Nova Scotia: Cheap Living and Retirement in Canada's Hidden Paradise

Written by Phillip Townsend

A beautiful and inexpensive place in North America where oceanfront and lakeside lots can be had for as little as $10,000 (or a charming 3-bedroom home on several acres can be yours for under $50,000). Sound like a dream? It's not. This slice of Heaven does exist. Nestled inrepparttar North Atlantic on Canada's east coast, Nova Scotia is a little-known paradise steeped in Scottish, Irish and English history. Forrepparttar 143804 potential expatriate or retiree, Nova Scotia has a lot to real estate, a low cost of living, unspoiled natural environment, friendly people and lifestyle opportunities to suit virtually every taste. Coastal property prices are amongrepparttar 143805 lowest in North America and withrepparttar 143806 local government rolling outrepparttar 143807 red carpet to newcomers, it hasrepparttar 143808 potential to become North America’s next great retirement haven.

Nova Scotia has long been a favorite escape for savvy Canadians and Europeans, yet few Americans live or retire in this secretive outpost. Why? Well, perhaps it's because Nova Scotia isn't a destination you stumble across by accident. Almost completely surrounded by water, it lies hidden betweenrepparttar 143809 Atlantic Ocean,repparttar 143810 Bay of Fundy,repparttar 143811 Northumberland Strait, andrepparttar 143812 Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Canada’s second-smallest province (21,425 square miles), Nova Scotia is about halfrepparttar 143813 size of Pennsylvania with a population of just under 1 million people. Its craggy 4,600-mile coastline is dotted with quaint fishing villages, lighthouses and working seaports. Over 3,800 islands lie off its shores (some are for sale);repparttar 143814 largest being Cape Breton, which is nearly a quarter size of mainland Nova Scotia. Most of Nova Scotia’s population is concentrated alongrepparttar 143815 coast. The largest city isrepparttar 143816 capital, Halifax, in which about 40% ofrepparttar 143817 province’s population lives (much ofrepparttar 143818 interior is heavily forested and sparsely populated). The area's most famous part-time residents are Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Roger Moore, and Alan Arkin, all of whom have summer homes here.

Liverepparttar 143819 Good Life...stress free Nova Scotia is one of those places that can seduce you through its sheer natural beauty. The seemingly endless stretches of picturesque coastline, a lush green countryside,repparttar 143820 beautiful colors of autumn, andrepparttar 143821 friendliness of its people, make it one ofrepparttar 143822 most livable places in North America. Nova Scotia has a bit of something for everyone: old-world European architecture, everything is close torepparttar 143823 water, New England-style charm, great restaurants and leisure opportunities, and slow-paced towns that haven't changed much sincerepparttar 143824 19th Century, where fishing and enjoyingrepparttar 143825 outdoors is a way of life. The climate is another plus. Summer temperatures range fromrepparttar 143826 mid 60s torepparttar 143827 low 80s, withrepparttar 143828 winters being much milder (with less snow) that you'd expect to see north ofrepparttar 143829 border. Likerepparttar 143830 United States, Canada has a fully democratic system that respects individual rights and freedoms. In fact, Canada has some ofrepparttar 143831 strictest personal and financial privacy laws inrepparttar 143832 world.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Written by Gregg Strand

Bryce Canyon is a small national park in southwestern Utah. Named afterrepparttar Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1924.

Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved fromrepparttar 143783 eastern edge ofrepparttar 143784 Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging andrepparttar 143785 dissolving power of rainwater has shapedrepparttar 143786 colorful limestone rock ofrepparttar 143787 Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." Tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name, these whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some ofrepparttar 143788 most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.

It isrepparttar 143789 uniqueness ofrepparttar 143790 rocks that caused Bryce Canyon to be designated as a national park. The hoodoos are formed when ice and rainwater wear awayrepparttar 143791 weak limestone that makes uprepparttar 143792 Claron Formation. Howeverrepparttar 143793 hoodoos geologic story is also closely tied torepparttar 143794 rest ofrepparttar 143795 Grand Staircase region andrepparttar 143796 Cedar and Black Mountains volcanic complex. In short, Bryce has enough fascinating geology to fill a textbook.

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