SATA News March 2018
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Checking out the trail elevations
This hearty crew is definitely up for the challenge
Carroll's Corner Mastodon Trail  (Mar. 1, 2018)> 

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March Updates 

Cold, wind, snow - and exciting trail news

Through most of March, it seemed that winter finally decided to arrive with a blast as we were hit but multiple Nor'easters that brought high winds, lots of snow - and power outages.  Many of us kept active this month mainly by shovelling snow and chopping and stacking firewood.

As a result of the changing weather, we had to cancel two of our planned outings for the month.  Walkers did get a chance to visit Carroll's Corner Mastodon Trail and they gave the route rave reviews.  See some pictures SATA on the Road.  Thanks to  Mary MacDonald for her pictures and quotes.  

Our big news this month is receiving the official Letter of Authority to allow us to move forward with the Gaetz Brook Greenway, beginning with bridge repairs in the summer.  You can read more of the update in this month's SATA Trails Updates.

April is just around the corner along with its, hopefully, more moderate temperatures and consistent weather.  We've got some walks on the schedule and will have our bikes out on the road before you know it.  Read more in Upcoming Events and find event details - including meeting times and places - on the activity page on our website.  As always, check our Facebook page for most current information. 

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

That is it for March.  April is a great time of year to get out and be active.  See you next month.

SATA Trails Update

SATA Trails awarded official LOA to construct an active transportation trail

This has been a busy week for the SATA Trails Society.  As most of you have probably read, the Provincial Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has officially awarded us 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).  

The response to the exciting news about this safe new active transportation route has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic.   Unfortunately, however, there have been some vocal protesters in the community and on social media.  This might have caused some confusion about the status of the project.  The decision to accept the SATA proposal to develop this route as a non-motorized, active transportation trail has been made by DNR after they conducted community consultation.  THE LOA details the conditions and requirements.  The active trail project is going forward, beginning with the repair and updating of the three bridges that will happen this summer.  Consultants are already working on detailed designs and we are actively fundraising.  We will continue to share updates and plans in this newsletter, on our Website, our Facebook page, and at community information sessions.  Please help us spread the word about this positive news by adding comments or likes on our Facebook postings, or sharing on your own social media.  

The Gaetz Brook Greenway will be a wonderful community asset that will be an attraction for both locals and visitors.  As we have been sharing, this route crosses a number of areas of historic and cultural interest.  We plan to continue to share some of these stories in our newsletter.  In addition, our plans for the trail include signs that detail areas of interest.  We would love your input into what you think should be included.  Share your thoughts on trail design at or through the Contact Us page on our website.  

SATA Directors continue to thank you for the ongoing support for this project.  There is still lots of work to do and we will be looking for volunteers for a variety of roles.  Details will follow soon.

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

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 (, or talk to one of our event leaders when you join them for an activity.

The unpredictable weather in March result in cancellation of a couple of our planned outings.  There was no event planned for the March Break week so we have only one SATA walk to report this month.   Watch for more next month.

Carroll's Corner Mastodon Trail  (Mar. 1, 2018) 
Thanks once again to Mary for the description of the outing:
We hiked the Carroll’s Corner Mastodon Trail today. Lovely trail through mixed forest with some steep inclines. They have nicely placed new benches at the top of each hill.
Nice views down into the National Gypsum Mine. 

Upcoming Activities

Join us to explore

Currently scheduled events:
Thurs. Mar. 29 - Lawrencetown & Conrod Beach (options  3.5 - 12 km, trail and beach)
We will venture along Atlantic View Trail west to Conrad Road then walk out to Conrad Beach, a hidden gem in our community.  

Thurs. April 5 - MacDonald Sports Park (a variety of trails to explore)
There are many trails listed on the map. including one that is named Shirley Anne . I think since I am leading this one lets explore it and some others to fill our morning with a beautiful area.  

Thurs. April 12 - Musquodoboit Mystery Tour 
We're exploring some undeveloped trail to see where it goes. Other options include the Gibraltar Trail and the Golf Course. Sometimes there is rain in the forecast prior to this outing come prepared for what ever Mother Nature has to offer for trail conditions.

Thurs. April 19 - Gully Lake Wilderness Area (14 km, 4-5 hours of hiking)
Gully Lake Trail begins about 4 km from the Gully Lake Wilderness trail head or 1.5 km from the Van der Veen Road entry point. The trail has sugar maple, red spruce and white spruce woods, and a huge variety of lichens, mosses, and wildflowers - testament to the lack of pollution in the protected wilderness area. The trail passes a wilderness lake, many brooks, 4 waterfalls and more. Wear layers and prepare for about 4-5 hours of hiking.

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.  


  • 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 with any ideas.

In Other News

Updates from other organiziations working to improve Active Transportation in Nova Scotia
Womens Active Nova Scotia Association (WANSA) Survey -  Deadline April 3, 2018
WANSA is currently in the process of gathering data from a broad range of stakeholders that will assist us in setting priorities for our work plan. There is much work to be done with limited resources so we are seeking your input as to where resources can be most effectively utilized. Take the survey by April 3rd to ensure your data is included in setting strategic priorities.   

If you have any questions, contact Karen MacTavish at

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:

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.   Last chance to enter winter promo event:

Learn more at:
Bicycle Nova Scotia - Call for route recommendations

Bicycle Nova Scotia is creating a "Where to Cycle in NS" guidebook!  It is being developed this year for a planned launch date in Spring 2019.  They are reaching out to cyclists around the province for suggestion on rides and other useful content for this type of resource.

Visit the BNS website for details on how to get involved. in this fun project

Hike Nova Scotia - Help Make Change

From the Hike NS website:
Part of Hike NS’s role is to be the voice of hikers in Nova Scotia. This means advocating for change in policy that will positively affect what hikers care about, such as:

  • Quality, safe and maintained hiking-only trails
  • Urban wilderness hiking and long distance hiking opportunities
  • A complete and well-resourced implementation and evaluation of the NS Trails Strategy
  • Protection of natural areas and wilderness

The Hike Nova Scotia website has a page with a number of ways you can support these goals in the province.  Visit their Help Make Change page for suggestions about how you can be part of creating better conditions for hikers in Nova Scotia.


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Enjoy the spring colours and the warm temperatures as you explore nature in April

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