SATA News March 2019
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Bright sun, steep hills, icy trails - and spectacular views
(Charlies Lake - March 2019)  

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It is officially spring!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'” — Robin Williams 

Spring is officially here.  The days are longer and the sun is starting to feel warmer.  Soon we will all be seeing all the signs that spring is TRULY here - the crocus plants popping up with their bright colours, the robins hopping happily --- and the SATA cyclists out on the roads and trails around the province.

We've had a busy month!  In this issue:

Our popular SATA on the Road section, highlights the natural beauty of our province - often on the path less travelled.   This time, our pictures show some particularly icy paths but it didn't stop our walkers.  The smiling faces and shenanigans always attest to the fun of the participants.  If you join a SATA outing and take pictures, please share on our Facebook page or send them for this newsletter ( 

Gaetz Brook Greenway progress updates are available in SATA Trails Updates. Because of the interest in this wonderful new community asset, we have been getting lots of questions.  We are excited to announce that we now have a new FaceBook group dedicated exclusively to news on the trail.  Visit us @ Gaetz Brook Greenway, Nova Scotia for pictures and updates.  We will continue to maintain our original Facebook site for other SATA news.  Kudos to Tobbi for maintaining these sites, answering questions and keeping us all so well informed. 

We wrap up March with a trip to Truro.  Get the details in Upcoming Events.  Our spring calendar of events will be updated soon with walks and rides. Visit our Facebook page for information on planned or new events, as well as sharing of pictures and experiences from all events. The Facebook page is also the best place to watch for last minute changes or cancellations.

Check out our  In Other News for updates from other organizations that support active transportation.

Thanks this month to Susan Doble, Wendy Hanlan, Mary MacDonald, and Shirley Smith, all of whom provided pictures or content this month.

Stay active.  Stay safe.  See you in April.

SATA Trails Update

Getting ready for spring and summer 

Gaetz Brook Greenway updates 

The Greenway is under construction.  Signs have been posted indicating ‘to proceed at own risk’. These signs will remain in place until the trail has final approval by DNR, but the first clearing phase is nearly complete.

We are preparing a tender to go out later in the spring for the first section of construction. It will involve ditching, grading, building up the trail bed and culvert work. It hasn’t been decided yet at which section we should start. 

As part of the tender preparation, we will review the detailed plans prepared by WSP Consulting to determine which section will be updated first.

We are excited to announce that we have an agreement with the Gaetz Brook Legion to access the greenway from their location. We are equally pleased that Gaetz Brook School (both the administration & Halifax Municipality) have given us permission for access at the school site.  These connections help make it even easier and more practical to use the trail as part of a growing linked network.
After this phase of clearing is complete, the trail will be left in a messy condition with lots of chips to clear off the path.  We will again be  looking for some volunteer help.  If you are willing to help, you can drop us a line at and we'll let you know when the work is scheduled.
SATA Trails Society is full of wonderful, committed volunteers. Their time and effort is amazing.  Big thanks to all for the enthusiasm and energy!
Patricia & Mary
The sign crew doing their part on the Gaetz Brook Greenway
 (March 9, 2019) 
Shirley S. gave us this description:
"Wendy, Pat and I got some of our Under Construction signs up on the Greenway.
What a beautiful day and the cutting back looks great!! Sign of progress.

SATA on the Road

Snow, rain, and ice

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

Musquodobit Harbour Trail (March 7, 2019) 
"Sunshine and crunchy snow on the Musquodoboit Trail"
Sugar Moon Farm (March 14, 2019) 
Description from Wendy:
Beautiful sunshine and blue sky for our snowy hike at Sugar Moon Farm.
Spring is definitely in the air ☀️🌲🌷

Mary had this to add: What a lovely day on Rogart Mountain. The trail climes through a yellow birch and beech forest with frequent signage telling the history of the early Scottish settlers to this area. Sugar Moon Farm with their great restaurant wasn’t open today but the Earltown General Store had some great treats.
This is a great family destination especially when the sap is running.
Charlies Lake (Feb. 21, 2019) 
From Susan's post on our Facebook page:  Brave women out today exploring Charlies Lake trail in the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Wilderness Park this morning. Ice will not deter them. The views were worth the challenges!

(Editor's note - looks like some very tricky patches.  Thank goodness for ice grippers!)

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Currently scheduled outings:
Thurs. March 28 - Victoria Park - Truro

Meet 0830 to carpool from Porter's Lake Metro X or at 1000  for walk starting at parking lot at 29 Park Rd, Victoria Park

Ice grippers & poles always recommended for winter hikes.   Dress in layers and bring water & snacks. Snowshoes may be an option depending on conditions. We generally walk 1.5 to 2hr then go to lunch.

SATA event leaders be posting more active transportation events shortly.  Watch for details on our Activities Calendar and on our Facebook page.

We haven't set our activities yet but we will be planning our annual bike week celebration event.  Watch for more news coming soon.

If you have suggestions for a hike, walk or other activity, 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Our Facebook page has the most current news on outings, updates, weather changes, and event pictures.  

In Other News

Updates from other organizations working to improve Active Transportation in Nova Scotia

Women Who Explore now has more than 23 local chapters across Canada.
Read More in this Halifax Today article: Women Who Explore group launches in Halifax

City Nature Challenge - April 26 - 29
From the City Nature Challenge Facebook page
Get ready Halifax! On April 26-29 we compete with the world. If you live anywhere in the HRM - from Ecum Secum to Hubbards, from Peggy's Cove to Eastern Passage, from downtown Halifax to Sable Island - you're invited to join! Download iNaturalist Canada and you're ready to go. Every observation of nature counts, and some observations will no doubt help scientists manage our biodiversity. But the real goal is to get outside and enjoy Nature with friends and family!  Use  #CityNatureChallenge

South Shore Savour and Cycle Tour - Saturday May 18
Sweet Ride Cycling 
Savour and Cycle

A cycling tour between Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and surrounding communities – showcasing local gastronomic experiences.

Kick-start the spring, pairing wonderful local gastronomy with some of the best cycling routes in Nova Scotia. Participants can choose between the Rum Runners Trail or scenic coastal roadways around Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, customizing their route anywhere from 25km-100km.

Bike week is returning  - June 1-9, 2019
Bike Week is about bringing the people, organizations, businesses, and institutions of Halifax together in celebration of not only of cycling but of the potential it has for creating healthier, safer, more prosperous communities in Halifax.

Did you know?
CycleSmith offers free programs for small groups. Bike maintenance and upgrade workshops are suggested for all cyclists.

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Get out and enjoy this wonderful time of bright spring colours and new beginnings.

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