The Humber arm located at the very bottom of the Bay of Islands. The arm has been an important waterway, connecting the city of Corner Brook and its paper mill with the rest of the world. The arm is often used by large ships coming and going. But for the most part it is a very safe destination for paddlers.
Kayakers are defiantly not an uncommon sight on the arm during the summer months, especially in the area around the mouth of the Humber River. Although the arm offers many different paddling options, the best place is between the Hughes Brook and Humber River estuaries. The water here is more brackish than salty and many different species of birds, including Bald Eagles, feed in the rich estuarine water.
From almost any point on the arm the shoreline is dominated by the pulp and paper mill at Corner Brook, but in and around the mouth of the Humber you can escape the industrial hub of western Newfoundland and enjoy a day of sightseeing or fishing for Atlantic Salmon. Several large wooden structures around the river's mouth date back from the log driving days when countless numbers of logs were corralled as they finished their long journey from the upper reaches of the river.
You can put in and take out at any point around the arm, but the Corner Brook Rowing Club facility in Corner Brook makes a great starting point for exploring the estuaries. Although the arm is usually fairly protected from strong winds, they can sometimes quickly blow in the bay catching you off guard. This is a great, and safe, place to enjoy a day on the water and explore some interesting things just outside Newfoundland's second largest city.
The arm can be accesed anywhere in the city of Corner Brook on Newfoundland's west coast
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