graveyard of the Atlantic,Sable Island is a major hazard to navigation and has been the scene of many shipwrecks; at the time of Canadian confederation the island was made the specific responsibility of the national government. It has two light stations and a weather station; from the 19th to mid-20th cent. it was the site of a lifesaving station. The island, which is now a national park reserve, is a breeding place for seals and has wild horses and many species of birds. There are natural gas wells offshore.
See B. Armstrong, Sable Island (1981, 2d ed. 2010) and M. de Villiers and S. Hirtle, Sable Island (2004).
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