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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  • My coworker took me here today and I was very impressed by the view. The tunnels are under construction and the stairs where blocked off on the back side but we manged to get around. great view  more »
  • Visited in the summer when the capelin were Rollin. Saw several whales and many sea birds! Be sure to go on a bright day otherwise you run the risk of fog!  more »
  • This is a lovely site to visit and the gift shop offers unique NL made gifts. It is a wonderful place to walk and see the ocean and from there a view of Signal Hill across the way. Parks Canada does a...  more »
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  • Expect the unexpected Commercials and photos are great but can not do justice to what the eye can see for itself! The stairs access does need handrails though! Oddly they only exist at the top.
  • When I got to the light light house, it was past operating hours. But the view was breath taking. I look forward to going back. It was fun to take the stairs up to the light house. The gift shop also had a few information pieces, along with replicas.
  • Would I come back: Yes! Value: Everything was free because of Canada's 150th birthday. The Good: Weather was sunny and we got to wander around the park. The Bad: Bunkers were under renovation and the path to the Easternmost point in North America was closed :( Bath/Rest/Wash-rooms: Present and clean!
  • Easternmost tip of North America. Roughest North Atlantic Ocean views here. Plus you get to see icebergs around. The drive is also worth it with awesome views.
  • Visited at sunrise to be one of the first people in North America to see the sunrise that day. It was a beautiful view, the lighthouse was very nice. The gift shop was not open yet

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Where to stay in St. John's

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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