Norris Cove, W Newfoundland

The small settlement at Norris Cove is thriving, and the small harbour offers much better shelter than the chart might suggest. It does not seem to suffer from wind funnelling to the same extent as the southern arm of Bonne Bay and the locals say it offers good shelter in anything other than strong NE winds. 

The main public wharf is in very good condition and appears to be only occasionally used by fishing boats to offload their catch. It lies immediately in front of the extremely modern and prominent green Marine Centre. There is space for one or 2 yachts to lie on the outer face in 3-4m of water and possible space for 1 more yacht on either end depending on draught. 

Just to the north of the public wharf there is a new and very smart wooden fixed dock and floating pontoon system. Built for, and used by, the local tour and ferry boat operator, it is liberally marked with "Strictly No Mooring" signs, but the owner on spotting us surveying the public wharf prior to coming alongside, invited us to tie up on the inside of his floating pontoon. If you get the offer don't turn it down as it is the best pontoon you are likely to find in Newfoundland bar none! It is more yacht topsides friendly, better sheltered and deeper than the public wharf, having recently been dredged by the owner to a depth of 6m.

The wharf at the southern end of the cove, shown on the chart as Squires wharf, no longer exists.

Ashore there is a convivial bar on the waterfront serving everyday bar snacks, with free wifi and excellent live music on the patio 4 days a week during the season. Next door is the "Little Red Chip Van" serving the freshest traditional fish'n chips we've ever tasted. For those wanting more sophisticated fare there is cafe about 10 minutes walk from the pier, and a restaurant 40 minutes walk away on the northern side of Neddy harbour. Both run by the same person, they serve truly outstanding food. Booking is advisable for the restaurant but it is well worth the walk.

In town there is a small store with basic provisions, a post office and a petrol station all within easy walking distance from the wharf. If you take your jerry cans up there to be filled with diesel they will probably offer you a lift back down to the wharf.  There is also a ferry 3 times a day across to Woody Point and a number of short walking trails.

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