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Your Home by the Sea
The Province of Nova Scotia is 575 kilometers (359 miles) long and on average 130 Kms (81 miles) wide with 7,500 Kms (4,687 miles)
of coastline. Land area is 53,000 square Kms. (20,460 sq miles). Total Population is around 1 million at a density of around 19 persons/sq.Km.
(49 per sq. mile.) Compared this to the Netherlands with 387 persons/ sq.Km (1,000 per sq. mile, ) and you can imagine how quiet it
still is here.
Located at 59° to 67° Longitude and 43° to 48° Latitude this places Halifax south of Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, Minneapolis,
Portland-Oregon and even a little south of Milan-Italy.
In the 1800’s Nova Scotia was a wealthy Province, benefiting as the east coast Canadian entry/exit point and from Trade with Europe
and North-South trade – both legal and illegal - with the United States and the West Indies. Main outgoing trade items were cod, furs,
timber, hay, agricultural products, salt pork, woolen goods and ships. Incoming goods were many, however Rum and Molasses as well
as ginger, coriander and cumin have remained a part of Nova Scotia’s cuisine and cultural heritage. Most of the grand older homes
belonged to ships captains and people connected to shipbuilding or ocean trade.
Surrounded by water, the climate in Nova Scotia can change dramatically in just a couple of hours. Temperatures can drop 15 C (59F) in an hour and squalls can quickly appear. Take warm clothes with you just in case. The sun is also stronger than is apparent so if you intend to spend much time outside use a sunscreen or wear a hat. Bugs can be bothersome at some times and in certain areas. If these bother you use some type of repellant. Keep you eye out for local signs announcing current events, as these may be interesting. Also many communities have fund raising suppers where you can have a home cooked meal at very reasonable price and meet friendly local people.
These homes often have a “widows walk” at the very top where the wife would look lovingly and longingly out to sea for hubby’s return.
Many were the times, when the good captain failed to return hence the name “widows walk”.
Most of this trade stopped when Canada became
a confederation and the government started to encouraged east to west trade. Access to the United States became limited to specific
crossing points, none of which were advantageous to this Province. Nova Scotia’s wealth then saw a decline and today it is one of
the poorer less industrialized provinces in Canada. This has its advantages in providing an excellent quality of life in a world fast
becoming overcrowded and increasingly hectic. Recent substantial offshore natural gas finds will in future contribute to the economy.
Of course, we always welcome the transfer payments from the richer Provinces.
Wallace Bay looking East, with Malagash in the background
Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
Cabot Trail - Cape Breton