Sable Island Conference 2017

We are actively planning the second Sable Island conference on the Science and History of Sable Island! Registration will open later in August 2017. This page will be regularly updated as we continue to build the program. Please check back frequently, or become a member to get e-mail updates and a registration discount.

On December 1, 2013 Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada’s National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. Parks Canada assumed full administrative control of the island and is assessing its ecology and biodiversity. This assessment will help lay the foundation for a park management plan. This conference is an opportunity to learn more about the National Park Reserve and to develop collaborative relationships to ensure that Sable Island is protected for future generations. Topics will span research in progress, cultural history, management challenges, and art inspired by this amazing sandbar located in the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (

A small block of double-bed non-smoking rooms at the Harb has been reserved between Thursday October 19th and Saturday October 21st for $132/night plus applicable taxes if you need accommodations. To book your accommodations call the toll-free reservation line at 1-888-434-0440 or the hotel direct at 902-463-1100 or e-mail and request a reservation for block code “FSB” or under booking name Friends of Sable Island. All reservations must be guaranteed at the time of booking, by either a credit card or deposit of the first night room and tax.

Presenters are currently being selected through a Call for Abstracts – please e-mail as soon as possible to indicate your interest in presenting. Full abstracts should be submitted following this example.

Talks will be 20 minutes in length – 15 minutes for a prepared talk and 5 minutes for questions. Poster presentations will be available throughout Saturday October 21st. Various friends of Sable Island will display items for sale such as books, art work, and memberships.

For more information on the presentations confirmed to date click here. Check back frequently for updates.

Call for Artists:
Space will be available to artists who would like to showcase their work related to Sable Island. Please e-mail with a description of how you would provide a virtual experience of the island for conference attendees.

Call for Sponsors:
We have several levels of sponsorship available, from Friend to Gold. If you would like to sponsor the conference or help with fund-raising, please contact us at

Call for Volunteers:
We’re also looking for volunteers to help with the planning activities leading up the conference, and for the days of the conference. Volunteers will receive a complimentary pass to the conference. If interested, e-mail (please state “Conference Support” in the subject line) and tell us how you would like to help.

Registration will open later in August. Please check back frequently, or become a member to get e-mail updates and a registration discount.

Information on the first conference, in 2015, is available by clicking here.