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.
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