Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for our 29th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Special guest speaker will be historian and author Dan Conlin presenting:
McNabs Island: An Island Ringed by Wrecks

Wednesday, May 1st at 6:45 pm
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street

McNabs island is encircled by shipwrecks, some tragic and some mundane. Many can still be seen at low tide. Join historian Dan Conlin for a fascinating illustrated talk about the shipwrecks of McNabs Island.

“McNab Island has been the final destination for countless vessels for centuries. Their evocative timbers and rusty fittings still have secrets to reveal and stories to tell.” says Conlin.

Dan Conlin is curator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He also teaches at Saint Mary’s University and has created a new course about piracy and privateering. Born in Berwick Nova Scotia, Dan studied journalism and history at Carleton University in Ottawa and then worked as a producer for CBC Radio in Ontario. He returned home to pursue a Master’s in History at Saint Mary’s University. One of his first steps in reconnecting with the province was to join the Friends of McNabs Island. He wrote the chapter on lighthouses and shipwrecks for the Friends’ Discover McNabs Island guidebook.


Above: Dan Conlin at sea aboard the brigantine Playfair (photo credit: Laura Dowling)

Dan was curator at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for 19 years where he was responsible for many successful exhibits including the Titanic display. He was also curator for a Pirates exhibit which led to his first book Pirates of the Atlantic: Robbery, Murder and Mayhem off Canada’s East Coast. His second book, War through the Lens: the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit was based on personal interviews and research that Dan conducted for his undergraduate thesis.

The 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.

This event is free and open to the public.


Above: One of the unidentified wrecks in Wreck (Back) Cove on McNabs Island, a favoured dumping ground for old vessels in the 1950s. (photo credit: Rochelle Owen)

Discover McNabs Island 2019 Summer Heritage Tours

Stroll through Canadian History on McNabs Island
Sundays in July & August –
July 7, 14, 21, 28, and August 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: 9:30 – 3:30 and 10:30 – 4:30


Hike through Canadian history on McNabs Island! Learn about the important role the Island played for the Mi’kmaq First Nations, the early French settlers, and the British, who built several fortifications overlooking Halifax Harbour to protect the Port of Halifax. Space is limited to 27 people per trip. Note: In the event of heavy rain or gale force winds, the tours will be cancelled.

Departure from Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.
Cost: $20 (members and children/youth under 16), $25 (non-members). Tickets on sale via Eventbrite.ca

For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact.
For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/friendsofmcnabsisland/

2019 Foliage Tour

Sunday October 20 (rain date October 27) Time 9:30AM – 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: $20 (members and children/youth under 16) $25 (non-members). Tickets on sale via Eventbrite.ca.

For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact. For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/friendsofmcnabsisland/

McNabs Island Beach Cleanup

Sunday June 2 (rain date - June 9) Time: 9:30AM – 4:30PM

Celebrate Environment Week and Oceans Week by helping clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park! Over the past 29 years, our volunteers have collected more than 13,500 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.

Registration is now FULL. Add your name to the waitlist on Eventbrite.

For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact. For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/friendsofmcnabsisland/

McNabs Island Herb Tour

Sunday July 7th – Time: 9:30AM – 3:30PM.

Stroll through McNabs Island with biologist Sarah d’Apollonia of Eastcoast Wild Foods and discover the many edible herbs that grow along Nova Scotia’s coastline and in our woodlands.

Space is limited to 27 people. In the event of heavy rain or gale force winds, the tour will be cancelled.
Departure from Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.
Cost: $20 (members and children/youth under 16), $25 (non-members). Tickets on sale via Eventbrite.ca

For more information on this event contact; info@mcnabsisland.ca or http://mcnabsisland.ca/contact. For updates, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/McNabsIsland and Twitter @mcnabsisland and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/friendsofmcnabsisland/