47. Outer Island (offshore)

Location: Outer Island or Bon Portage Island is approximately 3 kils from Shag Harbour
Shoreline: rocky
Type of access: by boat
Parking: at wharves in Shag Harbour and Prospect Point
Acadia University
Topographic reference: 20 p/5 (Cape Sable Island)
Marine chart # 4210 (Cape Sable-Pubnico Harbour)
UTM grid: E0277882  N4815855
Name of owner: Acadia University

Outer Island or Bon Portage is located off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia, it was here that the book We Keep a Light was written by Evelyn M. Richardson. The Bon Portage Lighthouse is one of the many scenic lighthouses that can be enjoyed as you paddle by the island.

Bon Portage or Outer Island is now owned by Acadia University and is used from spring until fall by Acadia University biology students. It is here that the migratory bird count is done regularly and banding of migrant birds. For more information about Bon Portage Island visit their web page:


Paddlers wanting to tent overnight on Bon Portage Island may do so by contacting DaveShutler at: dave.shutler@acadiau.ca and he will further instruct you about payment.