McNabs Island Annual Meeting April 12

McNabs Island Stands on Guard from Confederation to the Cold War
A Special presentation of the Friends of McNabs Island – April 12, 2017

Join us for our Friends of McNabs Island Society 27th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and presentation on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm in the Small Craft Gallery of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, on the Halifax waterfront.

Special guest speaker will be Dr. Jay White, an historian specializing in Atlantic Canada, who has taught at several universities in the region. Professor White will look at the important role that McNabs Island has played in Canadian military history from Confederation to the Cold War.

Dr. Jay White - Guest Speaker at our Annual Meeting

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, Professor White’s talk will reflect on the pivotal role McNabs Island played in the defence of Canada in two World Wars and in peacetime. He will also connect developments on McNabs Island to larger events on the world stage.

“McNabs Island was really a linchpin in Halifax’s defence matrix, right up until the Cold War. Removing McNabs from the equation would have made the task of defending the Port of Halifax much more difficult,” says Dr. White.

Around the time of Confederation, the island's Sherbrooke Tower lighthouse served as a sentry for those entering Halifax Harbour. Later, the many fortifications on McNabs equipped with powerful guns, searchlights and anti-submarine nets guarded the city during the two World Wars. Following the Halifax Explosion, the garrison on the island provided ready and able assistance when much of the city had been destroyed. After the war years and right up until the 1990s, the island played an important military role by monitored ship traffic in Halifax Harbour from the listening station at Hugonin Battery.

This will be a fascinating presentation. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact the Friends of McNabs Island Society
info@mcnabsisland.ca
facebook.com/McNabsIsland
Twitter @McNabsIsland
902-434-2254

McNabs Island 2017 Beach Cleanup (Registration is now CLOSED)

Registration is now CLOSED for the Beach Cleanup on June 4th. If you want to volunteer for other McNabs Island events, please consider becoming a member of the Friends of McNabs so you'll receive advance notice about our events.

Although we are sold out, we do have a waiting list. Register via Eventbrite.ca https://www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-mcnabs-island-society-10724104906 or by calling 902-434-2254

Sunday June 4 (rain date- June 11) Time: 9:30AM – 4PM

Celebrate Environment Week and Oceans Day by helping us clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park! Over the past 27 years, our volunteers have collected more than 12,500 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park.

Two Departure Locations: Halifax: Murphy's on the Water, Cable Wharf or Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.

This is a FREE event but EVERYONE must PRE-REGISTER via Eventbrite.ca or by calling 902-434-2254

Groups such as girl guides or other groups interested in helping with this popular event should contact the Friends of McNabs ahead of time. For more information, contact info@mcnabsisland.ca or fill out the contact us form http://www.mcnabsisland.ca/ or call Faye (902-443-1749) or Cathy (434-2254). For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland.

July Heritage Tour

Sunday July 16 Time: 10AM - 4PM

Stroll through Canadian history on McNabs Island! Learn about the important role the Island played throughout our history from a Mi’kmaq First Nations summer encampment, to a French fishing station, and then protector of British North America. Discover what it was like to live on the island during the World Wars and in peacetime.

Departure from Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.

Cost: $15 (members and children) $20 (non-members). Space is limited; tickets go on sale via Eventbrite.ca later this spring.

For more information on these events contact info@mcnabsisland.ca or fill out the contact us form http://www.mcnabsisland.ca/ or call Faye (902-443-1749) or Cathy (434-2254). For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland.

August Heritage Tour

Sunday AUGUST 13 Time: 10AM - 4PM

Stroll through Canadian history on McNabs Island! Learn about the important role the Island played throughout our history from a Mi’kmaq First Nations summer encampment, to a French fishing station, and then protector of British North America. Discover what it was like to live on the island during the World Wars and in peacetime.

Departure from Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.

Cost: $15 (members and children) $20 (non-members). Space is limited; tickets go on sale via Eventbrite.ca later this spring.

For more information on these events contact info@mcnabsisland.ca or fill out the contact us form http://www.mcnabsisland.ca/ or call Faye (902-443-1749) or Cathy (434-2254). For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland.

2017 Fall Foliage Tour of McNabs Island

Sunday October 15 (rain date October 22) Time 10AM – 4PM

Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for the annual Fall Foliage Tour of McNabs Island Provincial Park. See the island in its autumn splendour and participate in guided history and nature tours.
Two Departure Points: Halifax: Murphy's on the Water, Cable Wharf, on the Halifax Waterfront and Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.
Cost: $15 (members and children) $20 (non-members). Tickets go on sale via Eventbrite.ca in the fall.

For more information on these events contact info@mcnabsisland.ca or fill out the contact us form http://www.mcnabsisland.ca/ or call Faye (902-443-1749) or Cathy (434-2254). For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland.