Located in the North Atlantic on Canada’s East coast, Nova Scotia is a little-known paradise immersed in Scottish, Irish and English history that is perfect for a full or part-time retreat. Gradually, more Americans are becoming aware of what Canadians and Europeans have known for years; Nova Scotia has a lot to offer including the natural beauty of the unspoiled coast, inexpensive real estate, a low cost of living, friendly people, and lifestyle opportunities for every taste.
Conveniently located only two hours by plane from New York or Boston, it has the benefit of feeling a world away while still being close enough to family and friends. There are hourly flights to both these cities, as well as daily flights to cities throughout the U.S. Your family will be glad to visit you while hoping to get a glimpse of one of the many celebrities with homes in Nova Scotia including Billy Joel, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson.
Getting a peak of your favorite celebrity is not the only perk to living in Nova Scotia. The cost of living is extremely low in every aspect of life especially when paying with U.S. dollars which is currently stronger than the Canadian dollar. A four bedroom home overlooking the harbor in a delightful private neighborhood would cost around ,000. Cable TV will run you under a month and home telephone service around a month. A meal at an enchanting local restaurant including fresh lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, mouthwatering dessert and accompanied with good bottle of local wine will cost about .
Nova Scotia has a democratically elected government similar to the one in the United States, and even preferred by many. It has tough privacy and financial laws which attract retirees from around the world. Compared to the U.S., Nova Scotia has an extremely low crime rate with incidents of violence being even lower. American citizens can stay in Nova Scotia for six months without a visa and can obtain a visa for permanent residence very easily with virtually no paperwork.
Nova Scotia has a bit of something for everyone: old-world European architecture, access to the ocean, New England-style charm, great restaurants and leisure opportunities, and slow-paced towns that haven’t changed much since the 19th Century. Spend a little time in Nova Scotia and you will be seduced by its natural beauty and appeal. If the local government of Nova Scotia continues to attract foreigners, Nova Scotia could become the next North American retirement haven.