It’s no secret that the city of Halifax is full of creative minds.
Don’t believe me? Take this past weekend as just one example.
On Saturday (March 8th) Sean McMullen hosted a “McNabs Island Insta Meet”. It was an opportunity for like-minded locals (just under a hundred of them to be exact) to get together and do what they all have in common. It was an opportunity for local photographers to get together for an entire day and capture one of the many hidden gems of our province. While I am no photographer, I do enjoy taking pictures and exploring different parts of our city, our province, our country, and our world.
Living in Halifax my entire life, visiting McNabs Island has always been on my bucket list, I’ve just never made the trip over there. Sean made the process super simple (although it isn’t difficult to do in the first place).
The day started by meeting Sean and everyone else at A&M Sea Charters located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia at 9 am. There were actually three different groups leaving that day with boats leaving at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. With boats than returning at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. We just happened to get there early and were able to get on the boat at 9 am.
The boat ride to McNabs Island was about 20-25 minutes long and it dropped us off at the Wharf and Floating dock in Ives Cove. It then picked us up at 2 pm from the Garrison Pier. The boat ride back took a little bit longer, as the Garrison Pier was further away.
It’s not until you’re actually on Mcnabs Island until you realize how large the island actually is. We were there for just under five hours and I don’t think we even saw half of the island!
While we were on the beach at Findlay’s Cove (my last name…) we ran into a lovely older couple that actually has a cottage on McNabs Island! They have been living there for the last four years. They told us that the best time to visit the island is during the months of May and June.
As I mentioned above, the island was so big that we only saw about half of it. We didn’t even get to the lighthouse! But that is because the lighthouse is a lot (and I mean a lot) further away than what it looks. Unless you were willing to walk in the water like I know some people did.
In the summer months, you can actually camp on McNabs Island. I imagine I would be too scared to actually sleep in a tent on the Island, but I definitely plan to return to McNabs Island in the summer months to explore the second half of the island.
While I wish I had had the opportunity to actually “meet” more of the creative minds that went to McNabs Island on Saturday, I have been happily enjoying all of the #igmcnabs love that has been taking place on Instagram over the last few days.
I’m fascinated by the skills and the passion that these phenomenal people put into their photography every single day. Photography is an art, and as I mentioned before, we live in one of the most beautiful provinces and the people of my community, capture its beauty on a regular basis.
Now, while I was probably one of the only “non-photographers” on McNabs Island on Saturday, I did happen to capture all of the images that I have included in this post myself.
However, if you are on Instagram I encourage you to search the hashtag #igmcnabs to see all of the great photos that the creative minds of Halifax have shared from their time on McNabs Island on Saturday.
Some of my favorite photos from the event have come from the following photographers:
That’s just to name a few!
I can’t wait for the next Insta Meet, and I hope everyone takes the time to visit McNabs Island at least once in their life!