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2016 Annual Meeting

April 12, 2017
The Friends of McNabs Island celebrated our 27th Annual General Meeting on April 12, 2017 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

The Friends of McNabs Island celebrated our 27th Annual General Meeting on April 12, 2017 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. One hundred people attended the event which featured a special presentation by Dr. Jay White entitled: McNabs Island Stands on Guard from Confederation to the Cold War. Dr. White told us about the pivotal role McNabs Island played in the defence of Canada during two World Wars and in peacetime.

Our 'Special Friend of the Island' award for 2017 was presented to Brent King at our Annual Meeting. Brent was recognized for his volunteer efforts spearheading the Friends of McNabs kiosk project, guided history tours for island visitors and for researching and writing many McNabs Island articles.

McNabs Island Stands on Guard from Confederation to the Cold War

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McNabs Island Stands on Guard from Confederation to the Cold War Special presentation of the Friends of McNabs Island – April 12, 2017
Dr. Jay White - Guest Speaker at our Annual Meeting

(March 28, 2017) Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for our 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.
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.

“We are pleased that Jay can join us for our annual meeting. His presentation will give us some fascinating insight into how important McNabs Island is to Canadian history,” says Cathy McCarthy of Friends of McNabs Island.
This informative and interesting presentation is free and open to the public.

Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Island Provincial Park. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.

Waterfront Development given Friends of McNabs Island Award

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The Friends of McNabs Island Society awarded Waterfront Development our ‘Special Friend of the Island’ award at our 26th Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, April 13 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax Waterfront.
Waterfront Development staff accept the Friend of the Island award. From L-R: TJ Maguire, Adam Langley, Kelly Rose and Jennifer Angel. Photo Rochelle Owen.

(April 15, 2016) The Friends of McNabs Island Society awarded Waterfront Development our ‘Special Friend of the Island’ award at our 26th Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, April 13 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax Waterfront.

Waterfront Development staff accepted the award - a framed print of Rochelle Owen’s photograph of the McNabs Island Osprey that calls the island home.

Over the past several years, the Friends have raised $500,000 to rebuild some trails, install a composting toilet and a visitor information kiosk. Then two years ago, Waterfront Development approached the Friends to see how the provincial crown corporation could help.

Through a partnership with the Friends of McNabs Island and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Waterfront Development invested in the development of several new park amenities.

“Our partnership with Friends of McNabs Island has accomplished great things. The most important of which is inspiring new explorers to visit the island -- a very special place in our harbour,” says Jennifer Angel, Acting CEO, Waterfront Development.

McNabs Island Wayfinding Trail Sign. Photo TJ Maguire.

New wayfinding trail signs that blend in well with the island’s natural environment and provide for enhanced, self-directed exploration, were designed by Sperry Design and installed by New Century Signs along the 18 kms of island trails, and two additional Clivus Multrum composting toilets were put in place for island visitors. To reduce congestion at Garrison Pier, the main access point to the island, Waterfront Development installed new floating docks for boaters.

“We recognize the forward thinking of Waterfront Development in helping make McNabs Island Provincial Park more welcoming for island visitors and very much appreciate their support,” says Cathy McCarthy of Friends of McNabs Island.

Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Island Provincial Park. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.

McNabs Island beach shifting: coastal engineer

Halifax McNab's Island is being reshaped by nature. The province needs to find a way to protect beach. Steve Silva reports.
A Halifax coastal engineer says both the deterioration of the McNabs Island breakwater and rising sea levels will result in higher waves in McNabs Cove and, subsequently, shift Maugers Beach.

Steve Silva, Video Journalist. Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2625424/mcnabs-island-beach-shifting-coastal-e...

Media release: McNabs Annual Meeting (pdf)

New Trail Signs

upgrades should make visiting easier
Visiting McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour got a little easier today, as the Friends of McNabs Island Society and the Waterfront Development Corp. unveiled $180,000 in new amenities.