Are the horses wild?
The horses are part of the island’s ecological community and as such are protected as wildlife by Parks Canada under the Canada National Parks Act and the National Parks of Canada Wildlife Regulations. Parks Canada’s definition of the horses as a wild population of a naturalized species is consistent with the COSEWIC and IUCN definition of wildlife species (an animal in its present habitat for more than 50 years). As with other wildlife in national parks, these regulations protect the Sable Island horses from hunting, harm, and disturbance and stipulate that no person shall touch, feed or otherwise interact with individuals of the population, except under authority of the superintendent. It is important to note that as a wild population, Parks Canada does not consider the Sable Island horses to be domestic animals, which live and breed in tame conditions and depend on humankind for survival.
Is Parks Canada considering camping as one of the options for the future of Sable Island?
At Parks Canada we are guided by our mandate to protect this iconic island and share its story with Canadians. At this stage, we are seeking public input regarding visitor opportunities that have been suggested in the past by partners, stakeholders and the public.
The management planning process is a public forum to discuss all the options to help guide future decisions for visitor experience on the island. Let’s Talk Sable Island! is just the first step in that process.
What is Parks Canada's plan for visitation?
Canada is a recognized leader in conservation and has a good track record for
managing visitation in remote and fragile environments. The strategic plan for
visitor experiences on Sable Island National Park Reserve will be considered as
part of the management planning process. Since 2014, visits to Sable Island National Park Reserve have been
limited to day trips and are carefully managed by Parks Canada through a
registration system, mandatory orientation and provision of detailed trip
planning information to ensure visitor safety and protection of the island’s
How did Parks Canada develop the questions and themes identified in the consultation process?
Parks Canada pulled from the feedback gathered at the time of park establishment to identify core themes to be further explored in the consultations process. For example, the visitor experience question in the survey is based on the visitor experiences suggested by partners, stakeholders, and the public during park establishment.
Will there be oil and gas exploration on Sable Island?
What was discovered during Parks Canada's archaeological survey of Sable Island?