Sable Island

300 kilometers off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada and at the edge of the continental shelf lies a lonely bar of sand shaped by wind and ocean currents.  It is a terminal moraine pushed by glaciers 10,000 years ago that is home to over 400 wild horses and the largest grey seal colony in the world topping 400,000. Far away from any modern amenities and services, in the exposed open Atlantic ocean with the Gulf Stream and Labrador currents on either side. This is the wild of wild, so remote and extreme yet positively beautiful and gentle. This expedition is for those who seek wild reality and remoteness, to be immersed in an environment that functions entirely on it's own and to visit it with just a handful of others.  It is a place unlike any other in the world. - Fred Stillman, Expedition Leader

***COVID 19 UPDATE*** Due to social distancing restrictions and safety practices, additional measures to   protect guests, park staff, airplane staff, and Kattuk staff will be taken. These measures may include additional sanitizing of footwear and baggage handles, PPE worn during close spaces and inside aircraft, on-island outdoor washroom facilities and social distancing of 2 meters when possible. Any equipment provided by Kattuk Expeditions will be sanitized with a Health Canada approved cleaning solution prior to each use.  Staff will wear masks when necessary. Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting flu like symptoms will not be permitted to participate.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Expedition overview.

2020 Sable Island tour dates:

September 5th (sold out), September 19th (sold out), October 3rd (sold out)


As a licensed Parks Canada tour company, we are proud to offer an experience of a lifetime. An opportunity to visit Sable Island National Park in a single day.  With it's stunning, ever changing sand dunes, hundreds of wild horses and the largest grey seal colony in the world, this will be a trip that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Our expedition starts at the Gateway terminal with Sable Aviation, located at the Halifax International airport.  Once we board the Islander aircraft, a 1.25 hour flight has us landing on the beach at Sable Island.  After an introduction to the island by Parks Canada staff, your Kattuk Expeditions guide will lead a hike along the dunes to the areas most frequented by the island's horses and seals. A delicious picnic lunch is included and prepared by your guide.  After lunch we we continue our hike to other areas of the island. When the hike concludes we'll gather at main station and prepare for our departure back to he mainland.  

Whenever possible, we'll visit with researcher Zoe Lucas, head of the Sable Island Institute. In order to lend our support to the research taking place on the island, a portion of your tour cost goes to the Institute.

Trip highlights.

  • Return private flight to Sable Island National Park Reserve from Halifax

  • Meeting with Zoe Lucas from the Sable Island Institute

  • Orientation by Parks Canada

  • 6-8 hours of guided walking and exploration by a fully equipped Kattuk Expeditions guide

  • Visits to the many grazing areas of the island's wild horses

  • Delicious picnic lunch

  • Guided walk will include the main station and outbuildings (exterior), the areas most frequented by horses and the Grey Seal colony

  • Farewell at the beach


  • Walking / hiking on sand beaches and over sand dunes on horse paths

  • Wildlife viewing / observation

  • Photography 

  • Flying

  • Nature interpretation


  • 7:00 a.m. - Arrive at Gateway terminal for flight orientation

  • 8:00 - Depart Halifax International Airport en-route to Sable Island

  • 10:00 - Land on Sable Island National Park Reserve

  • 10:15 - Transfer by jeep to main station 

  • 10:30 - Orientation by Parks Canada staff

  • 10:45 - 12:30 p.m. - Exploring the dunes and beaches in search of wild horses

  • 12:30 - Picnic lunch

  • 1:15 - 4:15 - Continued hiking / exploring including the north beach seal colony

  • 4:15 - 5:00 - An opportunity to take time on your own

  • 5:00 - pre-dusk - Farewell on the beach, time to take it all in or get those extra photos in, then we muster and transfer to plane and depart by dusk at the latest

  • 7:30 p.m. - Arrive back at Gateway terminal (island departure times vary depending on time of year)


What's included.


Your flight to and from Sable Island National Park Reserve aboard a BN-2A Britten Normal Islander aircraft, properly equipped Kattuk Expeditions guide from beginning to end, a delicious, organic, locally sourced picnic lunch, all park and landing fees, an experience like no other in the world. A donation to the Sable Island Institute.

What's not included.

Transportation to Gateway terminal Halifax, travel insurance, gratuities, items of a personal nature and any incurred cost related to weather (it is very rare, but possible to be stuck on the island due to weather, and cost for accommodation may be applied by Parks Canada).

Payment, cancellation policy.

A credit card is required to hold your reservation and full payment is due 7 days prior to departure. Please note that when booking this excursion, you must ensure that you are available for the day following the tour date as well.  This 2-day travel window is due to island weather and landing conditions and is offered to us by Parks Canada. All guests are expected to be available for either day.  Cancellation must be made 30 days prior, otherwise full payment is required.

Preparing for a trip to Sable Island.


Although only 300 km from mainland Nova Scotia, Sable Island is one of the most remote places in Canada. You must dress appropriately for this and for the weather, keeping in mind that there are no trees or shelter other than the Parks Canada buildings. In case of emergency, with the exception of your guide, help is far away. If you are on any medications, it is advised that you bring 1 week's supply with you; and if the medication is life-crucial, bring all that you have.  There is no cell service on the island, however your guide will carry VHF radio in communication with the park's main station staff.  If guests choose to take time on their own at the end of the day, each guest will be required to carry a two-way UHF radio (provided) in communication with their guide.

Suggested items to bring:

  • Comfortable, active clothing for the time of year and weather. Dress in layers, expect cooler temperatures on the island

  • Comfortable walking shoes /hiking boots.  Walking in sand all day is tough, make sure you'll be comfortable

  • Hat, sunglasses & sunscreen

  • Water bottle. There is potable water on the island. Your guide will have extra for the hike.

  • Camera (goes without saying)

  • Walking stick, small backpack

  • mask

If you have any questions, please contact us between 9:00AM and 6:00PM Atlantic Time  

at 1-844-6-KATTUK (528885) or email at 

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Book this trip by calling us toll free

9:00AM - 6:00PM Monday to Saturday

Atlantic Time

Price: $2,250 + HST


in Halifax (902) 407-1377

" I would happily recommend Fred Stillman and Kattuk Expeditions for any adventure you might choose. Fred is the epitome of professionalism and especially the most dedicated guide you could ever find. I went with Fred and 3 others to Sable Island in August for a trip I'd been dreaming about - forever! It was truly one of the best days - and trips - of my life. It wasn't just the fact that I was visiting a national treasure - Fred had every little detail down to a science and made the day simply outstanding. Fred and Kattuk are on my speed dial now so that I don't miss a thing!" 

-Anne Calder, Sable Island August 2017

Documentary film producer Brad Rivers follows us on our October 2017 trip to Sable Island. 

Landing on Sable Island NPR in 2018 with Sable Aviation. Video by Sandy Sharkey. 

Kattuk Expeditions is a happy group of outdoor professionals who take pride and joy in showing others the best in nature Eastern Canada has to offer.

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