As a Canadian who found himself in many other locations for over thirty five years, and just recently returned home, there have been moments when I have found it hard to recognize my surroundings. But the (mainly) Federal agency intrusions in today's Canada are far less apparent in the Maritimes and Cape Breton. The further away from urban centers one can be, the fewer reminders there are of an imposed "Canadian Persona". This is the reality that makes rural Canada the destination for so many today.
The rural countryside in Canada, rather like Mid-Western and Western America, remains fundamentally more socially conservative (not necessarily voting that way). The people tenaciously maintain patterns of behavior that reflect staunchly Christian beliefs and the self-reliant ethos of a proud and hardy people, pretty much from coast to coast. "Staunchly Christian" still means to me what I was brought up to believe is the "right" way - grounded as it is in centuries of our forefathers' blood, sweat and tears.
It has been said that if one took a strip of land from St. John's Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C., one hundred miles wide along the border with the United States, that the vast majority of all Canadians would be contained in that strip. The huge open spaces of the North are so sparsely populated that for the most part, they are statistically almost invisible. Obviously Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver hold the majority of people in that strip of urban dwellers.
There are significant differences in beliefs along that corridor. Oil rich Calgarians close to the grandeur of the Rockies, appear far more like their Montana and Wyoming cousins to the south, than the Saskatchewan farmers to their east. The liberal element in Vancouver definitely has a mirror image in Seattle, though likely more pronounced, while the interior of BC would side perhaps more with Alberta. It is in rural Canada, however, and particularly Cape Breton Island, where I still find the essence of what I grew up believing to be 'Oh Canada'.
IMMIGRATION & CANADIAN PROPERTY LAWS LINKS
Government authorized immigration attorney Collin Singer has excellent information. The following three links cover most of what one needs to know in a well organized and well written manner:
This is the official version on immigration from the Federal Canadian Government:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (English version - French also available)
This immigration lawyer has a very good reputation for his expertise and client relations:
Lee Cohen (located in Halifax)
Non-residents need to be aware of Harmonized Sales Tax and whether it applies to a property purchase: