Friends of McNabs Island Annual General Meeting

Our 32nd Annual General Meeting is scheduled for TUESDAY APRIL 19th at 7 PM.

We will be holding a Hybrid meeting this year: In Person and Online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided soon.

In person location is the Auditorium of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History 1747 Summer Street in Halifax.
Doors open at 6:30 with the meeting starting at 7:00.

The entrance is from the lower level parking lot on the south side (Wanders Grounds side). This parking lot right outside the museum is monitored 24/7 and costs $1.50/hr. Parking is also available on the nearby streets.

Our Annual Meeting will feature the launch of our new film Ghost Gear of McNabs Island produced by Jerry Lockett. Former CBC broadcaster Olga Milosevich narrates the film. The film was funded by the Ghost Gear Fund of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Here is the sneak-peek trailer.

Also at our AGM we'll be featuring a presentation by Royce Walker on our Teahouse Outdoor Education Centre. Learn how volunteers and donations have transformed an abandoned stone building, which had been boarded up for 25 years, into a new Outdoor Education Centre which will open this year.

Hope you can join us!

McNabs Island Beach Cleanup SUNDAY JUNE 5th (rain date June 12th)

Celebrate Environment Week and Oceans Week by helping the Friends of McNabs Island Society clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park!
Registration is now open but spots fill up quickly!

There are two departure points:

Halifax Departure from Murphy's Cable Wharf 1751 Lower Water Street on the Halifax Waterfront.

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

Dress for the weather and island environment. Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking books. Bring sunscreen, sunhats, insect repellent, work gloves, drinking water, a lunch and ENTHUSIASM. We will supply the garbage bags and FREE transportation to the island for volunteers willing to clean up the beaches. Service dogs only please. Sorry no bicycles on this trip. Note: the cleanup is not suitable for very young children (under 5 years) as there could be hazards on the beaches.
Over the past 32 years, volunteers have collected more than 16,100 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park making this the longest-running and largest cleanup effort in the Maritimes. To learn more about our beach cleanups, watch our Ghost Gear video that has been just released.

For school/youth/office or other groups that want to register, please contact us directly at

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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