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Cape Spear Lighthouse, St. John's

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Newfoundland's oldest surviving lighthouse, Cape Spear Lighthouse 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Cape Spear Lighthouse and other St. John's attractions using our handy St. John's travel itinerary planner.
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  • The day had been cloudy, windy and cool until we parked then all of a sudden the sky cleared and the sun came out allowing for spectacular views from every spot. We totally lucked out. Thoroughly enjo...  more »
  • Do not forget your camera! Spectacular views from every angle. Plan to spend an hour or two simply exploring the lighthouse and area. If you are limited in time, go anyway, just to say you've been. Yo...  more »
  • It was a sunny, windy cool day in August 2015. My cousins from Ontario were visiting Newfoundland. We drove to Cape Spear and we had the pleasure of viewing the stunning view. Beautiful, Beautiful, Be...  more »
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  • Beautiful and scenic place, especially on a sunny day. Popular for being the easternmost point in Canada and North America. Easy and leisurely hike to the lighthouse. Better to visit in the afternoon as the sun nicely illuminates the lighthouse, the rugged landscape, and the clear blue water of the Atlantic.
  • This is a cool little stop to check out the coast, see one of the oldest lighthouses and say you have been to the east point in North America. Also neat to see the guns they used to defend against Nazi's in Works War II.
  • Great historic landmark with spectacular views of the ocean and plenty to visit and see. The gift shop is great but a little lacking on food and drinks.
  • Amazing. If you're visiting the St John's area, then this is a must see attraction. You will get an appreciation for the ruggedness of Newfoundland's terrain, and the ferocity of the ocean. Even locals should get out here more often. Great experience.
  • I loved my visit there and it's truly breathtaking, however it is a bit of a false claim as the most eastern point in North America. Technically Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska is the most eastern point in North Anerica.