A great short paddle in the Corner Brook area is Wild Cove and the mouth of the Humber River. It is a nice semi-secluded paddle that offers a great chance view the diverse bird life in the region. The best place to launch is at the Corner Brook Rowing Club lot behind the Government Service building at 1 Riverside Drive.My usual route takes me along the south side of the river beside the half-dozen or so wooden pillars that were used in the transport of logs to the local paper mill. These abandoned structures have become a haven for gulls and cormorants and even the occasional bald eagle. From here I cross the current and follow the north shore back away from the industrial area and along the shore of Prince Edward Park. Continue around the point and into Wild Cove.I love paddling here as it feels like wilderness paddling as long as you ignore the highway and don’t look back at the city behind you. A bad joke, I Know, but it is very nice and secluded nonetheless! The estuary of Wild Cove Brook is shallow and is a great place to watch for eagles and osprey fishing overhead. Many species of ducks and waterfowl also visit this area at different times throughout the year. For the return trip I usually make a straight ½ km crossing back to the parking lot. It can be tricky if the wind is blowing in the bay. The right combinations of the wind, the tide, and the river have been known to make for some unpredictable conditions. If you are not a skilled paddler you can return back along the shore and cross in a more sheltered area.This is a nice paddle with lots of wildlife and plenty of sheltered landing sites. You can also access this paddle from the campground at Prince Edward Park.
At the Corner Brook Rowing Club behind the Government Services building on Riverside Drive.
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