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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  • poor show that it could not be opened till 1200, lots of disappointed visitors who wanted to see the Titanic exhibition.  more »
  • We saw an island just off-shore with a large amount of puffins flying around. The sight of this was amazing. The views from the area were picturesque. The lighthouse was nice as it had a different pat...  more »
  • Great views from the lighthouse. Very interesting to learn about how people lived and worked, staff very knowledgeable and helpful and good displays. We saw icebergs and whales from the point.  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time watching the whales and later in the evening, the Puffins. The Lighthouse was amazing and the guides were informative and wonderful at answering all our questions about the Lighthouse and it’s changes over the years. We also appreciated a very helpful fellow that loves to come watch the whales and share his love for the area with others.He had suggested we come back between 7-8 pm to see the Puffins in great numbers. He was so right. He also pointed out the whales to everyone and even had a pair of binoculars to pass around. How lucky you are to have such a great community fellow to make us feel welcome and patient to share stories with. thank you Eric!! The only unfortunate thing was that the buildings all close at 5pm so we got to see the Lighthouse but could not see the Matthew ship or the plantation.I recommend that during tourist season or at least the two summer months these historical areas stay open later.
  • Wonderful location! Be sure to enjoy the hike from the town of Bonavista out to the lighthouse! Beyond the great historical displays and friendly staff, they also have a ton of puffins which you can get close to. A great location!
  • This was our favorite, did I say it loud enough? FAVORITE place in newfoundland!! We spend so many hours here watching the sun set, whales play, and puffins being goofballs. Go after 7p and you'll have this spot to yourself, and the best sunsets you wil ever see. The whales come right up to the Cliffs, it is unreal. What an experience. Best part is the lighthouse was panted with racing stripes. 🤣
  • Super interesting. The guides were wonderfully knowledgeable; we probably annoyed them with our questions, but they always had an answer! Worth a visit.
  • Beautiful ... Many Puffins, we saw whales, a tour of the lighthouse is offered and interesting. The most incredible is the breathtaking views and the Puffins.
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