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Hiking the Atlantic View Trail
(Near Lawrencetown - Dec. 12, 2019)
A group of SATA Trails members bundled up and made a hike part of their holiday potluck and gift exchange.

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'Tis the Season

Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”

-Dr. Seuss

This time of year always fills with social engagements, festive celebrations, markets, crafting, family commitments and so much more.  It is an opportunity to catch up and make connections but can also be stressful trying to do everything.   We are lucky to live in a place where it is easy to get outside and recharge in nature within a short distance from home.  This week, we have a beautiful dusting of fluffy white snow that makes everything look soft, fresh and clean.  It also prompts a feeling of peace and room for quiet contemplation that gets you away from the hectic activity. 

At this time of year it is a treat to get out for a walk at a slow pace.  It is a perfect time of year to explore the new improved Gaetz Brook Greenway, which now has a covering of crusher dust - and  a new parking lot access. Read more in our SATA Trails Updates  For the latest news and images, be sure to visit our Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page.

In AT on the Road this month, we have images shared by our members.  Watch our Active Transportation Facebook Group for upcoming events offered by our intrepid activity leaders.  Do you have an idea for an active adventure?  Post on the page, drop us a line at or share your suggestion with team leaders on an event.  And if you would like to take a lead in showing us a favourite location, we always welcome new activity coordinators.

Read our special holiday edition of  In Other News for gift ideas for active transportation fans on your list.  

Thanks this month to  Susan Doble, John Hawkins,  Mary MacDonald, Julie Pearce,and Patricia Richards for pictures and descriptions.  We always get positive feedback on the pictures, which show both the beauty of the places we explore - and the fun everyone has doing it.  Please keep sharing with us on Facebook and directly through the newsletter.

If you have not already done so, please consider joining the SATA Trails Society to help encourage active transportation (AT) and support safe AT infrastructurse on the Eastern Shore. Details are in our Membership section.  Memberships could make a great holiday gift for someone on your list - and a bargain at only $5 for an annual membership!

However you celebrate,, the Board and volunteers of SATA and the SATA Trails Society wish you peace, love and joy aa you share time with family and friends.  We hope that you share much happiness as you celebrate old traditions - or start new ones.  

Stay Active.  Keep Warm.  And have a magical holiday season!

Happy New Year.  We'll see you on the roads and trails again in 2020!!

SATA Trails Updates

"We love coming here.  It is so quiet and beautiful."   A walker on the GBG

Taking a break on the GBG (Fall 2019) 
Enjoying the colours and calm on the Gaetz Brook Greenway.
Thanks to SATA Trails Co-Chair, Patricia Richards, for this update.
Construction of The Gaetz Brook Greenway is almost complete and we are receiving many, many positive comments from a wide variety of users.  It is wonderful to see people with young children, runners, dog walkers, walkers/hikers and cyclists including people out for a short stroll on a Sunday afternoon.  It is very impressive to see people meeting their neighbours, chatting and generally enjoying the outdoors as well as all that the Greenway has to offer and of course getting from one place to another in an non-motorized way.
Peter S. Conrad Construction has done an wonderful job of delivering a great product in a timely manner.  We are hopeful that their work will be completed by the end of the year.  There will be other work to be done throughout 2020 including interpretive & wayfinding signage, rest areas including benches, clearing some of the areas caused by storms as well as inspection and finally an official opening.
SATA Trails Society Directors, all of whom are volunteer,s have moved this forward in a remarkable, timely manner.  These volunteers have applied & received funding; overseen the project; provided advice to contractor; reviewed information, met with property owners, dealt with problem areas and generally provided necessary information to the Contractor and funders.  This type of volunteer work is extraordinary and truly reflects what can be done in a short time when people work together.  It is amazing work from people in our communities along this section of the Eastern Shore.  We extend much thanks for their efforts.
Crusher dust completed (Dec. 2019) 
The Eastern end of the trail is graded and has be finished with crusher dust.

Getting outside, Staying Active

Spring flowers, wildlife sightings - and bug notes.

SATA riders on the Shore.  Be sure to share your active transportation adventures in our SATA Facebook group or submit images or a few observations for our newsletter ( 

MacIntosh Run, Purcell's Cove Backlands (Nov. 7, 2019) 
These pictures are from Mary MacDonald and Susan Doble, who shared them on Facebook.  Mary added this description  "Great hike today on the Jack Pine Barrens in the McIntosh Run Backlands. My first visit here but I will be back."
Lawrencetown / Atlantic View Trial (Dec, 12, 2019) 
A group of members of the SATA Trails Society gathered for a walk followed by a Christmas potluck lunch and a "yankee swap" gift exchange of small (under $10) gifts related to Active Transportation.  As always it was an enthusiastic and energetic bunch and a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Julie Pierce for the pictures of the festivities.

