SATA News May 2019
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Climbing to great heights on the Admiral Lake trail
 is obviously to be taken very seriously.
(Admiral Lake Loop, Musquodobit - May 2019)  

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Summer roads are calling

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.

- Al Bernstein 

The low temperatures and grey days have had many wondering if we would ever see summer weather.  June has now arrived and with it come signs of truly warming weather.  SATA and SATA Trails are celebrating with new activities and trail clearing.   

May has been a busy month and we have lots to report this time around. 

Be sure to read our SATA on the Road section for a taste of the fun had on our activities. It is a great way to share the beauty when you are not able to take part in the outings.  I have had some requests for additional info on sites visited.  You can find links on our activities calendar and this month, I have included links here so when you are inspired by our images, you will be able to plan your own active transportation adventure to some of the same destinations.   If you join a SATA outing and take pictures, please share on our Facebook page or send them for this newsletter ( 

This month, we have a short report on our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on May 27.  

There has been visible progress on the Gaetz Brook Greenway thanks to  many enthusiastic volunteers.  Lean more in our SATA Trails Updates or on our new Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page

Check out scheduled 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.

Thanks this month to  Mary MacDonald, Julie Pearce, Darlene Pettipas, Patricia Richards, and Shirley Smith for pictures and comments on outings.  Thanks for sharing with us on Facebook.  We love seeing your pictures and stories so please keep posting.

That is it for May.  See you again in June.  Until then, get out your bikes, hiking boots and paddles and enjoy exploring nature in Nova Scotia.

AGM Report



SATA and SATA Trails Society held their joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 27, 2019 at the Musquodoboit Harbour Library.

The AGM offers an opportunity to report on activities for the past year and plans for the coming year. It is not a public consultation.  According to the Society's act, the organization is not required to have a public AGM but SATA opened to non-members after members had been accommodated.  

There were 46 people in attendance (34 voting members, 12 non members)

Patricia Richards, Co-Chair provided this summary of her report:

We had an amazing year and much accomplished to pursuing our goals and implementing our Plan - Porters Lake and Surrounding Communities Active Transportation Plan

We moved our Letter of Authority (LoA) forward for the Gaetz Brook Greenway.  Bridges have been inspected, the tender for clearing accomplished, and the next tender prepared.  We also have continued to make application for funding.  In addition, we have received letters of permission for access Gaetz Brook Junior High and Gaetz Brook Legion, both of which will be trailhead locations.

Patricia also recognized the work of our dedicated trail volunteers!  Board member, John Hawkins, was given special recognition for all the work he has done for SATA, SATA Trails Society and Halifax Regional Trails Association (HRTA).  He is the Treasurer, writes funding applications, oversees the web site, attends HRTA meetings (is SATA rep) and generally our go to person for advice and information.  

A huge thanks to John - and to all the volunteers who have been coming out to clear the trail.

NOTE: SATA and SATA Trails did not record their meeting.  Any shared recordings are unauthorized and were made without advance notification to speakers.

They come with rakes and loppers...

Gaetz Brook Greenway updates 

Volunteers have been very busy on the Gaetz Brook Greenway this month.  Armed with rakes, loppers, pruners and sometimes wheelbarrows, they have been raking brush, trimming protruding roots and spreading the word about the newest AT asset on the Eastern Shore.

Volunteer in kind work done - over 100 hours to make the Greenway safe was also recognized to be out of the ordinary. 

The tender for the next phase of work will go out early in June and work is expected to begin later in the summer.

If you are willing to help with future cleaning, contact and we'll let you know when we are planning a work party.  We typically meet for 2-3 hours so it is not a long commitment of time. 
Exit 20
 (May 2019) 
This construction is part of the Halifax AT plan.  There will be a sidewalk built across exit 20. On the north side it will connect with the trail beside Porters Lake School. On the south, it will connect to the Blueberry Run Trail.
It will be great to have a safe connection for walkers and cyclists to cross the highway.

SATA on the Road

More ice, sunshine - and spring rains.

Another busy month of adventure for our SATA outings.  Some of these pictures and observations have been collected from our social media to share with members not on Facebook.  Would you like to be part of a future newsletter?  Share your active transportation adventures on our Facebook page or submit a paragraph or two for our newsletter by sending it to

Irishman's Road Recrecreation Site (April 25, 2019) 
Mary said: Interesting hike today on trails on Irishmans Road near Windsor. A Karst topography has formed over the gypsum base leaving lots of sink holes.

