Corner Brook

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Corner Brook
City of Corner Brook
Overlooking City of Corner Brook
Overlooking City of Corner Brook
Coat of arms of Corner Brook
Coat of arms
Motto(s): "Our Spirit... Your Success"
Corner Brook is located in Newfoundland
Corner Brook
Corner Brook is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Corner Brook
Coordinates: 48°57′N 57°57′W / 48.950°N 57.950°W / 48.950; -57.950
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Census division 5
Settled 1956
 • Type Municipal
 • Mayor Jim Parsons
 • MHA Gerry Byrne (L)
Eddie Joyce (L)
 • MP Gudie Hutchings (L)
 • City 148.26 km2 (57.24 sq mi)
 • Metro 255.10 km2 (98.49 sq mi)
Elevation 0 - 304 m (0 – 998 ft)
Population (2016)
 • City 19,806
 • Metro 31,917
Time zone UTC-3:30 (Newfoundland Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2:30 (Newfoundland Daylight)
Area code(s) 709

Corner Brook (2016 population: 19,806 CA 31,917) is a city located on the west coast on the island of Newfoundland in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Located on the Bay of Islands at the mouth of the Humber River, the city is the fifth-largest population centre in the province behind St. John's,[2] and smallest of three cities behind St. John's and Mount Pearl.[3] As such, Corner Brook functions as a service centre for western and northern Newfoundland. It is located on the same latitude as Gaspé, Quebec, a city of similar size and landscape on the other side of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Corner Brook is the most northern city in Atlantic Canada.

It is the administrative headquarters of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nations band government.[4] The Mi'kmaq name for the nearby Humber River is "Maqtukwek".[5]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1945 5,464 —    
1951 13,835 +153.2%
1956 23,225 +67.9%
1961 25,185 +8.4%
1971 26,309 +4.5%
1981 24,339 −7.5%
1986 22,719 −6.7%
1991 22,410 −1.4%
1996 21,893 −2.3%
2001 20,103 −8.2%
2006 20,083 −0.1%
2011 19,886 −1.0%
2016 19,806 −0.4%
[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] The 1945 and 1951 population figures have been adjusted to reflect the city's amalgamation on January 1, 1956.

The area was surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767. The Captain James Cook Historic Site stands on Crow Hill overlooking the city.[13] By the middle of the 19th century the population of Corner Brook was less than 100, and the inhabitants were engaged in fishing and lumber work.[14]

The area was originally four distinct communities, each with unique commercial activities: Curling, with its fishery; Corner Brook West (also known as Humber West or Westside) with its retail businesses; Corner Brook East (also known as Humbermouth and the Heights) with its railway and industrial operations; and Townsite (known as Corner Brook), home to the employees of the pulp and paper mill. In 1956, these four communities were amalgamated to form the present-day City of Corner Brook.

Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Mill
The Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Mill

Corner Brook is home to the Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Mill (owned by Kruger Inc.), which is a major employer for the region. The city has the largest regional hospital in western Newfoundland. It also has a wide array of shopping and retail businesses and federal and provincial government offices. It is home to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, as well as campuses of Academy Canada and College of the North Atlantic. Corner Brook is also home to the province's newest high school, Corner Brook Regional High, which is an amalgamation of the former Regina and Herdman Collegiate high schools.


Near Corner Brook is Marble Mountain Ski Resort, a downhill skiing resort, and Blow-Me-Down trails, a cross country ski area.[15]

The Corner Brook Royals currently play in the West Coast Senior Hockey League and were the winners of the 1986 National Title, the Allan Cup. The Royals play their home games at the Corner Brook Civic Centre, formerly the Canada Games Centre. The arena was built in 1997 and was one of the main venues used when the city of Corner Brook hosted the 1999 Canada Games.[16]

Corner Brook was host of the 2011 Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games from February 18–20.[17] The city also twice hosted Raid the North Extreme, a televised 6-day multi-sport expedition race held in wilderness locations across Canada, and was a leg of the ITU World Cup Triathlon.[18]

Arts and culture

The Arts and Science building of Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook

Corner Brook is home to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University where a strong and vivacious arts community exists both within the school and well into the public. The campus houses the Grenfell Art Gallery. The Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre among other institutions thrive in promoting the arts on all levels from visual arts to theatre and well beyond. In 2015, the City's newest theatre and gallery, the Rotary Arts Centre opened.[19]

Corner Brook is home to Gros Morne Summer Music, a classical music festival that spans July and August.

