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Built in 1843 and used continuously until 1962, we climbed to the top of the stone tower to see the same seal oil - fueled light that was used in the 19th century. We also spent some time walking along the rocky headland to the...More
The lighthouse was amazing but getting there was something else. Not one sign in the town...we had a ask someone how to get there. Stopped at the restaurant on the way down and had an ice cream cone and sat on their deck...met a couple...More
Rugged landscape with open ocean views. Lovely walking trails and lots of rest stops along the way. A nice way to spend some time with a very helpful visitor's centre. I was most intrigued by what appeared to be huge Inukshuks, archways and other formations...More
The Cape Bonavista Lighthouse sits right at the tip of the rugged Cape Bonavista, about 5 kilometres north of the town of Bonavista. It’s worthwhile spending an hour or so here, longer if it’s iceberg season and you can see an iceberg in the distance,...More
Arrived and wanted to have our picnic first so was able to sit by the parking lot overlooking a huge iceberg which was fantastic. Walked up to the lighthouse and you can go inside for $6pp so we thought why not. There was a historical...More
A great spot. Very interesting history and it’s the last active manned lighthouse by the ministry of ocean and fisheries.
Great spot to see the puffins too! I managed to cheat with slinking my phone’s camera to the visitors binoculars :)
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The Parks employees are in the keeper's house and answer questions visitors have after looking into the various rooms. We did not have a guided tour, but looked at the various rooms at our own pace. We found the keeper's... More
The Parks employees are in the keeper's house and answer questions visitors have after looking into the various rooms. We did not have a guided tour, but looked at the various rooms at our own pace. We found the keeper's study interesting as he kept his flags for signalling in an orderly manner. A book was open on his desk which showed the codes of the flags. Try to uncode the message of the flags flying outside the keeper's house.
When we climbed up the spiral staircase to the light in the lighthouse, there was Parks Employee there to explain how the lights were light and how often that job needed to be done. She explained all the parts, the gears. The space is very limited at the top of the lighthouse.
This attraction is open daily, including weekends 9:30-5pm.
We found the surrounding landscape to be great for photographing - rugged, high cliffs, swirling waters, and lots of nesting puffins. Down the road from the lighthouse is the statue of Cabot who is said to have landed here.
There is information on the Provincial Historic Sites Newfoundland website for Cape Bonavista. For info about the dinner there on Sept 24, do a google search ....Cape Bonavista dinner September 24...
Sorry about the leaky in answering but we have been travelling back to the UK from NL. the lighthouse is open daily 9.30 - 5.0. There is a dinner there this evening and the contact is Marlene Russell on 709 468 7444