Paper Mill Steam Fills the Sky
Walking Tour of Atlantic Canada Cruise Port of Call
Over 1,000 years ago, Newfoundland was first visited by Vikings who had done a transatlantic crossing, so it should not be too surprising that this Atlantic province of Canada has a seafaring history. Historical artifacts of Viking settlements are featured at the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. In addition, cruise ships like the Maasdam of Holland America re-create this northern transatlantic route on a "Voyage of the Vikings" itinerary.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland is a town of about 21,000 residents on the western coast of Newfoundland, and is the province's second largest city. It is about an hour's drive from Gros Morne National Park, and many who arrive by cruise ship take a shore excursion to the park. Other things to do with a day in Corner Brook include a pleasant walking tour of the town (and its brook) or a bus tour that takes you around the Bay of Islands and to see the Captain Cook Monument, high upon a hill overlooking the town. In 1497, Cook was the first explorer to chart the Newfoundland coast.
The first thing you see when sailing into Corner Brook is the large paper mill, but the town also has a lot of visitors who arrive on the Trans-Canada Highway.
I visited Corner Brook from the Maasdam, which was on an 18-day transatlantic "Voyage of the Vikings", and did a walking tour of the town using a map obtained from the tourism office staff who had a tent set up on the pier. The people of Corner Brook were very friendly and happy to share information about their town with cruise ship passengers.
Pulp and Paper Mill
The Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill is one of the town's largest employers, and its smokestacks and piles of wood dominate the harbor setting.
Pulp Wood Stacked up at the Paper Mill
The paper mill is one of the largest employers in Corner Brook (the other being the hospital). This is a LOT of wood, isn't it?
Downtown Corner Brook, Newfoundland
The shopping area of the small town of Corner Brook looks much like other towns in North America.