Fodor's Expert Review Cape Spear National Historic Site

Greater St. John's Nautical Site/Lighthouse Fodor's Choice

At the easternmost point of land on the continent, songbirds begin chirping in the dim light of dawn, and whales (in early summer) feed directly below the cliffs, providing an unforgettable start to the day. From April through July, you might see icebergs floating by. Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland's oldest such beacon, has been restored to its original form and furnishings. There's a small, well-stocked souvenir kiosk in the parking lot for those who don't want to or are unable to climb the path to the main gift shop.

Nautical Site/Lighthouse Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Cape Spear Dr., Rte. 11
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1C 5M9, Canada


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Site free; lighthouse C$3.90, C$6.30 for same-day access with Signal Hill, Site: daily dawn–dusk. Lighthouse: mid-May–mid-June, Wed.–Sun. 10–6; mid-June–Sept., daily 10–6; Sept.–mid-Oct., Sat.–Wed. 10–6. Visitor Interpretation Centre and Heritage Gift Shop: mid-May–mid-Oct., weekdays 10–5:30

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