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Katie

Canada

#1 Apr 27, 2010
Hi everyone! My fiance and I are born and raised British Columbians, never been back east before. We are both in our mid-20's and average blue-collar workers. Both of our families live in BC, but we have seriously been considering moving to Nova Scotia, mainly because of the slower-paced way of life (or so we've heard), and the much cheaper cost of living. Everyone (friends and family) thinks we are absolutley out of our minds for even considering leaving behind "beautiful BC" for "Nova Scotia of all places!!". Yes BC is gorgeous, but it is just getting too darn expensive to live here. As our wedding date approaches, we are looking to buy a house, and it is almost out of reach for us here in BC. We don't know anyone who has moved to Nova Scotia, but we have done tons of research over the last few months, and it almost seems like Nova Scotia is the perfect place for us, and it's just calling our names! We also want a smaller, lower-crime rate, safe, laid-back kind of place to raise our (future) family. So, I have some questions for some of you folks that live in Nova Scotia, anyone who is willing to answer (and it would be very much appriciated!). Basically, we just want to know, what is it really like living in Nova Scotia? What are the people like? What are some good areas to consider living in? We want to move to a smaller town (under 20,000 or so), not too far from Halifax (an hour or 2 or so). What is the weather like? Job oppertunities? The only thing that is really holding us back from moving like right now is that we are going to be so far away from our friends and families. Anyways, please if anyone has any helpful responses to any of our questions it would be very much appriciated! Someone told me that maritimers have a hard time accepting west coasters for some reason. Is that at all true? I always thought that the people over there were extremely warm and welcoming? Thanks for reading!
Katie

Canada

#2 Apr 27, 2010
anyone?????:(
jimmy

Canada

#3 Apr 29, 2010
DO NOT MOVE TO NOVA SCOTIA!!! you will so regret coming here--it's a dump--it is NOT laid back--just smugly mediocre--it is not a "slower pace of life" just lazy--you will be especially shut out if you move to a small town as you seem to be considering--you will not be welcomed anywhere in the back woods--you might be okay in Halifax--but it's as expensive as BC---also cost of living IS NOT CHEAPER--the houses for sale are crap and decent homes cost exactly the same as BC--most homes are heated using oil heat--a filthy, stinking way to heat your house, so your house and property (in fact entire towns) stink of oil all the time--it is a lawless, lazy, defeated place--aptly described as "defeated"by the PM--if that's the life you want--unemployed, doing nothing, lazy and smug--come to NS--but you're right--as a visitor they're nice to you, but move here? you have to be crazy.

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Isabelle

Vancouver, Canada

#4 Jun 19, 2010
I lived in BC and NS but came back to BC because I found the winters in NS to be a little too long.
NS pros: Beautiful province. So far as I am concerned, it is just as gorgeous as BC. NS has tons of lakes. Homes are less than half the price of a VAncouver home plus you actually get land to boot. NS people are much friendlier as well. I like how the province is dotted with little towns everywhere along the highway. Towns rich in history and culture, unlike BC where everytown is same old same old, except for Nelson, so far as I am concerned. Much more laid back as well. More sun, warmer spring weather, and nicer, longer fall season. Beaches are stunning, and the water is warmer.
Cons:
Winters are colder and longer. Hope you like lots of snow, and shovelling twice a day. But the winters are warmer than Toronto by about 10 degrees. And about 8 degrees colder than Vancouver.
It is harder to find work there, and employers pay less, with less benefits.
I think that is about it. Before you make up your mind, stay there for a month in the winter and a couple of weeks in the summer.

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Isabelle

Vancouver, Canada

#5 Jun 19, 2010
Smaller town close by to move in could be Truro, or Sackville, or EAstern Passage- which is very cheap to buy a house, and nice too. Nice beaches, and Fishermans Cove is fun there. Eastern Passage is right beside Dartmouth.

