SATA News July 2018
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Post-ride socializing at "La Cuisine de Brigitte"  
L'Acadie de Chezzetcook Heritage Site,  West Chezzetcook, NS (June 28, 2018)

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July Updates 

Heat, humidity, harbours and heartland

This month, summer has arrived with a vengeance.  We moved from the rain and cold of June to a very hot and humid July.  The sunny days have been great for getting out on the bikes but recent heat warnings have also required some caution, lots of hydration, and, of course, frequent stops to explore and to enjoy cooling ocean breezes when they could be found. 
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Wednesday June 27.  It included a trail walk,  updates, election of officers - and cake to celebrate our achievements during the past year. Read details in SATA AGM

Work on the Gaetz Brook Greenway is progressing and the bridges now have new decks and look great. Check out the pictures in this month's SATA Trails Updates.

This month, a number of SATA regulars were called upon to share a very special occasion.  Read all about it in the article A Chezzetcook Wedding.

Check out pictures of recent adventures in our SATA on the Road section. Most of our pictures this month were captured  from those shared on our Facebook page.  You too can earn fame in this newsletter by sharing images on our page.  We love to see pictures of SATA outings and also enjoy images of other active transportation journeys around the province. 

Visit the calendar of planned summer activities in the Upcoming Events of this newsletter and find more detailed descriptions - including meeting times and places - on the activity page on our website.  As always, visit our Facebook page often because that is where you find pictures of past events as well as the most current information for events, including any necessary cancellations.  

Finally, you won't want to miss In Other News for updates from other organizations that support active transportation.

Thanks this month to Bev Dunne, Wendy Hanlan, Mary MacDonald, Patricia Richards and Shirley Smith for quotes and/or pictures for this month's newsletter.

In August, SATA event leaders are taking a short summer break to travel and spend time with their families.  We will not be having any planned events for the last two weeks of August.  

Enjoy your summer in Nova Scotia.  Stay active and stay safe.  We'll see you on the roads and trails.


Reports, updates and election of officers 

The Shore Active Transportation Association  (SATA)
and SATA Trails Association held their joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 27 at the Legion in Gaetz Brook.  

We started the evening with a walk on the Greenway to see the progress on bridgework.  All participants were impressed and pleased to see the new decking.  It was a beautiful evening and bugs weren't even too bad.  it was difficult to persuade everyone to keep it short and head back to the meeting.  

About 25 people were in attendance to hear updates for the year.  SATA Co-Chair, Patricia Richards, presented the annual report with achievements for the year and Treasurer, John Hawkins gave us the financial overview.  After a brief discussion and question and answer, the reports were accepted and elections of the Board took place.

Special thanks to our two guest presenters for the evening:

Stan Van Dyke, President of the Musquodobit Trail Association gave a brief talk and a lovely slide presentation about the Musquodobit Trailways and some of the things that they learned about trail building.

Mackenzie Myatt from East Pepeswick spoke to us about how she has used the trails for training rides since she was very young. All her cycling has paid off as she is currently a national champion in both road and mountain biking.  
During and after the meeting, there was some discussion about how the trail will look and how we can ensure privacy of adjacent land owners.  These issues will be addressed by our aesthetics committee, which will be seeking volunteers.  Anyone who would like to learn more about participating on that committee, can contact us through

SATA Trails Update

Bridge work nearing completion

Mary Macdonald has been walking the Gaetz Brook connector regularly and keeping us posted on the progress.  Thanks to Mary for this update

Trail construction had finally started on the Gaetz Brook Greenway. It has taken a lot of years and numerous volunteer hours from SATA members to get us to this point.
Thank you all in whatever way you contributed. It all helped to get us here.

As our first task we have chosen to repair the three steel bridges. This will get the most difficult work out of the way first. The crew from Dexter Construction have done a great job of decking over the old railway ties and installing railings. It is no longer a scary undertaking to cross these bridges - and they look fantastic.

The crew is now working under the bridges repairing some of the concrete footings and head walls where the force of the water over the past hundred years has damaged the concrete.

The final part of the bridge contract will include both extending the railings for safety and completing the approach work of building the trail up so there is a smooth transition to the bridge decks. We hope to be moving forward with this work soon.

Come and check out the improvements to this lovely section of trail. 


We are continuing to seek stories about features of cultural, historic or natural interest along the Gaetz Brook Greenway.  Share your stories with us through the Contact Us page on our website or

A Chezzetcook Wedding

With cycling style

SATA cyclists responded to an unusual call last week from the Acadian Tea Room in West Chezzetcook aka Donna’s or Chez Bridget.  She was having a wedding that evening at the Tea Room and the couple were cyclists who were visiting from out of town and staying a local  AirBnB.  What could we do but say yes?   Of course we would show up to give a warm Chezzetcook welcome.
So out came flowers for the bikes and we set off to led the bride and groom to the Tea Room to exchange their vows. 
The couple were from Chicago and were here on vacation.  What better way than to tie the knot here, be welcomed to our communities and have champagne.  They were impressed and happy to meet everyone!  The photos say it all.
Warm congratulations to Dan and Mary Anne.  We wish them many happy years - and many happy miles of cycling - together.

