Nova Scotia: Cheap Living and Retirement in Canada's Hidden ParadiseWritten 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 in North Atlantic on Canada's east coast, Nova Scotia is a little-known paradise steeped in Scottish, Irish and English history. For potential expatriate or retiree, Nova Scotia has a lot to offer...cheap real estate, a low cost of living, unspoiled natural environment, friendly people and lifestyle opportunities to suit virtually every taste. Coastal property prices are among lowest in North America and with local government rolling out red carpet to newcomers, it has 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 between Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Canada’s second-smallest province (21,425 square miles), Nova Scotia is about half 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); largest being Cape Breton, which is nearly a quarter size of mainland Nova Scotia. Most of Nova Scotia’s population is concentrated along coast. The largest city is capital, Halifax, in which about 40% of province’s population lives (much of 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.
Live 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, beautiful colors of autumn, and friendliness of its people, make it one of most livable places in North America. Nova Scotia has a bit of something for everyone: old-world European architecture, everything is close to water, New England-style charm, great restaurants and leisure opportunities, and slow-paced towns that haven't changed much since 19th Century, where fishing and enjoying outdoors is a way of life. The climate is another plus. Summer temperatures range from mid 60s to low 80s, with winters being much milder (with less snow) that you'd expect to see north of border. Like United States, Canada has a fully democratic system that respects individual rights and freedoms. In fact, Canada has some of strictest personal and financial privacy laws in world.
Bryce Canyon National ParkWritten by Gregg Strand
Bryce Canyon is a small national park in southwestern Utah. Named after 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 from eastern edge of Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and dissolving power of rainwater has shaped colorful limestone rock of 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 of most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.
It is uniqueness of rocks that caused Bryce Canyon to be designated as a national park. The hoodoos are formed when ice and rainwater wear away weak limestone that makes up Claron Formation. However hoodoos geologic story is also closely tied to rest of Grand Staircase region and Cedar and Black Mountains volcanic complex. In short, Bryce has enough fascinating geology to fill a textbook.