SATA News April 2019
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Volunteers clearing brush 
(Gaetz Brook Greenway - April 2019)  

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F O L L O W on T W I T T E R

Prepare for changing weather

In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

- Mark Twain 

We might still be waiting for the traditional spring flowers to signal the change of season but we have started to see the famous Eastern Shore spring road cyclist.  They may still be bundled up for colder weather, but they do not like to wait and are eagerly clipping on their bike shoes, strapping on their helmets, and hitting the roads.  You can recognize them by their big smiles, frozen fingers and quite possibly the walk of someone who has not been on the saddle so much over the winter season.  That is about to change as our team leaders are planning some fun rides and new challenges for the coming months.

Be sure to read our SATA on the Road section for views and inspiration of some beautiful Nova Scotia destinations, some well travelled and some off the beaten path.  This month also found members learning some bike repair skills to get ready to put some rubber on the road.  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. A reminder that we now have Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page. Visit us @ Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails Society for pictures and updates.  We will continue to maintain our original Facebook group for other SATA news.  

Get the details in Upcoming Events.  Our spring calendar of events will be updated soon with more walks and rides. Visit our Facebook page for information on planned or new events, pictures from events and any last minute changes or cancellations.

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

Pictures in this month's issue are from to Mona Bordage, Susan Doble, Darlene Hart, Mary MacDonald, and Julie Pearce.  Thanks for sharing with us on Facebook.  We love seeing your pictures so please keep posting.

Stay safe.  Stay dry.  Stay active. 
See you on the roads and trails!!

Getting ready for spring and summer 

Gaetz Brook Greenway updates 

It has been a busy time on the Gaetz Brook Greenway.  If you have been walking or cycling in the area, you might have notice crews of volunteers out raking and picking up brush.  Volunteers have already put in more than 600 hours of trail work!

Mary MacDonald, SATA Trails Co-chair, has been taking a lead on much of the on-site coordination and has been there most days.  She sent us this update:

We have fixed the three steel bridges and re-decked them so they are safe to walk across and we have cleared the trail back to its original width from the days when the train was running.  The width is necessary to accommodate ditch and covert work. 

Volunteers are busy cleaning up debris  that was buried in snow.   There is lots more too do and we can use help with this task if anyone is interested.  It is turning out to be a seniors exercise social gathering so grab a rake and come join us. 

Our next step is to put out a tender for  construction.  The first priority is the trail abutting Gaetz Brook Junior High and going back to the Legion because that location is the muster station for the school in case of an emergency and the trail is the route they will use.  We also plan to do the first section of trail from East Chezzetcook Rd to Pine Hill Drive. If finances allow, we will follow later in the summer with additional remaining trail sections. 

One question we get asked again and again " Is this going to be like the Musquodoboit Trail?"  We believe that the answer to that is: "Yes! only better "   We have an unique and very beautiful section of trail running along the flood plain of Petpeswick Lake and the Chezzetcook River.  It has developed a very diverse ecosystem that offers a great learning opportunity for our students - of all ages.

If you are willing to help with future cleaning, contact and we'll let you know when we are planning a work party.

Thanks to all for the support on the trail work and with words of encouragement and appreciation.
Clean up Crews on Gaetz Brook Greenway
 (April 4 - 14, 2019) 
Volunteers have already put in more than 600 hours on trail clearing!!  There is more to do.  Would you like to join us to make more safe spaces for active transportation? 
It is rewarding work, great exercise - and lots of fun too. 
Contact us at to to be added to our volunteer list.

SATA on the Road

More ice, sunshine - and spring rains.

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

Victoria Park, Truro (March 28, 2019) 
Victoria Park is always a favourite destination with its variety of walking paths and some hidden waterfalls.  Our last trip in March has us facing some ice on sections.  Good thing everyone was prepared with their grippers and poles. 
Cyclesmith Bike Repair Workshop (April 11, 2019) 
From Mary:  Thanks to Andrew from Cyclesmith for the fun and informative bike maintenance course. You never know where Thursday mornings may take us
Polly's Cove (April 18, 2019) 

Polly's Cove is just 2 km away from the more well known Peggy's Cove, a popular tourist destination.  Polly's Cove is less well know and less busy but claims the same dramatic coastline and is well worth a visit.  

Upcoming Activities

Bike week.  New trails.  Exploration and Adventure.

Currently scheduled outings:
Thurs. April 25 - Irishman's Road Recreation Site

Located at 151 Irishmans Road and is home to the Glooscap Heritage Archers Association (GHAA) and the Ryan Lahey Memorial (Soccer) Fields. The Irishmans Road Recreation Site has very distinctive landscape features with high gypsum content and, as such, it is dominated by Karst topography and easy to distinguish sinkholes. This site boasts a beautiful and extensive shared use trail network with a mix of single-track and double track. These trails are still being expanded upon and will eventually offer approximately 12-15 km of beginner to advanced trail loops.

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 confirmed our activities yet but we will be planning our annual bike week celebration event, including a Thursday morning ride.  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. Talk to one of our team members on an event, write us at, 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 about other Active Transportation opportunities around Nova Scotia

Midtown AAA Bikeway Survey - now open
We are working to build more safe, comfortable and convenient cycling connections for people of all ages and abilities. The Midtown All-Ages-and-Abilities (AAA) Bikeway Connections project will bridge the gap between existing and future AAA bikeways and allow more people to get to where they are going by bicycle.

Public Survey now open -will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Join the City Nature Challenge - THIS WEEKEND 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
CNC organized events on the Eastern Shore:
  • Apr. 26 - Explore the Musquodoboit Trail system - (Admiral Lake) with author and hiker extraordinaire Michael Haynes! Details in Facebook Event Listing
  • Apr 28 - Join Bird Studies Canada and NS Bird Society on a beach walk to document nature with a focus on birdlife at Martinique Beach Provincial Park.  Facebook Event
  • Apr 28 - Explore the Musquodoboit Trail system  (Gilbrater Rock) with author and hiker extraordinaire Michael Haynes!  Details on Facebook.
See many more CNC connected events around the city on their Facebook Events page for this busy weekend. Or choose get out on your own with family and friends and make some observations on iNaturalist.

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.

Tuesday & Thursday Walking Group - hosted by the Old School
Musquodoboit Trailway (Weather permitting)
We are building on a good thing! Last Fall we offered a walking group every Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 -12 noonish in partnership with the Arthritis Society with a warm up at the beginning by our peer leaders. Meeting at the Musqudoboit Trailway parking lot, doing a brief warm-up, then walking (and talking) down the trail.

News from the Halifax Cycling Coalition Newsletter
On Tuesday, April 23rd the Transportation Standing Committee approved the implementation of the IMP Downtown Bikeways. See report here.

The plan includes separated, protected bike lanes on Hollis Street, Lower/Upper Water Street, George Street and Terminal Road. We are excited to see a higher standard of protection being established in projects and look forward to seeing it built! The report will go to Regional Council next and we hope to see it approved.

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Almost through the April showers - get out in nature and smell the May flowers

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