SATA News August 2018
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Mary shared a great idea with this picture and description of her special deck tree:

This is the spruce tree that I put up on the deck on the weekend and had grandkids and my sister help with decorations for the birds.  I googled and got some great ideas. It was a fun project.  (East Chezzetcook, Dec. 2018)  

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Seasons Change and Seasons Greetings

Fa La La La La


Winter has arrived early this year - and it has arrived with enthusiasm.  November had not ended when we had our first snow day cancellations of the season.  The snow has been fairly persistent and it won't be long before it is time to break out the skis and snowshoes.  
Temperatures have been below average around the province this month and it looks like more cold is on the way.  Don't let that stop you from getting out exploring this holiday season.  Bundle up and get out on the roads and trails.  Enjoy some active family time.  It is a great way to spend time together AND work off some of all the decadent holiday treats (or even avoid some of the temptation).  

We are continuing to work on the Gaetz Brook trail. This month included walks to assess drainage problems.  Read more and see the images in this month's SATA Trails Updates.

As always, our SATA on the Road section showcases some spectacular scenery as well as antics from the some of our participants.  This month also includes a small unexpected visitor who joined one of our walking parties.  Please keep sharing images on our Facebook page and you are also welcome to send them for the newsletter at

Our schedule is not up yet for January but will soon be filled with some new events and some old favourites. 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 Mona Bordage, Susan Doble, Wendy Hanlin, Mary MacDonald, Anne O'Sullivan and Shirley Smith.  Thanks for sharing!

Remember to wear some bright colours and reflective gear if you are walking on the roads this month, especially at dusk and dawn.  Drivers are still adjusting to the shorter days.

Stay active, stay visible, and stay safe this holiday season.
May the New Year bring you good health, much happiness and the joy of discovery.  We look forward to sharing more adventures with you as we stay active together.   See you on the roads and trails again in 2019!

SATA Trails Update

Continuing to develop the Gaetz Brook Greenway

Thoughts from Patricia Richards, Co-Chair of SATA
This connection is an unique opportunity to link communities on this part of the Eastern Shore.  

SATA Trails Society realizes this important linkage and we want to use it to keep our communities together and connected. It is a very difficult to walk or cycle safely on the # 7 Highway making it especially important to develop alternative routes. We are pleased to be developing this safe active transportation route.

As we walk this trail we all realize how beautiful  it is with so many unique features.  The history, the old growth forest, the water connections and the overall beauty all come together to use this trail for all ages and mobilities. 

This greenway is a great asset in our community. As the end of 2018 approaches, we are planning ways to move forward in the early New Year, including preparing funding applications and starting clearing of the trail.

If you would like to volunteer for work on this community asset or share your stories about the area, get in touch through the Contact Us page on our website or with an email to

Dawn Neil (HRM trail staff) and Phil Nickerson (WSP) checking out drainage problems on the trail (Nov.2018)
Mary shared these images and an observation:
There is a large patch of English Ivy growing along the trail close to Arni Drive. This is an evergreen vine that is native to Europe and Asia. I didn’t think it was hardy around here as you don’t see it growing very often in our area. (Nov.2018)
Another note from Mary from her exploration of the Gaetz Brook Greenway:
Remains of a foundation along the trail in the location of the old Chezzetcook Train Station. Could it be the old station?   

SATA on the Road

Grey skies and bright leaves

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

Taylor Head Park - Bull Beach to Bob Bluff (Nov. 8, 2018) 
This beautiful, somewhat challenging hike is always a favourite for its spectacular views.  Of course, on the SATA outings there is always good company and lots of laughter
(often accompanied by more than a smidge of goofiness).

On this outing, our walkers were visited by a little park native, who has earned honorary SATA membership.  It seems our newest mascot is still in need of a name.  Any suggestions?  
Conrads Beach Walk (Nov. 29, 2018) 
A small but enthusiastic crew for this event.  Seems like a beautiful day for a stroll.  Look at those happy faces. Goes to show that you can't let a little cool weather slow you down.
Bundle up, and hit the trails.  
Gaetz Brook (Dec. 13, 2018) 
A walk on the Greenway, a stop to see carollers at the Musquodobit Library and lunch at Uprooted.  A bright, sunny day perfect for the last organized SATA outing for 2018. 
See you next year!  

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Currently scheduled outings:
The SATA Event leaders are taking a well-deserved holiday break but they will be back in January with a full slate of fun activities to help you beat any potential winter blues.

Do you have suggestions for events or destinations?  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.


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. 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 your ideas for future walks, or reviews of past events. 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

Feb. 8, 2019 -Halifax Cycling Coalition -  Winter Bike Week
From the HCC Chainring newsletter:
Save the date!
February 8, 2018 is winter bike to work day 

We are planning a week of events to get you excited about biking and winter!  Do you want to volunteer to help plan winter bike week events? Get in touch!

Support Hike Nova Scotia - Shop Boulder Books until Dec. 24
Get some great gifts and help Hike NS at the same time. Thanks to Boulder Publications, 10% of sales of its NS, Maritimes & Atlantic Canada field guides will be donated to Hike NS between December 10 and 24, 2018. The field guides include:
  • Wildflowers of Nova Scotia: Field Guide
  • Trees & Shrubs of the Maritimes
  • Edible Plants of Atlantic Canada: Field Guide
  • Geology of Nova Scotia Field Guide
Order online here.
Find more hiker gift ideas on the Hike NS Blog.

Bike Nova Scotia - Advocacy Opportunity
HRM Bicycle Networks in Jeopardy
Support HRM bike networks and street designs for All Ages and Abilities (AAA).  

AAA inspired plans are already transforming Canadian cities like Victoria, Vancouver, Canmore, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and are commonplace in Europe.

HRM pledged to build the AAA network by 2022 with the understanding that the network has a $25M dollar price tag. When budget deliberations kicked off this week however, the Proposed 2019-2020 Multi-Year Capital Program Budget had a multimillion-dollar hole in the way of completing the AAA network....

Find out what you can do to support Support HRM bike networks and AAA design, visit Bicycle Nova Scotia to read the full article.

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However you spend your holidays, we wish you joy and laughter - and time in nature.

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