the situation boils down to there simply not being enough land to go around
I have to confess that I did what many of them do: I paid mortgage payments for years in the city and then cashed out the city house for some land. Even then, I just barely made it. There's no quick fix for a young person. Ya gotta pay your dues.
That about sums it up. The demand is kept high by all the Albertans buying up retirement property.
BTWThat's funny, on the mainland peeps like to blame the Asians for that.