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Introducing Corner Brook

Newfoundland's number-two town is pretty sleepy, though skiers, hikers and anglers will find plenty of action. The handsome Humber Valley, about 10km east, is where it's going on. Centered on the Marble Mountain ski resort, the area experienced a huge development boom – even Oprah was rumored to be buying one of the luxury condos – until the bottom fell out of the international economy. Maybe the vibe will ratchet up again one of these days. For now, the valley offers adventure sport junkies places to play, while the city itself sprawls with big-box retailers and a smoke-belching pulp and paper mill.