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Bucket List Itinerary: Island ponies and untouched panoramas

Courtesy Adventure Canada

Picture an isolated, mist-covered beach with wild ponies, seals and rare sea birds. Groups can now explore Nova Scotia’s mysterious Sable Island on the only cruise itinerary focused exclusively on this lesser-known island.

Adventure Canada’s newly announced Sable Island 2014 itinerary takes guests aboard Sea Adventurer from the colorful St. John’s Newfoundland to the remote island. Recently designated a national park by Canada, the island lies 186 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on a 25-mile-long sandbar.

“It is always our goal to give guests new destinations to explore that they would otherwise be unable to reach,” said Cedar Swan, vice president of Adventure Canada. “Sable Island is now officially a national park, and we are so excited to provide an easy yet exciting way for people to visit the new destination.”

The foggy island became known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic by early sailors, since hundreds of wooden ship ruins lie under the waves near the island dating back to the earliest days of transatlantic sail. Visitors will explore the national park, tour the Research and Rescue Station and view some of the incredible animal inhabitants.

Feral ponies populations that roam the island have descended from the equine survivors of a shipwreck long ago. Visitors are likely to see harbor seals, grey seals and numerous bird species like the Arctic terns and Ipswich sparrow. Groups will also meet some of the few humans living on Sable Island.

Adventure Canada is a family-owned adventure travel company specializing in land-based and small ship cruise adventures into the exotic locations, including the Arctic, Antarctic and Galapagos Islands. For more information, visit