Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.

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. 

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. 

Getting here


Sable Island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean near the edge of the Continental Shelf, 290 km offshore from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The closest landfall is Canso, Nova Scotia, at 161 km, making it one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands.

Sable Island is a very remote island, and is only accessible by air and by sea. Click here to see a location map for Sable Island.

Sable Island often experiences a large variety of weather conditions, including fog, high waves, and wind. Due to poor weather or a lack of a safe landing area, you must be prepared for delays in transportation schedules, both when attempting to arrive on the island and when attempting to depart.

Normal delays might last a day or two, although significantly longer delays are not uncommon. You should ensure you have adequate supplies to account for unplanned delays.

Arriving by Air | Arriving by Sea | Delays on the Island