Fodor's Expert Review Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Greater St. John's 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 is a visitor center and souvenir shop open in the summer. The historic gun batteries can be viewed up close from the walking trail whenever weather conditions allow.

The cliffs surrounding the lighthouse are beautiful but dangerous. Rogue waves and slippery rocks have caused fatal accidents in recent years. It is important to heed the warnings and avoid getting close to the edge, as there are no barriers and no rangers on duty during the popular sunrise hour.

Fodor's Choice Historical Lighthouse Outdoor

Quick Facts

Blackhead Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1C 5H2, Canada


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Site free; lighthouse from C$4, Gift shop and visitor center closed Nov.–May, closed Fri. and Sat. Sept. and Oct., May

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