Here’s a hint: imagine yourself somewhere in the American East Coast one hundred years ago, that’s how it feels to be in this special province of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia, which literally means “New Scotland,” has frequently emerged in the list of best places for retirement because of its natural wonders. But more than that, this second smallest and one of the wealthiest Atlantic provinces of Canada is one of the cheap places to retire.

The province is on east of Maine and is only about two hours from New York or Boston. It’s very accessible that’s why most Americans and other tourists opt to go to this beautiful peninsula. Its mainland is connected to North America by the Isthmus of Chignecto and is surrounded by several bays and rivers. On the eastern and southern part of Nova Scotia is the Atlantic Ocean.

It is said that no part in Nova Scotia is farther than 56 km from the sea, so for those who love fresh and cool Atlantic air and the sight of the ocean, Nova Scotia is truly a wondrous place where you can spend your retirement. What’s greater is that cost of living in Nova Scotia remained low in spite its being a wealthy province.

The per capita income in Nova Scotia is just over $30,000 and you can save the 40% of that without being too thrifty. Going here means a lot of savings but definitely, a lot of fun too. It’s an affordable getaway for thousands of tourists from across the globe—why not a perfect haven for expatriates? Apart from being one of the cheap places to retire, it’s one of the most alluring places where you can fully enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Also, one of the reasons why it is considered as one of the cheap places to retire, is its cheap real estate. Oceanfront lots are priced about $10,000 while three-bedroom homes on acreage are sold at about $50,000. Food is also very cheap; you can have a fine dinner with lobster and tasteful local wine for less than $20.

Long before Nova Scotia has been widely known as one of the cheap places to retire, it has already been a favorite retreat destination of English, Scots and Irish. Most of the inhabitants here are of British origin. They were either descendants of the immigrants from the American colonies or travelers who directly came from Britain early in the 19th century.

The great cultural variety in Nova Scotia shows the variety of people living in this province. There are even Germans, Acadian French, blacks, American Indians and perhaps even Asians scattered along the ocean coasts.

Families of those immigrants who still live in their home countries are probably thinking of living here for good too. Now as it is being promoted as one of the cheap places to retire, no wonder many people from other countries and other provinces in Canada as well would be heading to Nova Scotia to settle there for good.

Despite modernity, Nova Scotia has well preserved its pristine beauty. Picturesque sceneries and historical sites abound in Canada, specifically Nova Scotia so over a million of tourists visit the place, especially during summer when climate is pleasantly warm. Being one of the most affordable tourist destinations and now, one of the cheap places to retire, foreigners are encouraged to go to here.

Splendid scenery of the ocean and forests made up of evergreen coniferous trees—fir, spruce, hemlock, and pine—attract the most number of tourists and retirees alike to come to Canada’s perfect retirement haven.

Nova Scotia may be the most populous of all the Canadian provinces, but it’s not as crowded as most U.S. cities are. A lot of Americans visit here and eventually decide to live here permanently not only because its one of cheap places to retire, but it’s so near United States; thus, it is easier to visit relatives back home. In just a couple of hours, you’d be in a totally different world—a heaven-like world—or back to your homeland.

Among the best places to visit in Nova Scotia are: Alexander Graham Bell Museum National Historic Park, Fort Anne National Historic Park, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historical Park, and Halifax Citadel National Historic Park. All these offer breathtaking sceneries and have great historical relevance, not only to the people of Canada but all over the world. The Graham Bell Museum for one features the inventions of Graham Bell, including the telephone.

Now here’s a trivia: Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson and Billy Joel own summer houses here. Yes, these celebrities are all enticed by Nova Scotia’s beauty. Aside from being one of the cheap places to retire, Nova Scotia is truly gifted with heavenly sceneries that afford you a home away from home and a heaven on earth.