Corner Brook

Location

Corner Brook is situated on the west coast of the island portion of the province. The City is nestled among the folded and faulted Long Range Mountains, which are a continuation of the Appalachian Mountain belt, stretching up from Georgia in the southern United States. Set at the mouth of the Bay of Islands, the City is 40 km (25 miles) inland from the open waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

History

For thousands of years, people have lived and worked along the shores of the Bay of Islands and in the Humber River Valley, including two aboriginal groups - the Maritime Archaic Indians and the Beothuk people. James Cook, the famous British cartographer and explorer was the first to survey and record the geography of the Bay of Islands. Permanent settlement came as a result of the island-wide railway system and the construction of the pulp and paper mill in the mid-1920s. Four distinct communities with unique commercial activities had developed along the shores of the Bay of Islands. Curling with its fishery; Humber West with its retail businesses; Humbermouth with its railway operations; and Townsite, home to the employees of the pulp and paper mill. In 1956, these four communities were amalgamated to form the present-day City of Corner Brook.

Unique Characteristics

Gros Morne National Park is approximately 1.5 hours drive north. Marble Mountain, the best skiing in Eastern Canada, is located in Corner Brook. Corner Brook is serviced by two airports (Deer Lake Regional Airport and Stephenville Airport), each within a 1-hour drive from the city. Year-round service is provided between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port aux Basques, which is 210 km from Corner Brook on the Trans Canada Highway.

Other Things of Interest

Theatre and art are alive in Corner Brook. Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL), one of the province’s only professional theatre companies, maintains its home office in Corner Brook. The Arts and Culture Centre sets the stage for visiting productions - ballet companies, comedians, theatrical productions and musical artists all make Corner Brook a stop on their Canadian tours. Corner Brook is Newfoundland and Labrador’s ’Host City.’ Our vibrant community is ideally positioned to host major sporting events.

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