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Click on the link below to watch directly in YouTube. The video is also available through the Friends of the Gaetz Brook Greenway Facebook page.
John Hawkins, SATA Trails BOD, shared this historic video with this description:

Here is a video filmed in 8mm by David Stevens of the Musquodoboit Railway Museum in 1975. It starts in Dartmouth and runs to Upper Musquodoboit and back to Musquodoboit Harbour.

Hot Summer Days

COVID-19 Restrictions still having an impact

The past few weeks have been hot and humid, making the proximity to beaches and lakes a blessing for those of us on the Shore. The increased opening of outdoor areas and relaxing of group gatherings for some activities has certainly helped with mental health.  It has been good to get back to some semblance of normal and to be able to get out and enjoy more activities with small groups of friends and family.  The opening of the Atlantic Bubble has been most welcome for those with connections around the region, making it possible for some families to be together for the first time in months.  

Restrictions are changing frequently as the province and the region attempt to open to support the economy while ensuring safety.  With all the changes, you will want to check updates before doing making plans for any activity, outing or visit.

  • The NS State of Emergency has been extended until noon on Sunday August 23
  • As of Thursday, Aug. 6, there are two active cases in Nova Scotia.  No new cases have been identified. Testing numbers are updated daily at For the latest list of potential exposures in the province, visit
  • Measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 are gradually changing and Nova Scotias are advised to continue to follow public health directives for gathering and social distancing. Updates since our last newsletter include:
  • (July 31) Wearing a non-medical mask is required in most indoor public places. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt. Schools, day cares and day camps continue to follow their sector-specific plans.
  • (July 24) All passengers and drivers on public transportation are required to wear non-medical masks. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.
  • (July 22) All passengers and drivers on public transportation are required to wear non-medical masks. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.Indoor visits can resume at long-term care facilities with 1 visitor at a time per resident (residents or their substitute decision makers can designate up to 3 people as visitors but only 1 may visit at a time). Outdoor visits can have up to 5 visitors per resident. Visits must be scheduled. During visits, residents and visitors need to:
  • Residents and staff at long-term care facilities can gather in groups of 10 for dining, recreation and socializing without social distancing. Groups should remain consistent and visitors can't join.
  • Licensed hair salons in long-term care facilities can reopen to serve residents only.
  • Off-site sightseeing bus trips for residents at long-term care facilities can resume for groups of up to 10 people (including residents, staff and driver). Residents and staff need to stay on the bus. Buses need to be thoroughly cleaned before and after each trip.
  • (July 3) Travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador is permitted without the requirement to self-isolate for Atlantic Canadian residents (Atlantic travel bubble)
  • Social events, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, and arts and culture events that are run by a recognized business or organization can have 250 people outdoors or 50% of the venue's capacity to a maximum of 200 indoors
  • Nova Scotians should check, for their local fire restrictions (updated 2pm daily). 
  • Find more information on reopening at
 Through all re-opening phases, Nova Scotians must continue these core personal public health practices:
  • Staying informed, being prepared and following public health advice
  • Continuing to practice good hygiene (hand hygiene, avoid touching face, respiratory etiquette, disinfect frequently touched surfaces)
  • Maintaining physical distancing as much as possible when outside of the home (i.e. from non-household members)
  • Continuing to increase environmental cleaning and ventilation of public spaces and worksites
  • Staying at home and away from others if symptomatic /feeling ill – do not go to school/work and follow jurisdictional/local public health advice
  • Staying at home if at high risk of severe illness
  • Use non-medical masks in all situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Reducing personal non-essential travel 
Additional Resources:
Government of Canada:
Medical experts warn us to use caution and not become complacent.  Most expect a second wave of infections as borders open and cooler weather returns.  This might result in a step back to stricter rules.  Stay safe and take care as you enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of the increased travel opportunities within the province and the Atlantic Region.
This issue includes:
Gaetz Brook Greenway - Updates and images
Nature images close to home
In Other News
Parting Shot

This month, thanks to: Mona Bordage, Marty Finch, John Hawkins, Mary MacDonald, Judy Myatt, Mary Elizabeth O'Toole and Julie Pierce for pictures and content.

Gaetz Brook Greenway 

REMINDER:  Parks and trails are open but guidelines about distancing remain. The crushed gravel trail offers a safe, flat surface with sufficient width to maintain the recommended two-metre passing distance.  Staying to the right of the travel surface permits space for safe individual and family biking, running and walking.  If you drive to the trail, remember to leave 2 M (~6 ft.) of space from other vehicles.

Volunteers continue to monitor the trails to ensure that it is clean and safe.  They are minimizing clean up work through August so as not to disturb nesting and fledgling of the many bird species in the area.   Later this month, we will be looking for volunteers for regular cleaning days one day a week.  Watch for more details in upcoming newsletters as well as on Facebook.

Official Opening
We are planning the installation of information trail signage and a number of benches.  The official opening is tentatively planned for the Fall, most likely in October.  Naturally, we will be abiding by any public health guidelines in place at that time.  Updates will be posted on Facebook.

