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This issue includes:


Notes and News
COVID Updates For safe Halloween
Gaetz Brook Greenway - Updates and images
Nature images close to home
In Other News
Parting Shot

Autumn Changes

The last lingering colours of fall.

In the entire circle of the year, there are no days as delightful as those of a fine October.
Alexander Smith

October has brought us glorious colour this season - and many bright clear days to enjoy the natural beauty of a Nova Scotia Autumn.  The temperatures have dropped quite suddenly in the past couple of weeks but that just means it it time to break out warm sweaters and heavy socks to hit the lakes, roads and trails or to complete tasks close to home.  Enjoy the rest of the season.

Our municipal election had higher turnout than in recent elections and brought some new faces and views to the council.  It was good to see so much conversation about sustainable practices and Active Transportation issues discussed.  Hopefully, the votes cast in support of these concerns will continue to be reflected in actions from city hall in the coming months and years.  Congratulations due to all who put themselves forward for consideration and showed a willingness to contribute to our communities.  

Many of us are now watching with interest - and  more than a little anxiety - to see what will happen with the upcoming US elections.  The high early voting levels indicate record numbers casting their ballots in this time of upheaval so there are sure to be big changes ahead, whatever the results.  Hopefully, it will be change for the better.  

With the changing season and the upcoming change in time, it can be hard to be seen.  Be sure to wear something visible.  Stay seen to stay safe on walks and rides this fall.  See you in November.

Thanks to:  Mary MacDonald, Judy Myatt, Mary Elizabeth O'Toole, Darlene Pettitpas and Patricia Richards for pictures and content this month.

SATA Trails Society 


All members are welcome.

Thursday, November 26, 2020
6:30 pm

This year's AGM will be virtual so you can join us from the comfort of your home.
Advance registration is required.  
Register now at by nov 24 at noon

NOTE: To be eligible to vote you must have a current membership.
 Renew your membership now for only $5. 
Memberships purchased now are valid until March 2021.


COVID Updates

As of Wednesday, October 28

Many areas of the world, including many areas of Canada, are experiencing second or third waves, clearly demonstratiing the need for continued caution and awareness about pandemic risks.

To date, the Atlantic Region has been keeping the number of COVID cases in check due to travel restrictions outside our Atlantic Bubble and adherence to guidelines.   Let's continue to stay safe by observing recommended precautions and protocols.  The State of Emergency has been extended to November 1, 2020 and will likely be extended. 

As of Wednesday, Oct. 28
  •  Nova Scotia has one new case, for total of 6 active cases
  • PEI reports no new cases, one active
  • NL has no new, 4 active
  • NB identified 3 new cases for total of 60 active 
Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, provided an update on Halloween during COVID-19

Check out the suggested guidelines to enjoy Halloween safely, help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect others during Halloween: On the above webpage you'll find information on:
  1. Trick-or-treating
  2. Handing out treats
  3. Halloween parties
  4. Posters
This information will help you to gave a safe and  happy Halloween,


Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at

Updates are livestreamed on, @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels.

Government of Canada:

Remember to take responsibility for your own health.  Make decisions that protect the  safety of you and those around you:
  • Maintain a safe distance from others,
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors when distancing isn’t always possible to maintain,
  • Use hand sanitizer if there’s limited access to handwashing and avoid touching your face.
  • Health authorities are also strongly recommending that everyone get flu shots this season, even if you do not usually do so.  They are available free at medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations in the community.  Most facilities are requiring appointments this year due gathering limits and higher-than-usual numbers requesting the vaccines.
22 Minutes Atlantic Bubble Song

Gaetz Brook Greenway (GBG)

REMINDER:  Parks and trails are open but guidelines about distancing remain. The crushed gravel trail offers a safe, flat surface with sufficient width to maintain the recommended two-metre passing distance.  Staying to the right of the travel surface permits space for safe individual and family biking, running and walking.  If you drive to the trail, remember to leave 2 M (~6 ft.) of space from other vehicles.

Commemorative Benches

We will be placing 12 benches in spots along the greenway.  This program provides individuals and organizations with an opportunity to commemorate a person, place or event, while at the same time enhancing the Greenway. Your donation of $500 includes installation and a plaque.  Each bench is set in a peaceful location and will be enjoyed for many years by visitors who sit to take a rest and enjoy the beauty of nature.

