McNab's is lousy with history extending back to its purchase in 1782 by Peter McNab. On it, are two forts, pioneer homes, a beach where executed sailors were hung in gibets, and the McNab family cemetary. Nothing remains of the fair grounds where turn of the century Halegonians came to spend a fun afternoon. Nor could I find any sign of the soda pop factory that once was there. No outward signs remain of the poor folk who were interred in two remote locations after succumbing to Cholora in 1866.
Lawlor's Island was home to a quarantine station. It is a sad sign of the times that there were in fact three buildings for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers since those being quarentined had arrived by ship.
During her vitis my cousin Carol and I took the McNab's Island Ferry from Fisherman's Cove to Wreck Cove on McNab's and arranged to be picked up at the same location five hours later.
It was a weekend and a delightfully sunny day and yet surprisingly we only encountered for or five other visitors while there. Typically of Nova Scotia this treasure lying on the doorstep of a major city is little known or appreciated.