Living and learning in Nova Scotia

As featured in the Chronicle Herald.

Forest Lakes is the perfect option for families with students in one of the province’s 10 quality universities
Nova Scotia is home to 10 universities and one 13-campus college that offer post-secondary students, both from the province and internationally, an extensive variety of courses and programs to set them up for success.

Not only is Nova Scotia one of the most beautiful and friendly provinces in Canada, it is also home to 10 universities and 13 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses. That’s quite impressive for a province with less than one million people.

One of the biggest decisions for graduating students is choosing a program that interests them and caters to their skillsets and career ambitions. Post-secondary students studying in Nova Scotia not only receive the highest quality academics that will ultimately open countless doors for them,  but they also get to experience the unmatched welcoming culture and beauty the province offers.

“For parents who wish to stay close to their children as they attend school, or even the students who choose to stay in Nova Scotia after graduating, Forest Lakes offers a unique opportunity that captures all that makes Nova Scotia so amazing,” says Olivia Ledson, Acadia University summer student. “Forest Lakes is an up-and-coming residential, resort-style community located in Ardoise, and seven of the 10 universities in Nova Scotia are within a 35-minute drive of this beautiful community.”

Acadia University is in the picturesque town of Wolfville in the Annapolis Valley; the heart of apple and wine country.  The Atlantic School of Theology, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of King’s College are all within the Halifax Regional Municipality, the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada.


Many parents want to stay close to their children while they attend post-secondary schools like Acadian University in Wolfville, and Forest Lakes offers families this opportunity as it is within a short drive to seven of the provinces 10 universities. (CONTRIBUTED) 

“Halifax is undoubtedly the fastest-growing cultural hub of the province, offering outstanding dining, entertainment, shopping and business opportunities to anyone looking to call Nova Scotia home,” says Joanne Cheevers, marketing director for Forest Lakes Country Club. “As Forest Lakes is in close proximity to Halifax, it really is perfect for those who enjoy living outside the city limits.”

Over the past decade, the number of international students enrolled at Nova Scotia universities has increased by 109 per cent and that trend is expected to continue, according to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC). A big majority of the international students that choose to come to Nova Scotia are from China, the MPHEC notes, although students from 153 countries are enrolled in Nova Scotian secondary and post-secondary institutions. In fact, according to Edu Nova Scotia, students make up about 18.5 per cent of the province’s entire population.

“What makes Forest Lakes so unique and why it is seeing increasingly more interest from international buyers is that the growing community has something for everyone,” says Ralph Bastarache, vice president of sales “Forest Lakes offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city while still being close enough to be in Halifax in 35-minutes … this community really is the best of both worlds.”

Every home is nestled within the lush forests and pristine lakes that make up the 1,700-acre development. It has year-round, multi-purpose trails for hiking, snowshoeing and exploring, and three lakes for swimming, canoeing and skating. The homes are environmentally sustainable, offering rainwater harvesting, as well as a number of other green building practices.


Forest Lakes has numerous multi-purpose hiking trails, which are easily accessible to residents and the perfect place for families to get back to nature. (123RF)

There are also plans for a large equestrian centre, a farmers market, on-site restaurants and other shops, including a spa. But the pièce de résistanceis by far the Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole golf course. The world-renowned Nicklaus construction team has already completed the 14th and 15th holes in what is poised to become an internationally acclaimed, must-play course. Whether you are a resident or a guest, this golf course makes Forest Lakes one of the most unique and desirable communities in Nova Scotia.


The Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole golf course at Forest Lakes is one of the perks for families choosing to live in the up-and-coming residential community. (CONTRIBUTED)

The Maritime lifestyle has always been full of culture and tradition, but as the province continues to grow, we welcome the diversity international students bring to the mix. In fact, the federal and provincial governments encourage international students to stay in Nova Scotia when they complete their schooling and offer them permanent residence if they receive a job offer from a recognized employer. Foreign entrepreneurs and business managers looking to work and live in the province are also offered an amazing opportunity to utilize those skills to start a new business or even purchase an existing one in Nova Scotia.

“From the moment you arrive in Nova Scotia, to the day you proudly watch your child accept their degree, our province offers lifelong memories in a safe, affordable and healthy environment,” says Cheevers. “Forest Lakes is the perfect place for you and your family to call home while your children attend post-secondary schooling here in Nova Scotia.”

For more information and updates on the many more exciting benefits and opportunities of living in the Forest Lakes community, or to view some of the homes, attend their next open house by clicking here.