Corner Brook is the largest city in Western Newfoundland. It offers many urban amenities and is a great launching point for exploring Western Newfoundland. The city's excellent port is also an attraction for visiting cruise ships, such as the Queen Mary II.
Marine Atlanticphone: +1-800-341-7981This ferry service runs from North Sydney to Port aux Basques (on the west coast of the island) throughout the year, and to Argentia (about 90 km from St. John's) during the summer. The duration of the ride depends on the weather and water conditions, so patience is of the essence. Reservations recommended. Ferries are well-stocked with food, alcohol, gift shops, cinemas and sleeping accommodations. There will be lots for you to do.
By carThe city is located on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, over 200 km north of Port aux Basques. Newfoundland numbers its exits instead of giving them numbers based on their distance from the highway's starting point, so this is only the fourth exit in 200 km!
This is nearly 700 km west of St. John's. From St. John's, stay on Highway 1 and you'll find the city approximately 50 km south of Deer Lake.
Driving from Stephenville, take Route 460 east for 40 km to the Trans-Canada, then head north on Highway 1 for 50 km to Corner Brook.
phone: +1 709 635-3601address: 1 Airport Road, Suite 1 Deer LakeFlights from mainland Canada, usually via Halifax or Toronto, land here. This is the easiest way to access Corner Brook. However, you will still need to take either a shuttle, taxi or rental car from Deer Lake to Corner Brook.
phone: +1 888 738-8091Daily scheduled passenger coach services between St. John's & Port Aux Basques. In Corner Brook, DRL stops at an Irving station at the intersection of West Valley Road and Confederation Drive.
Newhook's Transportationphone: +1 709 726-4876Another bus service from Port Aux Basques to St. John's
Stew's Bus Linesphone: +1 709 886-2955Serves Burgeo and Newfoundland's South Shore
Norpen Bus Servicephone: +1 709 457-2024A shuttle from Corner Brook and Deer Lake to St. Anthony Airport on Tuesdays & Fridays
Thomas Bus Co.phone: +1 709 635-3056address: Deer LakeTransportation, charter buses, and bus tour services to and from the Deer Lake Airport.
Like any city or town, locals will speak of areas not listed on maps. In Corner Brook, they are: Humbermouth, Curling, Westside, and Townsite. These are the communities that were brought together to form Corner Brook, and locals still refer to these areas by name. Be sure to ask people to clarify where these places are when receiving directions.
phone: +1 709 639-7BUS (recorded information), +1 709 634-3345 (charter information)Two routes operate from 7AM to 10AM, and 3PM to 7PM, on a half hour cycle for routes 1 through 4, and from 10AM to 3PM on an hour cycle for routes 5 and 6. During June, July, and August, the buses run only on the hourly cycle of routes 5 and 6.
On footCorner Brook is a city on many large hills. What looks easy on a map will in fact feel like a true journey if you are not physically fit and mentally prepared for the landscape. Everything will be relative. Walking around the area is the best way to truly take in the surroundings, but it is not always advisable year-round.
Corner Brook is home to a few walking trails exclusively provided for the use of pedestrians. These trails take you around the Glynmill Inn Pond and connect with Margaret Bowater Park. The trails also provide a nice walk to City Hall, the Sir Richard Squires Building and the downtown, not to mention the beautiful gorge. Going through the Western Newfoundland Model Forest, much of the land has been provided for pedestrian usage by Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Ltd.
By carIf you want some convenience and don't want to constantly feel that you are on the Corner Brook One-Step Physical Fitness Walking Program, a car is a handy way to get around town. While the town looks small on a map, the hills complicate things quite a bit. In the winter, be sure to have snow tires. There is no such thing as all-season tires in Corner Brook. They will not get you very far.
A car will also help you reach the nearby sites just outside of Corner Brook, like Marble Mountain or Gros Morne National Park.
By taxiThere are many taxi services in Corner Brook to choose from. Expect to pay a fare of roughly $15 from one side of town to another. Because there is no public transit running on weekends, a cab may be your only option outside of walking.
Birchy Cabsphone: +1 709 785-2540
Star Taxiphone: +1 709 634-4343
City Cabsphone: +1 709 634-6565
Corner Taxi :phone: +1 709 634-5662
Grenfell CampusMemorial University of Newfoundland's western campus in Corner Brook.
The Sir Richard Squires BuildingHome to the Corner Brook Public Library, the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial & Supreme Courts, the Provincial Cabinet on the West Coast and a fountain from Expo 67's Czech Pavilion, purchased by Premier Joseph Smallwood.
The Glynmill PondHome to swans and other waterfowl.
Humber Valley ResortA scenic golf course, 2 beautiful restaurants, 3-6 bedroom chalets complete with hot tubs and barbeques.
Massey Drive Pond TrailA beautiful man-made walking trail through the woods of Massey Drive, built around an outdoor swimming pond.
phone: +1 709 637-7601Great skiing in the winter, and a nice hiking destination in summer. Chair lift rides year-round.
Captain Cook's MonumentA memorial monument for Captain James Cook with a wonderful view of the city and the Atlantic ocean.
The Man in the MountainA nature-made face of a First Nations man is chiselled into the rock. A great tourist attraction, and postcards are available with this image pictured on them.
In early summer, take a walk or go for a drive along the ocean. Look for whales and dolphins.
