SATA News August 2018
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Fall Updates 

Lots of variety

SATA members have had a busy few weeks.  September has seen the usual variety and range of outdoor activities but members have also hosted visiting members of trail associations, made some soup to share in the community, and taken on the challenge of the Gran Fondo in Baie Sainte Marie.  We have lots to include in this newsletter and there are even more scenic images than usual.  They cover dramatic vistas and close-up beauty from around the Shore and around the province.

Progress has continued on the Gaetz Brook Greenway.  This month, we hosted a special walk on this trail to celebrate the memory of a special friend of SATA Trails.  More details in our SATA Trails Updates.

Our SATA on the Road covers a lot of miles this month.   The schedule included more long rides rides as well as extra  informal outings that served as training rides for participants preparing for the Gran Fondo in Claire at the end of September.  As always, we are grateful to all who shared pictures on our Facebook page or by email. The stories and pictures are a favourite part of this monthly newletter.

Our Upcoming Events schedule is full to the end of this month but there might be some surprises later in October.  Any new events will be posted on the activity page on our website.  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.

Newsletter pictures this month are from Wendy Hanlan, Darlene Hart, Mary MacDonald, Judy Myatt and Shirley Smith.

Enjoy the cooler days and the changing colours.
Stay active and stay safe.  Happy trails.

SATA Trails Update

Approaches have been leveled

Dexter Construction has now completed decking, rails and scouring as well as the approaches for all three steel bridges.  It looks pretty impressive.

For next step, SATA will have the work inspected by an WSP engineer to ensure there are no outstanding areas or deficiencies.  

This project was made possible by volunteers who applied for funding through HRM, The Province Connect and Trans Canada Trail,  coordinated project details and managed all reporting requirements.   

Thanks to all who took on these time consuming tasks and persisted to bring the new trail to this point. There is still lots to do and there will be a need for more volunteers as move to the next phases, which will include tasks like clearing brush, planning features and monitoring safety.  

We continue seeking stories and pictures about features of cultural, historic or natural interest along the Gaetz Brook Greenway.  If you would like to volunteer or share your stories, you can reach us through the Contact Us page on our website or with an email to

In Memory of Bert (Sept. 2018) 
Walking the Gaetz Brook Trail in memory of a dedicated SATA volunteer

This September marked the one year anniversary of the loss of a special friend of SATA, Bert Myatt.  In honour of Bert's memory, his wife of 50+ years, Judy Myatt, led a walk on the Gaetz Brook Greenway. Bert is greatly missed and well remembered.   We know he would have been celebrating the progress of this new trail right in his own community.  

Not JUST active transportation

Supporting food security on the Eastern Shore

In early September, a group of SATA supporters got together in West Chezzetcook to make a batch of soup in support of the Deanery Project's Seed-to-Soup program.  Seed to Soup is focused on improving food security on the Eastern Shore by getting people together to grow food, share resources and make soup/preserves to share in the community.  

Our SATA team took a 'potluck' approach to soup making.  Instead of working from a recipe chosen in advance, we improvised from the collection of herbs and vegs collected from our various gardens.  Our stash included beans, carrots, celery, chard, garlic, kale, leeks, onions, peppers, tomato, zucchini and a number of herbs. The resulting soup was very tasty - and it smelled wonderful too.  It was a fun and productive evening.  Lots of laughs and about 12 L of soup made and ready to share.

Hosting HRTA

Halifax Regional Trails Association members visit SATA

On September 10, the SATA Trails Association hosted the Halifax Regional Trails Association (HRTA) monthly meeting.

Mary offered this report:  SATA hired the HRTA monthly meeting tonight at the Legion. A few explored the trail prior to the meeting. Everyone enjoyed the Community Soup we made and the food catered by Uprooted was great. Thanks everyone for your help.

SATA on the Road

Family times

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

Ostrea Lake / West Jeddore (Aug. 30, 2018) 
 Lawrencetown Beach to Eastern Passage (Sept. 13, 2018) 
Patricia observed: A beautiful ride with fun people. This trail is so impressive!

