Sable Island Conference 2017

Registration is now open for the second Sable Island conference on the Science and History of Sable Island!  See details below. This page will be updated as we continue to build the program.

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth, 101 Wyse Road Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

On-line registration is now open for both Friday night and Saturday. Click here for details.
Registration fees:
– Friday, Oct. 20: no charge, donations welcomed
– Saturday Oct. 21 (includes lunch and refreshments in the morning and afternoon)
— General Registration: $50 for students and members of Friends of Sable Island; $60 for all others

A small block of rooms at the Doubletree has been reserved between Thursday October 19th and Saturday October 21st for $132/night plus applicable taxes if you need accommodations. This special rate expires September 25th. To book your accommodations call the hotel direct at 902-463-1100 or online  and request a reservation for block code “FSI” 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 have been selected through a Call for Abstracts and information on the confirmed presenters is listed here.  The open call has been completed but if you have an interesting topic to propose please e-mail as soon as possible with a paragraph or two describing your topic.
Talks will be 20 minutes in length – 15 minutes for a prepared talk and 5 minutes for questions. 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.

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