Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
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  • Caribby96
    Burnaby, Canada228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in St. John's!
    I have wanted to go to Cape Spear for a long time, and I am so glad that I finally had the chance to! I heard from many that you do not need to spend much time here, but I was able to spend hours here. It really depends on how foggy it is, I was lucky to go on an afternoon that was not foggy. You have the chance to tour the old lighthouse and there are many informational displays to look at. There are also many walking trails - I saw many whales during my stay! During the summer I was able to get there through the hop on/hop off bus. If you don't have a car, you can also take a taxi, but it was pricey. A must do while in St. John's!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Fred Quinton
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Next stop... Europe
    Historic lighthouse that saved many lives before modern NAV aids. Now a great destination for anyone with good knees and mobility. Great view of Europe if you squint. Most easterly point in NA.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Heather K
    Porters Lake, Canada32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cape Spear
    Beautiful day to visit Cape Spear lighthouse & take in the wonderful scenery. The trip was definitely worth it as this is the most easterly part of Canada, so who wouldn't want to visit. Wonderful trails and lots of signage explaining the history of the area. We also had a bonus of seeing an iceberg not far off the coast.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Olga K
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eastmost point in North America - with gorgeous views!
    I visited Cape Spear on a foggy day. One would say it is not a perfect weather to visit, but I beg to differ. The place is absolutely magical. I think I can spend all day just watching the waves crash the shores and listening to the sounds of the ocean. The trails are very well maintained and are easily accessible (although there are some short stairs). Definitely a must-see.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • BellBoy53
    Brisbane, Australia608 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural
    I visited Cape Spear on a rainy day and, despite the weather, managed a good time walking about the trails, admiring the ocean views, and spotting a few whales passing by. A great place to sit, watch and listen to the sounds of nature. There are some resources (gift shop, café, toilet) but it's worth a visit as this is the most eastern point in North America.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Ronald L
    Denver, Colorado2,901 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    We got a cab to Cape Spear. Driver was from Libya and is a graduate student here in food packaging. He agreed to take us out and back for a set price. We went out to Cape Spear and walked to the two light houses, the oldest from 1836. There was not road out here until 1941 when this point was an important defensive position for WWII. Lots of historical information at the site and well worth your visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Karen H
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    Was on a private tour. Exceptionally scenic spot. Iconic lighthouse, waves crashing on the rocks, strong winds blowing. The history of the tunnels was fascinating. If you are hiking the East coast trail and if you time it right, the cafe is a delicious and welcome stop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 October 2023
  • David B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    This is a must see for a few Good reasons. First, the historic happenings here are astounding. I never heard anything regarding the goings on here during WW 2. 2 Second, the ocean waves crashing along the rugged coast line is fantastic. You haven’t seen waves till you’ve seen them here. The only drawback was the parks Canada bathrooms and cafe were closed. Unbelievable!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
  • brett d
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go EAST!
    Catch the sunrise as it touches the most eastern point of North America (sorry Greenland, not counting you). Large site maybe 15 km outside of St. John's. Many sites including eastern most marker, start of Transcanada Trail, the military fort, clifts and roaring surf.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 May 2024
  • Jurora
    Peterborough, Canada605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walking adventure.
    4 of us came here, 2 are locals, and they had been here before, so they wanted to show us this amazing place. We walked along the boardwalk, and had somewhat of a view at 2 lookouts. There are signs warning of danger, and not to go past the boardwalk area, as on bad-weather days, waves can come up close to this area. The view didn't start-off great, as it was a foggy, drizzly morning, but we could still see down to the water's edge, and no more, but we still enjoyed our walk. We saw the barracks and the cannons, and continued the upward climb to the lighthouse. It can be a bit hard for people like myself who aren't used to walking alot, and then having the incline. Also, I'm not fond of heights, so found it a bit tricky. The other 3 sat up by the lighthouse, on a grassy mound area, a little ways from the edge the edge, which wasn't what I was interested in! I descended down to the café area, to sit on the steps, and then 3 of us went into the gift shop. With the foggy day, it kind of set the scene of a mystical day, especially with the foghorn letting out it's eerie sound, here and there. On leaving, the weather had cleared and we could see further out into the ocean, and the land north of here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 May 2024
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cgbtruck101
Barrie, Canada826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Easily one of the nicest attractions to see in NFLD, we arrived around noon, on a Monday and the parking lot was fairly-full, but the grounds are so large, my wife and I never felt crowded or bothered. The weather was also idyllic, with no wind at all, pure-sunshine and no clouds; if anything, it was a touch chilly, but more-than comfortable.

