About Us

Norris Arm is located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It’s situated on the northeastern coast of the island of Newfoundland, along the shores of Notre Dame Bay. Like many communities in Newfoundland, Norris Arm offers picturesque landscapes, rich history, and a strong sense of community.


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Norris Arm, like many communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, has a rich history that is shaped by the natural environment, the Indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the area, and the European settlers who arrived later.

Indigenous Peoples: Before the arrival of European settlers, the island of Newfoundland was home to the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq peoples. These Indigenous communities had been living, hunting, and fishing in the region for thousands of years.

European Settlement: The coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador attracted European fishermen, primarily from England, Ireland, and France, as early as the 16th century. While Norris Arm’s specific date of establishment might not be as ancient as some other Newfoundland outports, the influences of fishing, logging, and shipbuilding shaped its development.

Logging and Industry: The interior of Newfoundland, including areas around Norris Arm, has a rich history in logging. The natural resources in the area played a role in the development of the town and its industries.

Cultural Impact: As with many Newfoundland communities, Norris Arm’s culture is influenced by its maritime history. Songs, stories, and traditions often reflect the life of fishermen, loggers, and their families. Festivals and community events in the area would often celebrate this rich heritage.

Modern Day: In contemporary times, Norris Arm, like other Newfoundland communities, faced challenges like rural depopulation, the decline of the cod fishery in the 1990s, and economic shifts. However, the community remains resilient, adapting to changing times while preserving its history and culture.


For a more detailed history of Norris Arm, see our About Us page or visit the Norris Arm Heritage Museum

Norris Arm is a cozy and tight-knit community with a population just shy of 800 residents. Each individual adds to the charm and warmth of our town, making it the perfect place to experience genuine Newfoundland hospitality and connection. Come join us and feel right at home amidst our welcoming neighbors! 🏡❤️

You can access Norris Arm directly from the TCH on the westbound side, with multiple exits along a span of about 10km.


Reaching Norris Arm typically depends on your starting location and the available modes of transportation. Here’s a general guide to getting to Norris Arm:


By Air:

    • The nearest major airport to Norris Arm is Gander International Airport (YQX) in Gander, Newfoundland. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi/shuttle service to Norris Arm, which is approximately a 1-hour drive.


By Car:

    • If you’re on the island of Newfoundland, the most convenient way to reach Norris Arm is by car. The community is connected via Newfoundland and Labrador Route 340, which links it to the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) on the westbound side, with multiple exits along a span of about 10km. Follow appropriate directions based on your starting point.


By Ferry:

    • If you’re traveling from mainland Canada or another destination, you can take a ferry to the island of Newfoundland. The Marine Atlantic ferry service runs between North Sydney (Nova Scotia) and two Newfoundland destinations: Port aux Basques and Argentia. Norris Arm is closer to Argentia, but even from there, it’s a drive of about 3.5 hours. From Port aux Basques, it’s approximately a 5-hour drive.


Public Transportation:

    • Public transportation options might be limited, but it’s worth checking if any bus or shuttle services operate within the region, especially during tourist seasons. The DRL bus service travels cross-province daily, and schedules nearby stops in Lewisporte and Bishop’s Falls.


Local Taxi or Shuttle:

    • There might be local taxi or shuttle services operating from major towns or attractions nearby that can get you to Norris Arm.


Always check the latest travel advisories, road conditions, and ferry schedules before planning your trip. And if you’re not familiar with the area, consulting a local travel agency or the Norris Arm town office might provide more tailored guidance. Safe travels! 🚗✈️🚢

Living Here

Depending on the child’s age, they will be zoned to attend Hillview Academy in Norris arm, or Lewisporte Collegiate in Lewisporte.

For more information on zoning, bus schedules, registration, and student/parent information, visit the NLESD website.

This information can be accessed on our Taxes and Fees page.


You can also contact the Town office for any specific inquiries, or visit the following resources:





You can visit the provincial Water Resources Portal here. For more information please contact the Town Office.

CNWM collection day for Norris Arm South – Friday – limit 3 bags


For more information visit the CNWM website here.

Getting involved in local community groups is a rewarding way to connect with neighbors, give back, and make positive changes in your area. Here are some steps you can take to get involved:

  1. Visit the Municipal or Local Government Website:

    • Many municipal websites have directories or lists of local community groups, clubs, and organizations.
  2. Local Community Centers:

    • Visit or call your local community center. They often have bulletin boards, flyers, or newsletters that highlight local groups and upcoming events.
  3. Libraries:

    • Libraries often host or support various community groups. Check their bulletin boards or ask the staff about groups that meet there.
  4. Social Media:

    • Search for local groups on platforms like Facebook, Nextdoor, or Meetup. Many community groups have dedicated pages or groups where they post events and information.
  5. Attend Local Events:

    • Farmer’s markets, fairs, and community events are great places to meet members of local groups and learn about opportunities to get involved.
  6. Schools and Educational Institutions:

    • Schools often have partnerships with local community groups or can guide you to parent-teacher associations and other community-based groups.
  7. Local Newspapers or Magazines:

    • Community newspapers often feature stories about local groups, their activities, and contact information.
  8. Volunteer Platforms:

    • Websites like VolunteerMatch or local equivalents often list volunteer opportunities in various community groups.
  9. Ask Around:

    • Sometimes, the simplest way is to ask neighbors, friends, or colleagues about community groups they’re involved with or know about.
  10. Start Your Own Group:

  • If you have a specific interest or see a need in the community that isn’t being addressed, consider starting your own group! Use social media, community bulletin boards, and local events to attract like-minded individuals.
  1. Attend Meetings:
  • Once you’ve identified a group you’re interested in, attend their meetings or events. This is a great way to get a feel for the group’s mission, its members, and how you can contribute.

