Life in Nova Scotia

How Can I Find a Family Doctor in Nova Scotia?

If you have been following the Nova Scotia news, you’ll be aware that we have an acute shortage of doctors in our province.

Approximately 15 per cent of Nova Scotians are waiting for a family doctor or nurse practitioner, the highest tally the province has seen seen launching the Need A Family Practice Registry in […]

Are You Coming to Nova Scotia for the Weather?

One of the big attractions for us in moving to Canada was the weather. A lot of the UK, in case anybody doesn’t know, can be very “grey” and “drizzly”.

Having lived in Nova Scotia for nearly 16 years and coming from Wales, I can honestly say the weather here is pretty decent. Now, that’s […]

What’s It Like Living in Halifax, Nova Scotia?

Thank you to Richard Payne of Halifax Homes and Lifestyles for sharing this blog post that he wrote. Check out www.richardpayne.ca for more valuable blog posts on living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Of course, everyone will have their own opinion of what it is like living in Halifax, Nova Scotia and here is […]

Nova Scotia’s School System

Public Schools

In Nova Scotia, most residents attend public
school, starting at age 5 with grade Primary in elementary school.

Children who will be at least four years old by December 31 of the school year now have the option to access free, universal pre-primary education. More information on the Pre-primary program can be found here.

*Please […]

Black Fly – the Downside of Living in Nova Scotia

From mid May until the end of June (sometimes early July) we are blessed with black fly season.  There are many species of black fly within Canada (approximately 165) but only two that swarm and bite and we have this type here in Nova Scotia 🙁

Unlike mosquitos, black flies lay their eggs on moving […]

School Catchment Areas and Maps for Halifax Regional School Board

Hey everyone!

For people moving to Halifax with children, one of their main priorities is to find a good school and to get their children settled in their new environment as quickly as possible. As the province doesn’t appear to publish a school ranking guide, it’s sometimes a word of mouth or trusting-your-own-instincts kind of […]

Buying Your First Home in Nova Scotia

Hey everyone,

I’m not going to go into the home buying process here in Canada – that’s Richard’s area of expertise – and he’d be more than happy to share his knowledge with you.

The purpose of today’s blog is to get you thinking about a few practical things when the time comes to buying your […]

The Canadian Way of Holidaying: A Rethink

Holidaying in Canada: As we enter our 10th year of living in Nova Scotia, we are very much settled in the Canadian way of holidaying, yet as a Brit, it took a little adjustment as we initially found it quite unusual.

The reason we did find it unusual at the time is, I suspect because we’ve […]

Exploring Nova Scotia in the Winter: Fun Things to Do in the Annapolis Valley

If you are fairly new to living here, chances are you will be spending a lot of your spare time and weekends exploring Nova Scotia, I know we certainly did.

If you fancy taking a road trip to explore further afield, there are some wonderful things to see and do in the Annapolis Valley. Not […]

At What Age Do Children Start School in Nova Scotia?

Before I give a rundown of what happens and what age your children can start school in Nova Scotia, I should tell you that the age a child starts school in Canada is not standardized across the whole country. It would certainly be helpful for some kind of unification.

Education is compulsory between the ages […]

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