The date has not been set for the AGM. We are following revised requirements for society AGM in this time of COVID 19 are are reviewing alternatives for dates and delivery modes, including the possibility of a virtual meeting.  Details will follow.

Watch for updates on our  Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page. Please read the most recent posts for clarification and updates. 
Physical Distancing Board Meeting (Aug 2020) 
Board members met to safely plan Fall activities.
Birds  GBG (Spring 2020) 
Local birder, Marty Finch, has been sharing some spectacular bird pictures that he has captured on our trail.  He is always giving us some great information about where to find them and how to identify ones that you see or hear.  Visit us at the Friends of Graetz Brook Greenway to see more of his images and tips. Here we have: Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Cedar Waxwing.  See if you can see any warblers on the trail.
Marty Finch shared this wonderful image along with this information:
If you're ever walking on the trail and hear a Chickadee with a sore throat, look closer. It is likely the Boreal Chickadee. It has a brown cap and shoulders and can be seen on the Musquodoboit Harbor end of the Greenway. This photo was taken on the 25th of June 2020.
On the GBG (July 2020) 

Friends of the GBG (Activities)

formerly Shore Active Transportation Association (SATA)

We are not currently offering a calendar of group outings.  Please keep an eye on our Friends of the Gaetz Brook Greenway Facebook Group for any new planned or spontaneous walks or bike rides planned by our members.

Nova Scotia Bird Society Walk on the Greenway
Saturday, Sept. 12,2020 -  8:00 am. (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 13)

Come join our local bird expert Marty Finch as he leads a beginner/early fall
migrant bird walk on the GBG for the Nova Scotia Bird Society. Meet at Gaetz Brook Junior High trailhead Saturday September 12th at 8am. 
No experience necessary.  We will post updates on Friends of Gaetz Brook Greenway Facebook closer to the outing date.

Enjoying Nature Close to Home

Outings shared by our members

Martinique (July 21, 2020)
Walk at Lawrencetown (July 2020)
East Lawrencetown (July 2020)
One of the many 'secret' swimming spots in our part of the province.
Red Island (Aug 2020)
A visit across the mud flats from East Chezzetcook at low tide. Led by the intrepid Mary MacDonald.  We recommend that you do not attempt this trip without knowledge of the tides and paths.

In Other News...

Active Transportation News

Halifax Cycling Coalition
August 14, 28 - Rise & Grind
For the month of August, the Halifax Cycling Coalition has partnered with Espresso 46 to offer free espresso for the first 25 people on bikes and $1 off specialty drinks for anyone arriving on a bike. They are located at 2867 Isleville St. There is no purchase necessary.

Halifax Cycles Group Rides
If you are looking to meet new people in the Halifax area, you might want to check out Halifax Cycles Group Rides on Facebook
From their page: A community page for our group ride details and updates. A place to organize group rides in HRM. A place to meet people to ride with! All members are welcome to post rides

(These are not group sanctioned or organized rides but a place to connect with other riders).

Halifax Regional Municipality
August 4 - 17: Online Public Engagement

Municipal staff are designing an improved connection between the Dartmouth Common and the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway. New street treatments are being considered to make it safer and more comfortable for people to walk, wheel, roll, and cycle along this route. This will improve access to local destinations, recreational opportunities, the regional all-ages-and-abilities cycling network, and the Trans Canada Trail.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Staff are engaging online only for this round of public engagement. Background materials will be available as well as an online survey and two live Q&A sessions with the project team. 

Your feedback will be used to help select the preferred routing and to determine a set of conceptual design options which will be presented in round two of public engagement in the fall.

For all municipal updates, Visit Halifax Coronavirus Disease | COVID-19

Nova Scotia Provincial Parks
As of July 30:
COVID-19 safety measures remain in place to protect staff and visitors at provincial parks. We continue to look at how we can adapt and provide safe camping experiences to visitors. Please stay informed and review restrictions before visiting a park. 
  • Due to public health measures, provincial campgrounds are only open to Atlantic Provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Only campers with reservations will be allowed to enter campgrounds. 
  • No more than 6 people shall occupy a campsite unless they are members of a family unit. 
  • No group camping
Full details at Nova Scotia Provincial Parks COVID-19 Updates

Parks Canada
Historic Georges Island Opening for five weekends.
Parks Canada and partners are pleased to welcome local residents and visitors to explore Georges Island on five select weekends starting August 8 and 9 from 12 noon to 5 pm each day. Take in a guided tour of the historic tunnels and enjoy the scenic views from a new perspective. This unique and limited opportunity will enable visitors to learn more about this hidden gem and the work being done to support future visitation.
Get all details, and reserve tickets, at visit-georges-island

For details of openings and guidelines for National Parks, visit
Parks Canada website about how to visit during COVID-19.

Parks Canada website dedicated to camping during COVID-19

Parting Shot

Another gorgeous sunset at Gaetz Brook, thanks to Judy Myatt. This soft light is so calming and serene.

Get out and enjoy summer on the trails, roads, beaches and lakes of the Shore.
Have fun but please stay safe. 

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