Sable Island, Nova Scotia—A Remote, Desolate, and Gorgeous Place

Sable Island, at 44°N 60°W, is a 42-kilometer-long happy-face-smile spit of sand located 100 nautical miles off the southeastern shore of Nova Scotia, the product of the Gulf Stream and Labrador currents meeting and commingling.

For the last several hundred years, the island has been inhabited by just a few lightkeepers, rescue station staff, researchers, meteorologists, and now Parks Canada personnel.

A herd of ponies that was brought to the island in the mid-1700s was left to fend for itself and has grown to 500 strong. The beaches are dotted with grey seals, the sky is filled with terns from a thriving colony, and it is a genuinely remote, desolate, and gorgeous place to visit.

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Molly Barnes

Molly and Christopher Barnes, and their two boys Porter and Jack, have just completed a 36,000-mile circumnavigation of South America in their Boréal 47, Sila, including cruising South Georgia—one of the toughest cruising grounds in the world. Molly is the co-founder of an academic and wilderness school, an ultra runner, and an expert on motivating young people to find their own inspiration in adventure.

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