Legislation to formally protect Sable Island as a national park has been tabled in the Senate.
Environment Minister Peter Kent made the announcement today at a news conference in Halifax.
The bill is the final step in the designation of the island for protection under the Canada National Parks Act.
The federal and Nova Scotia governments first announced the island would become a national park in May 2010.
Ottawa says the designation represents the highest level of protection under federal law.
The 40-kilometre long island, known for its wild horses, sand dunes and fragile environment, sits in the North Atlantic about 300 kilometres southeast of Nova Scotia.
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