Silversea Expedition Cruises To Sable Island

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This crescent-shaped island is little more than a sandbar emerging from the shallows of the continental shelf. The island is 26 miles long, but only 0.93 miles across at the widest point. The name comes from the French word for "sand". There are no natural trees on the island, although the Canadian government planted over 80,000 trees in 1901 in an attempt to stabilize the soil – all but one have since died. The island’s human history spans more than four centuries. View more

There was a failed attempt in the 16th century by the French to colonise the island using convicts. Sealers, shipwreck survivors, and salvagers have sporadically arrived on the island, leading Canada to establish its first life-saving station here in 1801. An additional two lighthouses were erected in 1872 (since decommissioned). There have been more than 350 shipwrecks offshore caused by rough seas, fog, and submerged sandbars, lending the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. In the early 1900’s, the Canadian government set up a weather station on the island. The most notable wildlife here are the feral Sable Island horses, but there is a lot of other wildlife, including the world’s largest breeding colony of 50,000 grey seals. Today the island is a National Park Reserve

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St John's, Newfoundland To St John's, Newfoundland
  • Canada & New England
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Departure
    Sep 18, 2018
  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud Expedition

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