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Sable Island, Nova Scotia, is Canada’s Newest National Park

Silhouette of Sable Island horses at sunset

Photo by sleepyorange

Parks Canada has announced that Nova Scotia’s Sable Island has been designated the newest national park in Canada. The remote island some 300 km offshore is best known for its hundreds of wild horses—believed to have been introduced to the island in the 18th century—who run free on the grassy dunes. The island is also a migratory bird sanctuary and  a breeding ground for grey seals.

National park status does not mean that you (or I) will be lucky enough to visit the tiny 42-km-long island, however. Visitors to the island are strictly limited by the Canadian Coast Guard: fewer than 250 people are allowed per year and all visits must be requested in writing.

Want to see more of Sable Island? Check out the stunning images by Halifax-based wildlife photographer Damian Lidgard.

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