Excerpt: "As you approach McNabs Island, one of the first sites you see is the Maugers Beach Lighthouse. This iconic structure is the most recent, and only remaining light on the island. In earlier years, two other island lighthouses, the Sherbrooke Tower Lighthouse, and the McNabs Island Lighthouse, helped guide mariners safely into Halifax Harbour."
Excerpt: "A DESTINATION FOR RECREATION: For almost 300 years, McNabs Island has been a destination for relaxation and fun. Visitors seeking an escape from their hectic city lives continue to come to this special place to unwind and take in its natural, unspoiled beauty. Create your own fun, as you enjoy the many recreational and educational opportunities the island has to offer."
Excerpt: "AN ISLAND SHAPED BY PEOPLE: For thousands of years, people have been drawn to McNabs Island to hunt and fish, or settle the land and build their homes. They have shaped this place into the McNabs Island that we see, touch and feel beneath our feet today."
"DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources is responsible for managing McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park for the benefit and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians. Key park management objectives include the protection and conservation of the islands' significant natural and cultural heritage values and the provision of complementary opportunities for nature-based outdoor recreation and education. THE FRIENDS OF McNABS ISLAND SOCIETY: The Friends of McNabs (1990) is a volunteer-based, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs Island as parkland. The society actively raises funds to support ongoing stewardship projects such as beach cleanups, trail development, and park improvements - including this visitor kiosk. We promote McNabs as an outdoor classroom for all ages - which is now yours to discover! OUR FUNDING PARTNERS: The Friends of McNabs Island Society gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the organizations which made this orientation project possible. Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia Provincial Government & Nova Scotia Dental Association."
Exceprt: "ISLAND DEFENCES: McNabs Island was not always the quiet and tranquil place we know today. With its strategic location at the entrance to Halifax Harbour, it played a very active and vital role in the defence of Halifax from the 1860s to the end of the Second World War. Prior to this period, a Martello Tower stood at Maugers Beach. Sherbrooke Tower construction began in 1814 and was completed in 1828. It was the first British fortification on the island but was never effectively used for military purposes. IN the 1860s, the British Admiralty bought parcels of Island land from the NcNab family to build military installations. Between 1864 and 1945, four fortifications and a rifle range were built to defend the city and harbour"
"The Green Jewel Of Halifax Harbour. McNabs Island is an oasis of natural beauty, tranquility and woodlands - all found in the middle of a busy urban setting. Within its relatively small area of 375 hectares this "green jewel" contains an astonishing number of unspoiled and diverse habitats, each with its own unique vegetation and wildlife. GEOLOGY: McNabs Island (along with nearby Lawlors Island is made of nine large drumlin hills overlaid on two-million-year-old slate and granite bedrock. Drumlins are formed by glacial deposts of rocks and earth and are often well drained and suited to farming. AN EVER CHANGING ISLAND: The very shape and size of McNabs Island continues to change due to coastal erosion. Each year its shoreline suffers a considerable loss of sediment due to storm surges. The devastating effects of Hurricane Juan in 2003 accelerated the erosion process on the island. At Maugers Beach, Lighthouse Road was breached by the sea, turning nearby McNabs Pond into a salt water lagoon. Hurricane Juan extensively damaged the island, causing massive forest blowdown. MCNABS HABITATS: Explore the island's many distinct habitats, including forests of red maple, stands of beech trees, and scattered open fields on the island's north end, where most settlement occured. Sandy and cobbled beaches dominate the island's shoreline. The island's wetlands consist of fresh, brackis, and saltwater marshes. PROTECTING AND CONSERVING MCNABS: Since 1991, the Friends of McNabs Island Society has organized annual spring Beach Cleanups to collect the large amounts of trash that wash ashore on the island. Over the years, volunteers have collected thousands of bags of trash containing coffee cups, fishing debris, and more unusual items such as television sets and shopping carts. In 2002, the provine designated McNabs and Lawlors Islands Provincial Park under the Provincial Parks Act to help ensure protection of the islands' important natural and cultural heritage values. WILD MCNABS: You will find a wide array of vegetation and wildlife on the island. Beds of Scented ferns carped old farm sites, while beach roses hug the shoreline. In the nineteenth century, Frederick Perrin planted several hundred cultivated plant species at his home, known as the Hugonin-Perrin Estate. Many of his original trees still stand, including Japanese Red Maples. Over 206 species of birds, including nesting osprey, blue heron, and migratory shorebirds, have been recorded here. White-tailed deer, fox, rabbits, and squirrels also call the island home. MCNABS FACT: Here today, gone tomorrow. In thousands of years, the sediments that form McNabs Island will completely erode away and be recycled to form new beaches further up Halifax Harbour.The Tea House. McNa...