Corner Brook Stream TrailHike or stroll along the trail. The trail system has two sections, one within the downtown area and another above Margaret Bowater Park that takes visitors into the Gorge, the deep valley through which the stream flows. Most of the trail is a wide gravel path, but portions of the Upper Trail along the Gorge become rough and narrow dirt paths. The main corridor's gravel path is 4 km.
Margaret Bowater ParkEat at picnic areas, relax on the green, or swim in the stream (when lifeguards are on duty, of course).
phone: +1 709 634-252318 holes.
Corner Brook Winter CarnivalA yearly event celebrating the long snowy season.
phone: +1 709 639-2754address: 78 Shamrock CrescentCross-country skiing.
phone: +1 709 637-7601A downhill ski area.
If you're looking for non-Newfoundland shops, there are two downtowns (relics of the pre-amalgamation communities) centred on Broadway in the west part of Central Corner Brook, and West Street in east Central Corner Brook. These areas have the charm of small communities and give the visitor a more accurate feel for the Newfoundland culture.
As for the fare of generic malls, you can find those inside Corner Brook and on the outskirts of the city. Inside, there's the Valley Mall and Millbrook Mall, nestled right next to each other in the centre of the city where Main Street becomes Herald. On the outskirts, there's Murphy's Square, a collection of big box retailers, and Corner Brook Plaza, a typical city mall with a second floor in the works.
Dominionaddress: 5 Murphy Square
Sobey'saddress: 2 Broadway St.
Coleman'saddress: 137 O'Connell Drive
More for Lessaddress: 9 Herald AvenueA health food and bulk food store stocked with much of the ingredients for ethnic cuisine not found elsewhere.
Aroma's PlusA charming Newfoundland-style cafeteria.
Jennifer's Upper Level Restaurantphone: +1 709 632-7979address: 48-50 BroadwaySpecializes in steak and seafood. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere.
Jungle Jim'sAn Atlantic Canadian chain of restaurants. Similar to East Side Mario's and the like.
Lucky Staraddress: 4 HumberA Chinese-Canadian take-out place.
Mamateek Restaurant and Pubaddress: Confederation DriveServes a wide variety of Canadian cuisine. The specialty is seafood: fresh cod, salmon, scallop, shrimp, mussels is a delight for locals and tourists alike. They also offer delicious baby back ribs (the best in Corner Brook), steak, pasta dishes, and a wide variety of sandwiches.
Newfound Sushiaddress: 117 BroadwayCorner Brook got a sushi place. We can hardly believe it either. Nicer interior and food preparation than you would expect in a small mill town.
Shez Westaddress: 13 West StreetFine dining with a cozy sidewalk patio in warmer weather.
Somethin' Fishyaddress: 43 Main StreetFish & chips place with a few tables. It gets quite busy on Friday night as it's the only takeout fish & chips in town.
Sorrentoaddress: 18 Park St.An elegant restaurant, screened patio overlooking the park, and cozy lounge. Vast variety of organic foods, vegan, vegetarian, seafood, lamb, steaks. Perfect portobello sun-dried tomato gourmet pizza, pear & blue cheese, rustica, stuffed crust baby spinach & organic feta. Reservations recommended.
Thistle's PlaceAn internet cafe with coffee and the works. Part of a florist on the lower level of the Millbrook Mall downtown.
The Wine Cellar & The Carriage RoomTwo fine restaurants with a large selection of fine wines.
Z'S Fast Pizzaphone: +1 709 632-FASTaddress: 117 BroadwayThe fastest pizza in town: 7-10 min for orders, pick-ups, take out & delivery. Oven-roasted wings, home fries & donairs.
phone: +1 709 634-5381address: 48 West StreetA typical rural Canadian interpretation of a 'pub' (in essence, no different than any other bar but in name).
King Henry's Pub & the Cellarphone: +1 709 634-5181address: 1B Cobb LaneUnlike other spots in town, these two bars have Smithwick's ale.
On the RocksA fairly cosmopolitan lounge. It often features live music on the weekends along with 2-for-1 all day & night. They offer organic espresso, latte, cappuccino. Jazz piano bar with trendy desserts and cocktails.
phone: +1 709 634-5181address: 1B Cobb LaneOnce an administration building for the Pulp & Paper Mill, this Inn offers an Old World feel.
phone: +1 709 634-5381address: 48 West StreetTypical tourist accommodations.
phone: +1 709 639-1980address: 41 Maple Valley Road
Grenfell CampusIn the summertime, affordable accommodations can be found on the campus. Chalet-style apartments with four furnished bedrooms, a kitchen, and living room can be rented, or hostel-style single rooms with semi-private washrooms can be rented. All rooms are available daily, weekly, or monthly.
- Drive down the south and north shores of the Humber Arm to take in all of the small Bay of Islands communities. Taking you along the Blow-me-down Mountain Range in the midst of the Long Range Mountains, you will be able to see the Bay of Islands as the ocean opens up in front of you. On both shores, you'll have about 50 km of road to explore, not to mention countless communities to explore on foot. Take the Captain Cook's Trail via Route 450 on the South Shore, or take Admiral Palliser's Trail via Route 440 on the North Shore.
- Drive the Trans-Canada Highway East and take in the Humber Valley. You'll see Marble Mountain, Atlantic Canada's best downhill skiing resort, and take in roughly 50 km of breathtaking views all the way to Deer Lake. Other attractions along the way: Breakfast Mountain's Old Man in the Mountain, a rock formation resembling a man's face, Steady Brook Falls, a lovely waterfall accessible by trail that leads to a small swimming hole, and Pasadena Beach, an excellent summer swimming destination.