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McNab's Island

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
902-426-5080
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Ranked #24 of 79 Attractions in Halifax
Type: Islands
Description: Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers hiking and a historic fort and lighthouse.
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English first
Cape Cod
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This little island off the coast of Nova Scotia is mostly empty, except for a semi-restored fort dating from the mid-1800's. We took the fishing boat from Murphy's pier, which was actually a lot of fun; about 20 minutes each way, and a very nice crew. The trail is basically a rails-to-trails path, and while it's pleasant it's not anywhere... More

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Truro, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I went to McNabs Island with a large group and we took the McNabs Island Ferry across. The ferry is a motor boat that seats 5+ people. Our group was so large i was in the second boat which didn't dock from the pier but pulled in on a drive in boat launch the captain tried to steady the boat... More

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Halifax, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Within the last few weeks I have gone out to McNabs Island a few times for the annual beach clean up and to do some hiking and take some photographs. Being from Halifax, it is surprising that it took me so long to visit- and if I had of known how beautiful it is there, I wouldn't have waited so... More

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Halifax, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Yesterday being one of our first spring days, my husband,son and and I kayaked over to McNab's Island in Halifax Harbor to have a picnic on the beach and to hike the island. Because we have our own kayaks getting there was not a problem but we did see one other couple there who had come over from Fisherman's Cove... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Great place to kayak to from either side of the Halifax/Dartmouth Harbour. Lots of wilderness, plenty of deer, and fun place to look around and have a picnic at. Look for the beach on the backside close to Eastern Passage.

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Eastern Passage, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I went to Mcnabs Island for the 1st time and it will not be my last. We took a passenger ferry with Taylor Made Tours, the captin has alot of information to share about the island. It is load and go so call ahead 902-448-4982. We had a map and hit the trails. This is a wonderful way to spend... More

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Halifax, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The island is basically unpopulated now and has gone back to a more natural environment. Can be difficult to get there as there is not a regular ferry you'd have to check with one of the boating companies on the waterfront. Bring a picnic, sun screen and something to drink.

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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This quiet island might have you planning your escape from your own busy life! Tranquil and beautiful hiking trails run throughout the island. There are a few homes scattered around but most do not appear to be used year round. Explore a bit of history at one of the few forts on the island or kick back and enjoy a... More

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Halifax, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Best place to tour and McNab's Island Ferry is the best to get there. Michael will even give you a bit of a tour.

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Halifax, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I love this place more than I can begin to explain. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, social media, stress, etc.... Call Captain Redbeard and take a day trip to McNab's! Make sure to pack a lunch... there really is nothing to do besides explore the forts and walk the trails and... More

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