Sable Island.

For generations of Nova Scotians, the words have stirred the imagination: a spit of sand in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, populated by wild horses, ringed by windswept beaches. It's the most remote part of the province, with a long and sometimes tragic history.

We’ve all seen the photos. A lucky few have visited. But for most of us, Sable is a dream.

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How does it feel to walk on beaches that stretch for miles with no other human in sight? What does it sound like? What's it like in a storm — or in winter? Are the horses afraid of people?

Sable Island is Canada's newest national park reserve, identified as a national treasure, preserved in legislation for future generations to enjoy. The designation means more people could visit in the future. But exactly how they'll get there and what kind of access they'll have is still to be decided.

Parks Canada is asking Canadians for their thoughts on how to enjoy and protect Sable Island.

As that consultation process gets underway, CBC Nova Scotia wants to help kick start the conversation.

We've gathered stories of Sable Island's past and present, online and on our radio and television programs. We'll show you what's at stake and introduce you to people who know and love the island better than anyone else.

A CBC Nova Scotia crew also went to Sable Island and did something nobody has ever done before: broadcast live from the island, sharing the sights and sounds of this magical place with Canadians — and others around the world.

We hope you'll enjoy this package of photos and stories about our most storied island: