Parks Canada welcomes visitors to Sable Island National Park Reserve from June to the end of October. As one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands, it is only accessible by air and by sea. The island is extremely isolated, and access is determined by weather and geography. The wilderness of the site provides a backcountry-like experience similar to other remote national parks in Canada.

All visitors must:

  • Make their own transportation arrangements to and from Sable Island and be prepared for delays and cancellations.
  • Be prepared for a backcountry-like wilderness experience. Be self-reliant and responsible for their own safety.
  • Follow the biosecurity measures in place to protect Sable Island.

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.

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Getting to Sable Island:

As a remote island, Sable Island National Park Reserve is only accessible by air and by sea.

Each method of transportation requires ideal conditions for a trip to occur. Delays and cancellations are common due to weather.

Travel by air:

  • Reserve seats on a flight or tour.
  • Charter a fixed-wing airplane or helicopter for your group.

Travel by sea:

  • Reserve seats on an expedition.
  • Travel by private vessel.

More information about getting here

Hours of operation

Visitors are welcome between June and October.

Only day visits to Sable Island are permitted.

Camping is not permitted.


All visits are subject to standard visitor fees.


Contact our Visitor Experience Coordinator for more information about planning your trip: