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SATA News April 2018
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Watch those rocks!
Using different strategies to cross the water hazard.
Gibraltar Loop, Musquodobit Trails  (Apr. 12, 2018) 

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April Updates 

Spring in the air - with a distinctly winter chill

April has been its usual fickle self in 2018.  Just when we were starting to believe spring was *really* here, we were hit with more snow.  Of course, that did give us the unexpected pleasure of late season snowshoeing and skiing.   The warm days and spring rains have been few and far between for most of the month and instead we have been faced with some bitter cold winds and unseasonably low temperatures.  But as we reach the end of the month, spring is truly making an appearance.  The spring flowers are are beginning to blossom, the birds are singing, the frogs are peeping and the temperatures are climbing. 

Once again this month, we have had to cancel a couple of planned events but the weather did not keep us off the road entirely.  Catch some of the fun and beauty with the pictures in our SATA on the Road section.   Thanks to Susan Doble, Darlene Hart, and Shirley Smith for pictures this month.  We appreciate them sharing their beautiful images on our Facebook page, where we captured them for this newsletter.

Plans are proceeding for the Gaetz Brook Greenway, beginning with the bridge work starting in the spring.  You can read more in this month's SATA Trails Updates.

We have had reports of first-bike-ride-of-the-season from many locations.  Unfortunately, we have also observed the usual spring road hazards in the number of potholes and receding road shoulders but we are not letting that keep us from getting out on foot and/or two wheels.  In fact, our posted May schedule already includes a variety of biking and walking events.  We're starting the season with some slow and easy rides to get us back into cycling fitness.  Read more in the Upcoming Events of this newsletter and find more detailed descriptions - including meeting times and places - on the activity page on our website.  Remember to check our Facebook page for most current information, including any necessary cancellations.

Finally, be sure to take a look In Other News AT updates from around the city and province.  

That is it for April. Everyone at SATA wishes you a May full of spring flowers, sunny skies and lots of healthy, outdoor activity.

SATA Trails Update

Bridge work expected to begin late next month

As we reported last month, the Provincial Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has officially awarded the SATA Trails Society with the authority to construct, maintain and manage a multi-use, non-motorized, active transportation greenway. This trail, currently referred to as the Gaetz Brook Greenway, will be developed  on the abandoned CN rail corridor and will connect East Chezzetcook to the rail corridor junction at Highway #7. Visit our website to read the full Letter of Authority (LOA).  

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Work is expected to begin on the Gaetz Brook Greenway bridges approximately May 25, 2018 (subject to change). 

The work is being done by Municipal Group of Companies commonly known as Dexter Construction) to address structural and safety issues. It will take approximately four (4) months.

During construction, "use at your own risk" signs will be placed at access points to the trail.  Additional signage will be placed at the bridges.   

 

Gaetz Brook bridge


The SATA Trail Society thanks-you for your patience during the construction phase.

Stay safe. If you use the trail during construction, be aware of the risks and use extra caution.


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We continue to gather stories and images of the area to help us prepare signage that showcases the historic and cultural landmarks of the area. Patricia Richards shared this fun undated image.  Can anyone provide names for these people?




Share your thoughts on trail design or features of cultural, historic or natural interest at info@shoreat.ca or through the Contact Us page on our website.  

Thanks to everyone who has contacted us in supportof this project and shared the news in social media. Watch for ways that you can get volunteer to get involved in trail clearing, design or communications.

SATA on the Road

The cold never bothered us anyway. 

Have you been out walking or riding this month?  Whether it is a SATA outing or your own exploration, we would to hear about your Active Transportation outings, especially in the HRM area. Post directly on our Facebook page or submit a paragraph or two for our newsletter by sending it to  info@shoreat.ca

We are always looking for new places to explore so if you have an idea for a SATA adventure, we would love to learn about it. Feel free to share images or descriptions on our Facebook page, email them (info@shoreat.ca), or talk to one of our event leaders when you join them for an activity.

Lawrencetown to Conrad Beach (March 29, 2018) 
 
A hearty crew  walked the Atlantic view trail then had a well earned treat at the Rose & Rooster.
MacDonald Recreation Park  (April 5, 2018) 
Shirley posted a brief description of this outing on line:
6 of us went walking at MacDonald Rec Park. We ate at Turtle and Tap in Fall River. What a great day 
Gibraltar Rock Trail, Musquodoboit trails (April 12, 2018) 
SATA member adventures (April  2018) 
SATA directors, Mary and John are off in Switzerland spending some time with their new grandson.  Mary sent shared photos of the extensive paved cycling trails, beautiful flowers and breathtaking scenery.  Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

Upcoming Activities

Join us to explore

Currently scheduled events:
Thurs. Apr. 26 - Lake Charles Hike (hike, 12 km, return)
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR HEAVY RAIN

Thurs. May 3 - Grand Desert to Lawrencetown Beach (ride, 25-30 km)
Our route will include Hwy 207, Station Road, the Blueberry Run Trail, a stop at Hope for Wildlife, and the Atlantic View Trail to Lawrencetown Beach then back to the Rose and Rooster for lunch. 

