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Great day trip

Took the boat to McNabs Island. It was an amazing time. Beautiful trails and beaches, the old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edmonton, Canada
Great time

It was a full day for $26. Great time, I recommend it. Make sure you take sunscreen, bug... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Margie T
Nova Scotia, Canada
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McNabs Island is the largest island at the entrance of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia. Part of the McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park, McNabs Island is only a short boat ride from Halifax or Eastern Passage, but feels like a world away with...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-465-4563
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the boat to McNabs Island. It was an amazing time. Beautiful trails and beaches, the old forts were amazing. Definitely takes more than 1 day to see everything. Bring water and snacks for when you are walking the trails!

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

It was a full day for $26. Great time, I recommend it. Make sure you take sunscreen, bug repellent and lots of water. The beaches although small are nice.

Thank Margie T
Reviewed July 18, 2018

I have lived in Halifax area for 20 years and during that time my wife and have sailed out to McNabs Island, anchored our boat and walked the island on numerous occasions every summer. We have always considered it as our "quiet haven" in the...More

3  Thank cphall2018
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We drove to FIsherman's cove and took a quick boat ride over to the island. We spent three hours there and could have spent a lot longer. Beautiful hiking and cool forts to explore.

3  Thank Sansodhaka
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Not much in the way of amenities, but if you want a peaceful, quiet time in nature, with great views this is your spot. Warning, don't get carried away, the Island is a lot bigger than it looks, pace yourself and stay close to the...More

3  Thank MacDale45
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place to visit. I get there about once a year. Luckily I know someone with a boat we take a small bbq and spend the day exploring the island. Exploring the old forts. I will add photos soon.

1  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Here's a great piece of history... a strategic entry into the port of Halifax. Old fort ruins to explore and great beaches. Lots to explore and nice hiking paths through old forests. Hard to imagine pioneers living on this island in the winter months, they...More

1  Thank Larry J
Reviewed November 6, 2017

We did a kayak tour around the island. It got a little hairy as the sea picked up but were are still here to tell the tale. The old gun emplacements were really cool.

Thank Ronn B
Reviewed October 8, 2017

Went there right after the end of the high season (2nd week of september) and the weather was awesome. Loved walking on the island from side to side. Took me around 3h15 with some short stops but plan up to 4h depending on your walking...More

2  Thank AlyxRed
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

We took our own boats to the island and anchored at Wreck Cove. There is a charter from Eastern Passage that can be taken as well. The island trails are well maintained with a few rest stop and toilet facility areas. The fort ruins are...More

1  Thank HeatherJ902
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Julie D
March 3, 2017|
Response from stearman8225 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I would say the trails are not wheel chair accessable. Some are quite rocky and others are very steep.
June 23, 2016|
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Response from SeanFromCapeBreton | Reviewed this property |
The "Ferry" to McNabs is any one of a number of small operators who work from Dartmouth and Eastern Passage . Call Mike Tilley of mcnabs island tours, 902-465-4563, as I remember we went over and back for 42$ for 2 people... More