Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for our annual Fall Foliage Tours of McNabs Island Provincial Park on Sunday October 16th. The rain date is the following Sunday October 23 rd .

See the island in its autumn splendour and participate in guided heritage, nature, and adventure or
family tours. A new Hangman’s Beach tour based on the characters and setting from Thomas Raddall’s
book Hangman’s Beach which was set on McNabs Island has been added this year.

  • A special welcome to Mniku’j McNabs Island by representatives of the Mi’kmaw Native
    Friendship Centre.
  • Discover how important Mniku’j McNabs Island was for the Mi'kmaw First Nations.
  • Learn more about the role McNabs Island played during the world wars from animators in military
    costume at Fort McNab National Historic site.
  • Hear the story of Bill Lynch, the "midway king" and how he got his start in the fairground
  • Learn the tragic story of the SS England that was quarantined off McNabs in 1866.
  • Discover the island's coastal environment, plants and wildlife.
  • Learn from the Friends of McNabs Island horticulturalists how we are restoring the Victorian
  • Visit the abandoned Teahouse that is being transformed into an Outdoor Education Centre.

We offer a variety of tours at the McNabs Island Fall Foliage Tours. There are two Heritage tours -
one to Fort Ives and the North End of McNabs Island and the other to Fort McNab National Historic
Site and the South End of the island; a Nature Tour; an Adventure Tour to Thrumcap suitable for hikers
over 16 years of age, a Family Tour for parents/guardians with children 12 years and under, and the new
Hangman’s Beach Tour.

Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots and dress for the weather. Bring a lunch and drinking water.

Travel to McNabs Island with Murphy's Ambasstours from Cable Wharf 1751 Lower Water Street on
the Halifax Waterfront departing at 9:30 AM. Depart from McNabs Island at 4:00 with the return to
Halifax by 5:00 PM.
Note: there is no transportation from Eastern Passage this year!

Everyone must get their tickets in advance via Eventbrite!
Ticket costs: $35 (Adults who are not members of Friends of McNabs Island), $20 (children/youth
under 16), and $30 (Friends of McNabs Island members). Children under 4 years are FREE but
need a ticket.
Tickets on sale via Eventbrite: tickets are available now via Eventbrite.
The Rain Date is Sunday October 23, 2021.
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Discover McNabs Island on a Guided Heritage or Nature Tour this summer!

Discover McNabs Island this summer by joining the Friends of McNabs Island on guided Heritage and Nature tours of McNabs Island. Tours are held every Sunday throughout July and August. Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite!

Hike through Canadian history on a Heritage Tour! Learn why the Island was important to the Mi’kmaw First Nations, the early French settlers, and the British, who built several forts on the island to protect the Port of Halifax. Admire the panoramic view from Fort McNab National Historic Site. Discover where Bill Lynch, the Midway King, got his start in the fairground business. Learn the tragic story of the SS England, quarantined off McNabs Island in 1866. Visit the forgotten Victorian Gardens and the ruins of the A.J. Davis Soda Pop Factory. Heritage Tours are scheduled for July 3, 10, 17, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, and 28.

On Sunday July 24, we are hosting a special Hangman’s Beach Tour based on the characters and setting of Thomas Raddall’s novel of the same name. This historical novel set on McNabs Island during the 1800s, is a story that intertwines Peter McNab and his family with the fictional characters Ellen Dewar and Michel Cascomond.

On our Nature Tour, you’ll watch Nova Scotia’s provincial bird, the osprey, fish in the island’s coves; see where the endangered barn swallows live at Fort McNab and learn about coastal plants and island animal habitats. Observe the ebb and flow of the tide in McNabs Pond, and stroll along sandy Maugers Beach. Dates for our Nature Tours will be announced later this spring.

Departure for our Summer Tours is from Eastern Passage from A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.
Cost: $35 (Adults), $20 (children/youth 16 and under), Babies and toddlers 3 and younger are Free. Discounted tickets for Friends of McNabs Island members cost $30.
Space is limited to 25 people per trip.
Times: 9:30-3:30. A second trip from 10:30-4:30 will be added later if there is a demand.

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