Island is one of the few restricted places in Canada.
In 1801 the Government limited
access to Sable to stop people from plundering shipwrecks. Now these same
restrictions may work to protect the island's fragile habitats. But notice
the loopholes and exceptions:
Shipping Act: Sable Island Regulations (excerpts)
The island is under the control
of the District Marine Agent of the Department of Transport at Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia (the Coast Guard).
No one may go to the island
without written permission, except:
people with the Minister's permission to live there;
employees of the Government of Canada carrying out their duties;
people in aircraft or vessels in distress.
No one will be permitted to
go to the island unless they are adequately supplied and equipped to completely
look after themselves.
Written permission is required
putting up a building or any structure on the Island or in the
waters within 1 mile;
making any excavation or roadway or disturbing the natural contours
of the island;
feeding, interfering with, or otherwise having anything to do
with the horses on the island.
Anyone finding a wreck on
the island must report it and attempt to prevent further damage.