McNabs Island Beach Cleanup

Rescheduled to Sunday September 19th (rain date – September 26th) Time: 8:30 – 5:00PM

Help us clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park! This year we are focusing on the vast amount of Ghost Fishing Gear that washes up along the coastline. This event requires a lot of walking to get to the target areas and heavy lifting to remove this fisheries-related garbage. This cleanup event is NOT suitable for children under 5 years old and No bicycles or dogs permitted on this trip.

For the past 31 years, our volunteers have donated their time to scour the beaches of the island and pick up garbage that washes up on the shoreline with storms and the tides. Since 1991, volunteers have collected nearly 15,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the island nature park!

This year there is NO departure from Halifax!
Departure is from Eastern Passage ONLY: A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove. There will be THREE trips 8:30-2:30; 9:30-3:30 and 10:30-4:30.


Space is limited and Registration fills up quickly. Add your name on the wait list if the boats are full and we’ll try to accommodate you.

As always, our McNabs Island Cleanup is FREE for volunteers willing to spend the day on the island picking up garbage!

If you have your own boat, canoe or kayak, please join us by registering directly with us and emailing

We need to know who is going for safety reasons and for pandemic contact tracing purposes.

Fall Foliage Tours of McNabs Island

Sunday October 17 (rain date October 24) Time 9:30AM – 4PM
Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society for the annual Fall Foliage Tours of McNabs Island Provincial Park. See the island in its autumn splendour and participate in guided history and nature tours.

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 on the island to protect the Port of Halifax. Learn about the cholera ship that was quarantined off McNabs Island in 1866 and about Bill Lynch, the midway king who got his start on the island. Or join a nature tour and learn about the island’s plants and wildlife.

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: $25 (members of the Friends of McNabs Island), $15 (children/youth under 16) $35 (non-members) Babies and toddlers under 3 years old travel for FREE courtesy of the Friends of McNabs Island.
Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite.

We require all guests to follow provincially mandated Covid-19 protocols which include verification of vaccination. Read more about Nova Scotia’s public health measures at:
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