Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Bonavista

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A striking sight on the coast of Newfoundland, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse attracts visitors with its history as the fourth oldest lighthouse in the easterly province and for its vibrantly painted exterior. Operating from 1843 until 1962, the lighthouse now invites visitors to experience the life of a provincial lighthouse keeper. Steadily climb the tall stone tower and witness one of the few locations in the world where you can still see the seal oil fuelled light apparatus used throughout the nineteenth century, along with beautiful panoramic views off the coast. Downstairs, a series of displays and artefacts tell the tale of the local industry, as well as presenting the ecological history of Cape Boavista. Using our online itinerary creator, Bonavista attractions like Cape Bonavista Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Be sure to visit Spiller’s Cove and the Dungeon park which are within minutes of the light house. The light house is a short drive north of Bonavista  more »
  • Recently came here for a walk around. Very nice views and cool picture opportunties with the inukshuks. Lots of history here to he learned.  more »
  • An incredibly beautiful spot especially on a clear day! Views are amazing and include the opportunity to see puffins and other local birds as well as whales. There is also the historic significance of the landing of John Cabot in Newfoundland and you can tour the light house and learn about the history. The site also includes a fabulous craft store with a huge variety of local made crafts, jewelry, books and all things Newfoundland. Great for tourists and locals.
  • Life in the past was made very real as two extremely knowledgeable guides explained every aspect of living in and working at the lighthouse years ago. While in the top of the lighthouse, one guide even demonstrated winding up the system and starting the mechanism like a clock. Very enlightening.

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