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Dollar Lake on a Chilly Day
(Feb. 6, 2020)
"Happy after all the fresh air and exercise."   Julie Pierce

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Snow, rain and ice - oh my!

There is just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.  It makes you believe you're special...” 

-Carol Rifka Brunt

February 2020 has been an eventful weather month.  We've have snow, and rain, freezing and melting.  It looks like the month is ending with almost spring-like conditions. Don't be fooled, though, because on Groundhog Day, our area weather prognosticator, Shubanacadie Sam, predicted at least 6 more weeks of winter, a prediction supported by the fact that the groundhog day celebrations had to be cancelled due to snow. 

And, on a related subject - did you realize that this year's ground hog day was a very special date? Feb 2, 2020 was unique because no matter how you express dates (month first, day first or even year first), everyone around the world experienced a palindrome day - reading the same backwards and forwards when written in numerical format.   2020 02 02    Additionally, it happens that it was day 33 for the year - with 333 days remaining, possible only in a leap year.  Just a little trivia for you.  You're welcome. Sadly too late to celebrate on the actual day but there is still time to celebrate in the month.

That was a little side trip there but those can often be the most fun part of a journey.  At least that is what we often find on our group outings.  You never know what treasures you will discover.  At this time of year, that also applies to surprises from the weather and you need to prepare for everything from extreme cold to very mild and from snow, to rain and sunshine.  Be prepared, travel with an open mind, and enjoy what your day brings you.  You won't regret getting outdoors or sharing time with friends. 

Enjoy winter walks right in our community. The Musquodobit Trailway to continues to offer great options and this winter, we also have the newly improved Gaetz Brook Greenway, fast becoming a favourite designation for locals in the area. Read about more about the GBG 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 you can see some pictures of outings around Nova Scotia. This month, we've stayed close to home because there is much to explore in our neighbourhoods. Would you like to share a favourite hiking trail?  We always welcome new activity coordinators.

Check out Upcoming Events for currently planned outings and watch our Active Transportation Facebook Group new listings.  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 outing.
Visit In Other News for news of upcoming AT activities, opportunities or resources.

Join 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 are still only $5 for an annual membership!

Thanks this month to Judy Myatt, Julie Pearce, Darlene Pettispas and Patricia Richards for pictures and descriptions. Our readers really enjoy our photos of Nova Scotia beauty (both natural and all those lovely smiling faces).  Please keep sharing with us on Facebook or as an attachment to

Stay active and get outside.   Remember to take care if you are out on the trails as they can get icy, especially with quick temperature drops after mild weather or rain.  Dress for conditions and bring your ice grippers and/or walking sticks when out on trails and treks this winter season.

SATA Trails GBG Updates

Lots of footprints and ski trails attest to the growing popularity of Gaetz Brook Greenway, the newest trail in the area.

Patricia sent this note about the GBG.
"Despite the cold winter, snow and ice the usage on the GBG continues.  Sundays are very popular for sure with families and friends meeting up.
Hope to have an official opening in the Spring - watch for information."

This winter, work is ongoing on trail signage in preparation for our official trail opening this spring.  This mild weather is a perfect time to explore this new community trail, part of both the Halifax trail network and the Great Trail.  It is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature in winter - and even a chance to meet a neighbour.

We are planning a volunteer trail clean-up in the spring and will be looking for volunteers.  Keep an eye on our Facebook Group for news on this and for other ongoing updates.

Gaetz Brook Greenway 
(Jan. 31, 2020) 

Judy Myatt is a Gaetz Brook resident who has been making good use of the Greenway in all kinds of weather. This images shows the beauty on a winter day.

"Walking on Gaetz Brook Greenway at the end of January. Beautiful sunny day and well protected from the wind. Best to wear ice grippers but if not, it's possible to get along on the edges."
Gaetz Brook Greenway (Feb. 6, 2020) 

 With these beautiful views, it is easy to see why walkers are really enjoying the GBG trail.

AT On The Road (and trails)

Boots, grippers, snowshoes, skis... ready for whatever the weather brings

Be sure to share your active transportation adventures in our SATA Facebook group or submit images or a notes for our newsletter ( 

Dollar Lake Provinical Park (Feb. 6, 2020) 
Cold and icy but still a enthusiastic group for a walk. And Mona brought a special sushi snack for sharing. Who knew trail walks were so sophisticated?

Darlene visited our Facebook group to describe the outing:  We had a great day! It was a cold start to the morning but warmed up quickly once we began hiking. Good times!

Julie added, "A variety of terrain so ice grippers and poles were well used today."
Grand Desert (Feb. 13, 2020) 
Forecasts were for bad weather moving in mid-day so our hearty walkers decided to get an early start and beat the bad road conditions.
Julie shared these lovely artistic pictures and observed:  "We had an early hike followed by breakfast at Rose & Rooster today.  Despite the windy weather we enjoyed ourselves in the picturesque Grand Desert ❤

Upcoming Activities

Join us to enjoy outdoors in Nova Scotia winter..

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. At this time of year, the weather has a big impact on our plans and adventures.  We don't let the cold keep us inside and we'll be breaking out the skates, skiis and snowshoes.  However, if conditions are storm or dangerous, we will cancel our plans. Tune in often for the latest news.

Do you want to get advance notice of coming events?  Write us a note at and ask to be added to our activities mailing list.

Thurs. Feb 27 - Dartouth Waterfront Trail and area
Start time & location: 1000      Alderney Gate Ferry Terminal
Duration & distance:  2hr  approx. 7-8km
Description:  We will follow part of the Trans Canada Trail from the Ferry Terminal to Woodside (~3.5km) making a stop at Birdie's Bread Co then returning back to downtown via Pleasant St - Prince Arthur and Old Ferry Rd.

NOTE:  Bring water & snack. Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • 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 notes and events

HRM Active Transportation Advisory Committee
Staff update on Trail Association Roles & Responsiblities

On Thursday, Feb 20/20, the HRM Active Transportation Advisory Committee heard a staff presentation: “Update on Future Roles & Responsibilities of Community Trails Associations with respect to Active Transportation Facilities”.

Here’s the link to that presentation.

You are encouraged to review and provide input and opinion on what has been presented.  HRM staff are still in the process of drafting an Administration Order to formulate a new approach to the funding of trails in HRM.

When Regional Council receives the report, there will be further opportunity to provide input. Take this opportunitiy to identify what you want to see in your communities and on your trails.

Nova Scotia Trails Trail Guide
Take Trails to Heart
Visit the extensive Nova Scotia Trails Trail Guide database to search NS trails by keyword, with recommended search terms or by selected areas.  Explore trails and water routes around the province.  Revisit an old favourite - or discover something new.

Hike Nova Scotia
Guided Winter Hike / Snowshoe Activities
From the Hike Nova Scotia Facebook Page
It's here! The 2020 #WinterGuidedHike Series is in full swing from Jan-Mar across NS. #HikeNS and 35 hosts to offer 60 hikes led by local folks. Qualify to win “trail prizes.” Thanks to hike organizers & #MEC #GooseLaneEditions & NS_CCH for their support.

Winter Guided Hike Series 2020

Halifax Trails
Halifax Snowshoe Trails
Maps and information on trails suitable for snowshoieing.   Choose from a variety of different tags to search on other activities or different characteristics.

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.  If you join now, your membership will run until March 2021.

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

Please take 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.

Shubenacadie Sam predicts more snow.  Let's get out and make the most of it!

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