Having lived in Nova Scotia for nearly 10 years and coming from Wales, I can honestly say the weather here is pretty decent. Now, that’s not to say we don’t experience crappy weather events. It seems to be all or nothing in Nova Scotia.
But I know how much us Brits are trying to escape the miserable weather of the UK and when planning a new life in Canada, the weather plays an important part of the decision of where to relocate.
The one thing Nova Scotia has in its favour is that the weather is more manageable than a lot of other provinces. Although Nova Scotia has certainly experienced its fair share of brutal weather. 2003-2004 was particularly devastating with Hurricane Juan destroying parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and then just five months later in February 2004, White Juan, a hurricane strength blizzard dumped 50-100 cm of snow on the province.
Generally, our location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean means our winter temperatures are higher and summer temperatures are a little lower than other Canadian provinces.
For us, making the decision to move here based on the weather was pretty easy. We knew the west coast was too expensive, too busy and too rainy. Alberta was too cold in the winter and the summers were way too short for our liking. Ontario was an option, but we thought it may be a little humid during the summer and the winters are definitely worse than our winters in Nova Scotia.
We are prone to a disturbed, changeable weather system here in Nova Scotia. The temperature fluctuations and the fog can be a pain. Halifax has over 100 days of mist or fog each year. It’s very normal to enjoy a scorching summer day in Fall River, where we live and head to the beach only to experience thick fog and a severe temperature drop.
If you are super curious and like statistics, you can find out the average rainfall and snow in Nova Scotia here but I often find that looking at Canada weather and living with the weather can be very different.
Before I moved to Canada, I was under the impression that Canada= cold, no matter where you went. With Nova Scotia, sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.
There’s a saying, if you don’t like the weather in Nova Scotia, just wait a minute. And sometimes, this is very true.
As always, shout out if we can answer your questions.
Jane & Richard
Moving 2 Nova Scotia