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Since the 1700's, more than 350 shipwrecks have occured on this treacherous island just north of Halifax. Now it is a restricted area, with its fragile ecology protected from treasure hunters and the curious. Sable Island 'ponies' still roam, Grey Seals congregate and endangered species of birds nest on the sandy crescent called Sable.

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An Island Home - Trixie's Story
Ever wonder what it might be like to man the lighthouse on an isolated North Atlantic island? Here's a first hand account from Trixie Bouteillier who grew up on Sable Island in the early 1900's.

A Story of Survival Best of the Net
From Canada's Digital Collections, this excellent site covers the nature, history and today's Sable Island. Includes a 'fun page' for youngsters of all ages.

Spirit Tracks on Sable Island
This Sable Gas Mural is painted by Mi'kmaq artist Allan Syliboy and relates to the timeless spirits that inhabit Sable Island. Graphics heavy but worth the wait.

Sable Island Today
Sable Island is one of the few restricted places in Canada. From 1801, when the Government attempted to stop the plundering of shipwrecks until today, to protect the island's fragile habitats, few are allowed to set foot on Sable. For those who will probably never visit, here is Sable Island Today.

Graveyard of the Atlantic
More than 350 ships have run aground on Sable Island since 1583. Here's a downloadable map showing the ship names and dates of their foundering. Also shows why and how the island has been so treacherous over the centuries.

Sable Island Preservation Trust
When 1995 cutbacks in Federal Government programming included abandoning Sable Island in 1995, the SIPT was formed by an alarmed public. The mission is to preserve and protect the fragile environment of this island in the Atlantic, famous for its seals, wild ponies and historical shipwrecks.

A Conservation Strategy for Sable Island
It's a 40 km long sand spit south of Halifax that is home to the largest congregation of Grey Seals in the world, a colony of feral horses dating back to the 1700's and is the only breeding ground of the rare Ipswich Sparrow. The Nova Scotia government, in co-operation with Environment Canada plan to preserve it.

Sable Island Ponies
They're not ponies, they didn't swim to shore from a Spanish shipwreck, and they have terrible teeth from chewing sand. Here are the true origins and current status of Sable Island's shaggy wild horses.

Graveyard of the Gulf
Overshadowed by the notoriety of Sable Island, few people know that St. Paul's, just off Cape North in Nova Scotia, has documented more than 340 shipwrecks.

Shipwrecks and Lifesaving on Sable
Archival photos of shipwrecks and a history "The Humane Establishment" - 150 years of lifesaving on Sable, from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Massacre on Sable Island
From The Nova Scotia Archives comes this chilling story of a mass murder of French colonists on Sable in the early 1600's.

Spying on Sable's Seals
Join Sara Iverson, an associate professor of biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a team of researchers as they track the seals of Sable with some high tech gadgets. Includes RealVideo clip from "Animal Tracks".

Sable Island - A Poem by Joseph Howe
Better known for his politics than his poetry, the Honourable Joseph Howe (1804-1873) was the Liberal party premier of the province's government from 1860 to 1863, a federal cabinet minister under Sir John A. Macdonald in 1869, and Lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia in 1873 just prior to his death.

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