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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  • Cool to be standing on the Eastern most point of North America. Convenient, as it is a short drive from St. John's. Beyond that, it is a (another) lighthouse on (another) very blustery point. Perhaps ...  more »
  • Bring all your out-of-town visitors here. They will enjoy it, as well as locals. The sites are always great and on this visit, the whale watching was simply thrilling. It was outdoor nature theater at...  more »
  • I been here once before but when I got my new car I wanted to drive my mom out to cape spear. It was a nice drive and cape spear is a beautiful place to visit. It is rather windy up there but still ve...  more »
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  • Much improved signage and wayfinding. Visit when it's windy & stormy so you'll really appreciate the power of the sea! True story time: When I was there last December, a very blustery day with a roaring ocean & sea spray coming off the water, I came across a small bag of ashes that someone had dropped. Assuming they were the ashes of somebody's loved one to be spread, I did the deed. Rest assured, the wind took them far and wide!
  • Lots to explore at this location. You can climb the hills around the lighthouse and capture some great shots of the ocean. Wear good walking shoes as the terrain can be tricky. There are some stairs but lots of rocky paths to follow. Nice Canada 150 signage and chairs at this location.
  • One of the best places to visit in Eastern Canada. Beautiful views of rough coast line. Closest point to Europe in North America. Nice lighthouse and grounds to explore for a couple of hours 😀
  • The most magical place on earth. This historical site is well maintained and obviously well loved. If you're going to Newfoundland, make Cape Spear and absolute must see location.
  • The exhibit here is great. The guided walking tour is worth your time to get a better understanding in a story and verbal format. I really enjoyed it while we were walking towards the light-tower. The view is increasingly stunning and you can see Signal Hill in the distance and understand the relevance and importance of the two points. If you’re interested in communication and history, this is not to be missed. You don’t need to spend a lot of time here but if you visit Signal Hill, it’s worth checking this location out as well, to understand the relevance of the two sites and their importance in communications.
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