Corner Brook named Atlantic Canada’s best place for active living

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Walkers are seen along the Glynmill Inn Pond, part of the Corner Brook Stream trail, Monday. The Herald Magazine has ranked Corner Brook as the best place in Atlantic Canada for active living.

CORNER BROOK  Herald Magazine ranks Corner Brook as the best place in Atlantic Canada for active living.

The magazine looked at population, real estate trends and amenities in communities across Atlantic Canada and picked its top five places to live based on characteristics that appeal to different people.

Halifax’s north end was determined top overall in the article, which appeared on the Chronicle Herald’s website Saturday.

“Corner Brook was a natural fit for active living, and our choice was confirmed once we spoke with recreation officials about what’s available in the city and nearby,” said The Chronicle Herald’s south shore bureau chief, Beverly Ware, in an email.

“Key … were the natural and manmade recreational opportunities, and the fact I’ve spoken with people who have skied there and they say the tourism sector caters to them far better than in other places they’ve visited.”

The article highlights Victoria Gillespie, a recreation management graduate from Acadia University, who lives in Corner Brook. The 24-year-old is a downhill skier who enjoys amenities such as Marble Mountain, the scenic Humber Valley, zip lining and the new high-rope course at Marble.

Other outdoor activities mentioned include hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, rafting and salmon fishing on the Humber River and exploring underground caves. It also references cross-country skiing, and the upcoming national ski championships and the trail network and swimming area along the Corner Brook Stream Trail.

The Pepsi Centre, with its ice rinks and year-round indoor sports amenities, also received a mention.

Corner Brook is also known for its deep water port and proximity to the Deer Lake airport. The article states the average home costs $205,291 and the average income is $80,879.

The other categories and the places determined best are: for retirement living, Stratford, P.E.I., Saint John, N.B. for information technology, Bridgewater, N.S. for young families, and North-end Halifax for best urban living.

Organizations: Acadia University

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Atlantic Canada, Marble Mountain Humber Valley Humber River Deer Lake Stratford Saint John

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  • Jeff
    January 29, 2014 - 07:18

    I agree with most of this. Lived in St. John's and Halifax for a number of years and by far Corner Brook is the nicer of the three. Maybe not as many ammenities, but I am sure that will come around. However I do take exception to the statement that the average salary is $80,000.00! Yes b'y! We are all doctors and lawyers here are we? They must have taken that number from when the mill was in it's heyday and even the lowest paid mill employee was making a decent wage.

    • Llew
      January 29, 2014 - 16:12

      Household income, maybe? People need it for the rates they charge at the Pepsi Centre anyway.

  • wq
    January 29, 2014 - 07:06

    No doubt about it. I have always felt that this is God's country.

  • Jcat
    January 28, 2014 - 22:52

    There is no doubting the Beauty of western nfld and it being a outdoorsman playground.... however there is more to quality of life than that ..... if you have a heart attack , stroke or a bleed in your brain then your days are numbered ... That's if your lucky enough to survive it .

    • ARV
      January 29, 2014 - 08:34

      So are you suggesting something about the medical/ health facilities in CB? Otherwise, you're saying that living an outdoor lifestyle leads to heart attacks, strokes and brain bleeds. Not a doctor here, but a healthy lifestyle definitely helps minimize the chance of the first two.

  • jon
    January 28, 2014 - 18:59

    Average income in CB is over 80k?!?! Ok sounds like a legit story.