Sable Island National Park Reserve is a place to be awed by the power of nature. It is an extremely isolated location, and access to it is determined by constraints of weather and geography. Visitor experience opportunities are similar to other remote national parks in Canada, where there are few visitor facilities and the wilderness of the site constitutes an important feature of the experience.

As a visitor to Sable Island, you must be self-reliant and responsible for your own safety. You should be prepared for weather delays accessing or departing the island. Visitors are responsible to make their own transportation arrangements to Sable Island, and most visits are day trips. Visitors either arrive by air charter or come ashore from private vessels that are anchored offshore. See the Getting Here section for more information.  

All visitors are required to register in advance of their trip. The visitor season for Sable Island National Park Reserve is June to the end of October.

The information in this section provides you with essential safety information and important guidelines for your visit. Parks Canada considers researchers, contractors, government employees, journalists and independent travelers to be visitors to Sable Island.

"Salute to Sable Island" - January 26-27, 2019 at White Point Beach Resort! 

The 3rd annual "Salute to Sable Island" weekend is Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 at White Point Beach Resort.

Let’s explore Sable Island National Park Reserve - Parks Canada will be talking ecology, archeology and much more! 

Touch Sable - Zoe Lucas, Sable Island Institute president, will be hosting a Sable Island Touch Table with a variety of artifacts from the island.

Parks Canada will also have a green screen photo booth where you can take photos of yourself “on Sable Island”. 

Attend the sessions as a day guest for FREE (registration required).  Registration and full schedule of events 

Join the conversation! #SaluteToSable #SableIsland @ParksCanada_NS


  • Virtual visit

    Catch a glimpse of the island's Grey Seal colony and beautiful windswept sand dunes with Google Maps.

  • ​On-island travel

    A well-organized day trip offers visitors the opportunity to experience many of the most compelling aspects of Sable Island National Park Reserve.

All activities

Animal watching
Beaches Beach
Bird watching