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What is life like in Nova Scotia

 Nova Scotia is one of Atlantic Canada’s most popular provinces. There isn’t much information available about life in Nova Scotia to enlighten new immigrants and those considering relocating to the Atlantic. This post will consist of answering questions about what is life like in Nova Scotia. There are many other beautiful provinces in Canada where one can live, including British Columbia, Nunavut & Saskatchewan.

What is life like in Nova ScotiaWhy did I choose to move to Nova scotia?

I relocated to Nova Scotia after being accepted into a master’s program at Dalhousie University. Dalhousie University was one of two schools that offered the program I desired. I met the program’s requirements and applied.

What Are The Nova Scotia Immigration Options?

There are 4 major ways to migrate to Nova Scotia – Express Entry, Study, Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination & Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

What is life In Nova Scotia like?

Nova Scotia is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and has a lot of beaches, hence why it is known as the Ocean’s Playground. Nova Scotia has a population of approximately 979,361 people, with the majority of the population being over the age of 40. It has many small towns and villages, making it an ideal province for relaxing getaways. It is not a bilingual province.

Except for the capital, Halifax, life is mostly rural. Halifax is the most populous city in Atlantic Canada and the city with the second-fastest economic growth in Canada. During the summer, a large number of tourists visit the province to explore it.


The weather is not as cold as it is in other parts of Canada. Nova Scotia is subjected to a lot of strong winds because it i surrounded by water. January and February are typically the coldest months, with a -20 degree windshield. Summer months are extremely hot, with temperatures reaching as high as 32 degrees.


The province’s transportation system is severely limited due to rural life, with the exception of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Owning a car is the best way to get around the province.


In comparison to provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, the housing and rental markets are relatively cheaper. A one-bedroom apartment costs around $1,100 on average, depending on where you live. Of course, you can always look on Kijiji, Rent Cafe, or Facebook MarketPlace for a better deal. If you are looking to rent a place in Canada, read all about it here.

Post Secondary Schools

There are numerous universities and colleges in Nova Scotia, including Dalhousie University, Saint May’s University, NSCC, Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, St. Francis Xavier University, Université Sainte-Anne, and others.


Peggys Cove_the ultimate study abroad checklistWhere are the must-see places in Nova Scotia?

  • Peggy’s Cove
  • Halifax waterfront
  • Lunenburg
  • Cabot Trail, Cape Breton 
  • Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
  • Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

What is life like in Nova ScotiaWhere are the best places to live in Nova Scotia?

  • Halifax & anywhere within Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
  • Cape Breton 
  • Truro
  • New Glasgow
  • Wolfville
  • Lunenburg
  • Mahone Bay

How easy is it to secure a full-time job in Nova Scotia? What are the jobs that are in demand in Nova Scotia?

This really depends on your field. Nova Scotia is currently a rapidly growing tech hub. Also, because of the ageing population, there is a demand for people in healthcare. There are positions available for professors/lecturers, as well as positions in public administration within Government of Nova Scotia

What is life like in Nova ScotiaWhat do you love the most about Nova Scotia?

  • It takes 15 minutes to travel within the city of Halifax
  • Within the province, there are many beautiful places to visit.
  • There are numerous fantastic restaurants to wine and dine at. You can dine at some of Halifax’s restaurants.
  • Living in HRM allows you to avoid owning a car thereby relying on the public transportation system.
  • I adore the small-town lifestyle.


What is the least thing you like about Nova Scotia?

  • Flights within Canada are expensive.
  • The transportation system is deficient anywhere outside of HRM.
  • Everywhere can be quite remote from one another.
  • It has the country’s highest tax.


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