Friends of McNabs Island Event

Discover McNabs Island on a Guided Heritage or Nature Tour this summer!

Tours will be held on Sundays throughout July and August. Tickets are on sale 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 Midway King Bill Lynch got his start in the fairground business. Learn the tragic story of the SS England, quarantined off McNabs Island in 1866. Visit the forgotten English Gardens and ruins of the A. J. Davis Bottling Plant.

Heritage Tours are scheduled for July 9, 16, 23 30, and August 13, 20 and 27.

Join a Hangman’s Beach Tour based on the setting of Thomas Raddall’s novel Hangman’s Beach. Set on McNabs Island during the 1800s, this historical fiction is a story about fictional characters intertwined with Peter McNab and his family. It’s not necessary to read the novel before the tour, but we do have copies to lend for those interested. The Hangman’s Beach Tour is scheduled for July 16th

On a Nature Tour, you’ll watch the osprey dive for fish in the island’s coves; see where the endangered barn swallows live at Fort McNab; observe the ebb and flow of the tide in McNabs Pond, and stroll along sandy Maugers Beach. You will discover how Climate Change is impacting the island’s shoreline. Dates for our Nature Tours will be announced soon.

Departure for our Summer Tours is with A&M Sea Charters, 87 Government Wharf Rd in Fisherman's Cove, Eastern Passage.

Space is limited to 26 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.

Cost of Tickets:

$40 per Adult (non-members), $35 per Adult for discounted tickets for Friends of McNabs Island Society members, $20 for children/youth 16 and under,

Babies and toddlers 3 years and younger are Free courtesy of the Friends of McNabs Island.

For Tickets: