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Address: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 902-426-5080
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Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers...

Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers hiking and a historic fort and lighthouse.

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A hiking haven with surprises behind every turn

Thank you to the Friends of McNab's Island for organizing a great day of hiking and tours. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day in Halifax with a chill in the air, perfect for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Thank you to the Friends of McNab's Island for organizing a great day of hiking and tours. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day in Halifax with a chill in the air, perfect for a hike. A GeoCache paradise, with lots of other interesting spots of interest as well. I would strongly suggest a day of hiking here if you... More 

Thank jlslaun2015
Spruce Grove, Canada
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80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I was there years ago when I was a young man not sure what to expect these days. However I suggest you visit if you can

1 Thank Dave M
Bloomington, Indiana
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129 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a beautiful island. There were not many people there, so it was very nice and relaxing. There is a small water taxi company next to the visitors center on the docks, which I recommend using. It costs 20$ (incl. return ticket). They have plenty of walking trails and a lovely beach.

2 Thank Emmchar16
Edmonton, Canada
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Despite having lived in Halifax for years, I had never ventured to McNab's Island. Starting out from the beautiful Fisherman's Cove on the Eastern Shore, I went out with a friend on a whim. $20 for a round trip and stay as long as you like. The man (Mike might have been his name) who does the ferry rides out... More 

1 Thank Kirsten G
Halifax, Canada
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113 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This Island is a special place! Years ago you could get there by paying a local fisherman $5 and he would pick you up later. Not sure how to get there now. There are beaches, a lagoon, forts and alot more

Thank Margaret B
Halifax, Canada
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492 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I finally got to see McNab's Island when I attended today's "Friends of McNabs Island" 25th anniversary picnic. It was wonderful having a tour guide from the wharf to Fort McNabs. Also had a tour of the Victorian Gardens. Fantastic history, beautiful scenery, and a relaxing place to spend time out of the city.

Thank Acadia80
Kingston, Canada
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

History, nature, and very quiet. We encountered two separate deer at very close proximity on the very quiet trails. A boatload of kids arrived as we did - causing a bit of concern - but the place is so large that we soon found ourselves totally undisturbed. Not easy to get to, but well worth it. Plan to spend the... More 

1 Thank CdnHowlers
New Glasgow, Canada
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I recently travelled to McNab's Island from Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage using McNab's Island Ferry (an 18' aluminum boat skippered by Capt. Mike Tilley, a wee bit of a character in his own right). It's only $20 return (with a bike no less) and the ferry ride takes all of 4 minutes. It was sunny and lovely when I... More 

4 Thank AVeitch
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I was expecting hiking!! But it was really just a nice walk. There were parts of the trail you're walking on beach rocks. Thankfully didn't break any ankles.

Thank Reeni01
Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Plenty of trails and places to explore on this island. We didn't get to explore the rest besides walking from Fishermans Cove to the canons. We could have tried to walk along the shore to the lighthouse on the island. It is easy to lose track of time on this island. There are no shops or facilities besides the occasional... More 

1 Thank alicheng

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