If you’re looking for an escape from mindless chitchat and human interaction, this secluded spot in Canada is a great getaway. The natural landscape is breathtaking and the island has more horses than it does humans. At Sable Island, you walk the beaches and see wild horses along the way.
This 40-kilometre long and only 2-kilometre wide island is southeast of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite it being so far away from the province, it’s actually considered to be a part of Halifax’s regional municipality.
Sable Island literally means island of sand so you know exactly what you’re getting into with this place.
The crescent-shaped sandbar that sits in the Atlantic is remote and isolated with more horses living on the island than humans.
It’s one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands and is entirely protected as a National Park Reserve.
Parks Canada recommends that people travelling to the remote destination be self-reliant because travel can often be delayed due to changing weather conditions.
That being said, the destinations trickiness just means it will be an even more rewarding trip when you finally get to see the windswept dunes, freshwater ponds and incredible wildlife.
Specifically, Sable Island is known for its wild horses that roam the land freely. While it might be an unusual sight to see a horse walking along a beach, here it’s just an average afternoon.
Along with the horses, this secluded destination is home to birds, plants and insects that have adapted to life there, some of which are unique to the island.
They’re also home to the biggest breeding colony of grey seals in the world.
It’s not always paradise, though. Due to where the island sits in the Atlantic, on key ocean currents where the jet stream exits eastern North America, there are lots of storms and rough seas.
Sable is even known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because more than 350 vessels have wrecked there thanks to rough seas, fog and hidden sandbars around the island.
It’s such a unique and mystifying place.
If you want to travel here, you’ve got to be tough.
Not only is getting here a challenge, but according to Parks Canada, the sandy terrain and wilderness can be hard for some people because it’s more difficult to walk for long distances on the sand than on solid surfaces.
Since vehicle use on Sable is restricted to park administration and research, you’ll have to do a lot of walking to explore the island.
If you’re up to it, over 100 kilometres from mainland Nova Scotia, this secluded spot is great for a day trip on Canada’s east coast.