For guests visiting the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Port of Corner Brook on cruise ships, we are a comfortable 40 km. (25 mile) drive. We’ll arrange transportation as well as a program to show the best of our landscape, geology, history, culture and hospitable people.
For European explorers, Newfoundland has been the entrance to North America. The Norse were here 1000 years ago. The Basques were here more than 600 years ago. The rest of Western Europe arrived more than 500 years ago while the First Nations have been here longer than we know. As one might imagine, settlement in such a strategic location has left us with an enchanting history.
For European settlers, the main attraction of Newfoundland was the abundance of fish. The island is still dotted with tiny villages all along the coastline; sheltered from the wild North Atlantic ocean and adjacent to its rich resources. Cox’s Cove, located 40 km. (25 miles) from the cruise ship terminal in Corner Brook is one of those villages. The fishery is still the lifeblood of the community. With a population of 650, the social fabric is still strong and strongly represents "the essence of who we are".
The bus drive to Cox’s Cove is mainly along the north shore of the Bay of Islands. The importance of the Humber River and the British pulp and paper company Bowaters is explored in the first ten minutes of the drive. The highway passes through five small communities along the scenic route. In McIvers we stop to explore plate tectonics with a large piece of the earth’s mantle, the Blomidon Mountain, in the background. This area is often referred to as “the Galapagos of plate tectonics” and we stop for photos and some interpretation. Continuing on to Cox’s Cove we view the North Arm Hills, another mountain composed of the earth’s mantle, and a glacially carved fiord adjacent to the Town’s seashore.
Our first stop in Cox’s Cove is the fish processing plant and the community dock. With a backdrop of the bay protected by mountains we learn about the importance of fishing and fish-processing to the community and the Province in general. For those who wish to walk for ten minutes along the seashore we pass by some colourful dories with a part of the Long Range Mountains in the background. We might even be visited by a Newfoundland dog!
By the time we get to be greeted at the Community Centre by members of our local Anglican congregation, our guests may be interested in a light snack. Newfoundland boasts a lot of culinary distinction and we will have a number of examples prepared from moose, local fish and wild berries. While our guests are exploring and enjoying our local foods we will present the essence of our community and province in story and song.
Square dance has always been a part of our social tradition but is not practiced much today. Luckily, our community has a local square dance club and our program in the community centre will end with a demonstration. Towards the end our guests will be invited to join in. Options before we board the bus will be chatting to our community residents, exploring the community independently or continuing to dance.
Back on the bus we head back to the cruise ship terminal but not before a ten-minute detour to view the natural beauty along a section of the Humber River.