This is an innovative way for people to see a few informed comments about our various provinces, absent a specific question. Here goes.
I spent my first 27 years in London, England, my birthplace. In 1975 I emigrated with my wife to Ontario where I had a great career in one of the regional police services. During our many years there we traveled coast to coast, getting a feel for the whole country and, frankly, falling in love with it. In 2001 we retired.
Choosing a place of retirement became a serious endeavour for the final three or four years. In 1999 we took our first look at Nova Scotia, doing the tourist bit throughout the whole province hauling a little camping trailer (caravan). We soon agreed that of all the places we had been to, Nova Scotia was closest to our ideal for retirement. The reasons were many, but the major ones were:
Nova Scotia has the highest average temperature of all the Canadian provinces (see http://scotiahome.com/WarmestProvince.html
), although very few are aware of this. Winters here are not as cold, nor the summers as hot, as we were used to in Ontario. Our latitude is about the same as Monte Carlo in the south of France - look it up.
There is space galore here. Nova Scotia is half the size of England but has a population of about one million people. People here still go out for a drive just for the pleasure of it. A traffic jam in the city is if you don't get through the light the first time. The air is clean and fresh. The beaches, even the most beautiful of beaches, are never crowded. Our favourite beach locally has been rated among the most beautiful anywhere in the world. On a busy, warm summer weekend, people in about 20 vehicles would populate over a mile of white sandy beaches.
You have to experience the people here to appreciate them. They are warm, friendly and open. Provided you are able to reciprocate in a friendly, genuine way, they welcome you as newcomers. Last year two old friends from Ontario visited us end ended up in the Canadian Legion in Halifax one evening. Bear in mind Halifax is our capital city. As soon as the locals heard they were visiting from Ontario, they were bought several rounds of drinks, even given a bottle of wine to take away with them. Food was brought down from a wedding party upstairs and shared around because they had more than they needed. The locals arranged for them to be driven back to their hotel so they didn't have to worry about driving. That's just one example, and there are many. East coast people, including Nova Scotians, are great people.
Here people take the time to actually talk with you. A visit to our local garage to get the car fixed is as much a social call as anything else. If I go outside to work in the front garden, passers by will chat, one after another. Strangers say 'hi' as they pass you, even in the city. People passing in vehicles wave a greeting as they do so. I caution visitors not to stand by the curb, even on a major highway, unless they actually want to cross. Traffic will come to a stop to allow you to do so. Personally I love chatting with people; Nova Scotia is a haven for doing that.
The down side.
Life is never perfect; there is always a down side. Life here in most places, including where we are, is pretty rural. Even Halifax does not offer the huge choices that were were used to having in Ontario, be it shopping, the arts, etc. Flying anywhere is more of a hassle. Although Robert Stanfield (Halifax International) Airport has been voted the best in its class anywhere in the world
for several years in a row, international connections are small scale. Weather cancelations do occur and cause great difficulties at times. I find there is less choice for dining here than I have become used to in the past. Although it does not affect us because we are retired, getting employment here can be challenging.
If you can overcome the difficulties, Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to live. If you are visiting, I urge you to do so for the first weekend in July when, each year, Halifax stages the Royal Halifax International Tattoo. It's billed as the biggest indoor show of its kind in the world and is absolutely amazing to experience. However, as I always caution potential visitors, if it's big city action you want, Nova Scotia is likely not for you.