Mary provided some specifics: What a day to be out on the Great Trail. The Blue Herons are gathering for fall migration and the marsh grasses are starting to show fall colours. We stoped at Skeldale Farm to see the new piglets and Eastern Passage for a coffee. 

Hike to Story Head at low tide (Sept. 20, 2018) 

Sometimes we overlook exploring great places in our own neighborhood - Story Head is such a place- sitting out in the mouth of the Chezzetcook Inlet, visible from both the East and West Side.  This is the fastest eroding shore line in Nova Scotia.  50 years ago most of the local fishermen had their boats and fishing shacks on the bar to Story Head now it is mostly gone and the bar is only accessible at low tide.  The headland is also eroding fast with several large boulders waiting to fall. We picked a beautiful day for a hike and everyone enjoyed it. We even had a few waders and it was nice to visit Bev and Ron's home where they enjoy this great view daily. Take some time and check out the hidden jewels in your neighborhood; those places we take for granted because they are always there.

Thanks to Mary MacDonald for this informative description. 
Gran Fondo (Sept. 23, 2018) 
Congrats to our ambitious members who made the trip down to Claire to participate in the Gran Fondo 67 km ride.

Mona shared some thoughts on the adventure; Touring before and after The Gran Fonda Baie Ste. Marie. 67 km through Clare, good company and terrible singing, lots of fun.
Sharing a love of cycling with a new generation.  Shirley sent this picture.  I took Jackson on his first 14 km bike ride. Grandkids are awesome 😎 I biked over to Bissett Road and met Jackson and we cycled back to the Dutch Shop for treats. Along the way we saw loons and enjoyed the well maintained trail.

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Upcoming outings:

Thurs. Oct 11 - Bike and/or Hike Fall Colours - Musquodoboit Trail
We will bike the trail then park our bikes and hike the Gibraltar Rock Loop Trail. This hike is a 1.3km loop. The rail trail bike portion is 30km round trip.  Join us for the bike, hike or both.

Thurs. Oct 18 - Mahone Bay to Lunenburg and Blue Rocks (Bike 30-45 k)
This ride is always a delight with easy quiet scenic roads. Starting in the lovely town of Mahone Bay we will cycle along the coast through Maders Cove to Lunenburg.  This 30km round trip may be enough for some and they can explore this UNESCO World Heritage Town as the rest cycle out to the fishing village of Blue Rocks for an extra 15km

Thurs. Oct 25 - Lawrencetown to Conrad Beach (Hike ~12 k)
We will venture along Atlantic View Trail west to Conrad Road out to Conrad Beach. This is a hidden gem in our community.   This will be approx 12 km walk  If you want to make it shorter you could join us at Conrad Road for a 8 km hike or at Conrad Beach parking lot for 3.5 km beach walk.

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.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.  


  • 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

Oct. 14 - Bicycle NS Blue Route Ride -
Hantsport to Greenwich
From the Bicycle NS newsletter: The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR), will be erecting Blue Route signs along a highway route between Hantsport and the Grand Pré National Historic Site. The signs mark this route as the latest addition to Nova Scotia’s growing provincial cycling network: The Blue Route. Over the coming years, this route will be expanded upon to connect Hantsport with the Town of Windsor and other provincial cycling routes across Nova Scotia.

Details in the Facebook event listing

Oct. 2018 - MEC Events
MEC has some fun events this October including fun runs and the famous "Gear Swap".  There are also a number of opportunities for volunteers.  Read more on the MEC Event page

Oct./ Nov 2018 - Hike Nova Scotia - Fall Guided Hikes
Hike Nova Scotia will offer Fall Guided Hikes until mid-November this year. The schedule includes walks around the province and a range of ability levels.  See the Hike NS calendar for details.

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Cooler temperatures.  Fewer mosquitoes. Changing leaves.  A perfect time to explore!

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