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. Beautiful scenery and includes four hours of total travel by coach. Our local lunch features distinctive Newfoundland flavours.
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.
Departing the port, you will journey for about 1.5 hours, following the Humber River past Marble Mountain and Deer Lake. During the tour, 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
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.