Things to consider when planning a visit to Tancook during the current pandemic

Dear Friends of Tancook

These are difficult times for all of us. We are doing our best to abide by the rules and expectations as outlined by Dr. Strang. We do feel fortunate that there are no places/opportunities for gatherings of more than 5 on the island during the Covid-19 pandemic, unlike city life where large stores are open.

We have noticed visitors arriving to spend some time on the island. It is understandable that people wish to get away for a day. For everyone’s safety, we do wish to point out some important things to bear in mind:

  • The ferry capacity currently is 50.
  • The rule of social distancing (6 ft or 2 meters) applies here.
  • 71% of island households include seniors.
  • Several homes have signs on their doors requesting “No Visitors”.
  • There are 2 outhouses but no publicly accessible running water on the island. (You would have to bring your own hand sanitizer.)
  • Our Medical First Responders (MFRS) have been instructed that they cannot assist in any emergency (other than vehicle collisions and difficult extractions) during the pandemic. If there is a 911 medical call out, Paramedics will attend from the mainland by either ferry or Lifeflight. BTIERA will provide transport locally for the paramedics.
  • A ban on open fires is in effect throughout all of Nova Scotia. The fire ban will remain in effect until at least 15 May 2020.

We all hope that before long, the current restrictions will ease, making it easier for all of us to visit friends and family and enjoy this beautiful place in which we live. In the meantime, it is the responsibility of each of us to be safe and sensible.

“Tancook 101- Everything you need to know about life on Big Tancook Island”

The “Tancook 101” booklet (link below)  was developed to provide island residents with important information about health service providers who will travel to Tancook when needed.

For newcomers and people interested in exploring Tancook as a place to live, this booklet includes other pertinent information.

We are grateful to the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors “Age-friendly Communities Grant” program for funding our “Big Tancook Island: Creating a Community of Care” project as submitted by the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA).

Tancook 101 Booklet 

Your Island Visit

During the summer months of July and August, our Tourism Ambassador on duty in the Recreation Centre will be pleased to answer any immediate questions you may have about your visit. He/she will also have general visitor information on hand to help you begin your adventure.

We hope you’ll also take some time to visit our Tancook Tourism Center for more detailed visit information. Our center is located in the Tancook Island Recreation Center which can be found on the school road just a short walk from the wharf.

Please visit our Rentals page for places to stay.

Washrooms
Washrooms are available onboard the ferry. On the island,  visitors are welcome to make use of the public washrooms located inside the Tancook Recreation  Center during regular hours of operation. Outside of these times, public outdoor toilets are available at the far end of the Recreation Center field.

What you should know as a visitor
It is important to remember that we are a rural coastal community in the truest sense of the word. This means that you should come prepared to walk or bike if you plan on exploring the island. We also sometimes experience sudden changes in weather due to our ocean proximity, which means you should pack for your visit accordingly.

Emergency information
Should a medical emergency arise, you should dial 911 as usual. Emergency Health Services will dispatch the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association’s Medical First Responders to assist you. Depending on the assessment of a patient’s condition, departure happens by ferry and ambulance, or LifeFlight Helicopter (in extremely rare circumstances).

For questions or information regarding the Tancook Fire Service, please call 902-298-4624.