Wondering what it’s like living in Halifax, Nova Scotia? Read on….


Hey everyone,


I’ve fallen way behind on blogging for Moving 2 Nova Scotia and have been answering all your questions directly. But with a new (ish) month and with the children finally back in school, I’ve decided to pick up where I left off.


Today I am putting down on paper, a few pros and cons of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I mostly have pros living here (you MUST know that I love living here) but let’s be honest, there are disadvantages too!


It’s by no means a comprehensive list – it’s just my personal opinion. So please feel free to add to it if you would like…..I do have the tendency to see everything through rose tinted glasses 🙂


In a nutshell, here’s a few of the advantages and disadvantages of living in Nova Scotia:



  • Housing is affordable and you get a lot of home for your money (check out www.richardpayne.ca for the prices of homes to see for yourself)
  • Your daily commute is likely to be a pleasurable experience!
  •  We have parks galore and great outdoor pursuits. There’s lots going on, particularly during the summer months
  • If you are into festivals and live music, you’ll love Halifax. It doesn’t rival other Canadian cities in terms of headliners, but its great for local talent.
  • It’s just friendly, has great food (I would say it rivals top cities in terms of quality if not diversity).
  • They are really trying to engage and improve the city in many ways (for example, the public commons  includes free outdoor sporting areas and free equipment rental).
  • Depending on your job, you may get paid more here. That was certainly the case for Richard’s Accounting job and for my RN position.

The worst parts:

  • Taxes. We pay the highest income tax in the country.
  • Healthcare/ education, etc… Basically, public services aren’t funded as well as in other provinces. Everything takes longer.
  • You will need a car especially if you live outside the downtown core. I don’t use public transit very often but I’ve been told it could do with improving
  • Old town-ness of Halifax. Its part of the charm but many of the local politics we have are a symptom of “but we’ve always done it this way!”
  • If you like to shop, you may be disappointed. Halifax has horrible shopping in comparison to other cities – although it definitely is much better than 10 years ago when we first arrived!
  • If you like to travel, traveling from Halifax is not so easy. Most flights you need to fly back to Toronto before leaving the country. You can usually get direct and cheaper flights from other Canadian cities.


So there you have it. Just a few pointers to think about. As always, feel free to drop us a line hello@moving2novascotia.com and we will do our very best to answer your questions!


Have a great week.


Jane and Richard

Moving 2 Nova Scotia