Every year the Friends of McNab’s Island Society holds a clean up. Okay, let’s back track just a little. For those of you who are not Haligonian’s, McNab’s Island is a big island sitting at the mouth of our Harbour. It is also a provincial park. Last but not least, it’s really cool as there are two forts and a lighthouse on it! Anyway, as I was saying every year there is a clean up, this year Sarah and I decided we wanted to take the Guides over for the day. Usually it cost upwards of $15 to get to the island (you need to charter a boat), but doing it this way was free! As members of Girl Guides, and therefore short on general funds, this was a great opportunity.
The starts lined up, the rain clouds held off, and on Sunday June the 3rd we boarded a boat with 200 other people and headed over to clean up. For the record, I’d only been back from my European vacation for a few days at this point! Yes, I’m just that crazy, and enjoy being around my Guides just that much! Over the course of the day over 400 bags of garbage were cleared as well as several other finds. I heard of an industrial vacuum cleaner being found! Even our girls ended up with some interesting finds – we found a sleeping bag filled with sand, a tire from a tug boat and a portion of a canine skull!
We cleaned one of the beaches (by Wreck Cove) for about 2 hours and took a well deserved/earned lunch break – for the record, wow, almond butter and jam sandwiches have NEVER tasted so good before – we headed off to explore one of the two forts. We had to pass Fort McNab on our way back to the pick-up location so we headed over so the girls could have some fun and see some history. I think we spent another 1.5 hours at the fort and boy did the girls have fun . . . in and out of everything, playing make-believe, and just running around.
By the time we loaded back on the boat to return to Halifax everyone was tired but happy. So tired that one of our girls fell asleep three times on the boat! All in all, I’d say that it was a successful and fun trip. I can’t wait to take the girls again next year!