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Sable Island Photography Expedition – July 2022

This trip is currently in the planning stages for July 2022. Open to 8 participants. Please email me for more details. 

On a windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia lives a unique group of 500+ wild horses. The Sable Island Horses are the only unmanaged wild horse herd in the Americas and have roamed freely on the island since the mid 1700’s. Uninhabited save for a handful of Parks Canada staff and researchers, this iconic National Park is accessible to only a few visitors each year. Join award-winning wildlife photographer and Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow Debra Garside on this unique adventure.

Sable Island Wild Horses – The Tempest

“After nine expeditions over the last decade I have spent 64 days on the island in all four seasons. I have traveled there by helicopter, plane and ship, and I have found that accessibility by private ship is by far the most desirable. It is the opportunity to see more of the island, including sunrises and sunsets with the horses, and give visitors an intimate and full experience. I am pleased to offer this adventure in partnership with Kattuk Expeditions. ” Debra Garside

Sable Island Wild Horses near dunes

This expeditions is limited to 8 guests. Day 1) The group will meet in Halifax and have a photography classroom session before we travel to Canso, NS by van. We will set sail from Canso, NS on a private ship departing in the evening and arriving at Sable Island before sunrise. Day 2) After a light breakfast we will travel to the island by zodiac in time for sunrise photographs. We will spend the morning exploring and learning about the wild horses and other flora and fauna. Returning to the ship at mid-day we will have lunch and a review of photographs while the ship is re-positioned to another part of the island. In the mid-afternoon we will do our second excursion by zodiac and spend the afternoon and evening there. After the sun goes down we will return to the ship for dinner. Evening image review and Q&A. Day 3) The plan will be similar to the previous day with two excursions to new locations on the island. After sunset we sail overnight back to Canso. Day 4) Arrive in Canso early morning and transfer back to Halifax.

Early morning on Sable Island as a small band of horses walks along Autumn’s Crossing

Mid-July 2022. The price of this expedition is $8550 CAD (6350 USD) per person based on double occupancy (each cabin has 2 bunk beds). This includes transfer to and from Halifax-Canso, 2 days at Sable Island, Parks Canada permit fees, photography instruction and guiding by Debra Garside and Fred Stillman. Does not include flight to Halifax, accommodation for extra days, or gratuities. Extra days of sightseeing and accommodation can be arranged. A deposit of $2000 is required to secure your participation. Please email me at for more details.

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