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“Island to ourselves”
Review of McNab's Island

McNab's Island
Ranked #48 of 140 things to do in Halifax
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Owner description: Although this island is not inhabited by permanent residents, it offers hiking and a historic fort and lighthouse.
Halifax, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Island to ourselves”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Hailed our way over on a little motor boat in the sunshine with Captain Red Beard!! We spent the entire day walking through lovely trails, we had the island to ourselves. An owl graced us with it's presence in a nearby tree! Has a great view of Halifax from either the old forts and military lookouts (which are great to explore) or the beach (which have lots of washed up trash if you wanna bring a plastic bag and extra space in your backpack to help clean up it would be great for everybody!)

Visited September 2012
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English first
Halifax, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Quiet and peaceful”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

We liked the unpopulated feel, the beach, and the beachcombing and trails. Alot more could be done to spruce up this island for tourists. Have a couple of food booths during summer months, fix up the wharfs, clean up all around the periphery of the island, and give regular tours of the fort down at the end, or ecotours along the paths that are all over the island. It is completely under-utlized and needs a good clean up.

Visited August 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Unique Attraction close to the harbour”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Unique Attraction close to the harbour, certainly worth the boat ride out there. We enoyed hiking around the Island and up to the fort. There is a real rugged, untouched atmosphere to the Island, which felt like a trip back in history.

Visited August 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great trip with excellent and informative chat from Captain Redbeard”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

If you like nature mixed with a bit of history and exploring independently then this makes an excellent trail and the ferry man does give interesting information about various aspects of the island. Deer and dragonflies sighted.

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Halifax, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great hiking and history”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

a virtually unihabited island in Halifax Harbour. You can reach from the Halifax waterfront or Eastern Passage. Walking, biking and a few old forts to visit

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