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Magda

Dundas, Canada

#6 Aug 20, 2010
I hope someone else would tell me more about Nova Scotia, as my husband and I want to move to Nova Scotia, we are presently living in Ontario.
isabelle

Waterloo, Canada

#7 Aug 20, 2010
Did you read the above comment? You'll need to be more specific with your question so that I can give you more answers.
Kathy

Musquodoboit Harbour, Canada

#8 Sep 7, 2010
Oh my please do your homework before moving. Nova Scotia is not the best place to call home. I have been here for over 20 years and still do not consider it home.
NS tax rates are very high
Nova Scotia 8.79% on the first $29,590 of taxable income,+
14.95% on the next $29,590,+
16.67% on the next $33,820 +
17.5% on the amount over $93,000 compared to
British Columbia 5.06% on the first $35,859 of taxable income,+
7.7% on the next $35,860,+
10.5% on the next $10,623,+
12.29% on the next $17,645,+
14.7% on the amount over $99,987
Property taxes are about $1.30 per $100 of your house assessment, vehicles have to be inspected every 2 years( more expensive for auto insurance based on weather-snow and ice)
I have been out to BC and will be calling that province my home within the next few years.
I found BC to be more friendly when it comes to environmental issues as well as changes(your hospitals are better the in NS)
Be an informed mover NS is very expensive to live!!!
Nova Scotia also has a very high violent crime rate.
Hope this helps, come for a visit, we are friendly people just not proactive!
Oh and schools in BC are much better as well, my step kids were almost three years behind when they moved to BC. They were solely educated in NS before that.

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Melea

Dartmouth, Canada

#9 Sep 9, 2010
Q: What is it really like living in Nova Scotia?
A: It's a very laid-back, slower pace of life however that differ depending where in NS you choose. For instance Halifax is faster-paced environment than say Cheticamp in Cape Breton. You should decide what type of atmosphere you are looking for. Halifax would probably be a much better place to find employment than Cheticamp.

Q: What are the people like?
A: The people are very friendly and helpful to neighbours. Most of the small towns and villages are more open and friendly and willing to help. Halifax has many newcomers and the people there may not be as open and friendly. However, the small town people would not be as friendly to "come-from-aways" if they move in and start trying to change the ways things are done or upsetting the applecart. If you move next to a pig farm and then start complaining about the smell, or you move next to any farm and complain about the smell when they fertilize their fields with pig manure, you would not be welcomed at all.

Q: What are some good areas to consider living in? We want to move to a smaller town (under 20,000 or so), not too far from Halifax (an hour or 2 or so)
A: It is easier to find jobs in the Halifax area and that's where many people work and then they choose to live on the outskirts. Housing costs in and around the Halifax area are higher than for instance in North Sydney, Cape Breton. Many people do live outside of Halifax and commute by car back & forth to their jobs every day, some live an hour or more away so you'd be looking at an hour's drive tacked on your morning and another hour tacked on your evening drive home. You should start looking at some of the real estate sites and propertyguys.com (where home owners sell their own properties). That will give you an idea of housing costs.

Q: What is the weather like?
A: Mostly unpredictable. A local saying here is if you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it will change. Having said that, this summer has been one of the best on record with sunny and warm, sometimes hot temps from June to early September. We've had some scorcher days too with temps in the low 30's but with the humidex factor it is like low 40's. Not too many people have AC in their homes. Winters can be snow one day, freezing rain or rain the next. Very hard to predict and a good set of snow tires is a necessity not an option. If purchasing a house, think of snow removal costs, either hiring a local contractor or buying your own snow blower, depending on the length of your driveway.

Q: Job opportunities?
A: This is hard to answer depending on what type of work you're qualified for. Check out beacon.com for Nova Scotia jobs. Great search features on that site where you can narrow down your search to specific towns and cities and types of work. All government jobs and private industry jobs are posted there.

A lot of Nova Scotians work away from home and have moved away over the years to find work so they understand how hard it is to leave "home". They mostly all come back home to visit family at least once a year or as often as they can. It is hard and they will always consider Nova Scotia to be "home" no matter how long they live away. It would take some adjusting for sure but your family would then have a place to come and visit you and see a new way of life.

