Whether you're fed up with unaffordable rent prices, tired of the fast-paced lifestyle or simply itching to try something new, there are many valid reasons for wanting to leave a big city.\nAnd as the trend towards remote work continues with no sign of stopping, people are being given more choice and flexibility than ever before in deciding where they want to live.\nMore and more, Canadians are swapping bustling downtown living and expensive inner-city rent for smaller, more affordable towns and fresh air. And it's no wonder; when your home also becomes your office, it should be as comfortable as possible.\nIf proximity to the ocean, quaint towns, endless coastline and incredible food sounds like the lifestyle change you're looking for, you might want to look to the east coast.\nNova Scotia — with its pristine nature, a bustling capital and affordable real estate prices — is quickly becoming one of the best work-from-home destinations in Canada.\nIf you're able to take your office anywhere, these nine reasons might just give you the push you need to move out of the city.\nIt's Easier To Pay The Bills\nBig-city living often means big-city prices. Toronto and Vancouver, for example, are two of the most expensive places to live in the entire country, where one-bedroom apartments currently rent for about $1,770 and $1,940 respectively.\nCompare that with Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital, where prices average around $1,250 (and are significantly cheaper outside of the city).\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Devon Elizabeth (@thiswildair)\nNova Scotia Is An Ocean Lover's Paradise\nAffectionately nicknamed "Canada's ocean playground," Nova Scotia is a coastal dream. The province's coastline stretches 13,300 kilometres and includes several islands and inlets along the shoreline.\nFrom water activities like kayaking and surfing to swimming and sunbathing, there are plenty of things to keep you busy along the coast. And no matter where you are in the province, you're never far from a visit to the shore.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Natasha Anne (@natashaannephoto)\nYou'll Have More Freedom & Fewer Restrictions\nWhile vaccines are starting to circulate, there's still a long road ahead before the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Nova Scotia has maintained consistently low cases (they've kept per capita infection rates among the lowest in the country) and enforces a mask mandate to protect their most vulnerable population.\nPlus the wider spaces and vast expanses of nature mean that Nova Scotians get to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes hidden in their own backyard.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ashley George (@ashleydgeorge)\nThere Are Endless Outdoor Activities\nItching to get outside? Wanting closer proximity to nature is a major reason to leave a large city, and living in Nova Scotia can definitely fulfill that need all year round.\nThe province offers ample opportunities for outdoor adventures — like learning to surf in the fall, snowshoeing in the winter and hiking along the coast in the spring when the flowers start to bloom — so you'll have no shortage of access to mother nature.\nAs for summer, the warm weather opens up a whole new world of possibilities and fun under the sunshine. Where else can you casually decide to embark on a whale-watching expedition for the day or go for a picnic surrounded by a picturesque coastal landscape?\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by East Coast Surf School (@ecsurfschool)\nYou Could Live In One Of Canada's Most Colourful Towns\nArchitecture in Halifax is both vibrant and rich in historical value, but the houses in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg are an entirely different story.\nA UNESCO-listed fishing town, Lunenburg boasts picture-perfect pink, yellow, green and red houses along its coast. Legend has it that in the past, people would paint their houses vivid colours so that they were visible to sailors at sea.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Tom Joseph Scaria (@itstomjoseph)\nFoodies Will Eat To Their Heart's Content\nFrom friendly neighbourhood pubs to stunning vineyards, Nova Scotia offers an incredible array of options for food and drink for every palette.\nEnjoy a charcuterie board and a glass of Tidal Bay at a winery in the Annapolis Valley, nibble on world-class seafood at any of Halifax's trendsetting restaurants or stop at an organic brewery on Cape Breton Island to sample some of the province's local beer.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Luckett Vineyards | Winery (@luckettvineyards)\nYou'll Constantly Be Planning Your Next Adventure\nNova Scotia has tons of destinations that attract both locals and tourists year-round.\nFor views you can't get in the city, head to the Cape Breton Highlands for breathtaking hiking trails and scenic drives, the South Shore for picturesque beaches, as well as Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site for incredible camping.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 & 𝗦𝗸𝘆𝗹𝗮𝗿 | Cape Breton (@daveyandsky)\nThere's Nothing Like East Coast Hospitality\nEast Coasters have a reputation for being friendly, and it's one of the reasons that Nova Scotia is a great place to live. If you're looking to have a better relationship with your community and get to know your neighbours, this diverse and vibrant maritime province is a great place to start.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by 🧿The Haligonian Best Friends🧿 (@saba_and_dena)\nYou Can Finally Get Some R&R\nAnyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big-city living will undoubtedly find a more low-key lifestyle on the east coast. Think easily accessible farmers markets, relaxing beaches, breezy ocean air and a small, welcoming population.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Adam Cornick (@acorn_art_photography)\nWhether you want to trade in your downtown condo for ocean views, abundant natural beauty or seriously affordable rent (or all of the above), Nova Scotia might just be the refreshing change you've been looking for.\nTo learn more about moving to Nova Scotia, check out Work from Nova Scotia's website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.