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Oak Island

Oak Island

This privately owned island is one of several hundred forested islands scattered around Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay. According to local legend, Oak Island is the site of buried treasure—some speculate that loot was hidden by plundering pirates such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. Treasure hunters are still drawn here in search of booty.

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Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Basics

Privately owned Oak Island can be seen on cruises around Mahone Bay, but you can only visit on a seasonal guided tour. Tours, run by the Friends of Oak Island Society, visit the island’s interpretive center and sites connected with the Oak Island mystery, such as the so-called Money Pit and Borehole 10X, a 180-foot (55-meter) shaft. Guides share history and information about island treasure hunters and the objects they've unearthed.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Oak Island is a must for anyone with an interest in folklore and history.

  • Book your tour in advance, as spots sell out quickly.

  • Bring water, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

  • There is a gift shop on the island selling Oak Island merchandise.

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How to Get There

Oak Island is connected to the Nova Scotia mainland by road. As this is a rural area, public transport is scant, and the best way to arrive is by car. Driving the 47 miles (76 kilometers) from Halifax takes about 60–70 minutes. Follow Highway 103 west.

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When to Get There

Tours take place from summer through early fall and are the only way to access the island. Tickets sell out quickly, so it’s best to book when they are released (typically March).

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The Tancook Islands

Oak Island is one of about 350 islands dotted around Mahone Bay. Almost all are uninhabited, with the exception of Big Tancook and Little Tancook islands, which host small fishing communities. Catch the ferry from Chester to Tancook for a relaxing day of hiking and biking amid pristine nature, and swimming at local beaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Oak Island?
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Attractions near Oak Island:
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What else should I know about attractions in Halifax?
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As well as visiting the Oak Island, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: