Join us on a unique guided 2½ hour walking tour of Oak Island, with Oak Island Historian Charles Barkhouse. For 2020 our tours will be for 140 visitors on each tour (two tours per day), conducted between June and September – and we'll we walk rain or shine! Please scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions!
The 2020 tour season has been cancelled effective June 26th.
IMPORTANT TICKET SALES INFO
The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased in each order is SIX adult tickets and FOUR youth tickets. Youth tickets cannot be converted into adult ticket bookings. Our goal is to allow as many people as possible get access to tickets.
One ticket booking per person per tour season. If you secure more than one ticket for any Oak Island 2020 Tour, we ask that you refund the extra tickets within one week of purchase. After that, the additional bookings will be refunded by the provider. This is to allow as many people as possible an opportunity to take a tour in 2020.
Tickets are non-transferable. This means that when you book a tour, you must include all of the names of the participants at the time of purchase. If you cannot use your ticket, you must request a refund so that tickets can be put back in the system to provide an opportunity for others. To help facilitate that, we suggest you sign up for Eventbrite prior to February 1st, 2020.
Full refunds are offered up to 7 days prior to your tour.
Extreme Weather Cancellations/Refunds
Atlantic Canada, similarly to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, can experience hurricanes or near-hurricane force weather conditions. Hurricane season for land along the Atlantic Basin is from early June to the end of November.
While both Friends of Oak Island and Oak Island Tours won’t let a bit of rain and wind dampen our tour spirit, we recognize that conditions could arise making a tour a potentially dangerous endeavour.
In the event either organization makes the call that the weather risks outweigh the safety of our guests, tickets will be fully refunded. Regrettably we are not in a position to reschedule those bookings into other tours. For reasons of safety and quality of guest experience, we will not move guests from a cancelled tour into another tour that is already fully booked.
We are happy to say that in the 10 years Friends of Oak Island has been hosting tours, we have only cancelled once because of a hurricane.
Oak Island is about an hour south of Halifax via Highway 103. Take Exit 9, and continue toward Gold River. If you’re coming from the South Shore, take exit 10 towards Mahone Bay/ Martins River. Take Crandall Point Road, which will lead you to the Oak Island Causeway. The parking lot and Interpretive Centre are across the causeway.
The walk isn't far, but there is a lot of stopping at each historical site - wear comfy shoes!
We do go out rain or shine, so check the weather before you head out - rain gear isn't a bad thing to have on hand. Please check the weather conditions before you arrive. We recommend you bring bug spray, sunscreen and water.
For visitors with mobility concerns, we have an 8-seater golf cart and three other vehicles that you can catch a ride on. Vehicles are driven by Tour Escorts. Places on vehicles cannot be "booked" in advance; just identify yourself to a Tour Escort and they will make sure you have a seat.
Can I bring my dog on a tour?
Absolutely, yes. Well behaved four-legged friends on leash are very welcome.
If I can't get on a tour, can I still visit the Interpretative Centre?
For sure. To see the hours of operation for the IC, plus any planned closures, please click HERE
When should I arrive for my tour?
We open the causeway to traffic ONE HOUR before your tour goes out. If you arrive before then, we will hold your vehicle on the land side of the causeway.
Why are there no tours during the week?
At this time, the island is host to History Television's show The Curse of Oak Island. The show is typically shot weekdays throughout the summer, making weekday tours a logistic impossibility.
Why is there a cap on how many people can come on a tour?
The short answer? To ensure our visitors have an exceptional experience. The longer answer: Oak Island is a small place connected to the mainland by a single lane causeway; we respect the land owners and the environment. Parking is also limited.
Can I book a tour for a large group?
At this time tours are open to the general public for booking with a limit of 6 tickets per booking. We regret we are not able to accommodate specific group requests.
Can I just walk/drive around the Island?
Nope. The Island is, and always has been, private property. The only way to visit the historic sites on the island is through a guided tour.
Can I use my own mobility vehicle on the island during my tour?
No. We are unable to ensure the safety of your vehicle over the varied terrain of the island. For your safety and the safety of those around you we ask that you ride in one of the vehicles we have put aside for individuals requiring assistance.
Do you offer tours in languages other than English?
At this time we do not. We also are not able to provide sign language for hearing-impaired visitors.
Can I bring my motorcycle on the Island?
Motorcycles can cross the causeway just like a car and can be parked in the lot. You may not drive a motorcycle around the Island.
Can I bring a large RV or camper to the island when I visit?
Please note that our available parking space is pretty compact. We can have a lot of visitors on our big tours, and that can equate to some close-quarter parking. If you visit with a large RV or trailer, we may not be able to accommodate you.