You may be interested in finding jobs here for you both and then renting a place for awhile to see if you liked the change and that would give you an opportunity to find a small village you liked that you could commute to/from for your job.

I would be happy to answer more questions or help in any way I could. melea30 AT hotmail DOT com
Lyle

Calgary, Canada

#10 Sep 15, 2010
Well folks, Moving from BC to NS is a "Big Deal". My wife and I moved from Halifax to Calgary in 97 on the 5 year plan and are still in Calgary. The reason we moved, employment. My wifes job was Outsourced by the NS Government and I had just finished retraining. You will find as time goes by that being so far from family and friends becomes painful emotionaly and financially. We always felt we would go home every summer. Now that we have a Son, factor in Airfair for 3, Rental car and spending money a typical trip home is around $5000 of which typically $2500-3000 is for aifair!
Employment; unless you are well qualified trades people with your Red Seal, moving to NS as an average Blue Collar worker, it will be very difficult to find meaninful work. You'll both have to work and as other have posted the cost of living is higher. Provinical Income Tax, Housing Tax, HST on most everything, gasoline, insurance is more expensive, heating your home: Electricity, Oil, Wood and some combo of the three, all more expensive than most.
Small town living: I suggest you stick around Halifax Regional Municipality; Bedford, Sackville, Dartmouth, Fall River. A small city worth checking out would be Truro.
Health care is good in the sense that you don't pay a premium. However, long waits for specialists, emergency room closures, over-crowding, bed shortages etc.
Schooling: I agree with most NSers, better than most, not many schools with Cubicles, 25 students and under most grades. I would suggest staying away from Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage, teen violence, brawls at their highschools, which has been going on for years!
I wish you well and good luck. I agree with your Family and friends your nuts. There are other places to live to find yourselves! Try moneysense.ca for top places to live in Canada.
Katie wrote:
Hi everyone! My fiance and I are born and raised British Columbians, never been back east before. We are both in our mid-20's and average blue-collar workers. Both of our families live in BC, but we have seriously been considering moving to Nova Scotia, mainly because of the slower-paced way of life (or so we've heard), and the much cheaper cost of living. Everyone (friends and family) thinks we are absolutley out of our minds for even considering leaving behind "beautiful BC" for "Nova Scotia of all places!!". Yes BC is gorgeous, but it is just getting too darn expensive to live here. As our wedding date approaches, we are looking to buy a house, and it is almost out of reach for us here in BC. We don't know anyone who has moved to Nova Scotia, but we have done tons of research over the last few months, and it almost seems like Nova Scotia is the perfect place for us, and it's just calling our names! We also want a smaller, lower-crime rate, safe, laid-back kind of place to raise our (future) family. So, I have some questions for some of you folks that live in Nova Scotia, anyone who is willing to answer (and it would be very much appriciated!). Basically, we just want to know, what is it really like living in Nova Scotia? What are the people like? What are some good areas to consider living in? We want to move to a smaller town (under 20,000 or so), not too far from Halifax (an hour or 2 or so). What is the weather like? Job oppertunities? The only thing that is really holding us back from moving like right now is that we are going to be so far away from our friends and families. Anyways, please if anyone has any helpful responses to any of our questions it would be very much appriciated! Someone told me that maritimers have a hard time accepting west coasters for some reason. Is that at all true? I always thought that the people over there were extremely warm and welcoming? Thanks for reading!
Isabelle

Burnaby, Canada

#11 Sep 23, 2010
Yes, I forgot that oil and water is much more expensive in NS...so true! But that is peanuts compared to the price of a home in Vancouver ($800,000).
My car got stolen yesterday and I live in one of the 'safest' Vancouver neighbourhoods. 3rd time this year, last 2 times it just got broken into. Never had that happen in Halifax...so I don't know about the crime rate thing. True about the hospitals being better in BC. But if want the best hospitals, go to Ontario or Quebec.
I thought the people were much nicer in Halifax, less anxious about makign a living or looking to get something from you. Basically, slower paced town. I miss it like crazy and would like to go back, but only to visit. Vancouver still wins out for me in th end.
Chase

Albion, Australia

#12 Sep 23, 2010
I tried doing business in NS you know what I would give the place the widest berth posible the place seems to encourge crime We were ripped off by White Star Plastics Stephen Cole the guy is a total loser and like everyone else he will get what he deservs the courts have let this guy roam free that many times you wonder why NS even bothers to have court hearings The Halifax Mayor needs to bear the responsibility for the rampant fraud that goes on there unfortunatley the innocent are being screwed by the twisted.

