With over 200 luxury property sales in its first two years, Humber Valley was a development and marketing phenomenon given its location and challenges. Despite today being recognized as a uniquely beautiful area of Canada with no less than four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the province, the perception of Newfoundland was so unfavorable in Canada in 2002 that by the time Humber Valley Resort had sold its 300th property, only one had been sold domestically. The buyers came from 15 other countries ranging as far away as Asia, all of whom were spellbound by this idyllic Canadian hideaway five hours from London and two and a half hours from New York. Brian Dobbin’s vision of this lake-side resort in this special all-season adventure playground caught many people’s attention around the world.
The majority of owners are now from Europe and Canada, and today, despite no longer being marketed internationally, Humber Valley chalets are rented by vacationers throughout the year, and the spectacular championship golf course is considered one of the best in Canada. The event space is booked years in advance for weddings and other events.
With 375 plots sold between 2002 and 2008, the resort community has extensive infrastructure including a 500-foot private two lane and sidewalk access bridge, 20 kilometres of roadway, its own water supply and system, an 18-hole golf course voted best new international course by Golf Magazine, conference facilities, restaurants, bars, its own beaches, and hiking trails. Humber Valley was voted Best International Development by the London-based International Property Awards in 2005.