Many Americans are threatening to flee to their northern neighbours in Canada if Donald Trump is elected as the President of the United States. And this was brought into brighter focus when Rob Calabrese, a radio host in Sydney NS, made national news by launching the fittingly named website Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins.
News companies including the likes of CNN have picked up on the popularity of the cheeky website inviting Americans to make the move and are following up on the story after the website attracted more than 300,000 visitors in the past two weeks and caused the Cape Breton Island website to crash due to the volume of visitors.
Calabrese’s site calls for Americans to move to Cape Breton and has focused on the positives that Cape Breton has to offer, such as the health care, maternity leave, picturesque setting, affordable housing and of course – no Donald Trump!
It’s not the frozen wasteland that you might think. Encompassing a little over 3,981 square miles (just 47 square miles smaller than Hawaii’s Big Island) and with miles of coastline Cape Breton Island enjoys some fabulous summers with highs in the 80’s. Winters in Cape Breton are very similar to what you would experience in the Northeast US.
After Trump’s strong performance on Super Tuesday, Google searches on “How to move to Canada” surged, with a 350% increase between 8pm and midnight alone. Is this evidence that American Democrats are looking to flock to Canada should the controversial Trump win the race for the US presidency? It certainly appears that many Americans are considering the move and with the positive publicity for Cape Breton, the question has to be asked – what about the rest of Nova Scotia?
Well, like Cape Breton, much of Nova Scotia offers picturesque settings, beautiful oceans and beaches and all the services that one would expect to find north of the border. Although property prices are typically cheaper on Cape Breton Island many Americans looking to make the move may find that they are surprised at how affordable property is throughout the province.
With an abundance of lakes and a rugged coast line there is no shortage of spectacular waterfront property at a fraction of the cost of much of the Eastern US Seaboard.
The population over much of Nova Scotia has been shrinking and the provincial government have a number of different streams for people to immigrate to Nova Scotia making it more straightforward than you might think.
Halifax, the Provincial Capital of Nova Scotia, is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and considered a major economic centre in eastern Canada and is more of a metropolitan centre than Cape Breton but still famous for its friendly inhabitants and ‘small town feel’. With a number of art galleries, theatres, museums and the influence of a large population of post-secondary students the city is vibrant and offers lots of culture to enjoy.
The surrounding suburban areas around Halifax, as well as the city itself, makeup Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) where you will find the majority of the national-quality sports and entertainment facilities within the Province. With the diversity of areas within HRM there is a neighbourhood for everyone, whether visitors are looking to be downtown, have an acre of their own, be on the water or be out in the countryside in complete privacy.
The Annapolis Valley is another part of the Province that is very popular with visitors and locals alike. Located to the Northwest of Halifax the valley stretches through three different counties and is formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy, famous for its tidal bore. Here you will find vineyards and picture postcard perfect farmlands dotted throughout the sprawling countryside.
The average family home is very affordable across the Province with an average of around CAD $205,000 as of January 2016. If you’re looking to find a home in Nova Scotia you’re sure to be surprised at the variety and affordability.
Nova Scotia, as a whole, has much to offer then with the dramatic landscape of Cape Breton Island, rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley, Halifax; the largest city in Atlantic Canada, and the world famous Fundy Bay tidal bore. We look forward to seeing our southern neighbours and any other visitors or people looking to move to Nova Scotia soon.