That old golden rule of real estate -- location, location, location -- is probably more true in Canada than just about anywhere else.

From frighteningly expensive Vancouver to the almost suspiciously affordable Trois-Rivieres, Que., this is a country with a multitude of very different housing markets.

Like the people in those cities, the housing markets are dealing with differing economic circumstances. Though it certainly does seem to be the case, at the moment, that an east-west divide has opened up.

Draw a vertical line through Ottawa, housing market analyst Ben Rabidoux recently tweeted -- everything east of that line is struggling, and everything west of that line is doing at least reasonably well.

That east-west divide becomes obvious when you compare how far your dollar will go in Canada's various housing markets. From a near-palace in Trois-Rivieres to a shack in Toronto, how far your real estate buck goes really does depend on location.

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average price of an existing home sold in Canada in October was $391,820 -- an increase of 8.5 per cent over the past year. Here's what roughly that amount of money will buy you across the country.

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  • What $390,000 Will Buy You Across The Country

    The average price of a house in Canada in the fall of 2013 was about $390,000. Here's what that amount will buy you in the country's various real estate markets.

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

    Trois-Rivieres is one of the most affordable housing markets in Canada, and here the average house price will get you something close to a palace. Three bedrooms and some pretty awesomely fitted-out bathrooms in this 2,000-square-foot home.

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. - 3-bedroom house

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

    This 580-square-foot cottage is located in Toronto's inner east end and has one bedroom on the main floor and a second in the basement. It may be small, but it's actually sort of remarkable that you can still buy a standalone house anywhere in the 416 for under $400,000. Listed at $389,000.

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

  • Toronto - 1-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

    This custom-built split-level house on the east side of Regina has 1,800 square feet of floor space, and features a family with room with a fireplace.

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Regina, Sask. - 3-bedroom house

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

    At 548 square feet, this loft condo is only slightly smaller than that cottage in Toronto. But it's certainly slicker; it's located in yuppie-ish Yaletown and features a stainless-steel appliance kitchen with a movable island. Listed for $384,000.

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Vancouver - 1-bedroom loft

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

    $388,000 will get you this house with four bedrooms and as many fireplaces in charming little Summerside. A whopping 4,464 square feet of floor space on a half-acre lot makes this easily the largest home on this list.

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Summerside, P.E.I. - 4-bedroom house

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

    Fort McMurray, the heart of Alberta's oilsands, may be a small city, but thanks to enormous oil business salaries, it has real estate prices like a big city. This two-bedroom condo on the south side of town features oak cabinets and a gas fireplace, and lists for $393,500.

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Fort McMurray, Alta. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Montreal, Que. - 3rd floor, 2-bedroom apartment

    Like in Toronto and Vancouver, $390,000 isn't quite enough to buy you your own standalone home in central areas of Montreal these days. But you can still get a lot more space for the money than you would in those other cities. This two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of a gorgeous stone building in the Plateau has 962 square feet of floor space. Lists for $389,000.

  • Montreal, Que. - 3rd floor, 2-bedroom apartment

  • Montreal, Que. - 3rd floor, 2-bedroom apartment

  • Montreal, Que. - 3rd floor, 2-bedroom apartment

  • Montreal, Que. - 3rd floor, 2-bedroom apartment

  • Mississauga, Ont. - 2-bedroom condo

    Mississauga is not known for its architecture, but maybe it should be, because some of the condo towers going up around Square One are far more interesting than the ones going up in downtown Toronto, 35 km to the east. For $385,000 you can move into a two-bedroom condo in the buildings known as the "Marilyn Monroe towers." The twin buildings were the 2012 winners of Emporis' <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/18/absolute-world-towers_n_3943895.html" target="_blank">best new skyscraper in the world award</a>. Listed at $385,400.

  • Mississauga, Ont. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Mississauga, Ont. - 2-bedroom condo

  • Mississauga, Ont. - 2-bedroom condo