Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Story by Tina Hennigar
Cameron Hall was 16 years old when his family left Mahone Bay and moved to Halifax. “It wasn’t really the best time to start over,” he laughed. But he made great friends, finished out his high school years and then got a college education at Dalhousie University, until an even bigger city, and an even bigger adventure came calling.
Cameron moved to Montreal where he would create video games. His girlfriend, Kayla Tremblay, was taking her graduate degree at McGill University. And then, just like in a good romantic comedy, it was a visit home for Christmas that changed everything.
“My Dad had just moved back to Mahone Bay from Halifax to retire, and being there, it just got me thinking,” Cameron said recalling his Christmas holiday with his dad, Peter and his wife, Ann. “I thought, You know, I think I’d like to live here.”
Cameron and Kayla had been thinking about becoming first-time homeowners. But they weren’t sure they’d ever be able
to afford to buy a house. Perhaps they could in Lunenburg County. Regardless, their jobs weren’t in Lunenburg County. They were in Montreal.
“Then COVID happened and people have discovered that they can work and live wherever they want,” Cameron said. “Studies have shown that people can work remotely now as long as they have good internet access.” Cameron will be working with Hothead Games based out of Vancouver with an office in Halifax.
When I interviewed Cameron he was still living in Montreal waiting for his house to close. By the time this magazine comes out he, Kayla and their Bichon Yorkie, Winston, will be living in Fauxburg, enjoying the one thing he was most looking forward to. “Space. I can’t wait to go outside and not have concrete and cars all around,” he said.
“I really liked being in a cool city,” Cameron said. “There were so many good restaurants and amenities and there are a lot of venues to play in.” Cameron is a musician as well, playing drums and guitar.
I told him he should have no trouble finding new bandmates.
“We have a pretty cool music scene here too,” I reassured him, telling him about the litany of bands we now have and the small venues such as some of the breweries and cafes who book musicians.
There is an exodus happening in Montreal, Cameron tells me, and COVID has accelerated that. And while they will miss
the many friends they’ve made there, once it’s safe, Cameron and Kayla will invite them to come visit and enjoy his old, new hometown.