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McNab's Island

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-426-5080
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Cool island

We did a kayak tour around the island. It got a little hairy as the sea picked up but were are... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Ronn B
Holly Hill, Florida
Great mix of hiking and historic sites

Went there right after the end of the high season (2nd week of september) and the weather was... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Montreal, Canada
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Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers hiking and a historic fort and lighthouse.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 7 November 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 8 October 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

Thank AlyxRed
Reviewed 7 September 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

Thank HeatherJ902
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This is an excellent place for a wide range of activities. There are some beautiful beaches for swimming, many well groomed trails for hiking. Old ruins and forts for history buffs. Beautiful sights. It's also pet friendly. Bring your dog! I love this island and...More

1  Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I've lived in Halifax my entire life yet was surprised at what I discovered at McNab's Island! We met our guides in Eastern Passage and had a comfortable ride over to the island. Although the island is in Halifax, you fell like you're miles away....More

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Went for a hike in the Fall with friends and was totally blown away by the beauty. We have the Point Pleasant Park, The Commons, The Public Gardens, George's Island, Bedford walk paths and this Gem! A special tender will take you to the Island...More

1  Thank Brewster8861
Reviewed 9 April 2017

One of the more interesting things that can be done inside of the city of Halifax. Though visible from almost everywhere in the harbour, people almost never come to this island, as it requires a bit of planning. For those that do they will find...More

1  Thank Edward W
Reviewed 20 December 2016

An amazing hike for a few hours. Takes about 4 hours to walk end to end, but there is a fort at one end and gun emplacements at the other with a white beach running most of the way around and a view of the...More

2  Thank swabb1
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Friends of McNab's Island offer guided tours of the isalnd. These are great! It begins with a short chartered boat ride from Eastern Passage to the island. There is a lot of history(some colourful local history as well as forts) and there are plaques to...More

1  Thank stearman8225
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Have boat, will travel....and we did to McNab a few times this summer; have to get back to explore some more. Love traveling the 'lazy river'. Just minutes away from Halifax and you are in a new world.

Thank JulietteMarks
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Julie D
4 March 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.
23 June 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