A Dog is a Newfie’s Best Friend

It is estimated that 35% of all homes in Canada have at least 1 canine friend.  This number is likely to be higher in Newfoundland.

We are so big on dogs in this province that we are home to two of the world’s most famous dog breeds; the Newfoundland dog, and the Labrador retriever.

The Newfoundland dog is a well-known symbol of our province and the Labrador retriever is actually its descendent!  The name “Labrador” was given to the dog in order to differentiate it from its predecessor.  Before getting its official name, this breed used to be called the “lesser Newfoundland” or the “St. John’s dog.”

Dogs have been an integral part of human history dating back 15,000 years ago, when a dog was found buried with two humans in Germany.  Do you have any guesses on what breed that dog was?

Why do we as people adore these furry animals so much?  Well science can tell us a few reasons!

Dogs offer us unconditional love and emotional support which help reduce feelings of loneliness.  Multiple studies have proven that a dog’s companionship lowers stress and anxiety, which in turn boots cardiovascular health.  Dogs encourage us to move, get outside and pay attention to the little things in life.  Dogs do not get distracted by modern day stressors and can be a daily reminder of what is truly important.

The dog-human relationship goes well beyond companionship; as dogs are responsible for a whopping 20 real world occupations!  Our canine friends currently work in therapy, search and rescue, guarding, police work and so many more!

At Rocky Brook Acres, we understand and cherish the human-dog bond and encourage you to bring your furry friends on your next visit with us!  Your pets can enjoy 50 full acres of farmland to play on during your next vacation, so bring along that furry friend!  Our only request is that our guests abide by our pet policy, which can be found here.

Ps. Cats are welcome too 😉

Sunday Concert Series

Sunday afternoon is a great day to spend with your favorite person or bubble.  Our province has so much to explore, and our Humber Valley Region never disappoints.  If you live on the West Coast or are visiting friends and family for the summer, why not take a leisurely drive to take in The Cormack Sunday Concert Series.

The Cormack Sunday Concert Series happens every Sunday afternoon at 2 pm with the last date set for October 10th.   The venues vary between The Cormack’s Community Hall and Deer Lake’s Holiday Inn Express. The Cormack Sunday Concert Series offers an afternoon of stories and song from some of Newfoundland’s most celebrated artists.  Thus far we have showcased Anita Best, Pamela Morgan, Sherman Downey, Daniel Payne, Paul Dean and Rex Brown.

This Sunday August 1st features Shirley Montague and Dave Paddon with songs and recitations of Labrador. If you’re from The Big Land you won’t want to miss this show… Some of our upcoming shows feature Kelly Russell, Anita Best & Sandy Morris, Des & Don Walsh, Nadine Hollett with Paul Dean and Sherry Ryan. You can visit our link on Eventbrite for the entire lineup https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cormack-sunday-concert-series-tickets-160787087507 or email info@rockybrookacres.com for info on upcoming shows. We also always appreciate a phone call if you have questions or have difficulty booking online.  Tickets are just $20 and you get a $5 voucher to use at Cormack’s own craft brewery Crooked Feeder.

Our artists are eager to perform in front of a live audience and we have provided Covid friendly venues with bubble seating to provide a safe enjoyable afternoon for you and your bubble. If you have a Group or family celebration, call us direct and we can arrange special pricing for your bubble and can cater to dinner as well…. dinner and a show sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your favorite bubble enjoying some of Newfoundland’s most celebrated singers and story tellers.

There is a performers table where you get the opportunity to meet the artist and take home a copy of your favorite artists work.

We also like to highlight some of our local flavors and invite some of our local vendors to partake and add to your day. Cormack Bee Company and Sea Salt and Twig are two of our favorite local vendors.   The Settlement NL is on hand with what ever local produce they have in season.  We BBQ burgers from D&D Farms and have Coffee on hand from Gros Morne Coffee Roasters.  If that’s not enough we have cold craft beers from Cormack’s own craft brewery Crooked Feeder.

