Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Bonavista

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A striking sight on the coast of Newfoundland, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse attracts visitors with its history as the fourth oldest lighthouse in the easterly province and for its vibrantly painted exterior. Operating from 1843 until 1962, the lighthouse now invites visitors to experience the life of a provincial lighthouse keeper. Steadily climb the tall stone tower and witness one of the few locations in the world where you can still see the seal oil fuelled light apparatus used throughout the nineteenth century, along with beautiful panoramic views off the coast. Downstairs, a series of displays and artefacts tell the tale of the local industry, as well as presenting the ecological history of Cape Boavista. Using our online itinerary creator, Bonavista attractions like Cape Bonavista Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The view are amazing...kids will enjoy building and leaving behind and Inukshuk nearby. The lighthouse overlooks the ocean and you can even see whales in the distance if you are lucky.  more »
  • Quite a unique lighthouse - even in the off season, it’s worth the drive out to Bonavista. The views from the lighthouse are spectacular.  more »
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse that you can go into and look around at all of the interesting displays. Be sure to climb up to the actual lights and reflectors (it is steep and narrow and watch your h...  more »
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  • Along with the old lighthouse on cape spear, this lighthouse is one of the few build around the base of the lighthouse. The interior if fascinating, including vignettes of old rooms where the family lived. Unlike in most lighthouses, you can venture up to where the rotating light mechanistic still exists. It still turns even, and is a unique and accessable window into that past. The story of the family life before and after the road was put in demonstrate how lighthouse duty changed over the years.
  • Tourism shuts down for October but there are mini horses on the road to the lighthouse that make the drive worthwhile.
  • Parking available. We visited during iceberg season. Lots of visitors! A pod of whales were frolicking around the iceberg as well. If your geocaching, check your app 😎
  • Very well run museum. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly
  • Great place to visit if you want to tour a real lighthouse restored to around 1870. The lights are no longer operational but the mechanical pulley crank system still works and is demonstrated by a knowledgable guide. Really enjoyable tour for a very reasonable price

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