Visit Corner Brook, a hub of activity for anyone looking to shop, dine, or visit historical sites.
The Humber Valley is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and stretches 70 kilometres from the city of Corner Brook to Deer Lake. Driving along, you can see lush trees and bushes against the beautiful Long Range Mountains, which are particularly striking in the fall.
Corner Brook is a hub of activity for anyone looking to shop, dine, or visit historical sites. At the Corner Brook Historic Train Site, see the collection of narrow gauge rolling stock from the Newfoundland Railway, including a steam locomotive and a working diesel electric locomotive. Visit the Corner Brook Museum & Archives, celebrating the history and culture of the region, and the Rotary Arts Centre where two art galleries celebrate the work of both established and emerging artists. Spend some time on West Street, a bustling thoroughfare lined with restaurants, cafes, and even craft breweries. For unique views of the city, walk the Corner Brook Stream Trail Network starting in Margaret Bowater Park. You’ll travel uphill before dipping down into the gorge, where you’ll find a sweeping view of the Corner Brook area.
For another hike, the Man in the Mountain Trail just outside Corner Brook has as much local lore as it does scenic views. Legend says that the Spanish buried a treasure on Shellbird Island in the Humber River. If you look closely, you will see the face of an old man in a rock formation overlooking the island. “The Old Man in the Mountain" is said to be a marker for the treasure, and its 5-kilometre hiking trail leads to its rocky summit.
Hit the slopes at Marble Mountain in Steady Brook, one of the best ski hills in eastern Canada.
Marble Mountain in Steady Brook gets an average of 16 feet of snow every winter and is one of the best ski hills in eastern Canada. There’s a lodge and accommodations at the base of the hill and a variety of options for places to stay nearby. If the slopes aren’t your thing, a snowmobiling tour on the area’s groomed trails might be. Don’t forget to admire the Newfoundland & Labrador Heritage Tree, a 500-year-old cedar tree intricately carved with historic scenes, erected in 1999. For a bird’s eye view over Marble, try zip lining – yes, even in winter. Depending on the season, you can hike the Steady Brook Falls Trail to a spectacular 60-metre waterfall, or try a challenging rope course.
Adventure is a given in Humber Valley, whether that means a day of kayaking or stand-up paddling, or teeing off at an award-winning golf course. Take a mountain biking tour or explore the area’s hidden cave system. Connect with a local guide for a day of angling on the Humber River, one of the best Atlantic salmon fishing rivers on the planet.
Meet some colourful creatures at the Newfoundland Insectarium in Deer Lake.
In Deer Lake, get acquainted with the colourful creatures at the Newfoundland Insectarium, or hit the Walking Trails of Deer Lake – one path will lead you to the sandy Deer Lake Beach. Check out the Strawberry Festival for a weekend of music, entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show.
In Cormack, you’ll uncover the stories of the farmers and the pioneers who settled this place less than 100 years ago. Join an agricultural tour to visit breweries, local butcher shops, and beekeepers, or set out on a guided backcountry experience with a boil-up.
Road Trip Tips:
Please check exact directions and road conditions before you start each road trip. Visit www.511nl.ca for current road conditions.
Distances are estimates and for guidance only. Routes can be taken as is, or in reverse order.