Humber Valley (70 km)
Humber Valley stretches 70 kilometres along the banks of the Humber River from the Bay of Islands to Deer Lake. From a canoe on the crystal waters of the river, view the lush trees and bushes against the Long Range Mountains – a vision of nature's beauty. Here you can camp, hike, boat, golf, and relax in hotels, resorts, and campgrounds. Drop your line in the crisp water for a day of fishing in one of the world's best Atlantic salmon fishing rivers.
The valley has been transformed over the past decade. The construction of Humber Valley resort with its high-end chalets, spa and golf course has opened the valley and the Gros Morne area to European vacationers. Many of them rent their chalets when they return home. The range of activities in the valley has also expanded to kayaking, caving, zip-lining, hiking, sailing, horseback riding, mountain biking and boat tours. A road system that's separate from the Trans-Canada Highway allows visitors to move around the valley without encountering high-speed traffic.
Marble Mountain Ski Resort gets an average of 16 feet of snow a year, making it one of the best ski hills in Eastern Canada. Climb the steep forest path to view magnificent Steady Brook Falls.
Nestled among sloping wooded hills, Steady Brook is a good place to make roadside purchases of fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Each year the farmers of the valley hold Deer Lake Strawberry Festival Days.
In autumn the area is ablaze with the reds and oranges of deciduous leaves signals the approach of winter.
Long before ski became popular, Corner Brook was known for salmon fishing in the world famous Humber River. Since the 19th century, salmon anglers have taken advantage of the slow deep steadies to cast for the champion Atlantic salmon. The mighty Humber still defines the difference between fishing and great fishing. A list of fishing guides is available at the nearest Visitor Information Centre.
Pasadena is a growing community nestled on the shores of Deer Lake. Pasadena Beach is a favourite with those who just want to spend a lazy summer day with the sand between their toes.
Carry on to Deer Lake, a logging community that was first settled in the 1860s. At the western end of town on the right side of the highway is the hydroelectric station originally built to power the mill at Corner Brook. Today, the town is a distribution centre for the Great Northern Peninsula. For picnics, there is a municipal park on the lakeshore. The park also has campsites. For recreation, there's a golf course on the banks of the Humber.
In winter the town is one of the province's snowmobiling hubs with easy access to front country groomed trails and backcountry trails into the mountains.
Deer Lake Airport has flights within the province and connections to Toronto and Montreal. The town has comfortable hotel/motel accommodations and is 72 kilometres from camping [internal link] and trailer sites at Gros Morne National Park.