RELOCATION NOVA SCOTIA INC.
“Where our focus is on your needs & the kind of personal services that have gained us many friends around the world
June and Mark of Mumford Bed and Breakfast are pleased to announce their new business name.
7015 Mumford Road. Halifax Nova Scotia.
Telephone June at 902 446-0766
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Here at Mumford Homestay we specialize in accommodating visitors who are on fact finding trips to Nova Scotia, we understand just how time consuming and expensive a fact finding trip can be. We offer straight forward, no-nonsense advice, in a supportive atmosphere, we have established a network of reliable contacts that can help smooth the way.
Staying with a family already settled in Nova Scotia can be an invaluable experience and one of the best ways to really get a feel of what it is like living here by sharing our first hand experience of living in the local community.
We have interviewed about our work with immigrants by our local newspaper columnist Peter Duffy who writes for The Halifax Herald in an article entitled "British Invasion"
We are also featured in The Building Futures In Canada Website at www.bfic.com
This was project that were were proud to participate in and hope that it introduces Halifax to many people that are thinking of coming here.
Having emigrated in 1996 from UK we understand how far a helping hand can go!
We started writing for "Emigrate Canada" a U.K. publication now named Emigrate Canada, prior to leaving England in 1996 and since arriving in Halifax have hosted successful migrants from Britain, and also from Taiwan, China, Iran and Turkey.
Our experience is that our homestay guests find our ideal location next to the mall, buses downtown etc.is a huge convenience .
We are also within walking distance to Halifax Service Canada offices to obtain a S.I.N. (social insurance number), Access Nova Scotia for driving licenses/ driving test info and registry of vehicles and I.S.I.S.. (Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Agency)
Homestay guests have access to free high speed internet, wireless internet, free parking, laundry facilities and use of kitchen if required.
Our resource page has some valuable information for newcomers.
Except from an early article in Canada News:
Halifax: Canada’s best-kept secret?
In August 2006 my husband Mark and I will be celebrating ten years of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, writes June Spindloe
And the things that first attracted us to the city when we came here for a flying visit a decade ago are the same things that make Halifax, in my opinion, the best kept secret in Canada. Personally it brings me great pleasure to be sitting here typing this article, because when I was in the process of emigrating it was a rare event to find any information about the kind of lifestyle on offer in this wonderful city we now call home.
Anyone who does choose to relocate here will find that Halifax has everything that they need at their fingertips, while Brits will no doubt notice the city's many British connections. For the history buffs out there Halifax has a rich British heritage. Founded by General Cornwallis with 2,500 British colonists in tow, the city was once the home port of the Royal Navy, and was an extremely patriotic place towards the UK.
Over the years Halifax has developed into a vibrant community with a reputation for friendliness and fine dining. There is an eclectic mix of restaurants to choose from for those who wish to dispense with cooking for an evening, far too numerous to mention here, in fact. A few of mine and Mark's favourites include Ryan Duffy's Steak House, where you can choose a fabulous steak from a cut which you select at the table, and McKelvies, which is renowned for its seafood, Atlantic salmon and Digby scallops.
If you enjoy simply watching the world go by then you could spend your lunch times sipping coffee at Second Cup coffee shop on Spring Garden Road or join the crowds sitting outside the Spring Garden Library where the chip wagon parks almost everyday, offering delicious 'English-style' chips right out of the paper. Almost all dining in downtown Halifax is accompanied by live music, ranging from traditional Maritime toe tapping fiddle music to jazz and popular live bands.
To check out the local music scene, entertainment and events it's wise to take a look at the city's popular weekly free newspaper The Coast. The closest thing to a British pub atmosphere in Halifax can be found at Maxwell Plum's, which is well known for stocking all Nova Scotian brewed draught beer along with many imported beers. This is also a popular haunt for football (soccer) fans. When I'm having an English food craving I visit Pete's Frootique or Delish both owned by ex-pats.
Hitting the shops
The city has a number of shopping districts. The most popular is the downtown/waterfront area where the small streets are crammed full of lots of different shops, featuring handcrafts made by local artisans, boutiques, restaurants, roof-top patios and Halifax's famous Farmers Market. If you enjoy shopping for fresh vegetables, organic produce and delicious baked goods then this market is the place for you.
A major plus of shopping in downtown Halifax is that you'll never get lost. Just remember, it's downhill to the waterfront and uphill to our famous city landmark 'The Citadel'.
Like most cities, Halifax has a number of shopping malls, born out of the necessity to shop during inclement weather. Generally open open from 9.30am to 9.00pm six days a week and 12noon to 5pn on Sunday, and there is always plenty of free parking available.
Finally as far as shopping for food is concerned you will have no trouble selecting from a huge variety of food items at the many grocery stores in Halifax. The one I love to shop in is the Atlantic Superstore, which has everything under one roof. There is a gym, child-minding facilities, community centre and even a doctor's office. You will find ample parking, groceries are packed into shopping bags at the check out for you and there are even parcel pick ups for days when you don't want to load the car yourself.
On a final note let's not forget the other amenities that Halifax has to offer. These include the Rebecca Cohen and Neptune Theatres, an art gallery, several cinemas including an Imax theatre, as well as a number of libraries and community centres. There is also lots of space and a number of parks and public gardens, hence Halifax's nickname 'The City of Trees'.
The Public Gardens, located right in the centre of town, is one of my two personal favourite places to visit. It has winding pathways, fountains and stately trees and is surrounded by Victorian flower beds and a band stand where concerts are played on summer afternoons. My other favourite place is the Point Pleasant Park, given to the residents of Halifax in 1873 by Queen Victoria. Its 186 acres covers the southern tip of the peninsular, and is a popular spot all year round due to its walking trails, which appeal to joggers and cyclists as much as they do to strollers.
Halifax: General facts
Halifax is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, which is latin for New Scotland.
Halifax is currently Canada's 13th most populous city, with a population of 403,000.
The city endures an average annual temperature of 60C, although summers are fairly hot.
Halifax is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time .
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