If I told you there was a small island in Canada that was home to wild horses, only five humans, and outsiders were rarely allowed to visit, would you believe me? Probably not. And it makes sense to be skeptical, because honestly, an island with scarce human contact and horses roaming free sounds like a weird new-age hippie fantasy. But here’s the thing: it is, in fact, real. No hippie gimmicks here, friends.
This magical place is called Sable Island, an extremely remote location off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sable is a nationally protected site that is home to a total of five people, with intermittent visitors, researchers, and government officials. In a world where remoteness is becoming more scarce, and most wildlife has been disturbed in some way by humans, Sable Island is still a relatively untouched treasure right here in Canada. The really cool thing about Sable Island is that it has resisted human colonization for centuries, and continues to today. Since it’s discovery in the 1500s by Portuguese explorers, groups have come and gone sporadically, unable to fully inhabit the island due to the harsh, unpredictable weather and difficult terrain. This remoteness was key in allowing the species of wild horses, seals, birds, and unique vegetation to flourish and continue to thrive. So now that you’re sure I’m not messing with you, I know what you’re thinking. You’re like Shauna, how can I immediately get to this Atlantic utopia with wild horses galloping freely along the beach? When can I book my ticket to this untouched wilderness paradise and start my spiritual journey?
Well, here’s one slight catch when it comes to the mystical beauty of Sable Island. Visiting is strictly controlled by Parks Canada, since there is an ongoing effort to maintain the environmental condition of the island, and the species of animals present. Because of this, everyone who wishes to visit must register in advance, and only a certain number are allowed each year. Furthermore, as you may have guessed by now, the island is only accessible by select aircrafts and by boat. And if you’re adventurous enough to make the trek, the government cautions against extreme weather and travel delays. Despite these difficulties, tourists and researchers still make it to Sable Island every year, and now that it’s been designated as Canada’s newest national park, there is greater reason than ever. Getting truly disconnected is rare nowadays, and even rarer is witnessing wildlife and landscapes that have never been fully inhabited or cultivated by humans.
Our most common escapes to nature, such as camping are hiking, are often full of other tourists, and have comforts and luxuries available nearby. Not Sable Island. If you’re looking for a truly unique, breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experience, Sable Island is it. A quick caution to horse lovers who are elated at the prospect of interacting with wild horses: tourists are strongly advised not to go near, disrupt, or touch the horses in any way. So if you were thinking you’d have a majestic bareback riding experience here, it’s not going to happen. You must simply let the wild horses be wild and run free.
Zoe Lucas, a scientist originally from Halifax, has claimed this remote Canadian island in the Atlantic Ocean as her home for the past 40 years! She lives COMPLETELY ALONE on Sable Island, which is 190 miles away from the Nova Scotia mainland according to Daily Mail who interviewed Lucas recently.
You may be wondering why no one has really heard of Sable Island, and the truth is because no one really wants to live there considering that it is shrouded by fog 127 days out of the year (this makes Sable Island the foggiest place in the Maritimes)! These strange weather conditions have caused more than 250 shipwrecks... probably another reason why it isn't a popular destination.Via Sadie Whitelocks
However, that did not stop Lucas! The 26 mile long island in the shape of a smile has become her permanent dwelling. It's literally only 0.93 miles wide and besides Lucas, it is home to more than 400 horses, 300,000 grey seals and 350 species of birdvia @sableisland
Lucas is currently 67 and has spent MORE THAN HALF of her life on this remote island when she first arrived at age 21. She lives with the wildlife as a naturalist and she claims that "she has adapted to island life and never gets lonely". I guess it's because she always finds unique things, like a fake leg that washed up on the shore one time!
How does she survive? Well, every two week Lucas has supply flown in and today she lives in a wooden house near the sand dunes. She also has some company since a small staff rotates shifts on the island.via @sableisland
All her scientific endeavors are funded by donors through the non-profit organisation Friends of Sable Island Society. She also cleans the island of all pollution! She honestly seems like an amazing person and she plans to live there as long as she can.
Canada sure seems more beautiful than ever this year! Not only is it making us Canadians look and feel fabulous, but it's also making us want to travel across our own country more than ever! So, I decided to compose a list of a variety of places to visit in Canada each month of the year!
With all the crazy things going on this 2017, let's take a step back and admire the beauty of Canada. Not only can you plan a place to visit each month, but you can also plan for the months in the future years if you are too broke, like me, right now. So, get packing and explore your country!
Canada is a beautiful country filled with nature and beautiful hidden spots to discover at every turn. From magnificent lakes to rocky landscapes, Canada has it all.
Most of you haven't had the chance to explore Canada but you really are missing out. Being Canadian is something to be proud of and we need to get out there and appreciate it's beauty and everything it has to offer!
Become one with nature and visit these 7 Canadian wonders.
One of the coolest places you've never heard of in Ontario. If you haven't been here already you have to go to see this unique landscape. These badlands used to be occupied by a river, and thousands of years ago it dried up to reveal the dry, rocky climate of the badlands that we see today.
Seriously, the coolest hotel in Canada! You can spend a night in spheres suspended way up in the trees. They offer some amazing excursions as well, such as ziplining, sea kayaking, nature tours, and exploring lake caves.
Home to over 400 wild horses, Sable Island is one of the coolest places Canada has to offer. It's shaped like a string bean and also holds the largest colony of grey seals. With such an abundance of nature and history this is one Canadian spot you won't want to miss out on.
