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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  • Foggy and eerie up top.Staff was very considerate of our elderly parents. Gift shop was good and found several nice things.  more »
  • Visited this majestic place twice during our stay in Newfoundland, once it was a foggy very cold and windy day, second time it was a sunny (but chilly) one. Cape Spear is so powerful, just knowing tha...  more »
  • Fantastic place to watch whales and icebergs. Great hiking trails and lost of seabirds. Beautiful lighthouse and stunning views.  more »
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  • Fabulous View, mixed with a Historic Theme This site is well worth the trip. The view is fabulous and the opportunity to see the historic artefacts provides an educational and entertaining experience. There is a fair amount of climbing required to see through the sites, but the grounds are well maintained. The day we visited, it was quite windy and the cool moist air made the wind quite cold - make sure you dress appropriately when you visit. Bring your camera (or phone) along to capture the spectacular view.
  • If you're visiting cape Spear be sure to wear good walking shoes. Wooden stairs and boardwalks are common but there are also (safe) paths long the rock outcrops. Binoculars may help you spot whales and you'll see photo opportunities all over. There is a gift shop but no real food options so if you go for a spell a picnic could be a great idea.
  • We thought this was just a lighthouse at the end of the road and were pleasantly surprised to learn it's a national historical site. There's plenty of plaques, guided tours, a really cool old fort, and it's the most Eastern point! The guide (hey Margarita!) was awesome and kept the kids entertained with the stories.
  • The easternmost point in Canada is a beautiful place to explore, or simply park your car to watch the sunset. There are a number of walks and paths you can take, including joining up with the east coast trail. There are excellent facilities, bathrooms, and a number of interesting structures such as a gift shop and light house. A number of newly-renovated structures from the Second World War are accessible to explore at most times -- with excellent acoustics. Highly recommend visiting this place.
  • Very interesting! North America's most eastern point. Two lighthouses. A WWII outpost with cannon, tunnels, and history. Whales galore (even heard one vocalizing). Great trails. Small gift shop, gallery, interpretive centre. Stairs and trails easy to climb. And a signpost pointing to the other 3 geographic extremes of Canada.
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