The March Hare literary festival occurs every March and celebrates poetry and written works from around the world, featuring poets from around Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the world. Atlantic Canada's largest poetry festival was founded in the late 1980s by poet and playwright Al Pittman, and Corner Brook author, historian Rex Brown.

In April, the April Rabbit showcases new and young writers.

Corner Brook is also home to the region's only community radio station, Bay of Islands Radio (CKVB-FM 100.1, or BOIR). The station was previously only available online. However, the station received its broadcast license from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on October 6, 2016, and commenced FM broadcasting on November 5, 2017. The radio station is located on Brook Street, in the city's downtown district.[20][21][22][23]

Municipal government

The City Hall building for Corner Brook

The Corner Brook City Council has six city councillors, in addition to a Mayor. The highest voting winning councillor becomes Deputy Mayor. The current mayor of the city is Jim Parsons. The deputy mayor is Bill Griffin. Municipal elections in Corner Brook are held every four years, on the last Tuesday in September. In the 2017 municipal elections held on September 26, 2017; business consultant Jim Parsons was elected Mayor defeating incumbent Charles Pender.[24]


Along the Trans-Canada Highway

Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, passes the south side of the city on a high ridge before descending to the east, into the Humber Valley.

The city is accessed by air services at Stephenville International Airport, 65 km (40 mi) southwest, and Deer Lake Regional Airport, 55 km (34 mi) northeast.

Corner Brook Transit is a privately operated local bus service.[25] The city is also served by four taxi cab companies.


Corner Brook

Corner Brook has a humid continental climate typical of most of Newfoundland. It is warmer in summer than St. John's due to less maritime exposure, whereas winters are colder than in the provincial capital. In terms of its overall climate, it is quite maritime, especially taking into account how the climate is in mainland Canada on similar latitudes. Precipitation is heavy year-round, but highest in December and January and lowest in April and May, with relatively more dry, stable conditions extending into July many years. The Corner Brook area lies in an especially heavy snow belt because of cold Arctic air masses from mainland Canada, coming from the west or northwest, crossing the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and picking up moisture, resulting in "sea-effect" snow (similar to "lake effect" snow in US locations like Muskegon and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). The "sea effect" snow comes in addition to the heavy snow that can accompany mid-latitude storms, called "nor'easters," that approach the area from the U.S. Northeastern and New England states. Such storms can bring high winds and heavy precipitation, with possibly-changing precipitation types in a single storm. The combination of intense winter storms and "sea effect" snow make December and January the wettest months on average in Corner Brook. In December and January combined, *average* snowfall exceeds 78 inches.

Climate data for Corner Brook, 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1933–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.5
Average high °C (°F) −2.7
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.1
Average low °C (°F) −9.6
Record low °C (°F) −31.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 144.8
Average snowfall cm (inches) 105.5
Source: Environment Canada[26][27]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Statistics Canada. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses". Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  2. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data: Newfoundland and Labrador". Statistics Canada. August 28, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data: Newfoundland and Labrador". Statistics Canada. August 28, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
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  6. ^ 140.pdf Archived January 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Canada Year Book 1955
  7. ^ 126.pdf Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Canada Year Book 1957-58
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-08-30., Canada Year Book 1967
  9. ^ [1][permanent dead link], E-STAT Table
  10. ^ [2], 1996 Census of Canada: Electronic Area Profiles
  11. ^ [3], Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  12. ^ [4], Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses
  13. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism website
  14. ^ "Fast Facts & History". City of Corner Brook. Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
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  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
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  19. ^ "Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook has its grand opening". CBC News. May 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "Bay of Islands Radio hopes meeting can help salvage its future". Gary Kean, The Western Star. November 25, 2014
  21. ^ "Bay of Islands Radio wants a location to go FM". Western Star, Gary Kean, May 08, 2014
  22. ^ "Bay of Islands Radio has a new home. Gary Moore stopped by for a tour.". CBC Radio.
  23. ^ "New home available for Bay of Islands Radio". The Western Star, Chris Quigley, November 27, 2014
  24. ^ Jim Parsons stuns Charles Pender in convincing Corner Brook mayoral race victory
  25. ^ City of Corner Brook. Transit Archived 2011-09-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Environment Canada[5], accessdate 28 April 2016
  27. ^ Environment Canada[6], accessdate 1 January 2017

External links

  • Corner Brook travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Richard Symonds, Architecture and Planning of the Corner Brook Townsite 1923-1925, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Railway Society of Newfoundland - Maintains historic train display at Humbermouth in Corner Brook
  • Corner Brook website
  • Corner Brook - Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, vol. 1, p. 536-542
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