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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  • Amazing scenic spot overlooking the Atlantic, and a great learning experience to see how the keepers lived.  more »
  • wow what a place cold windy and raining very harsh country. I bet on a nice day it would be beautiful  more »
  • I walked around the site, rather than focusing on the lighthouse itself. The site has very interesting fortifications from the second world war. It's also a bit of a 'must' as it is the easternmost po...  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