Our arrival into Corner Brook was delayed by several hours because of last night’s medivac and the detour required. We finally dock around 11:30am.

This will be our last dockside disembarkation for a while and using the gangway from Deck 4 makes the process very simple. There’s a few huts set up on the dockside selling souvenirs made from moose antlers and the like. A gang of local people is handing out tourist maps and helping herd cruisers towards the free shuttles into town.

Having checked the map before departure, we decide to do the 15 minute walk ourselves. Immediately we encounter a few issues, such as the huge ‘gap’ in the road bridge which is large enough to trap a mobility scooter wheel. Thankfully we spotted it before Linda hit it. We also discover that the many drop kerbs are very poorly maintained, making for an uncomfortable and bumpy ride.

Top tip: Mobility scooter riders may like to take a cushion to help make the bumpy journey a little more comfortable.

Corner Brook itself is a quaint little town, pleasant but not entirely remarkable. I asked one of our fellow cruisers if this was like traditional small town America. He agreed, before adding, ‘but the people are more polite.’

A view of the road into Corner Brook
The somewhat uninspiring view as you walk into town

There are a handful of hiking trails and a couple of caves to explore – but not much for those with accessibility issues. We can’t get up the hill to check out the Captain Cook memorial for instance. 

Instead we visit Remembrance Square outside the town hall to look at the War Memorial. It’s a little unusual, featuring a caribou flanked by a World War I soldier and another from the Afghan War. 

A picture of the Corner Brook War Memorial
The Corner Brook War Memorial

Afterwards, we take a trip to the roof of the Corner Brook town hall – three whole storeys above street level. There is a rooftop garden, some views across the town and the Humber Arm. There’s also supposed to be a geocache here, but it has gone missing and not yet been replaced.

Back on the street, we continue up Main Street, taking in the atmosphere and checking out the local shops. It’s remarkably hot and sweaty, so when we get to the end of the street, we head back for the ship.

Thankfully we’re back on board by the time a major thunderstorm breaks over the town. There is thunder, lightning and torrential rain – much to the joy of the local taxi drivers who are making a fortune ferrying cruisers back to the ship.

To be honest, Corner Brook doesn’t have enough to make it a major tourist destination. But that’s part of its charm. We’ve enjoyed our brief stay and would be tempted to return one day – when Linda is fully fit again.

Did we get a passport stamp?

I asked about passport stamps at the Town Hall, much to the bemusement of the two receptionists. No, no passport stamps.