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Annual Cape Day excursion slated for Aug. 10

People roam the grassy inland of the Cape Sable Ledge during last year’s Cape Day.
People roam the grassy inland of the Cape Sable Ledge during last year’s Cape Day. - Kathy Johnson

The annual Cape Day excursion organized by volunteers and the Friends of the Cape Light group is slated for Aug. 10.

The day trip to the Cape Sable Ledge and Nova Scotia’s tallest lighthouse just off the shore of Cape Sable Island by outboard boat has been very popular since it was started six years ago.

“Last year we had close to 500 people,” said Leigh Stoddart, who is one of the volunteers who ferries people to and from the island. “It’s almost bigger than we can handle. We need about 10 boats now to keep up the pace.”

The outboard boats will start running at 9 a.m. from The Hawk taking visitors to the tiny island just minutes away, where nature at its finest awaits. PFDs are required.

“People like to get over there, go to the beach and roam around,” said Stoddart.

Besides the Cape Sable Light, the only two structures on the island are two small rustic cabins. Volunteers will be serving food and drink at the cabin dubbed Lottie’s Hotel. There will also be a barbecue on the beach.

Again this year, a number of Shelburne County artists will be spending the day on the Cape painting including Lio Lo, Cal Brown, Graham Nickerson, Alice Williams and Anne Lovitt. Several more are also expected.

Those visiting the island for the day are asked to be back on the landing beach by 2 p.m. to be ferried back to the mainland. There is no rain date.

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