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Exploring the Gaetz Brook Greenway
(Jan 21, 2020)
SATA trail members with a group of visitors from the Musquodobit Valley.  Good fun with like-minded people being active together.

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Winter Wonderland -- some days

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”


Happy 2020 (MMXX)!  A new year and a new decade bringing opportunities for new outdoor activity and adventure.

We are in the midst of winter in Nova Scotia and increasingly that seems to mean lots of snow followed by rain and mild weather. It can be difficult to know what to wear for an outing.  Of course, layers are a good idea in any time of year when heading out for a walk in Atlantic Canada.  

There is something special about walking, snowshoeing or skiing on new snow.  The air is crisp - and so is the snow.  There is room for quiet reflection whether you walk alone or with friends.  It is a great way to clear your head and take a break from the many responsibilities of the day.  Don't let the snow keep you from getting out and being active.  It is good for the heart, the mind, and the soul.  Just be sure to dress appropriately including proper footwear like grippers for icy trails. 

While we are on the topic of snow, let's give a thought to our neighbours to the east after their record-breaking 70+ cm of snow this month.  Snow is wonderful but shovelling quickly loses its thrill at some point - and that point is much much less than 70 cm.  So warm thoughts to everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador, many of whom are still shovelling out from under all the white stuff - and managing to do so with their famous unique sense of humour and a great sense of community.
Mark Critch on the recent snow storm.

For some entertaining stories on the snow events across the country,
visit 22 Minutes on CBC
Want to get out for a winter walk on a local trail?  The Gaetz Brook Greenway is becoming a popular spot, as evidenced by the many footprints (both human and canine) as well as snowshoe treads, baby carriage and ski tracks.  Read about 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.

Be sure to check In Other News for news of upcoming AT activities or opportunities.

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 Darlene Hart, Mary MacDonald, Judy Myatt, Julie Pearce,and Patricia Richards for pictures and descriptions. The pictures of the Eastern Shore and around Nova Scotia, are a highlight of every newsletter. Please keep sharing with us on Facebook or as an attachment to

Stay active and get outside this winter.  It can be a magical time. See you next month. 

Dan Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend, Dan Smith, has passed.  

The Directors and volunteers of the SATA Trails Society extend sincere condolences to our member, friend and event leader, Shirley Smith, on the loss of her husband of 45 years.  Dan was a long-time supporter of SATA and an active participant in many Eastern Shore initiatives, often sharing his warm smile, musical talent and positive energy at events and activities.  He will be missed by SATA Trails and his many, many friends around the Eastern Shore - and across the country.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and all of Dan’s family.

SATA Trails Updates

"We are really enjoying the trail.  It is so pretty and quiet.  Sometimes we just want an easy walk close to home and this is perfect for us.  We like that we  parking at the Legion because we can head in either direction on the trail."

The Letter of Restriction was officially issued from the Minister of Lands and Forestry on December 19, 2019.  This letter meant that gates could be installed to restrict motorized vehicles.  

There has been some discussion on social media that the decision to restrict the trail to active transportation might still be changed.  However, earlier this month, Iain Rankin, Minister of Lands and Forestry confirmed that  "the Department of Lands and Forestry will not be entertaining changes to the authorized use at this time".   Mr. Rankin's full response to a request for review was shared in our Facebook Group.  It includes a link to consultation report, which indicated a strong community desire to develop the trail as non-motorized use.

Work on the the Gaetz Brook Greenway has ended for the season but volunteers are busy working on interpretive signs and doing other planning to celebrate the official opening in the spring.  You don't have to wait to enjoy this lovely new trail, which is part of both the Halifax trail network and the Great Trail.  It is a perfect place to spend a winter day - and you might meet your neighbours while you are there.
An interesting structure on the GBG makes a great frame for all these happy faces.

January Outings in Nova Scotia

Snow, cold, rain and ice.  Always an adventure.

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 ( 

Gaetz Brook Greenway (January 2020) 
Judy Myatt has been documenting her trips on the Gaetz Brook Greenway with pictures and descriptions on social media.  Thank to Judy for sharing her experiences and the beauty of a winter trail
A great day on the greenway. Did 10k return. One set of snow shoe tracks. 1 set of cross country ski tracks and lots a foot tracks.
Gaetz Brook Greenway with SATA Trail members and the Gonzo's from Meaghers Grant
Another great day on the GBG
Cole Harbour Heritage Trails (January 9, 2020) 
Gaetz Brook Greenway (January 23, 2020) 
Julie shared some pictures and this note: Several SATA members met up with  other hiking, cycling enthusiasts today to explore the GB Greenway.

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. 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. January 30 - Shubie Park
We'll meet at 10:00 at the Fairbanks Center Parking lot at 54 Locks Road and walk for 2 hours  - approximately 8 km, depending on trail conditions.  

After the walk, we'll choose a location for lunch in Dartmouth. 

NOTE:  Bring water & snack. Dress appropriately for the weather including ice grippers & poles if warranted.

Learn more about Shubie Park and its trails.


  • 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

Bicycle Nova Scotia
Feb 9: Annual General Meeting / Race Awards Banquet
Austenville Owl's Club, 34 Oakdale Cres., Dartmouth

Join us on February 9th 2020 for our Annual General Meeting! The BNS AGM is a great way to connect with the organization and meet with the board members that work hard to improve the profile and safety of cycling, province-wide.

Voting for board members and items of interest requires a current BNS Membership. To register, please visit
The meeting will be followed by Race Awards Banquet.

Nova Scotia Trails Trail Guide
Take Trails to Heart
Use this extensive database to search NS trails by keyword - or use recommended search terms or selected areas.  Explore trails and water routes around the province.  A great way to find a new favourite or be reminded of a place you haven't visited in awhile.

Hike Nova Scotia
Guided Winter Hike / Snowshoe Activities
From the website: Hike Nova Scotia and 35 host organizations have partnered up to offer the 2020 Winter Guided Hike Series from January to March across NS. There are 60 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free and some require pre-registration. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes...

Find guided activities around the province.

Halifax Cycling Coalition
Membership Drive
The Halifax Cycling Coalition has been working hard to make cycling attractive, safe, and convenient in Halifax. And the results have been rolling in.  ... With the support of our members, we’ve been able to engage city council, the media, and our community on cycling issues, paving the way for safer cycling infrastructure. We’ve also been working with our partners to provide bike education, promote a national active transportation strategy, and celebrate cycling in Halifax. 

There are multiple membership options.  Become an HCC Member to support safe cycling in Halifax.

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.

The mantra of the outdoor enthusiast: There is no bad weather,
just bad clothing choices.

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