Protected Places: 100 Wild Islands

Over the past several days, Ed and I enjoyed the beauty and protection of  one of Nova Scotia’s greatest natural treasures. What more can I tell you that you don’t already know about the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s most successful promotional campaign to date?

Of course, you know about this amazing archipelago of over 100 wild islands encompassing 7,000 acres of land. You know that it’s one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America. The unique boreal rainforests, bogs and barrens, and over 250 kilometres of shoreline have been largely undisturbed by humans since the last ice age — 10,000 years ago.

In August 2016 the Nature Trust reached their goal of raising $7 million for the protection of these islands. To date, over 80% of the 100 Wild Islands are protected with more in progress!

The islands protected by the Nature Trust include Laybolt and Witchwood Islands, Ship Rock Islands, Tuff Island, Borgles Island, Middle Island, Outer Island, Harbour Island, Long Island, Shelter Cove, Gerald Island (4 sites), and Stoney Island. Additionally, all of the Crown-owned islands have been protected by the Province as Wilderness Area.

This is what sea kayakers cherish about this provincial gem:

– excellent surfing at Clam Harbour; this beach has a sandy bottom that offers a low-consequence playground for learning to surf
– excellent rock hopping minutes from Little Harbour
– camping available on land protected by the Nature Trust and the Eastern Shore Islands Wilderness Area (please be a responsible steward of the land, and contact the Nature Trust at for more information before heading out to camp).





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