Lets see what happens when this crook faces court again on 14th October
Brenda

Dartmouth, Canada

#13 Feb 17, 2011
I stumbled across this post tonight while asking my bf "I wonder if there are any forums for BC expats who have moved to NS". so,not sure if you'll still get to read this, but I moved here from BC and I'd agree with alot of the above. finding work here can be tricky and it seems that there is some discrimination against 'people from away'. personally I've tried to work my way around this, by going online and finding myself a good man from rural NS to clobber over the head and drag off to the country with me; country living is especially cheap here, coming from BC. I'd recommend you snap up a large country estate, with land, and fence it off with razor wire before peak oil and global fresh water shortages strikes and the americans come marching over the border wanting to take our resources; NS gets my vote as best place to survive the looming apocalypse. way better than Richmond/Ladner/Delta BC which is just going liqueify and disappear when the big one hits. I still get homesick for BC though, from time to time, but overall I'd say that the quality of life is much better here. and I think in time this province will fill up so much with refugees from BC who cashed out on the hot housing market, that the whole being from away thing won't matter anymore. just like when BC filled up with Ontario people and seemed to outnumber people born in BC. small towns near HFX: there are dozens!
Stuck in NS

Halifax, Canada

#14 Feb 24, 2011
Do not move to NS. My husband and I moved here three years ago from Alberta. We have been trying to sell our house now for over a year, not to mention that it is lake frontage and under 200k. Nobody here has money to buy it and we feel trapped!
Our choice to move here was for the laid back lifestyle and to raise our daughter here. However, the lack of healthcare / higher taxes / longer winterw / cost of food and the cost of electricity is crazy and we cannot justify staying any longer! This province is literally sucking the life out of us and our $. At least out west, we could save a little but here, everytime we turn around someone wants a dollar!-
This province caters only to Seniors and unless you are planning on retiring here, I suggest you move somewhere else. If you do move here, I have a beautiful house on 200ft of lake to sell you. The cost of houses are low because unless you are from "away", coming here with $, it will NOT sell. The property taxes are more that AB.
Cheers from Stuck!
bcnot thebest

Surrey, Canada

#15 Mar 29, 2011
I would have to say that I have lived in BC all my life and it is not as nice as people may think. It is very expensive to live here or to buy a house. You will never own a house here, the bank will always own it, unless you are already rich. House tax is huge. Crime rate is very high in all of the parts I have lived in, Kootenays, Interior and the Coast. Violence in schools is high. Sure the scenery is beautiful and there is lots to do...if you can find the time and money to do it. You have to work your ass off just to pay to live here let alone play here. You can find good jobs if you are willing to commute or live in busy crowded areas.
If you have alot of money, then yes, BC can be nice. If you are an average joe, you will be working to pay for a house you will never own.
Elaine

