Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, St. John's

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Newfoundland's oldest surviving lighthouse, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site guards the easternmost point of Canada and the North American continent. Built in 1836, the cube-shaped lighthouse stands 11 m (36 ft) tall, perched atop a rocky bluff jutting out into the North Atlantic. Explore the structure, painstakingly restored to its 19th-century appearance, and try to imagine the life of a lone lighthouse keeper. Enjoy the solitude and tranquility as ocean waves dramatically crash into the cliffs. In the colder months, you can spot icebergs floating by and whales feeding below. To visit Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site and other attractions in St. John's, use our St. John's trip itinerary planner .
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  • Cape Spear is the most eastern tip of the American continent, and therefore also of the Emergency-beautiful Newfoundland. It is a popular attraction so that it may search the P-place or wait is blown on a nice summer day. The attrectie is a National Historic site of Canada because of the old lighthouse that has served there for years but already long ago by a new instance is replaced. The old is like a small museum open to the public. In the 150 years (2017) of Canada was free to visit this attraction and you could in the old Lighthouse questions to the staff of Canada National Parks. In the lighthouse itself are you soon get bored with but the environment in which the Lighthouse stands makes up for it. To come to the lighthouse must be climbed but that you can do at your own pace. Do you love the sea than is any kind of weather for this place well. We had sunny weather and that also asks for a piece of the East Coast Trail to run which is pretty flat and sometimes shorter pieces by pieces of wood or where you have a kind of deck runs when it is too soggy. Within half a kilometre away are you from the hustle and bustle. The views of the coast and the Atlantic Ocean are magnificent and give obviously much inner peace when you're open to nature, landscape and the sea. Although we have been able to spot during our stay no whales around Cape Spear, this seems to happen regularly. To in late spring seem also to be able to spot icebergs. Please be advised that there is an info center of Canada Parks is but there no meal services. Care for themselves-and-zopie! In short: do you like nature, landscape and sea then this is a good place to sunbathe, get some fresh air, the stories about the former lighthouse keepers to listen, or to a walk off the beaten path. Highly recommended!
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  • This is a place you must stop at. Well worth the drive. Parts of the site are closed due to work but still lots to see. Heed the signs of danger on the rocks.  more »
  • Hitchhiked out to Cape Spear from St John’s. Was easy to catch a ride and took only a few minutes. We were lucky enough to see two whales as soon as we arrived! Lots of peeper were cheering and we hea...  more »
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  • Expect the unexpected Commercials and photos are great but can not do justice to what the eye can see for itself! The stairs access does need handrails though! Oddly they only exist at the top.
  • When I got to the light light house, it was past operating hours. But the view was breath taking. I look forward to going back. It was fun to take the stairs up to the light house. The gift shop also had a few information pieces, along with replicas.
  • Would I come back: Yes! Value: Everything was free because of Canada's 150th birthday. The Good: Weather was sunny and we got to wander around the park. The Bad: Bunkers were under renovation and the path to the Easternmost point in North America was closed :( Bath/Rest/Wash-rooms: Present and clean!
  • Easternmost tip of North America. Roughest North Atlantic Ocean views here. Plus you get to see icebergs around. The drive is also worth it with awesome views.
  • Visited at sunrise to be one of the first people in North America to see the sunrise that day. It was a beautiful view, the lighthouse was very nice. The gift shop was not open yet

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To appreciate the history and colorful architecture of North America's oldest colonial city, there's no better place to stay than in the city center. This popular neighborhood displays the city's iconic, brightly painted Victorian houses, with a selection of guesthouses and inns clustered around Government House. Staying just west of the city center, near the Memorial University of Newfoundland, works as a pleasant alternative, with the expansive Pippy Park right at your doorstep.
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