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Cottage real estate region: Avalon Peninsula

Cliffs of Cape St. Mary's on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. Photo by windcoast/Shutterstock

Oil and gas, mining, and hydroelectric pro­jects have brought unprecedented prosperity to Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Avalon Peninsula region of the province. Couple that with the influx of buyers from other provinces due to the COVID-19 pandemic and you’ve got a booming real estate market. Locals have traditionally looked for cabins on “ponds” (lakes). A number of these are concentrated along Route 90, known as the Salmonier Line, running southwest from St. John’s. Rudimentary cabins can still be found and are relatively affordable. Oceanfront is another story. There’s high demand for older saltbox dwellings on the water. Demand has also spurred new cottage development.

There are popular beaches around Bay Roberts and Carbonear, on Conception Bay, although icebergs in the spring discourage swimming until later in the season. If beaches are not a priority, there are cheaper properties or plots of land farther south on the Avalon in communities such as Trepassey or St. Bride’s. Heading north, the Avalon’s spectacular coastal cliffs resemble some of Ireland’s most dramatic coastline. Irish tradition runs strong here, with accordion and fiddle music frequently heard at impromptu kitchen parties.

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