Victoria, Canada

#16 Apr 2, 2011
Katie wrote:
Hi everyone! My fiance and I are born and raised British Columbians, never been back east before. We are both in our mid-20's and average blue-collar workers. Both of our families live in BC, but we have seriously been considering moving to Nova Scotia, mainly because of the slower-paced way of life (or so we've heard), and the much cheaper cost of living. Everyone (friends and family) thinks we are absolutley out of our minds for even considering leaving behind "beautiful BC" for "Nova Scotia of all places!!". Yes BC is gorgeous, but it is just getting too darn expensive to live here. As our wedding date approaches, we are looking to buy a house, and it is almost out of reach for us here in BC. We don't know anyone who has moved to Nova Scotia, but we have done tons of research over the last few months, and it almost seems like Nova Scotia is the perfect place for us, and it's just calling our names! We also want a smaller, lower-crime rate, safe, laid-back kind of place to raise our (future) family. So, I have some questions for some of you folks that live in Nova Scotia, anyone who is willing to answer (and it would be very much appriciated!). Basically, we just want to know, what is it really like living in Nova Scotia? What are the people like? What are some good areas to consider living in? We want to move to a smaller town (under 20,000 or so), not too far from Halifax (an hour or 2 or so). What is the weather like? Job oppertunities? The only thing that is really holding us back from moving like right now is that we are going to be so far away from our friends and families. Anyways, please if anyone has any helpful responses to any of our questions it would be very much appriciated! Someone told me that maritimers have a hard time accepting west coasters for some reason. Is that at all true? I always thought that the people over there were extremely warm and welcoming? Thanks for reading!
Hi Katie, I see this post is about a year old so not sure if you are still checking this. Did you move??
We are considering the exact same thing as yourselves, however we are a bit older, early fifties. We have been to Nova Scotia and spoken to lots who live there, have lived there and also people who have moved there from BC. I have only heard positive comments. We feel we cannot afford to live here anymore. We would like to retire in a few years and so maybe only looking for part time work so again our situation is a bit different. My advise would be to give it a try, but rent. Stay for a year and live through the seasons. Good luck! Elaine, Victoria, BC
Streamto

Toronto, Canada

#17 Apr 13, 2011
Hi
I'm considering buying a lake side house in NS for retirement. I'm wondering if there are areas that I should avoid because they are flood prone. Is Barrington area safe from flood?
Thanks for any kind input.
tiffanybc

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#18 Apr 15, 2011
Brenda wrote:
I stumbled across this post tonight while asking my bf "I wonder if there are any forums for BC expats who have moved to NS". so,not sure if you'll still get to read this, but I moved here from BC and I'd agree with alot of the above. finding work here can be tricky and it seems that there is some discrimination against 'people from away'. personally I've tried to work my way around this, by going online and finding myself a good man from rural NS to clobber over the head and drag off to the country with me; country living is especially cheap here, coming from BC. I'd recommend you snap up a large country estate, with land, and fence it off with razor wire before peak oil and global fresh water shortages strikes and the americans come marching over the border wanting to take our resources; NS gets my vote as best place to survive the looming apocalypse. way better than Richmond/Ladner/Delta BC which is just going liqueify and disappear when the big one hits. I still get homesick for BC though, from time to time, but overall I'd say that the quality of life is much better here. and I think in time this province will fill up so much with refugees from BC who cashed out on the hot housing market, that the whole being from away thing won't matter anymore. just like when BC filled up with Ontario people and seemed to outnumber people born in BC. small towns near HFX: there are dozens!
this post is late but was wondering where in bc your from??? I've been thinking about moving to Nova Scotia...any thoughts?? I'am from Vancouver Island.
BC2NS

Surrey, Canada

#19 Apr 21, 2011
We are moving in May to NS from Vancouver. YOu would be surprised on how many BC folks are moving out there now, they are buying up NS property like mad. Anyone have any suggestions on a cheaper way to move across canada? We are trying to do it by rail but the person we need to talk to is not returning our calls or emails, how unprofessional. We are thinking of buying our own container or tractor trailer and getting it driven over..... any thoughts?
BC TOO EXPENSIVE

Coquitlam, Canada

#20 Apr 27, 2011
BC2NS wrote:
We are moving in May to NS from Vancouver. YOu would be surprised on how many BC folks are moving out there now, they are buying up NS property like mad. Anyone have any suggestions on a cheaper way to move across canada? We are trying to do it by rail but the person we need to talk to is not returning our calls or emails, how unprofessional. We are thinking of buying our own container or tractor trailer and getting it driven over..... any thoughts?
I'd like to know if you've received an answer to your question about moving across Canada. Also, did you find out how much the property taxes are in NS?...say for a $100,000 home?

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