The name “100 Wild Islands” given to this Eastern Shore Island Wilderness conservation campaign was not made in haste or by mistake. The name was given due to the nature of the islands. That is, they’re wild! The below images outline just how much can change from year to year, due entirely to the power of the wind and ocean. The location is known as the Sandbar on Borgles Island. The volume of sand displaced over the winter of 2016/2017 is estimated to be roughly 20 000 cubic meters, or 30 000 tonnes. The sand shifted westward, and has spread more evenly around the area causing the highest point of the beach to drop by approximately 1 to 1.5 meters allowing the high tide to completely cover it.
Comparison of Borgles Island Sandbar, 2016 to 2017
Fortunately, we can expect this beautiful sandbar to return once again, as this is far from the first time that the sand has washed away. At the present time, in May 2017, you can paddle a kayak through at high tide. However, there are tales that fishing boats have driven through in days gone by. With respect to the wild and rugged nature of the 100 Wild Islands, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust writes
In the 100 Wild Islands wilderness, untouched white sand beaches, idyllic sheltered coves, and dramatic, windswept headlands welcome the intrepid wilderness paddler or sailor. […] Unmatched opportunities abound for exploration and discovery.
Visitors to the sandbar right now will quite literally be viewing things that only a handful of people have ever seen! Perhaps a buried pirate treasure? Who knows? Here’s a map. Go discover!