Corduroy Brook

Winding its way from Corduroy Pond and emptying into the mighty Exploits River this 4.5 kilometre waterway has a treasured place in the history of Grand Falls-Windsor, especially for those who grew up in the community in the first half of the 20th Century.

When the community of Grand Falls-Windsor was developed in the early 1900s the Corduroy Brook was a thriving aquatic habitat for many wildlife species including healthy trout and salmon populations. Many citizens remember fondly their times walking along the banks of the Corduroy Brook trout fishing, catching frogs, and taking advantage of the winter conditions by skating on Long Pond, a pond once located along the course of Corduroy Brook. Often reminisced as well are the afternoon picnics on "Log Cabin Field", and swimming at the place where the brook flows into the Exploits River.

In the early decades of community development the area near Corduroy Pond was used for hunting, fishing, and cutting wood to build and heat homes. The wood was transported on sleds powered by dogs or oxen. They traveled over roadways constructed by placing thin logs parallel to one another thus distributing the weight of materials and equipment evenly. This method of road building across marshes and bogs is call "corduroying", hence the names Corduroy Brook and Corduroy Pond. However, many of our older citizens pronounce the names as "codroy", mainly because in our local dialect many words and names are pronounced with the "r" silent, just as many pronounce partridgeberry, "patridgeberry".

In the 1930's and 1940's an area bordering Corduroy Pond was developed as farmland by George Gibson. Mr. Gibson owned several businesses on Main Street, a main commercial district of town. Among Mr. Gibson's business ventures was a grocery store in which he would sell vegetables and produce grown on his land at Corduroy Pond. Mr. Gibson also owned a dry-cleaning shop and a movie theatre. The farm area is now referred to as Gibson's Field and is home to a playground, picnic shelter, and other amenities.

Unfortunately, as the community further developed, Corduroy Brook was neglected in the quest for commercial and residential development. This was during an era when environmental responsibilities were not largely recognized due to a lack of knowledge about potential adverse effects. Corduroy Brook was left and basically forgotten until the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association began its initial clean up effort in 1995.