Incorporated in 1973, Conception Bay South consists of nine communities (Topsail, Chamberlains, Manuels, Long Pond, Foxtrap, Kelligrews, Upper Gullies, Lawrence Pond and Seal Cove) all of which follow the coastline of Conception Bay.

With over 26,000 residents, Conception Bay South is the second largest municipality in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, second only to the capital city. Its annual population growth rate of 2.26% fuels projections that the town will continue experiencing rapid increases in housing starts, economic activity and income.

The early residents, mainly English but some Irish, were attracted by good growing land, abundant supplies of firewood and the more temperate climate as compared to other parts of the Avalon Peninsula. Good communication with St. John’s was established by road in the 1830′s and strengthened in the 1880′s with the arrival of the railway. Residents of Conception Bay South grew crops and raised cattle for the St. John’s market and St. John’s residents established summer homes in Conception Bay South.

There is now promising potential for commercial developers and retailers to harness a strong local economy and gain a competitive advantage by doing business in Conception Bay South. With a trade area of over 237,000 within a 30 km radius, and recent developments and Town initiatives, the opportunities to invest in Conception Bay South continue to grow.

Many things combine to make up this part urban, part rural scenic community including quiet residential areas, outdoor recreation, industrial sites, a port and many commercial enterprises. Today, Conception Bay South continues to be the summer resort, cottage and picnic area for the residents of St. John’s.