We have already had requests and a number of the spots have been chosen and reserved.  The benches are expected to be placed with the next few weeks.  If you are interested in more information, contact us through the Gaetz Brook Greenway Bench Application form.

Watch for updates on our  Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page. Please read the most recent posts for clarification and updates. 
Trail Maintenance
Volunteers continue to monitor the trail to ensure the best experience for users. They are working to keep it clear and safe and are getting out most weeks, weather permitting.  If you are interested in being part of the trail maintenance crew, contact crew coordinator Judy Myatt ( to be added to the mailing list.
Colourful views of the GBG (Oct. 2020)
New and Old Features Sharing the GBG
The new: A recently built accessible picnic shelter - waiting for a picnic table that will be delivered in November.
The old: a well established tree in the vicinity.

Mary adds this description, "I have been calling this the Climbing Tree but was told today that the locals know it as the Monkey Tree. This is close to the new shelter and I think it would make a great spot for a group photo.
I am going to get the grandkids up in it the next time they visit.
Yellow Birch on the GBG (Oct 2020) 
Mary says: "I love the many large Yellow Birch along the trail in their golden fall foliage. This species was part of our old Acadian Forest and can live for 400 years unlike our White and Grey birch which are very short lived."
Surprises on the GBG (Fall 2020) 
Minons, sunflowers, and pumpkins.

Friends of the GBG (Activities)

formerly Shore Active Transportation Association (SATA)

We are not currently offering a calendar of group outings.  Please keep an eye on our Friends of the Gaetz Brook Greenway Facebook Group for any new planned or spontaneous walks or bike rides planned by our members.

Enjoying Nature Close to Home

Outings shared by our members

Shore Road (Oct. 28, 2020)
Musquodobit Trailway - Admiral Lake Loop (Oct. 20, 2020)
The mist and limited view didn't get in the way of a great walk - and lots of colour.
Crowbar Lake Trail (Oct. 18, 2020)
A crisp cool day for a walk on a favourite trail to take in some spectacular fall colours.
Musquodobobit Trailways (Oct. 2, 2020)
A ride on the trail with friends on a fall day - a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday.

In Other News...

Active Transportation News

Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS)
Virtual Lunch and Learn (Nov. 2-9)

You're invited to RNS's Virtual Lunch and Learn series coming up November 2nd - 9th, 2020! This educational series features presentations throughout the week including:

  • Cassie Manual “Inclusion Policy Development: Step by Step Considerations”
  • Max Chauvin “Recognition is Worthless. Appreciation is Everything”
  • Michael Levin “Landowner Liability and Outdoor Recreation in Nova Scotia”
  • Nick Zamora & Dr. Beverly Cassidy “Don’t Hide Away: Destigmatizing Dementia with Memory Cafes”
  • Gabrielle Gallagher “Retaining Girls in Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity”
  • Seana Jewer & Debbie Bauld “Recreation for Mental Health (R4MH): Reducing the Barriers”

Register now

Halifax Cycling Coalition AGM
Online via Zoom  - Nov. 5 at 6 pm 
From the HCC website: Please join us on November 5th at 6pm to learn more about what we've been up to this year and share your feedback with us! When you register on this page, you will receive a link to the zoom meeting to attend the event from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you might be tuning-in from).

Get details and register lets you connect with hundreds of recreation, sport and physical activity opportunities in your community. 

It is a one stop shop that allows the public to search for information about active living and recreation opportunities in Nova Scotia. 

Visit to explore opportunities by region.  Be aware that many services are closed or have limited hours due to COVID so it is best to confirm availability before visiting.

Hike NS Fall Courses & Webinars
Registration is open for Hike Nova Scotia’s slate of fall 2020 courses and webinars. In-person courses include: Field Leader - Hiking; Navigation Maps & Compass; and Field Leader - Winter. Webinars include: Intro to Hiking; Leave No Trace; and Wildlife Encounters & Safety.

Learn more and register.

Parting Shot

A heron in the fading light just before sunset.  (Chezzetcook Inlet, Oct. 2020)

Wear something bright for roadside walks, especially at this time of year. 
Stay safe this spooky season.

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