SATA News Feb. 2019
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Fun for all ages on a cold but bright Thursday morning.  
(Atlantic View Trail - Feb 2019)  

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Beating the winter blues

"There is no bad weather, only bad clothing choices"  Bill Roach, CBC Weekend Morning

February started with some relatively mild weather but that was quickly followed by snow, rain and cold winds, a combination that ensured there was also plenty of ice.  

Nova Scotia's winter prognosticator, Shubinacadie Sam, had to be coaxed out of his enclosure - and quickly turned and skedaddled back in to the relative warmth of his pen.  The message was clear:  "Bundle up, we are in for [at least] six more weeks of winter".

Clearly Sam is not as hearty and determined as SATA members, who were out every week hiking and snowshoeing.  Always ready for adventure and activity, they remained undeterred by ice and wind.  They did inside movement therapy or bundled up and explored with enthusiasm.  And always concluded their adventure with warm drinks, tasty food, pleasant conversation and plenty of good humour.  If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, come out and join us any Thursday morning. 

To get a sense of the fun to be had, be sure to check out our SATA on the Road section, which highlights the beauty of nature in various Nova Scotia locations as well as the joy of participants.  If you join a SATA outing and take pictures, please share on our Facebook page or send them for this newsletter ( 

This month saw another big step in the progress on the Gaetz Brook Greenway when contract for clearing was awarded.  Get the details in this month's SATA Trails Updates.  

Our event leaders are still confirming activities for March so there is only one activity listed our  Upcoming Events section this month but stay tuned - more coming soon.  We're keeping an eye on the weather for planning.  As always, be sure to visit our Facebook page for information on planned or new events, pictures and descriptions of past events, and changes to plans, including any necessary cancellations. 

Check out our  In Other News for updates from other organizations that support active transportation.

Pictures in this month's issue were provided by Mona Bordage, Wendy Hanlan, Mary MacDonald, and Anne O'Sullivan.

That is it for February.  Take care on the icy roads and trails.  See you in March.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

SATA Trails Update

Clearing Contract Awarded

Gaetz Brook Greenway closed for brush & tree clearing

Beginning the week of February 25, brush and tree clearing will be taking place on the Gaetz Brook Greenway trail between the East Chezzetcook Road and Stat Hill Road near the 107 highway.

The work will consist primarily of mulching shrubs and trees on either side of the travelled way and one metre beyond the ditch centreline where applicable. The work is preparatory to ditching, grading and installation of a new gravel and crusher dust surface.

Initially this may present a rough appearance but is a necessary step along the way to creating the greenway. Various sections of the trail will be closed for safety’s sake during the work, which is expected to be completed in the month of March, weather permitting.

The crew starting work at the East Chezzetcook end of the trail.
 (Feb 25, 2019) 
Trail clearing from Stat Hill end using a machine with mulching head.
 (Feb 25, 2019) 

SATA on the Road

Snow, rain, and ice

Share your active transportation adventures on our Facebook page or submit a paragraph or two for our newsletter by sending it to

Hike & Movement Therapy (Jan 31, 2019) 
Learning to move with Movement Therapist Karen Kohn Bradley in East Petpeswick followed by a brisk walk on Martinique Beach.
Heritage Trails, Cole Harbour (Feb. 7, 2018) 
Atlantic View Trails (Feb. 14, 2018) 
Mona shared a description on the Facebook page:
Finally! We trekked in snow today, some icy patches, but so beautiful to enjoy a Valentine's Day outing with good friends.  The smiles tell it all.

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Currently scheduled outings:
Thurs. Feb. 28 - Oakfield Provincial Park

Meet 0845 to carpool from Porter's Lake Metro X or at 1000  for walk starting at the entrance to Oakfield Provincial Park

Ice grippers & poles always recommended for winter hikes.   Dress in layers and bring water & snacks. Snowshoes may be an option depending on conditions. We generally walk 1.5 to 2hr then go to lunch.

SATA event leaders be posting more active transportation events shortly.  Watch for details on our Activities Calendar or Facebook page.

If you have suggestions for a hike, walk or other activity, we'd love to hear them.  Are you interested in becoming an event leader?  You'd be welcome to join the team. Write us at or comment on our Facebook Page to share or become more involved.


  • We would love to hear your ideas for future walks, or reviews of past events. Talk to activity leaders, share on our Facebook Page or contact with any ideas.
  • SATA events are open for participants of all ages and abilities and follow a relaxed pace with plenty of stops for discovery, photography and conversation. 
  • Our Facebook page has the most current news on outings, updates, weather changes, and event pictures.  

In Other News

Updates from other organizations working to improve Active Transportation in Nova Scotia

Mar. 18, 2019 - Women's Adventure Film Tour
7-9 p.m. Central Library on Spring Garden Road
From the website:

In collaboration with the Lady Alliance, Get Outside is presenting badass women featured in the Women's Adventure Film Tour

The Women's Adventure Film Tour features some of the world's most inspiring women in adventure. This festival is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. The events aim to promote diversity and inclusion in the outdoor industry and women, men and children are all welcome.

Details: Women's Adventure Film Tour

PLANifax and Winter Cycling
Tired of winter and eager to get back on your bike?  You might want to catch these Winter Cycling. and get back on the road. Why wait for spring?  

To see more, visit the PLANifax Facebook Page. In case you are unfamiliar with PLANifax, [it offers] The news for people that want to do something about it. We hope our videos empower people with the knowledge and inspiration to shape the change they want to see in the world. 

Halifax Cycling Coalition
Research Committee
The HCC is seeking members for its new Research Committee.  If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member of the committee, email 

Bicycle Nova Scotia
Blue Route Update for 2018
Bicycle Nova Scotia has been supporting the Blue Route since 2008 by collaborating with Provincial and Municipal governments on network planning decisions, helping our route partners with promotions, and advocating for investment.

There are now 459 km of the Blue Route open: 336 km on rails to trails and 123 km on Provincial highways.

Information about open routes is available at

Planning for summer activity
Kayaking the 100 Wild Islands

Ready to move past winter and start planning summer adventures?  
You don't have to go far for some spectacular natural beauty, right on the Eastern Shore in Kayaking the 100 Wild Island, Eastern Shore, NS

Randonnerurs NS 2019 Ride Schedule Announced
The Randonneurs Nova Scotia ride schedule for the coming season is now available at There's a full itinerary of long (sometimes really long) rides available for those who are interested in challenging themselves to go the distance

Have you joined SATA yet?
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Have you visited our website to register as a member?  Member numbers help us increase the impact of our campaigns.  If you haven't already joined, please take a minute to do so now and make your voice heard for a safe, sustainable active transportation network in Porters Lake and surrounding communities.

Basic membership is free but you must register.

We have introduced a Full Membership with an annual fee of $10.  This fee contributes directly to the cost of advocacy and AT events and also entitles you voting rights at the AGM.  Visit our Join Page to learn more. 

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

Looks like March will be coming in like a lion with lots of cold and precipitation.  Pack your ice-grippers for any walking!

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