About Jane Killeen-Payne

Jane moved to Fall River, NS in 2007 with her husband and at the time 2 kids. Now with 3 kids she shares her knowledge on moving to another country on this website for others doing the same

Living in Nova Scotia: Where Do People Go on Holiday?

When we first moved to Nova Scotia, we found the holiday set up pretty strange.

Unlike the UK, we don’t get half term breaks from school. The new school year starts in September, with a short Christmas break and goes right through to mid-March when school closes for a week.

This is when a lot of families will go […]

What’s So Special About Nova Scotia’s beaches?


If you love the lazy, hazy days of summer and delight in spending your time discovering captivating beaches, I guarantee you will fall in love with the unique beauty of  Nova Scotia’s beaches and rugged coastline.

Having been fortunate enough to travel to many picture-perfect beaches all over the world from the coastline of Australia to Thailand to […]

Moving to Canada: Will it all work out?

Moving to Canada or another country is definitely not for the faint of heart. When we decided to move to Nova Scotia without the security of jobs, people honestly thought we had lost the plot.

Yet, many other people would tell us how brave we were and how they wished they had the guts to do […]

Visiting Nova Scotia for the First Time

We’ve just celebrated Natal Day long weekend which resulted in several parties, backyard bbq’s, hanging out with friends, swimming in the lake and pool, a trip to the busker festival, a ferry ride and generally chilling in the beautiful hot sunshine.

July and August are busy times for us expats with family and friends coming to […]

Working in Nova Scotia – How Many Paid Holidays Will I Get?

And, what’s my annual leave entitlement?

One of the biggest shockers for us UK peeps when moving to Nova Scotia (or any other part of Canada) is the holiday entitlement we are allocated in our new job.

I can’t fully remember what the entitlement was like for Richard’s job in the UK (I’m thinking 4 weeks or […]

Which Country Has the Most Bank Holidays?

I thought we’d chat about Bank Holidays on today’s blog and in particular which country has the most public holidays – Canada or the UK?

Bank holidays are known as public holidays in Canada and unlike the UK, each province of Canada has a differing set of public holidays. For the purpose of today’s blog, […]

What’s the Weather Like in Nova Scotia?

What surprised us most when researching Canada was the weather and how it varied from province to province. Most people think of Canada as very cold, but don’t realise that we have very hot summers too. When choosing a move to Canada, our main weather request was that our province of choice had four […]

There’s No Jobs in Nova Scotia…..Really?

Moving to Nova Scotia and How to Find Work
One of the biggest issues with moving to Nova Scotia seems to be the impression that there is a lack of jobs. We are not sure we would agree. Here’s why….

When we first decided to move to Canada and headed out on a research trip to […]


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