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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  • Nice walks with expansive views of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. Great place for the kids to burn off extra energy. 
    Nice walks with expansive views of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. Great place for the kids to burn off extra energy.  more »
  • Amazing views here. The park is super maintained and though closed when we visited., the buildings and exhibits would be an addition to the trip…but not needed alone. 
    Amazing views here. The park is super maintained and though closed when we visited., the buildings and exhibits would be an addition to the trip…but not needed alone.  more »
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  • The most easterly point in North America !!! Greenland is closer than Edmonton, AB. Majestic North Atlantic Ocean at your feet. Historic lighthouse asks for a nice hike. Small parking lot just enough for normal days. Signal Hill can be seen. Historic facts & artifacts on the underground tunnel to the viewing platform. Panoramic...
  • North America's eastern most point merits a visit any time of the year as a convenient location to view whales and seabirds in the summer or icebergs in the spring. It is my favourite spot to feel the power of the North Atlantic any time of the year, and a great place to start or end a coastal hike. Obey the warning signs about nearing the water's edge as sneaker waves are common.

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