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. Work out when and for how long to visit Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site and other St. John's attractions using our handy St. John's travel itinerary planner.
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  • Everyone should check this out and experience the majestic ocean view... And see nature at its most rugged  more »
  • Don't miss the short drive to Cape Spear, you will not be disappointed. Stunning vistas evrywhere you you look. Magnificent landscapes and photo op's. Plenty of hiking trails too  more »
  • Nice to smell the fresh air and feel the salt water in your pores. It's as Far East as one can go on North America. Always a breeze and always a bit cool and often damp so dress warmly. It's air condi...  more »
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  • Most eastern point in North America. A really cool place to visit with a light house and old jail cells. Dress in layers because it can be quite windy and cold.
  • Awesome place to visit if you like natural landscapes. Also just so you can say that you've been in the most eastern point of Nord America
  • Easternmost point in North America. Very cold and really windy today but well worth the trip. Would love to come back in warmer weather to really explore the coast line.
  • Lots of walking up hill. Not wheelchair accessible. Two lighthouses to tour inside (for a small fee), plus the cafe and gift shop. Saw the two cannons that were used during the war, and remnants of the barracks. Walking trail down to the most easterly point. Very steep, also not really wheelchair accessible. East coast trail goes along the cliffs
  • An incredible spot so close to town. Perfect for a short visit or you can hike for hours.