Newfoundland's fourth-largest city, Corner Brook is the hub of the island's west coast. Hills fringe three sides of the city, which has dramatic views of the harbor and the Bay of Islands. The town is also home to a large paper mill and a branch of Memorial University. Captain James Cook, the British explorer, charted the coast in the 1760s, and a memorial to him overlooks the bay.The town enjoys more clearly defined seasons than most of the rest of the island, and in summer it has many pretty gardens. View more
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This tour combines the experience of a scenic trip into Corner Brook's surroundings with a brief city orientation. Travelling along the Humber Valley to the Bay of Islands, witness a part of the vast wilderness that characterizes Newfoundland's west coast. With a bit of luck, you may even spot some whales as you follow the twisted shoreline.
Depart the pier via coach and travel along the coastal road that follows Captain Cook's route first explored over 140 years ago. Pass fishing villages inhabited by people of English, French and Aboriginal ancestry.
Bay of Islands
Your first stop is this beautiful bay with its 12 islands and three "arms" (Humber, Middle and North), renowned for its splendid scenery. Explored, surveyed and named by Captain Cook, the island was sparsely settled until the sawmill was established in 1864 and the railway began to operate. On its north and south shores farming and fishing communities exist side by side. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of farms, mountains and pockets of brilliant wildflowers. At Lark Harbour a brief stop is made for a snack of Newfoundland berry pastries, other locally baked items and coffee, tea or juice.
Re-board the coach and return to Corner Brook for a brief orientation and a stop at its most prominent landmark, Captain Cook's Lookout!
Corner Brook and Captain Cook Monument
This monument is dedicated to the famous explorer. The site also offers you a splendid panoramic view of the city and the Bay of Islands. From here your tour takes you back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 400 metres (1312 feet) over uneven terrain at Captain Cook's Monument and some steps to negotiate throughout. It is not recommended for guests utilising wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Comfortable layered clothing, weather-appropriate outerwear and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Explore the mountains, fjords, and coastal wonders of Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Enjoy a full-day outing to one of Newfoundland's finest and most approachable sceneries at the start of the famous Viking Trail. The trip also offers a view of subarctic wildlife and an introduction to a unique culture. Nature lovers will relish the open spaces and ruggedness of the area.
Depart the pier for about 1.5 hour journey, following the Humber River past Marble Mountain and Deer Lake. Along the way, stops will be made at scenic lookouts and when wildlife such as moose or a herd of caribou is spotted.
Gros Morne National Park
The 700-square-mile national park encompasses the southern section of the Long Range Mountains, beginning 21 miles north of Deer Lake and bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence. UNESCO has recognized the park's unique geology when it designated Gros Morne a World Heritage Site.
Long Range Mountains and Lunch
These spectacular mountains rising abruptly from the lowland dominate the rugged and sparsely populated land. Covered in stunted arctic-alpine plants and wind-dwarfed trees, the area is home to caribou, arctic hare and rock ptarmigan. To the southwest spread the desolate Tablelands, a high plateau that forms one of the world's best examples of rock exposed from the earth's interior. This expanse of mantle was forced to the surface when the ancient continents of North America and Eurafrica collided. During a break from touring, a wholesome lunch will be served at one of the area's rustic restaurants.
Lobster Cove Head
Your first stop is this local lighthouse. Fishing has been the economic mainstay of this region for centuries. Visit the century lighthouse and learn what life was like over a century ago for people in this remote area.
We make a short stop to the actual Tablelands before beginning the journey back to Corner Brook and the ship.
Along the trip back sample wines made from the local subarctic berries.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1 kilometer (3280 feet) over uneven, sloped terrain. It is not recommended for guests utilising wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Comfortable layered clothing, weather-appropriate outerwear and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Total travel time in coach is four hours.
Explore the beautiful mountains, woodlands, valleys and rivers of Corner Brook during this panoramic sightseeing excursion.
Corner Brook, Mountains, Ocean
Depart the pier for a scenic orientation drive through Corner Brook. Located approximately 25 miles (about 40 kilometres) from the open waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Corner Brook is the largest city on Newfoundland's west coast, and provides a beautiful setting between the mountains and ocean.
Old Man in the Mountain, Marble Mountain, Heritage Tree, Margaret Bowater Park, Salmon River
Your first stop is at the Old Man in the Mountain, a natural rock formation resembling the face of an old man, followed by a visit to Marble Mountain, nestled in the heart of the Humber Valley. Here, view the Heritage Tree, which features over 400 carvings telling the tales of Newfoundland's history. Next, re-board your coach and head for a photo stop at Margaret Bowater Park. Enjoy lovely views of a salmon river, and the beautiful colours of autumn.
Captain Cook's Lookout, Bay of Islands, Parks, Rivers, Scenic Vistas
Re-board your coach and proceed for another photo stop at Captain Cook's Lookout, which offers dramatic views over the Bay of Islands. In addition to breath-taking vistas of Corner Brook's parks and vistas, learn about the history and folklore of this picturesque logging town, which is perched at the mouth of one of the world's great salmon rivers. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 547 metres (about 500 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the school bus and ten steps at Captain Cook's Lookout. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but not those guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with sturdy, flat and closed-toe walking shoes and bring a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.
Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Corner Brook woodlands during this picturesque, half-day hiking excursion.
Corner Brook, Corner Brook Stream Trail, Nature Hike, Panoramic Views, Woodlands, Waterfalls
Depart pier for the short drive to the woodlands that mark the beginning of the Corner Brook Stream Trail. Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, then begin your guided, approximately 3.7-mile-4.3-mile (about six-kilometre-seven kilometre) nature hike. Learn about the area, its flora and fauna, and look for songbirds as you wind your way through dramatic country trails and woodlands, enjoying panoramic views and waterfalls en route. Continue along a larger portion of the trail system, from the outskirts of the city into the green corridor of downtown Corner Brook.
City Centre, Corner Brook Museum, Refreshments, Free Time, Shopping
Upon arrival at the Corner Brook Museum, located in the heart of the city, take a self-guided tour of this small museum. Following your tour, enjoy tea or coffee and a delicious Newfoundland pastry or scone at the museum. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore Corner Brook at your leisure. You can stroll about the city centre and/or browse the shops, then take the complimentary shuttle or commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.7 miles-4.3 miles (about six kilometres-seven kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, and natural surfaces, hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the school bus and 150 steps downward during the hike. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with sturdy, flat and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.