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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  • Hike up to the lighthouse at this most easterly spot in North America! Very dramatic coastline. Be prepared for cold and wind.  more »
  • We visited on a cold, windy, December morning (redundant) and the vista was awesome. The power of the ocean, the rocky shoreline, the wind, ... all awesome. Even on a cold day, we walked all the way r...  more »
  • You can truly feel the majesty of the ocean at this place, whether it is calm or not. Getting up for the first glimpse of the sun is an amazing experience.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing place. Blackhead East Coast trail here. Lighthouse is beautiful. Most easterly point in North America. Wind swept, but gorgeous.
  • Very cool spot (the farthest part out to the ocean while still on land in North America. If that makes sense)
  • Eastern most point of North America. Definitely a must-see. Beautiful place to spend the day. Fun to explore and climb the rocks. Water is pretty. Not too crowded.

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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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