With rocky outcroppings, sweeping vistas and gorgeous sunsets, little did Captain James Cook know, his first survey of this land in 1767, would one day become a highly developed city on the east coast of Canada. In fact, Corner Brook is the largest city in Western Newfoundland.

No longer just a fishermen’s dream, Corner Brook has expanded beyond its unwavering visual appeal to become a true adventurer’s paradise. Start at the top of Crow’s Hill, zipline at Marble Mountain and explore the depths of caves below. No matter how you decide to spend your time, the sheer beauty of Corner Brook’s landscape will linger in your memory forever.

Whether passing through on a cruise at the city port, staying for a weekend, or starting a Maritime adventure, Corner Brook offers visitors of all ages the natural beauty of its landscape, and the rare combination of big-city amenities with a small-town feel. 

Must Visit Sites in Corner Brook NL Captain James Cook Historic Site

Immerse Yourself in History (with a view) at Captain James Cook Historic Site 

There’s no better way to start your trip to Corner Brook than by viewing the landscape just as British explorer, Captain James Cook first did in 1767. Located in the park at the top of Crow’s Hill, the Captain James Cook Historic site offers picturesque views of the city, the Blomidon Mountains and the Humber Arm of the Bay of Islands. 

Using both hands to hold a navigational quadrant, you can’t miss the bronzed statue of Captain James Cook, so be sure to grab a photo with him for your inevitable Corner Brook photo album. While you’re there, check out copies of his maps that outline his journey, and you might just find yourself charting a similar path. 

Must Visit Sites in Corner Brook NL Zip Lining Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain © Copyright Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism 

Venture into Marble Mountain with an Exhilarating Zipline Tour 

More the thrill seeker type? Take a short drive from Captain James Cook Historic site to Marble Mountain, because there’s an activity with your name on it. 

Marble Zip Tours offers experiences that begin at the top of Steady Brook Falls, where you’ll have the opportunity to zip through nine available lines that are up to 2000 feet long and 285 feet high. Each line offers a unique aerial view of the Humber Valley. Did we mention that speeds can reach an exhilarating 30 kilometers an hour?

Must Visit Sites in Corner Brook NL Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park © Copyright Barrett & MacKay Photo via Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Take a Tour Through the Scenic Gros Morne National Park

Rome wasn’t built in a day” as the old saying goes, and, Gros Morne National Park is a scenic gem that was 485 million years in the making. Covering a grand 1,805 square kilometers and considered a UNESCO world heritage site, the choice is yours to hike its glacier-carved landscape, climb to its peaks and waterfalls, or do it all. But, if you do decide to do it all, you’ll likely need more than one day.

With so much to see, it’s easy to miss some of what this sprawling area has to offer when conducting a self-guided tour. Luckily, there are several professionally guided Gros Morne National Park tours available to ensure that you don’t miss a detail. Hiking tours are available for the adventurous type, while others can choose to sit back and relax while indulging in a regional food tour or a romantic evening boat ride. 

Must Visit Sites in Corner Brook NL Corner Brook Cave

Explore a Cave

Do you have a knack for discovering new things? Corner Brook also has something for the explorer in you. The Corner Brook Stream Trail Network is located a short walk from the downtown core. Here you can travel the sprawling limestone caves, carved from thousands of years of running water.

Nervous about your first-time exploring? Not to worry, guided tours are available for those 8 years of age and older. Tours offer options with routes that are large enough for walking and others with smaller passages for a more adrenaline-filled experience. 

Must Visit Sites in Corner Brook NL Bottle Cave

Wind Down and Catch a Sunset at Bottle Cove

Ready to relax after an adventure-filled trip? Drive 45 kilometers from Corner Brook to Bottle Cove’s hiking trails, which open to unparalleled views of the sunset. The neighboring towns of Lark Harbour and York Harbour also offer relaxing vibes, as well as the most scenic hiking trails in the Bay of Islands. 

Wait, there’s more. Want to see what else Corner Brook and Newfoundland have to offer? Learn more about other attractions to add to your Newfoundland trip itinerary.

Special thanks to the staff at the Comfort Inn in Corner Brook, NL for their suggestions.

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