We were pleased to be part of it all.

Thanks to Patricia Richards for sharing her thoughts on this fun and unique celebration.

SATA on the Road

The cold never bothered us anyway. 

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

Clam Harbour (July 5, 2018) 
Wendy shared these beautiful images and this summary of the day: Some of the highlights of our VERY WARM ride today in Clam Harbour. So glad it ended with a polar dip at the beach! 
Heartland Tours (July 11 and 13, 2018) 
A number of SATA cyclists joined the Heartland Tours this year and they shared some rave reviews on Facebook.

Bev enthusiastically reported on the ride from Mahone Bay to Bridgewater:  Mona, Patricia, Mary and I all rode. Awesome day, the ladies were rock stars. The lunch was beyond good!!! Will be doing this next year!!!

Patricia added: Mahone Bay to Lunenburg was great! And then on to Bridgewater. So well organized! 500 participants! It was a blast!

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Upcoming outings:

Thurs., July 26 - Oyster Pond-East Jeddore (30 km)

We will explore Fishermans Life Museum  Monument Loop, Old Trunk Rd,  then down East Jeddore Road exploring the side roads of Hartlands Point with a visit to Bakers Wharf.

ROUTE: This is just under 30km and would be considered easy but has two short biter hills to keep it interesting

NOTE: We are shortening the ride this week to 2 hours as there is a community funeral for Hope Swinnamer’s husband that some participants plan to attend.

Thurs., Aug. 2- Dollar Lake Loop & Swim 
We are doing a different loop from previous trips and will come back to Dollar Lake then drive up to the Lake parking lot for swimming and lunch. Bring picnic lunch in a cooler in your car for lunch at the picnic area.

Thurs., Aug. 9- Dollar Lake Loop & Swim 
This ride has a couple of steep hills.... but the beach at the end is well the worth the work.  We plan on renting boogie boards $10.00 for half day at Happy Dudes Surf Emporium at Martinique Beach. 

NOTE:  No planned events Aug. 16 or 23.  SATA ON VACATION 

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.  


  • 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.
  • 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

Lake Echo Terry Fox Run Planning Meeting (July 31)
The 2018 Lake Echo Terry Fox Run (TFR) is Sunday, 

Volunteers are needed to plan and operate the event as well as to support the upcoming fundraising auction.  

Planning meeting: Tuesday, July 31 @ 7:00 pm at Lake Echo Community Centre.

TFR Co-chair, MaryAnne is facing certain challenges with her cancer treatments. Your help in planning for our 2018 Terry Fox events would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to many supporters at our TFR planning meeting on July 31.

Hike Nova Scotia
From the HNS website:
Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province. We strive to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe. With every step we’re building a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

Hike Nova Scotia offers a variety of events, workshops and training programs.  Learn more at

Musquodoboit Trailway Association
If you looking for great places to walk or ride this summer, you don't have to leave the Eastern Shore.  

The Musquodoboit Trailway offers over 41 Km of non-motorized, world class hiking opportunities for you and your family. The easy to walk Rail Trail will take you through the diverse, natural landscape that borders the Musquodoboit River and shelters scores of colourful birds, small mammals, and a treasure-trove of unique flora. The Trailway is an anchor for 26 kilometres of backcountry trails that wind along the granite ridges of the White Lake and Ship Harbour-Long Lake wilderness areas.

Deanery Events
Our friends at the Deanery Project are still looking for participants for their Seed-to-Soup program to support more food gardens on the Eastern Shore.  Connect with friends, family or team mates to grow food and share it in your community.

We invite you to get a group together and to record your journey through journals, pictures and/or videos. We can help connect people and support your garden with resources related to food, food production and health, gardening skills, recipes, ways to record your journey and more. 

Learn more about the program and how you can get involved at

The Deanery is also looking for a limited number of volunteers for its signature Sealight Skylight event.  Volunteer here.

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library bike support
Remember that if you cycle on the Eastern Shore, the Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library is a great resource if you have bicycle problems.  The library has a bike repair kit  and a bike pump available FREE for any rider in need. Just ask at the Recreation Desk.  While you are there, you can view their local art display or borrow a summer read

Have you joined SATA yet?
Make your voice heard for Active Transportation on the Eastern Shore


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.

Enjoy a safe, fun-filled, active summer!

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