Patricia added:  It was full of hobbits, fun women and interesting info! 

Irishman's Road Rec Site
Admiral Lake Loop, Musquodobit Trails (May 2, 2019) 
Mary shared some observations along with her pictures:  We found a few mayflowers in bloom but it will take a few more days of sunshine for the big show. Admiral Lake Loop what a great hike right here in our community. Thanks to the trail volunteers in Musquodoboit Harbour for all you do.

Darlene commented:  We had a great day yesterday for our 5.5 hour hike. What amazing views from the four look offs. A big thank you to the hardworking volunteers who through their time and effort provide the wonderful trails that allow so much outdoor time.

The Admiral Lake Loop Trail
Sackville Lakes Provincial Park (May 9, 2019) 
From Julie: Today we did a hike atSackville Lakes Provincial Park - a fun and windy day with our growing group !

Sackville Lakes Parks and Trails Association
Clam Harbour Beach Walk (May 16, 2019) 
Always a favourite, this route offers lots of variety  - spectacular views, a variety of plant life, and large expanses of sandy beach.

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park
Cape Split (May 23, 2019) 

Cape Split is a challenging hike but offers many scenic rewards.  On our hike, we found the forest blanketed with spring flowers including large patches of red trillium.

Upcoming Activities

Bike week.  New trails.  Exploration and Adventure.

Currently scheduled outings:
Thurs. May 30 - Porters Lake Loop Ride  (25k) / Grand Desert Beach Walk

Bike Route:  Grand Desert to Crowell Rd to West Porters Lake and back to Grand Desert via the Bellefontaine Rd, a 25km loop for our first ride of the season. 

Prefer to walk?  Start from Rose & Rooster walking northeast  0.5 km on Hwy 207 to the Dyke Rd which leads to Grand Desert Beach (approx.  2km total distance one-way).

Thurs. May 6 - BIKE WEEK RIDE - Musquodobit Trail

Before the ride, we'll start with a safety check on your bicycle. The full trail is 15 km long. You can turn around at any point and  return to the parking lot. We are riders that stop a lot to enjoy the natural beauty , so come on out and enjoy Bike Week.

For details on these and other events, Watchour Activities Calendar and on our Facebook page.  Our team of event leaders will be adding more Thursday morning active transportation outings soon and sometimes include special trips or events on other days.  Tune in often so you don't miss any of the fun!

As always, we would love to hear your suggestions for a hike, walk or other activity.  Are you interested in becoming an event leader?  You'd be welcome to join the team. Contact us at, comment on our Facebook Page or talk to the team on an outing to learn how you can get involved.


  • Please share 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, 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

Updates about other Active Transportation opportunities around Nova Scotia.

Bike week is returning to Halifax  - June 1-9, 2019
Bike Week is a yearly initiative that 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. Every year, organizations across Halifax host events in their communities in celebration of Bike Week. 
Bike week events schedule

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.

Bike Nova Scotia -Provincial Development Team: Skills Event
Bicycle Nova Scotia is looking for kids between 12-17 to join the first Skills Assessment Clinic of 2019 with Provincial Team Coach, Jon Burgess on May 11 in Truro, NS. BNS understands that active youth that engage in sport gain confidence and grow into healthy, active adults. We're committed to providing mentorship to help develop today's youth athletes into tomorrow's top cycling talent!

If you have a child that has participated in a few races, or a summer short track series, register for our for this event today. Further details and the day-plan can be found here.


Have you joined SATA yet?
Make your voice heard for Active Transportation on the Eastern Shore


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.

Basic membership is free but you must register.

We have introduced a Full Membership with an annual fee of $10.  This fee contributes directly to the cost of advocacy and AT events and also entitles you voting rights at the AGM.  Visit our Join Page to learn more. 


Our paid membership is temporarily on hold as our membership policies are currently under review.  Watch our Facebook  and website for updates. 

Also, a reminder 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.

June is a perfect time to explore!  Bike on quiet roads, hike the trails, or paddle our many waterways.  Enjoy our natural beauty.

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