Enjoy Seaside Scenery in Nova Scotia!
The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has been described as “Canada’s ocean playground,” boasting over 100 beautiful beaches and easy access to the sea! Nova Scotia immigration is also popular among many newcomers to Canada.
Nova Scotia (which is Latin for “New Scotland”) is unique from other Canadian provinces in that it consists mainly of a peninsula (attached to the Canadian mainland and surrounded by water on three sides) and approximately 3,800 islands, including the larger Cape Breton Island to the north. It is also the second smallest province in Canada, yet “big” when it comes to opportunities for foreign nationals who have been issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada!
Located on the east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia is bordered by the Canadian province of New Brunswick to the northwest and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the other three sides, with the Bay of Fundy to the west; the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east; and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the north. The US state of Maine is located due west from Nova Scotia, across the Bay of Fundy. The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island is immediately north of Nova Scotia and is the only province in Canada that is smaller than Nova Scotia.
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The population of Nova Scotia was 921,727 as of 2011. Because of its small size (only 53,338 square kilometers), Nova Scotia has the second highest population density of any province or territory in Canada, with around one-third of its people living in or around its largest city (and provincial capital) of Halifax, which had a population of 390,096 in 2011. Nonetheless, there is plenty of room for new immigrants who have received a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada.
Many of the towns and cities in Nova Scotia are located on the coast, so if you always wanted to live near the sea, perhaps in a picturesque “fishing village” with waves crashing against the rocks, pine trees coming up to the shoreline, and sailing ships docked in the harbor, there are many historic, scenic, seaside towns (such as Lunenburg) to choose from if you are granted a Worker Visa for Canada and decide on Nova Scotia immigration.
As with other Canadian provinces, there are beautiful places to go camping, hiking, bicycling, fishing, picnicking and boating in Nova Scotia. The province has around 125 provincial parks, plus two national parks – Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Nova Scotia’s first national park, established in 1936) and gorgeous Kejimkujik National Park with its amazing old growth forests! Thus, if you are granted a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada and enjoy nature, Nova Scotia immigration can provide you with many great places in which to participate in outdoor recreational activities!
It can be foggy in Nova Scotia, which helps to explain why there are more lighthouses in Nova Scotia (around 150-160!) than any other Canadian province (plus, of course, this province has around 3,800 islands). In fact, the oldest functioning lighthouse in the Americas is the Sambro Island lighthouse, built back in 1758! Some of these lighthouses are open for tours and, of course, provide great photo opportunities for lighthouse enthusiasts!
If you decide on settling in Halifax after applying for Canadian immigration and receiving a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada, you’ll find much to experience in this incredible coastal city. Some popular places to relax and enjoy nature include the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park. Halifax has several interesting museums and historic sites to explore, such as the Citadel National Historic Site (which also offers a great view of the city); Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; and the Canadian Museum of Immigration (located at Pier 21). The Halifax Metro Centre is a common venue for watching a hockey match or listening to a concert. You can also enjoy a play or musical at the Neptune Theatre. Finally, Halifax has many great places to eat, drink and go shopping.
The economy in Nova Scotia has experienced positive growth of around 1% for 2012, with experts forecasting an increase of 1.7-2.1% in economic growth in 2013. According to the Nova Scotia government (October 25, 2012), there was an increase of about 2.5% in average weekly earnings for all workers in Nova Scotia between January 2012 and August 2012, with the average weekly income being $784.05 in Nova Scotia during this same timeframe. The Nova Scotia government reports that there is particular interest by employers in the province for people with education and experience in: aerospace and defense, agriculture, business, construction, energy, environment management, finance, film and television, natural resources, transportation and utilities. Therefore, if you decide on Nova Scotia immigration after being issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada, you may find employment opportunities in the above professions or in other business sectors!