In 1847, the Dartmouth Mechanics' Institute hosted a picnic on McNab's Island. The "Acadian Recorder", 24 July 1847, p. 3, noted the picnic attracted "a large assemblage" from the city. Hopefully, pet owners left their dogs at home because the broadsheet specifically stated that dogs were not permitted to be taken to the island by express orders of the proprietor and "If found on the boat they must be thrown overboard."
Reference: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 1 no. 45 (microfilm 786)
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