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Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

Cape Shore Road | Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador A0C 1B0, Canada
800-563-6353
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Teed, ON
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We travelled to the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula and were rewarded by a playful whale within 200 metres of the lighthouse location: It was hiding behind huge rock formations against a backdrop of two huge Icebergs ( this location is in the North Atlantic Iceberg alley). The only thing missing was the Puffins - we will likely see them... More

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It was awesome to get to fully see what life as a lighthouse keeper was like. The lighthouse is fully open to tourists including going up in the light tower to see how the light turns and bulbs are changed. Lighthouse is furnished as it would have been in the early part of the century. Guides are knowledgable about the... More

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Langley City, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was neat to hear about the life of a lighthouse keeper. What an important and very demanding job. Cool to see how the light was turned!!

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Bowser, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

When we were there the lighthouse was closed for some renovations so we didn't get to take the tour but we were completely entertained by the gigantic icebergs in the area. From the locals they said they hadn't seen this many bergs since the 60's. There were so many really large ones it was hard to figure out which one... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

At this place you can park and you see lots and lots of icebergs (season depending) on both sides of the cape. Literally hundreds in all shapes and sizes. Some of the smaller ones are within 100m from land so clearly visible. Really worthwhile to see.

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Vancouver Island
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to this historic lighthouse. The first challenge was to find its location, because both my Garmin GPS and Google Maps kept sending us to the wrong location. Finally we found it. After paying the admission fee ($6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students) we visited the lighthouse. It was a windy... More

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The Cape Bonavista lighthouse still has the original lighting instruments in the tower! Cape Spear does not have this. Both are worth visiting, but Bonavista provides a better physical insight into the actual operations that lighthousemen had to perform. Such as, turning the crank connected to the guy ropes to lift the weight that rotated the lamps all day and... More

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Visiting this lighthouse is why you came to Bonavista. The views are incredible. It is laid out just like it was when it had a family staying there. It could use a coat of paint on the outside. The province has let the upkeep slip a bit.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
95 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the best light keeper's house that we have ever seen. It is the same house that was built in 1843. The rooms are all furnished. So many lighthouses are set up like museums with displays in the rooms --not this one. It is all rooms intended to look as it might have when a light keeper lived there.... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

In our four nights on the peninsula, we ended up visiting the lighthouse twice, as the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful and easy to hike. It's a great spot for phototaking and even just to simply sit and watch the ocean. The lighthouse tour is short, but the guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Unlike the more typical lighthouse style (a... More

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