Remember, community involvement is not just about giving back; it’s also an opportunity for personal growth, making new friends, and enhancing the overall quality of life in your area. Whether you’re in Norris Arm or anywhere else, these steps can guide you towards active participation in your local community.

For residents of Norris Arm and those nearby, it’s crucial to be aware of where the nearest healthcare facilities are located. Knowing that the closest hospitals are in Botwood, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Gander is essential for planning medical visits or emergencies. Always ensure you have the contact details and addresses for these facilities, especially in urgent situations.

If it is an emergency, or police response is required, please contact the RCMP. The nearest detachment is in Lewisporte.


For any other concerns, please contact or visit the town office and report.

Visiting Us

Some potential attractions or activities in or near Norris Arm might include:

  1. Natural Beauty: Like many places in Newfoundland, Norris Arm offers natural beauty with its coastal landscapes. The Bay of Exploits itself provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and enjoying the scenic views.

  2. Walking Trails: The town and surrounding areas may have walking or hiking trails that allow residents and visitors to enjoy the local flora and fauna.

  3. Local Festivals and Events: Small towns often host seasonal festivals, music events, or community gatherings that can be an attraction for both locals and visitors.

  4. Fishing: Whether it’s recreational fishing or more structured activities like salmon fishing, the waters around Norris Arm might offer fishing opportunities.

  5. Nearby Attractions: As you mentioned earlier, towns like Botwood, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Gander are not too far away and offer their own set of attractions and services.

  6. Local History: There might be historical markers, sites, or museums that detail the history of Norris Arm and its surrounding areas.

  7. Wildlife Viewing: Newfoundland is known for its diverse wildlife. Depending on the season, one might spot whales, birds, or other local wildlife.

  8. Local Crafts and Businesses: Small towns often have unique local businesses, craftspeople, and artisans whose work can be an attraction for visitors.

Visit Airbnb listings here.


There are also accomodations available nearby:





View our Events Page for a full calendar of upcoming events.

The great thing about being in the Town with the Sensational Sunset, is that it’s hard to miss! But if you’re looking for a vantage point that’s quite literally built to offer the paramount view, your answer is the Norris Arm Scenic Lookout along Gillingham Ave..

Of course! We do ask that pets be kept on a leash, and picked up after. But Norris Arm is a place that even your pets will enjoy, and you’ll commonly see the roads active with residents walking their furry companions.

Doing Business

Norris Arm is proud to partner with BizPal to find the permits and licenses you need for your business.


You can also contact or visit the Town office for specific inquiries and information.


Also be sure to check out our Doing Business Pages for more information on business in Norris Arm.

In addition to Norris Arm’s ample residential development opportunity, commercial and industrial development is not only available, but encouraged!


This uncut gem of Central Newfoundland is not only a promising commercial frontier but also a massively desirable tourism destination. Take advantage of our strategic location to establish a market presence in a region that is ripe with opportunity and unsaturated with competition.


You can read more about Economic Development in Norris Arm here.

Here are some resources that might be helpful:


Newfoundland Provincial Government Funding Programs for Entrepreneurs and Businesses:


  1. Provincial Funding Programs: This page provides information about various funding and programs such as the Business Development Support Program, Business Investment Program, Community Capacity Building, Economic Development and Growth Enterprise Program (EDGE), Fisheries Loan Guarantee Program, Green Transition Fund Program, Job Accelerator and Growth Program, Investment Attraction Fund, and more.

  2. Business Development Support Program: This program assists Newfoundland and Labrador SMEs with opportunities to increase their productivity and improve their competitiveness.

  3. Newfoundland and Labrador Government Funding Guide For Small Business: This guide provides information about government loans and other funding programs that business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador can take advantage of.

  4. Self Employment Assistance Program: This program is managed by the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC), a Newfoundland and Labrador nonprofit organization.


Provincial Business Resources:

  1. Business and Economic Development: This page provides information about various services related to business and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  2. Registry of Companies: All corporations operating in the province must be registered with this registry.

  3. Starting a Small Business in Newfoundland and Labrador: This page provides resources such as Small Business Counselling and a Small Business Guide to help you start a small business in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  4. Newfoundland and Labrador Business Support: This page provides information about funding, training, and business support programs that foster economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Currently we do not feature user-submitted job ads on the site. This is something we may explore and implement in the future along with a business directory section.



However, if you are currently undertaking a novel business venture in Norris Arm and would like to advertise employment opportunities to the community, please contact the Town office and we will be excited to work with you to implement information on our website.

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