Upcoming Activities

Winter is here so we will be exploring on foot, skiis, skates and snowshoes.

Watch for updates.
Watch our  Facebook group. for news on planned outings or events.  Our team of event leaders will continue to lead Thursday morning active transportation outings as well as special trips or events on other days. We don't let the cooler weather deter us but we'll soon be changing from cycling to hiking and, before you know it,  we'll be breaking out the skates, skiis and snowshoes.  Tune in often so you don't miss any of the fun!

Thurs. Dec. 19 - Pre-Christmas urban adventure

Several places to connect for this one.  Join us on the 9:30 ferry from Alderney Gate Terminal or meet us at LF Bakery,  2063 Gottingen St., where we have an ETA of approximately 10:15.

We'll be walking from the Halifax Ferry Terminal up to Gottingen St., for our first stop is the LF Bakery for a coffee and treat. From there we will explore the shops along Gottingen heading north to Fort Needham Park. Lastly, we will pass by the Hyrdrostone shops and go south along Agricola.

Possible lunch spots on AGRICOLA St. are the Stillwell Freehouse (formerly Agricola Brasserie) or the Unchained Kitchen (former site of Fred's). After lunch, we will head back to catch the return ferry to Dartmouth.  


  • We welcome ideas for future walks, or reviews of past events. Talk to activity leaders, share in our Facebook group 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, conversation and other fun diversions.
  • Our SATA Facebook page has the most current news on outings, updates, weather changes, and event pictures.  

In Other News...

AT around the province  - and beyond

AT-related projects and opportunities that are great holiday gifts.

Handpicked Halifax
Give gifts of experience and shared time this holiday season.
From the website: Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, we’ve got you covered with Handpicked Halifax; a curated collection of the region’s very best experiences.

A variety of experiences for all interests.  There are featured and themed gift ideas of you can search by a variety of filters including date, duration and price.  Check out Handpicked Halifax for some fun ideas for everyone on your gift list - or find something special to help you celebrate the new decade.

Cross Country Nova Scotia
Give equipment, rental fees or lessons for a new sport
Cross Country (nordic) skiing is something that the whole family can do together.  It is an activity that you can do for life.  

Cross-country skiing is an accessible and economical sport for all age groups to enjoy. A wealth of resources and friendly people are available within the cross-country ski community to help you discover this sport for life.  Ski clubs across the province welcome visitors, offer equipment rentals, provide group and private lessons, host events, and groom trails.

Halifax Nordic Cross-Country Ski Club maintains 5 trail systems in the Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas and will offer night skiing and artificial snowmaking at The Links at Brunello.

Bicycle Nova Scotia
Where to Cycle in Nova Scotia

Perfect for anyone who likes to explore on two wheels.

Buy local! It supports our local economy in so many ways. Buy it at local book shops and many bike shops.  Also available at the BNS office. Contact for more information.

North American Indigenous Games
July 12-18, 2020

Plan to volunteer together to support this special event.
Next summer, the North American Indigenous Games will take place in Nova Scotia, and they are looking for 3000 volunteers!  Register and learn more here.

Membership Update
Make your voice heard for Active Transportation on the Eastern Shore


Membership now open for SATA Trails Society
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. 

Membership also includes this awesome monthly e-newsletter.


We want to thank you for your past support of SATA and SATA Trails.  SATA Trails Society membership has helped us move ahead with the Gaetz Brook Greenway, closing a gap in the Great Trail and an important piece of HRM’s Greenway Network.

We have recently amended our by-laws to clarify both our mission and the definition of Active Transportation. To become a member, an individual must agree with  the following statement:

I agree with the objectives of the Society to develop, construct, maintain and promote the development of non-motorized* active transportation trails in the Porters Lake and surrounding communities in order to facilitate safe self- propelled human powered recreation and travel in our communities. 

*Mobility devices, including electric wheelchairs, are also permitted and protected by the NS Accessibility Act.

We have implemented an annual membership fee of $5 to be renewable by March 1st each year. 

Your membership helps support development and maintenance of Active Transporation routes in our community.  

Please take a two minutes now to Join. If the link does not work, visit and click on the JOIN button. 

If you have any question please send them along to our Membership Committee at
Remember that joining our Facebook page is NOT joining SATA or the SATA Trails Society.  Answering the questions and joining us on Facebook only allows you access to our closed Facebook group.

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

This Christmas: Buy less.  Shop local. Share experiences.  Stay Active.

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