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Enjoying the sun, the snow, and the view (Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, January 2018)

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Happy New Year

Trekking in snow, ice, cold and sun

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018.  We hope that your holiday season was happy and full of outdoor adventure.

January has already brought us a variety of weather and all have offered some interesting variety to our outings.  We have ventured out with appropriate shoes (including snowshoes) - and lots of layers to help us be ready for the changes.  Temperatures have definitely cooled this month and we have had a lot of rain.  Of course, that did not deter the adventurers of SATA. Our outings this month have been close to home but we have made plans for visiting other parts of the province later in the month. 

See some of the views from January walks in this month's SATA on the Road.  Thanks this month to Mona Bordage. Mary MacDonald, Anne Schmidt and Shirley Smith  for pictures, some of which came via Facebook posts.  Thanks for sharing your beautiful images, especially for those of us unable to join the fun.

Plans include a special 2-day, overnight trip in February.  Read about the details for that an other trips in Upcoming Events.

Patricia Richards has shares what has been happening with Gaetz Brook Greenway development in our SATA Trails Updates

In case you missed our December newsletter, here is another chance to view the video that John Hawkins created to showcase SATA 2017.  It runs just under 11 minutes and can be seen on Vimeo or here on our ShoreAT website.  

Read our In Other News section to see some updates about AT in the province and across Canada.  

SATA Trails Update

Gaetz Brook Greenway

SATA volunteers continue to work to advance this trail project. We are very grateful to everyone in the community who is involved with development of this important community asset.

The three bridges have been assessed and will be repaired and upgraded soon.  We will be going to tender shortly and, If all goes well, construction will begin as soon as the weather permits.

The photos here show the importance of the train, the Belleclaire Hotel (still standing) and the Brook.  This ‘gem’ in our community can offer so much in terms of keeping people active and providing for a way to connect our communities in this area.

We are still gathering pictures and stories about the area.   
This abandoned rail line has many aspects of historical interest.  Upon completion we plan to celebrate this history in a variety of ways including signage and guided historical walks and cycles.  Do you have other ideas about how we can recognize the history of the area?   We would love your input at or through the Contact Us page on our website.
SATA Directors appreciate all of the support we have received to date.
Thank-you to everyone for getting us to this point.  

John Hawkins shared these pictures and descriptions

East Chezzetcook Station (date unknown) 
The bridge is on what was the East Chezzetcook Road at the time. Travelling to the right of the picture there was an immediate right turn on to what is now Brookside Lane. The station foundation is still there and you can see the old bridge abutments. The station foundation was likely only under part of the building as was common practice back in the day, hence its small size. There was a rail siding just beyond to the east.

Train crossing (date unknown) 
Train crossing East Chezzetcook Road, believed taken from Belleclaire Hotel.

Last train about to cross East Chez road (circa 1980) 
While I can't remember the year is was around 1980. From Lower East we heard the engine blowing its horn at a crossing across the Inlet perhaps at Grand Desert and drove up to wait at the crossing to meet it. The speed of the train was limited due to the condition of the track. Prior to the run a small work car checked the track for hazards.

SATA on the Road

The cold never bothered us anyway. 

Have you joined a SATA outing?  We would love to see you pictures and hear about your experience.  Tell us what made the day fun or memorable.  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 of a SATA hike, bike or snowshoe adventure, we would love to hear about it. Feel free to share to post images or descriptions on our Facebook page, email them (, or talk to one of our event leaders when you join them for an activity.

Breakfast and Planning Session (Jan. 04, 2018) 
Several SATA members - and regular adventures - started the New Year with a breakfast strategy session to plan events for the next few months.  They have lots of fun outings in store.  Watch the Activities Calendar on our web page for details.  Judy Myatt leads Nordic-pole walk sessions most Friday mornings in different locations.  Contact Judy directly or write us at info@shoreAT to ask about updates.
Walk around Jeddore Head (Jan. 11, 2018) 
Mary wrote:  "This was a new location and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Amazed at the Hawkins graveyard hidden away in a spruce forest. Need to find the story on that. Thanks ladies for another fun day exploring a hidden treasure on our shore."  

Special thanks to Lee MacDonald for leading the way
Point Pleasant Park (Jan. 18, 2018) 
Mona shared some pictures and described the day on her Facebook page: "A city hike in Point Pleasant Park followed up with the best stories, laughs and reflections."

Thanks to Susan for hosting the crew for lunch - and making delicious soup!

Upcoming Activities

Join us to explore


We are planning a special 2-day trip with an over night stay. 

We will spend Thursday, Feb 15 at  Mi'Kmaway Debert Interperative Trail
then off to Masstown Market for lunch.  We plan to spend the night at the Four Seasons Resort  in Economy.  We will explore their 4km of ski trails in the afternoon or sit by the wood fire with our glass of wine.

On Friday, we will explore the trails in Five Islands Provincial Park  then head home with a stop at Stanfield Outlet Store on maybe other hot spots in Truro.
(Final details will be confirmed with participants)

so we can make reservations

To register call Mary (902-827-3512) or email

Planned outings for the coming weeks:

Thurs. Jan 25 - Nine Mile River Hike - ( choose your turning point)
About 10km of easy trail in two stacked loops.  Mostly under forest canape with multiple small bridges, circles a large bog and passed through some Hemlock stands.  Great for hiking or snowshoeing depending on conditions.

Thurs. Feb. 1 - Duncan's Cove Afternoon Hike + axe throwing
(NOTE: Advance registration required for axe throwing portion)
An amazing coastal hike with coastal barrens and granite cliffs.  Distance is 8km return.  

Feb. 15 - 16 - 2 Day Winter Adventure, Economy
see description above

Visit our  Activity Calendar for all event details.  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.  They include plenty of stops to explore or get some photos. 
  • We love finding new places to explore and would love to hear your suggestions.  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
Halifax purchases 197 acres for Regional Park
From the Ecology Action Center:
With huge congratulations to our hard-working member groups who have been fighting for this beautiful wilderness areas for decades, we're happy to share with you that HRM has announced their purchase of the lands owned by West Bedford Holdings in BMBCL! 

Information from Halifax Regional Municipality: 

On January 18, the Halifax Regional Municipality purchased approximately 197 acres of lands to form part of a Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park. This important acquisition marks the first parcel of land to be acquired by the municipality towards the creation of the regional park, which is proposed in the municipality’s Regional Plan. 

Read the full announcement from Halifax:
Halifax Regional Municipality Purchases Land for Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park

Halifax Cycling Coalition
The HCC has put out a call for new volunteers for their
INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, which  meets once a month at the HCC office on Isleville/Bloomfield Street. 

There are a number of important infrastructure projects which will affect cycling in Halifax for the next generation, including Hollis Street bikeway, Agricola Street traffic calming, connecting to the COLTA and the Halifax Urban Greenway. 

We are looking for people with good design/drawing skills, computer modelling (both 3D and numerical), organizational skills, and planning aptitude. A love of coffee and pastries will also help.

If you are interested, please contact Peter Henry at

Bicycle Nova Scotia AGM
February 11, 2018 at Brunello Estates Golf Course
from 1pm - 4pm (lunch at noon with details still to come)

Bicycle Nova Scotia is still looking for volunteers to fill a few board positions. If you are interested, visit this link to read about the positions and learn how you can help support a vibrant cycling culture across the province.


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Help us achieve our vision of a safe, sustainable Active Transportation (AT) infrastructure  connecting communities across the Eastern Shore.

May the holiday season bring laughter, joy and time to be active with family & friends.

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