Still many signs of traditional life in C.B.S.

Joan Butler
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Conception Bay South was recently listed in a national real estate magazine as one of the top 10 suburbs in Canada for a real estate investment.

I was surprised to see our town included among suburbs outside cities such as Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton.

Surprised, in that it was wonderful to see our town make the list in Canadian Real Estate Wealth as a fast growing suburb of St. John’s and worthy of recognition as a place to invest in real estate, especially two-apartment homes with an average price of $328,000. The two units could generate about $2,100 a month for an investor.

The article talked about our proximity to St. John’s, our amenities, and the fact that we are an established community with local history.

The new subdivisions that make up the thriving suburb of C.B.S. are interspersed in the nine communities that were once part of country life and make up our town and our local history.

Between the many new subdivisions there are still remnants of our traditional way of life. You will see properties with numerous houses, built before we were incorporated as one town in 1973. We don’t see this type of development now as it has been replaced by the standard small subdivision size lot.

Throughout our town, there are many acres of undeveloped land, some of it used for farming. There are large residential properties with wood piles, abandoned vehicles, doghouses and sheds.

As we grow more urbanized, the traditional way of life is often at odds with the town’s new status.

This was quite obvious to me a few weeks ago when I was walking along the T’Railway which is now a walking and bicycling trail.

I was walking the trail heading towards Foxtrap Marina and I was delighted to see so many people out walking the trail and enjoying the beach. I came upon a local man who was enjoying the scenery and talked about the nice trail and how things have changed in our neighbourhood. We reminisced about how one time the beach would be full of people, and how the ice pans in winter made for some dangerous fun.

Like others, he has accepted the change in our town and that the trail is now for walking, and frustrated that the trail is still being used by some drivers.  

Later on, as I was heading back home, I saw a vehicle coming towards me and it was not the usual dirt bike or ATV that we commonly hear about on the trail. It was a car being driven by a man with a passenger.

As I walked by the driver’s side to allow us both to pass, I took the opportunity to remind the him that the trail was now non-motorized.

The driver knew the difference, however felt it was OK to use the trail as he was only driving slowly, did it all the time, and had to drive up the trail to pick up his passenger who had walked so far and needed a ride home.

He commented that he used the track for 65 years, and that the track was part of his life and our history and he was entitled to use it.

I told the driver I just wanted to remind him that times have changed and that it was now a walking trail.  

The one-hour walk was just another reminder that no matter how we are portrayed, we are really still a traditional community, or bunch of traditional communities, steeped in our local history and ways of life.

Joan Butler is a lifelong resident

of Kelligrews, Conception Bay South.

She can be reached by email

at joanbutler@ymail.com.

Geographic location: Montreal, Edmonton

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