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Is it warm enough to swim in the Atlantic ocean in eastern Canada?

Asked by Yellowdog (11110points) October 13th, 2018

As I have mentioned earlier, sweltering in the U.S. Delta film that suffracates the flesh and soul I am considering eventually moving to eastern Canada in about two years. Probably Nova Scotia or Newfoundland.

Some of my fondest memories of my childhood and early teens have been family vacations in the Gulf of Mexico region of the Southern U.S. — with Spanish Moss, sea oats, white sands and water as blue as the Bahamas—well, prior to that 2010 oil spewing disaster which still taints the area at least,

I would never consider planning the rest of my life on the Gulf Coast now. I have lived long enough to know that nothing is permanent there.

I’m just wondering if there is enough of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic provinces of Canada—Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces— to spend time in the ocean.

Friends in England and Scandinavia have told me the sea is so cold that you don’t even want to kayak in these waters. Well, I do see a few images on the internet that some people DO venture in all of these northern waters.

But what about Eastern Canada? How cold is the Atlantic there?

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janbb's avatar

I know Maine only gets to about 55 degrees in the summer so I’m guessing a no.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

You going to immigrate here,or just live here 6months and back in the states 6 months?
As a devote right wing conservative you must know you simply just can’t go live in a foreign country without the proper vetting and paper work.
As for the Atlantic being warm enough to swim in in the heat of summer it’s just fine, may want to think of indoor swimming in the dead of winter though.

Yellowdog's avatar

In the U.S. ANYONE can migrate, legal or not, and still be legal. Unless you are committing crimes you might get caught in some places and be deported. But about half the Hispanics I know, including restaurant workers and the family of my parent’s church pastor, have lived here illegally without much incident.

Canada is a little more difficult, but they are really recruiting our best and brightest, and those to work the industries. Eastern Canada is wanting people to fill those depleted population areas. But yes, it is true—my niece is an MIT grad and all things technology come easy for her. She didn’t do well in New Zealand but is headed for Nova Scotia. As for me… There is really no reason Canada would want me. (((sighs)))

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Yellowdog and those people being recruiting still need work visas, I am pretty sure you can just live up here being an American for six months a year, but without a work visa you can’t work, and if you do get a work visa and can work,you better stay up here for the a year or better because I have been told that if you go back within a year you will pay income tax in both countries.
The wife and I traveled to Newfoundland in 2001 it’s beautiful and the people are very friendly, Nova Scotia was nice to as for PEI ,east coast winters can be rather brutal but one can get used to that, so whatever you decide good luck and do it properly.

janbb's avatar

To get back to the question, i was trying to signal that it will be too cold to swim in the Atlantic in Eastern Canada.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I remember swimming at Bar Harbor, Maine the first week of August many many years ago.
The air temperature was 85* F and the incoming tide was 48* F, enough to knock the wind out of you.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@janbb Newfoundland might be a bit colder than most would like ,but we had no problem swimming in the Atlantic on PEI in July.

notsoblond's avatar

You could always wear a wetsuit.

Yellowdog's avatar

Well, I guess I won’t know really until I try it.

You can swim in the Gulf of Mexico in February and March, when cars get very hot from sitting in the sun—but it was too cold to get that water over the shoulders. I’ve heard that the Gulf Stream warms the Canadan Maritime waters and Grand Banks—yet most guidebooks favor the waters that do NOT face the open Atlantic.

The Maine and other New England coasts are cold enough to die in until late in the summer or early Fall—might be that the lack of the Gulf Stream. Even if tolerable in Eastern Canada it may be not very fun to me, who is used to the comfortable and warm waters of the Gulf.

If we could just have some of those Icelandic hot springs or some warm ocean vents in that Eastern Canada part of the Atlantic…

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