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McNab's Island

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ranked #28 of 64 Attractions in Halifax
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Owner description: Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers hiking and a historic fort and lighthouse.
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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

If your an outdoor kind of person then this a great place to hike around. Lots of different trails to hike and several old buildings and foundations. There is lots of geocaches on the island if you wish to find while there. You need to book a trip on one of the charter boats and make plans with them for... More

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nova scotia
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Took the ferry (18' aluminum boat) over to McNabs from Fishermans cove and was dropped off on a nice beach. The main purpose was to do some hiking but we also did some geocaching. There are around 50 caches on the island. We recieved a map from the ferry captain and was a big help. There are a few military... More

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Cape Cod
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
48 helpful votes 48 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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