Lewisporte (population 3483, founded 1876) is a deep-water port and shipping centre on Notre Dame Bay which has served as a fishing, farming and boat-building settlement, a shipping port and sawmill, and until recently a distribution point for supplies destined to Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador by coastal ferry. Due to its proximity to Gander's once-bustling international airport, Lewisporte accommodated more than 700 of the 6500 trans-Atlantic airline passengers diverted to Gander during the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US. A 10th anniversary reunion for Delta 15's passengers and the people of Lewisporte was held by Canada's Atlanta consulate in 2011.
- By car
- Lewisporte is on Route 341.
- By ship
- Lewisporte is the southern terminus of a seasonal coastal ferry service to Labrador:
- Nunatsiavut Marine (MV Northern Ranger), Lewisporte Main Dock, 123 Main St., ☎ +1 709 535-3526, fax: +1 709 535-3385. Cargo is no longer accepted for Goose Bay and Cartwright as the Trans-Labrador Highway reaches those communities, but Black Tickle, Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish and Nain are still accessible only by outport ferry.
- Lewisporte Marina and Yacht Club, 152 A Main Street, Lewisporte, ☎ +1 709 535-3625.
- Lewisporte Taxi, 7 Mill St., ☎ +1 709 535-8100.
- Bye The Bay Museum, 235 Main Road, Lewisporte, ☎ +1 709 535-3900, fax: +1 709 535-0418. end May-end Aug. Logging and carpentry tools, photographs, paintings, books, household and children's items. Photography equipment. World War I and II artefacts, medical equipment collection and a 28-foot hooked rug depicting history of Lewisporte.
- Lewisporte Train Park, 152 Main St., ☎ +1 709 535-2737. end June-end Aug. Railway museum on the east side of Lewisporte; a narrow-gauge (3.5') Newfie Bullet once ran from Port aux Basques to St. Johns but all rails were removed from the island in the 1980s. Hiking & walking trail, authentic Newfoundland trains, picnic area, cultural & historic information. By donation..
- Notre Dame Provincial Park, 1km E of Notre Dame Junction on Trans-Canada Highway. Former Abitibi-Price logging site, donated as a park in 1960. Picnic area, two playgrounds, 100-site camp ground, toilets, RV dump station, unsupervised sandy beach for swimming, cross-country ski trails, convenience store, boat rental.
- Mussel Bed Soirée. August.. Live music and entertainment, one weekend.
- Boat and Outdoor Show, ☎ +1 709 535-2737. May.
- Trade and Craft Show. mid-September. $6/weekend.
- Rossy, Lewisporte Mall, 465 Main St., ☎ +1 709 535-8221. 9:30-5:30 daily, noon-5pm Sun, 9:30-9 Th, Fr. Discount store in former Bargain Giant, near Tim Horton's.
- Country Garden Restaurant, 465 Main St, ☎ +1 709 535-3600.
- Blue Finn Lounge, 140 Main St, ☎ +1 709 535-3427.
- Brittany Inn, 373 Main St., ☎ +1 709 535-2533. Hotel with dining room, lounge, meeting room.
- Oceanview, 210 Main St., ☎ +1 709 535-8181, fax: +1 709 535-8180. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. Four-bedroom B&B overlooking Lewisporte harbour and marina. $100-125.
- Lewisporte Memorial Public Library, 152 Main Street (in the Town Hall), ☎ +1 709 535-2519. Local library with free Internet and wi-fi.