Friends of Sable Island Society

Sable Island Conference 2023

Friends of Sable Island Society presents “Timeless Tides”, a weekend dedicated to the past, present, and future of Sable Island.


Dates: October 20-21, 2023

Delta Hotels Dartmouth
240 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1X6

Book on-line at, or call the hotel directly at 902-468-8888 or email

Sable Island is a National Park Reserve (NPR) protected under Canada’s National Parks Act. The conference is dedicated to Sable Island NPR and the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the Island. This is the fifth in a series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this surprising sandbar in the north Atlantic Ocean. The conference is open to all topics related to Sable Island NPR, Sable Island Bank, and Sable Gully. The main themes will be: natural history/science, cultural history, visitor experience, and park management.

Schedule and Tickets

Opening Reception – Friday, October 20th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The conference will open with a reception on Friday evening to celebrate our 25th anniversary of caring for Sable Island. It will feature special guest speakers and an opportunity to share stories informally over nibblies and beverages. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are pleased to offer the opening reception at no cost and request that you register to ensure we order enough food.

Conference Program – Saturday, October 21st, 8:30am – 5:30pm

The formal conference sessions will be held during the day on Saturday with two snack breaks and a light lunch. The program will include at least twenty presentations selected using an open call for presenters. Because the future of Sable Island rests in the hands of our youth, young researchers and recent graduates will be strongly encouraged to present. Information on confirmed presentations will be displayed below as it becomes available.

Registration Deadline Expired!!


Friends of Sable Island would like to thank the many supporters of our confernce

Further Details

All available oral presentation spots have been filled. We are still welcoming poster presentations, interactive activity stations, and artist exhibits. Email for more information.

We believe that the Island has an amazing capacity to teach people about our world and we seek ways to provide a variety of learning opportunities. Sponsorships will be used to keep registration fees at $60 or less to make it affordable for a broad audience. Any money raised above the cost of the conference will be used to finish the development of a set of related and downloadable lesson plans to teach school children about the historical, environmental and scientific significance of Sable Island. All sponsors will be recognized on the conference webpage and in conference materials. There are several levels of sponsorship available for those who wish to support our mandate – see details at Conference Sponsor Invitation. To sponsor the conference or help with fundraising, please contact us at

As a charitable organization registered in Canada, we issue receipts for income tax purposes for all donations received. Financial gifts support our education programs, including our annual scholarships. To donate use either Friends of Sable Island or Canada Helps – Friends of Sable Island.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help with the planning activities leading up the conference, and for the day of the conference. Volunteers receive a complimentary pass to the conference. If interested, e-mail (please state “Conference Support” in the subject line) and tell us how you would like to help.