When our host venue is the Cormack Community Hall you can come early  to visit the Cormack Heritage Center to learn all about Cormack’s early setters with the WW11 Veterans and their War Brides who settled here as part of the Upper Humber Land Development Project where ex servicemen from all parts of the island and their war brides were offered land and a home to start farming …it sounded like a good plan but their struggles were great and many of them didn’t stay but for those who did they set the groundwork for what today is a thriving farming community with deep historical routes.

Come visit us on Sunday afternoons for the Cormack Sunday Concert Series…we would love to see you and our artists would love to entertain you on a Sunday afternoon.

The Perfect Rainy Day

Rainy days can often be the best days…to explore your surroundings and meet the locals so embrace the day and start exploring. First stop Cormack Bee Co.just a couple km up the road.  They take pride in keeping bees and know how to make honey just the way their customers like it, raw and unpasteurized.  The owners are fabulous and love to tell their customers all about their Bee Company and all the products they carry including skin care products, bees wax wraps, candles and lip balm. Their new gift shop carries many other local products and they are open from 10am-5pm  Wednesday -Sunday.

Next stop is the Honesty Market at The Settlement NL….at their roadside stand you’ll find an assortment of fresh eggs and whatever produce is in season which currently will include an assortment of fresh lettuces, herbs, green onions, garlic scapes and more.  Its  a treat to simply drop your money in the mail box knowing you’re supporting local honestly!! 

Just a few more km in the road at the Cormack Community Center you’ll find The Heritage Centre…here you’ll get to explore our communities early years and its first settlers… our WW11 Veterans and their War Brides who settled our Community in the Upper Humber Land Development Project.  Learn all about their struggles and how our community grew into the thriving farming community it is today.  They are open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Sundays noon-2pm.

Lunch time, no problem just continue on to Cormack’s own craft brewery Crooked Feeder… family friendly with a great pub menu.  Its located in an old Saw Mill and again what a great way to chat with the locals and learn just a little bit more about our community. They are open every Day noon -10pm and have live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night 7-10pm.

After fuelling up at Crooked Feeder its onto Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park…you might want to leave with a Coffee for this drive…Rob and his team not only serve great craft beers and pub food  but they carry Gros Morne Coffee Roasters Coffee so grab one, take a left and continue on for approximately another 20 km. You’ll pass several large farms along this route…Larch Grove Farms where you can stop for some amazing local beef.  You’ll also pass along Rideouts Dairy and Produce Farm…Sandy Rideout was one of Cormack’s original Veteran Farmers and today’s operation is run by second and third generation family. Further up the road you will pass over a long steel bridge and see little falls.  A great stop for some pictures and to see some avid fishermen casting their line but this is not our final stop.  We are going to continue on just a bit more to the grand finale Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park, one of the provinces most spectacular spots on the mighty Humber River for salmon fishing and viewing the salmon jump the  falls where over 30,000 Atlantic Salmon migrate upstream to their spawning grounds. Its literally like a circus when the salmon are jumping and you can get right down on the ledges near the falls for the best pictures.

On the drive back to Rocky Brook Acres your home away from home I’d  suggest taking the back roads of the community.  Cormack has approximately 26 km of side roads that intertwine through the community… its raining so why not.  There are some great farms to see along the way that you can’t see from the main road.  All the roads lead back to the main road so you won’t get lost just continue on and all roads lead back to home.

Your  final stop before parking the car for the day is to find some groceries.  Cormack Farmers Market just out on the highway is your one stop shop for local meats, vegetables, fresh cream, butter and jams.  You can even buy yourself a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up your suite.

Ahhhhh! Now to Pause, Relax and Unwind for the night at Rocky Brook Acres with a BBQ, a fire if the rain lets up or grab a board game from the office and have a family game night while you listen to the rush of the falls in the background.  What a perfect rainy Day in Cormack!!

Wonderful Winter Evening

Beautiful evening for a cross country ski on the farm at Rocky Brook Cabins. A few snowmobilers trickling in that aren’t restricted with travel. When it’s safe for you to travel we are here with clean safe accommodations individual entrances, no contact check in and flexible cancellation policies.#staycationnl


90 Veterans Drive,
Cormack, NL  A8A 2P8



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