As we were driving up, we could see some whales and they did not leave for the entire 2+ hours we were there (they moved up and down the coast). To see the breach, blow and splash their tails, was something special indeed.

The lighthouses were also special, with the original one being quite unique and the modern one being a nice photo opportunity; combined with the coastal views, you can get some phenomenal shots.

They also have some bits of history at Cape Spear, with a WWII cannon still on the grounds and a little museum that commemorates Cape Spear's use during the wars. Make sure you bring a comfortable pair of shoes, as there's a lot of walking on stairs and rough ground!
Written 21 August 2021
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Sharon
Canada506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The views are out of this world. As a bonus, you also saw whales! I'm glad that I came during a time without the hordes of people that normally you would encounter.

This place needs to be reburnished, as the stairs going up to the light house are not even.
Written 3 August 2021
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umpiredice
Vancouver18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I go to Cape Spear every time I visit St. John's because it's simply such a beautiful place. This is the eastermost point of land in North America. The coastline is wild and rugged, and on windy days you need to dress warmly. In June and July, if you're lucky, there will be whales swimming around, sometimes very close to shore. We lucked out on our last visit - there were at least half a dozen of them right up close to the rocks, and they put on quite a show, even breaching a couple of times.
Written 6 July 2022
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robertlt2016
Gander, Canada177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We decided to visit this site one morning as it was a beautiful sunny day. We had been there before but never got out of our vehicle. This day was different for sure. We took our time, walked around the site and up by the lighthouses. Hard to believe that it is the most easterly point. We even watched some fishing vessels do what they do. Just a nice site on a nice day.
Written 5 September 2020
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HighPockets21
Shediac, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We make sure we get to Cape Spear each time we go to Newfoundland (about once per year) as it always seems different. One time it was very foggy and was particularly enjoyed it was almost mystical. Again, bexsure to take a jacket as a chilly wind can be blowing.
Written 20 March 2020
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Karen H
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Was on a private tour. Exceptionally scenic spot. Iconic lighthouse, waves crashing on the rocks, strong winds blowing. The history of the tunnels was fascinating. If you are hiking the East coast trail and if you time it right, the cafe is a delicious and welcome stop.
Written 3 October 2023
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Caribby96
Burnaby, Canada228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I have wanted to go to Cape Spear for a long time, and I am so glad that I finally had the chance to! I heard from many that you do not need to spend much time here, but I was able to spend hours here. It really depends on how foggy it is, I was lucky to go on an afternoon that was not foggy. You have the chance to tour the old lighthouse and there are many informational displays to look at. There are also many walking trails - I saw many whales during my stay!

During the summer I was able to get there through the hop on/hop off bus. If you don't have a car, you can also take a taxi, but it was pricey.

A must do while in St. John's!
Written 28 July 2023
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Canadian Travel Writers
Toronto, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Cape Spear Lighthouse is located on Cape Spear, just outside of St John's. It's the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and the second oldest surviving lighthouse in all of North America.
The lighthouse offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and is open to the public for tours from June to September. When Canadian Travel Writers were there we were amazed by the scenery and how close it was to the city.
Written 28 October 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My rating is five stars probably because we were able to see two whales very close off shore. Even if you don’t see whales, this is a fun area to explore for a couple of hours. There are trails, WWII batteries, two light houses (one of which you can go into for a fee), and the eastern most point in North America. We took lunch and had a picnic. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 17 June 2023
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Circlingthebucket
Colorado314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We came right before sunrise to see "the first sunrise in North America" and what a beautiful place we were greeted with. We not only saw the sunrise, but whales rising close to shore and some very interesting history with the gun emplacements etc. Well worth the visit.
Written 10 July 2022
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