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Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

Cape Shore Road | Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador A0C 1B0, Canada
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Vancouver Island
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
16 reviews 16 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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108 helpful votes 108 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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Calgary, Canada
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

When viewing this lighthouse you are treated to the expertise of several interpreters who are stationed at different places in the building. They provide an overview for you and are quite knowledgeable; feel free to ask questions. Outside the lighthouse is a super place to view puffins - close enough that you can see the orange of their beaks and... More

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

There is a good craftshop - Cabot Crafts - at this lighthouse. It has an extensive collection of knitwear including intricate sweaters, as well as piecework quilts. Its a non profit organization and the prices are very reasonable. The little museum was interesting and had a good viewing deck.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you like lighthouses, this place is a must! A very nice lighthouse with good guidance by students. There is plenty to see puffins and whales.

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Pasadena, Newfoundland and Labrador
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Too bad this historic site isn't taken care of by the Province! It needs a good coat of paint on the outside! Interpreters were all very knowledgeable and made the tour of the lighthouse more interesting! Great gift shop on the premises!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Jeremiah White came from Ireland in 1842, and along with his family, kept watch over the Cape Bonavista lighthouse into his eighties, and passed the task to his sons. The lighthouse serves as a museum of how the family lived and worked. With its iconic red and white candy stripe paint scheme, it is one of the most iconic and... More

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