Thurs. May 10 - Duncan's Cove (hike, 8 km return, ~ 4 hrs)
Duncan's Cove is an amazing coastal hike with coastal barrens and granite cliffs. There are many granite boulders and wet areas with a labyrinth of trails. It will take four hours to discover all the hidden gems on this hike

Thurs. May 17 - Atlantic View Trail and Reserve Road, Three Fathom Harbour -  (ride, 20 km)
This ride takes us east along the Atlantic Trail and then a quick ride down Reserve Road. The road down to Three Fathom Harbour has a steep climb at the beginning but a great down hill on the way back. The village is an active fishing village with lobster boats.Other stops include Ira's Pottery and carver Jenny Blackmore.

Thurs. May 24 - Lawrencetown Beach to Eastern Passage (optional) -  (ride, 30 or 45 km)
We will take the Atlantic View and Shearwater Flyer Trails to Caldwell Rd.  Some riders will turn here and stay on trails for a easy 30km ride. Others will cycle on to Eastern Passage  then return through the hills of Cow Bay with a visit to Rainbow Haven Beach. 45km with several biter hills

Thurs. June 7  - Clam Harbour - Celebrate World Oceans Day
Save the date.
Plan to join us for a day of activities that will include 2 ride options, a beach hike / clean-up, and yoga.  Details to follow.

Visit our  Activity Calendar for all event details and new events.  As always, be sure to watch our Facebook page for the most current news on outings, updates, weather changes, and event pictures.  

Remember:

  • SATA events are open for participants of all ages and abilities and follow a relaxed pace.  Events are at a relaxed pace with time for discovery and photography.
  • We would love to hear any suggestions for new routes - or old favourites. Talk to activity leaders, share on our Facebook Page or contact info@shoreat.ca with any ideas.

In Other News

Updates from other organiziations working to improve Active Transportation in Nova Scotia
Musquodobit Trailway

The March issue of Halifax Magazine included a great article on the Musquodoboit Trail system.  Most of us are familiar with this wonderful local asset and it is a popular destination for SATA outings.  Check out the article Where the Wild Things are: Hiking the Musquodobobit Trailway.  You might find a new area to explore - or an old favourite that you would like to revisit.

The Musquodoboit Trail Association website provides more detail on the various trails.  

HRM Alliance: Save the Date

From the HRM Alliance newsletter:
We have a tentative date for an Alliance-wide Meeting on May 15th for review of the forthcoming Green Network Plan. Time and location have not yet been determined, but it will take place sometime between 6:00-9:00p.m. Please mark this date in your Calendars so that you'll be able to attend!

Bluenose Race Weekend - May 19, 2018
Join the Ecology Action Centre's running or walking fundraising team on Blue Nose race weekend! Choose the 5k, 10k, 15k, Half or Full Marathon distance. Have fun, keep fit, and raise funds for the EAC! 

They offer race fee subsidies, weekly group runs, and fun team support with optional superhero costumes! Everyone is welcome! There is still a month to train - perfect for people who have already been preparing for the summer run season. 

Get more info or join the Green Avengers here.

Atlantic Canada AT Summit - May 23-24, 2018
The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities’ Active Transportation Committee, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality, is planning the first Atlantic Active Transportation Summit, to be held on May 23-24, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This two-day event will host guest speakers from across Atlantic Canada to inspire attendees and promote information sharing amongst communities and practitioners.

SATA reps will be making a presentation on some of our recent progress and challenges.  

Learn more at: unsm.ca/atlantic-canada-active-transportation-summit.html

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie - Sun. Sept. 23, 2018
Ride Nova Scotia's Acadian Shore and experience breathtaking scenery, challenging routes and unrivaled hospitality! 

4 different route options ranging from 35 - 160 k.  Only $99 plus tax.   Sign up by July 31 for a ride shirt.

Learn more at: facebook.com/GranFondoBaieSainteMarie/
 
 

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Enjoy all the new leaves and May flowers while you stay active this month.

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