Moving from the west coast to Halifax?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Commuter Boy, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,260
    Location:
    Canoodia
    Honestly - I've lived in the maritimes my whole life and travelled all over the world for work. Other places are nice to visit - but no where else is home.

    Given the choice? I'd live outside the city and commute. Windsor, Falmouth, Enfield, Elmsdale, Timberlea, Porter's Lake. Any of those areas that are closer to the city, the higher the price of real estate. Those areas are also the same zone for Gas Price regulation and cheapest in the Province.

    Best Prices for Groceries? There are some great Farmer's Markets and some Mom and Pop type places that have limited selection, but great prices. Look up CUTS Meat Market or CHOPS Meat Market. Honestly can't beat their produce prices. There are places that sell milk at cost and once you know where you're going to live, the easier they are to find.

    Farmer's Markets can get you the rest of your Farm Fresh Produce - there are communities that have their own Saturday Markets and then all the road side places as well.

    Entertainment? Neptune Theatre if you're into live and the requisite Movie Theatres around. Great local music as well. The Union Street in Berwick has great local/Nova Scotia talent on Friday nights. Other places like the Evergreen will bring you some awesome intimate and interactive acts like Bif Naked. (That lady is tiny!). The Metro Centre also offers some big name singers throughout the year. Downtown Halifax has some great pubs and bars with live music.

    The more rural areas will offer homes with acreage. Hobby Farms are common. While it will create an issue with travel in Winter - a decent compact tractor can be purchased for 20k brand new with 0% financing every spring. The Windsor/Falmouth area will also offer lower property taxes.

    Your experience will be dictated by how outgoing you are. There are anecdotes about how CFA (Come from always) are treated. I don't consider the wholly accurate or inaccurate. I'm sure both sides of the coin are true. I have neighbours I'm friendly with - I'll help them out when they need it, but we're not having block parties every weekend.
    (Mind you I tend to insulate myself from people because of my job and there are few whom I actually let into the inner circle).

    It's a slower pace here. It's different from out west.

    Taxes are high. Nova Scotia is a have not Province. Most traditional industries have been desecrated by modernization, Government quota cuts or just changes in the way the world views things. Nova Scotia is a province trying to find itself in a changing world and is realizing it's forgotten it's glasses in the car. White Collar professionals usually have an easier time than labour based blue collar workers.

    Does that help at all?
    #21
    Maggot12 likes this.
  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Oddometer:
    13,139
    Location:
    Canada's ocean playground
    Not sure if it helps him, but that's well put.
    #22
  3. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2003
    Oddometer:
    4,036
    Location:
    Burnaby, BC
    Very helpful, thank you.
    #23
  4. Green1

    Green1 Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 26, 2015
    Oddometer:
    14
    Location:
    Canada
    You just have to remember the Maritime mentality,"if you want it we'll get it,if you want it today go somewhere else" but it is getting better and Ikea just opened
    #24
  5. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,260
    Location:
    Canoodia
    I have my moments
    #25
  6. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 25, 2013
    Oddometer:
    500
    Location:
    Goose Bay, Labrador
    The winters are the worst thing about NS. You just can't count on getting snow, the snow never lasts for very long. Give me a real Canadian winter anyday.

    Ah, well, you can rest easy, because your fears are completely unfounded.

    There seems to be a few posts that were removed. Probably a good thing from what I can tell.

    Personally, I don't like the Maritimes because of the short winters and shortage of crown land/wilderness. But that's because my idea of fun is backcountry snowmobile riding.

    In the summer I love all three Maritime provinces. I lived in Halifax for a number of years when I was younger, and thought it was a great city, with lots to do. If not for the crappy winters I'd probably never have left.
    #26