FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ANSWERS TO THE MOST ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LUNENBURG COUNTY
Where is Lunenburg County Located?
Lunenburg County is located approximately 100 kilometres, or one hours drive from Nova Scotia's capital city of Halifax- about 90 minutes from Halifax International Airport. It's also centrally located just an hours drive from the Annapolis Valley, from Martock, a ski hill, as well from the loyalist community of Shelburne.
What are housing costs like?
Just like any community, you'll find a wide variety of housing costs- from a million dollars to uner $100,000. Housing prices vary from community to community. Real estate can be found on a number of websites, but our Multiple Listing Service (MLS) can be found here. A very good tool for searching real estate in Nova Scotia that includes a map can be found here.
Is there a french school nearby?
is rent affordable?
There are a variety of rental options from community to community. We have apartment buildings, duplexes, single home dwellings, and the price will vary, anywhere from $800 to $1500 approximately. Just like jobs, rentals are found in a variety of ways, from Kijiji, to classifieds, to bulletin boards in the local grocery store, to learning about one from a friend in your yoga class. If you're not here yet, and you don't have a friend, or, if you're like me and don't particularly like yoga, you can consider me your very first friend and I can ask around for you. I make no promises, but I have helped a number of newcomers find rentals that they're very happy with. Email me here.
do you have a mosque?
where can i find a listing of jobs?
Career Beacon is a popular job search tool in Nova Scotia, but there others. Indeed, Kijiji, and Cream are others. It's best to reach out to companies that are of interest to you to learn of positions that are available. Better yet, reach out to NOW Lunenburg County and we'll help direct you based on your interest and expertise. We'll tell you, for example, that if you're a teacher, our South Shore Regional Centre for Education posts job listings on Tuesday at 4pm here.
WHere will my children go to school?
What are the winters like there?
We have fantastic snowshoeing, pond hockey, cross country skiing, we have outdoor winter bone fires and no much winter fun. At times, we also have blizzards that can shut us down for a time, but we have amazing public works people who look after things promptly.
Is there public transportation there?
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How welcoming is Lunenburg COunty to new people?
I hear taxes are high there. What should we expect?
We rely on internet for our home-based business. What should I know about rural internet?
You'll find that the towns in Lunenburg County offer highspeed internet. Outside of those communities you really should double-check prior to buying a home. There are 'forces at work' who are trying to fix this and are fighting to bring accessible, affordable and reliable internet to Lunenburg County. Until then, Lunenburg County does have a few co-working spaces that are perfect "hubs" where people can work, gather and even collaborate. Click here to learn more.
Is Lunenburg County culturally diverse?
We've got a lot going in on Lunenburg County! Our South Shore Mulicultural Society is awesome and active. We have a YREACH centre at our local YMCA who offers settlement support. If it's language skills that you require, Eurocentres can help you!
That is not to say we are as culturally diverse as we could be and we're always eager to learn from other counties and cultures. An example of that would be a Julio. Julio moved to Lunenburg County from Cuba. He knew he needed to learn better English. He also knew how to salsa dance! So he began teaching salsa to some fun folks in Lunenburg County. He also missed baseball in his home country- but lucky for him, and us, he joined the local youth baseball league as a coach and quickly became a real recognized and well-liked in the community. Before he knew it, he was speaking incredible English and made incredible friends!
What is the best way to meet new friends?
As we always tell people who are new to Lunenburg County, if you want to meet new people, go to a community breakfast! You'll find them in most communitites in our county- actually, in the province! In firehalls, legions, community halls- community breakfasts are a great way to meet people because they're really good fundraisers. The fact that the breakfasts are typically amazing, and affordable, it simply a bonus.
What we love about these community breakfasts for newcomers is that the tables are long and seat many, which means you are forced to sit with others. And even for the most shy people, it's truly an easy way to meet people.
We also have many farmers markets in Lunenburg County; another great friend-finding event. And if you want a hero's welcome, go to your local fire department. They're always looking for new volunteers. In fact, if you are looking to give back to the community and volunteer, you'll have no trouble making new friends. There is no shortage pf places for you to get involved and meet new people. Click here for a really great Provincial tool to help you!
How are homes heated?
Home heating makes up half the energy bill in most Nova Scotian homes. Energy Nova Scotia provides comparisons on the efficiency of the various types of heating systems available. When buying or renting a home or an apartment you should ask about the cost of electricity and heat.