Located on the Bay of Islands at the mouth of the Humber River, the city is the largest population centre in the province outside the Avalon Peninsula and functions as a service centre for western and northern Newfoundland.
The area was originally four distinct communities 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.
In the late 1960s, the local pulp and paper mill, then owned by Bowater, held the record for highest newsprint production in the world . During this time of prosperity, rent for store and office space on Broadway, the main shopping district at the time, was equal to rent paid in New York City, New York.
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, as well as shopping and retail, federal and provincial government offices, as well as Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, a division of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In recent years Corner Brook has become a small, but growing centre for film and television production in Eastern Canada. The Atlantic Studios Cooperative in Corner Brook is the largest sound stage in Atlantic Canada and is located in the Pepsi Centre, the city's multi-purpose arena facility.
Corner Brook holds a unique Canadian record. Corner Brook is the oldest community of its size (over 25,000) in Canada. Other communities of this size have either grown into larger ones (+75,000), were amalgamated with other communities or collapsed.
The city has a municipal bus service and is served by four taxi cab companies.
Things looking up for Corner Brook: western Newfoundland contractor Willy Anderson has added a cable logging system to his operations to extract some extra volume for Corner Brook Pulp & Paper
Jun 01, 1999; While the volumes are not big, the wood being brought in by Willy Anderson's TLD Gauthier cable logging system is nonetheless...