Ever since I spent time investigating seaside cottages on the East Coast, I've been longing to go back there again. Having visited family down east many times as a child, I have very fond memories of the vast Atlantic ocean, the rocky shore, the lighthouses, and the incredible natural beauty of the East Coast.
The perfect place to start your journey down East is undoubtedly in Nova Scotia. All of the classic East Coast charm can be found in this incredible province; between whale watching, boating, hiking, a thriving music scene, and all the fresh seafood you could imagine, Nova Scotia has something for everyone.
From the main cities, to smaller towns, to forages into nature, this list will give you an overview of the highlights Nova Scotia has to offer. If you choose to make the journey down, which you totally should, I hope you create memories that are as fond to you as mine are to me.
Even if you've never been down east, you've most definitely heard of Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia. Lovingly nicknamed, among other things, 'Halifornia', this city has it all and then some. The downtown bar scene is a blast, and you should definitely plan to see some live music.
Some highlights include: the Citadel (a National Historic site of Canada), the waterfront boardwalk, the public gardens, Point Pleasant park, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. History, culture, nightlife, and incredibly friendly people - what more could you need?
Although this is a classic tourist site in Nova Scotia, don't assume it's overdone or not worth it. The charm and beauty of Peggy's Cove is still a must-see, and the lighthouse isn't the only thing worth photographing.
The colourful houses nestled in the cove are a unique sight, and you could spend a whole afternoon by the water, relaxing and watching boats go by. The Cove isn't too far from Halifax, so if that's where you're staying, have it on your list for an easy day trip.
The Bay of Fundy is one of the seven natural wonders of North America, so a visit to this area is sure to be a bucket-list item. Although the majority of the Bay is in nearby New Brunswick, there are sections along the coast to explore in Nova Scotia.
The possibilities are truly endless in terms of adventures you could go on here; sea kayaking, hiking, whale watching, three-day canoe trips, and, no joke, walking on the ocean floor.
The views offered along the series of hiking trails in this park are unparalleled. Don't be intimidated by the level of difficulty, though - most trails are easy, and wide enough that you can go at your own pace and take breaks along the way.
This area of Cape Breton Island has tons of hidden marvels to discover, and if you're lucky, you'll see some wildlife, namely moose, along the way. Sounds like a Canadian experience if there ever was one.
This picturesque little coastal village is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the legacy it carries as a port town. If anywhere could be called the pinnacle of a traditional East Coast fishing village, it's Lunenburg.
The joy of visiting this little town is simply being able to watch it go by in peace; to see boats come in, or watch fishermen prepare their catch over ice. One boat to lookout for: a replica of the historically famous Bluenose.
The only inland National Park in the Maritimes, Kejimkujik offers stunning natural beauty. Fans of canoeing and kayaking will love the awesome routes that this park offers; you can even do portages if you're looking for adventure.
After a day exploring the park, you can relax on the beautiful white sand beach close by. Whatever you choose, a day spent here is sure to restore and regenerate your spirits.
Many tourists might take one look at this small, sleepy town and pass through without a second thought. But Digby and its surrounding area have some hidden gems that may peak your interest as you make your way through Nova Scotia.
The waterfront in beautiful, and if you're a fan of scallops, there is no other place in the world you need to try them more than in Digby. This little town has one of the world's largest scallop fleets, so if you love this awesome seafood, try it here and you won't be disappointed. Once you're done enjoying Digby, head out to the Digby Neck, a peninsula that offers incredible views of the Atlantic.
Wondering why I included a seemingly random, albeit beautiful, valley on this list? Well, there are whispers that Annapolis Valley is the new up and coming wine region in Canada. Yes, you heard me - a burgeoning wine region that not too many people know about yet. Your new paradise? I think so.
The valley and surrounding areas, such as the historic town of Grand Pre, and sections of the Bay of Fundy, offer tons of gorgeous sights and opportunities to explore. So sit back, wine in hand, and sip by sip, show appreciation for the beautiful and grape-laden Annapolis Valley.
White sand beaches and hiking trails - two things that go together in the perfect marriage of Nova Scotia beauty.
This provincial park is only forty minutes outside of Halifax so, much like Peggy's Cove, it makes for an awesome day trip. Untouched, natural wonders are what make Nova Scotia special, so head to this park to truly grasp the inherent magic of this province.
All the Canadian history buffs should visit this National Historic site in Louisbourg. This fortress is a total recreation of 18th century lifestyles; there are dozens of actors in costumes, from soldiers and servants to fishermen.
You can spend a whole afternoon at this site, as tourists are allowed to walk through and check out the fortress from the inside. The town of Louisbourg is also very quaint and worth seeing once you're done at the fortress.
Another little fishing village that encapsulates the charm of the Maritimes, Hall's Harbour is definitely worth a visit if you're exploring the Bay of Fundy region or hiking on nearby trails.
The low tides create an interesting effect for the nearby docked boats, and the lobster here is so incredible, it draws tourists for that sole reason alone. If you're looking for the quintessential experience of Nova Scotia, add this charming village to your list alongside Lunenburg.
A fishing village on the Cabot Trail, Cheticamp is surrounded by breathtaking nature, like the scenic point pictured above. If you're hiking and spending time in the Cape Breton Highlands, this town is a great stop-off.
The advantage of Cheticamp is that you can experience the seaside life that Nova Scotians enjoy, and also explore inland. What is pictured in the above photo is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the adventures available in Cheticamp and its surrounding area.