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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Halifax, CANADA

Just a short drive from Halifax, Canada, lie some of Nova Scotia’s best beaches. The region north of the city offers excellent surfing while the inner-city Point Pleasant Park provides a quick escape from downtown. For safe, warm swimming waters, head to the interior lakes. 

Located on a lovely and huge natural harbor there are ample opportunities to live on the waterfront or near the water for a reasonable price. Halifax, now a community within the Halifax Regional Municipality,  is welcoming to new residents and visitors (check Canadian laws regarding residence for non-Canadians, permanent residential status may be required to live here full-time.) Anyone may buy property in Nova Scotia.

Halifax now incorporates three cities which were previously independent: Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford, and rural Halifax County. The combined Halifax Regional Municipality has a population of 360,000.  The weather is surprisingly mild for Canada, due to its location well to the south of Montreal.  There are several universities in Halifax including Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University.

Where to Retire in Halifax and Home Prices

There are ample housing opportunities for active adults who want to live in Halifax. Prices and atmospheres differ dramatically by neighborhood.The south end of the Halifax peninsula is the most expensive and the most charming. Rural areas to the inland, many of which are on lakes, offer extremely reasonable prices. We have been unable to find any active adult communities near Halifax, although we believe they must exist.
Home prices tend to be roughly equivalent to U.S. levels, with plenty of modest homes available in the $100's (Canadian). More stately homes on the water can be in the $700's to over $1 million. Still, it is a relative bargain for waterfront or waterfront area property. Here is a link to a map of Halifax.

What Is Special about Halifax

•    Beautiful, unspoiled  setting
•    More than 3800 islands – some are for sale
•    Low prices for waterfront living
•    Charming downtown and harbor areas
•    Irish, Scottish, and English heritage

What Is Not Special about Halifax

• It is far from anything • Could become small world unless you like living in small environment • It’s still Canada, winters are cold and the water is never swimmable

Climate and Physical Environment

Halifax is situated on the eastern coast of Canada. It's climate is milder than inland Canada. The province is half the size of Pennsylvania. The town is on one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The coastline is craggy and immense, the interior is heavily wooded. The mean Jan. temperature is 24 F. There is plenty of precipitation year-round; the climate has a maritime influence.


Compared to the rest of Canada, Halifax's crime rate is relatively high.

Medical Facilities

There are many hospitals in Halifax


Halifax Regional Airport is just outside of town

Valuable Links

Halifax on Wikipedia

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