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 175 km southeast of the closest point of mainland Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean.
Notable for the Sable Island horse, the island is protected and managed by Parks Canada, which must first grant permission before anyone may visit. The island is also a protected National Park Reserve.
Since 1583, there have been over 350 recorded shipwrecks on Sable Island. Very little now remains of the ships that were wrecked on the island: a shoe buckle, a few coins, ship name boards, timbers buried in the sand. Click on the button below to learn why so many shipwrecks occurred on Sable Island.