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“Beautiful and Worthwhile”

Cape Spear Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 97 things to do in St. John's
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

It doesn't take long to get to Cape Spear from St. John's and it is definitely worth the trip. The views of the coastal cliffs are phenomenal. The military ruins are crumbling and vandalized, which was disappointing. Visiting the most easterly point in North America is pretty majestic, and admiring Cabot Tower and Signal Hill from a different angle was spectacular as well. A must see if you're in St. John's and have a vehicle.

5  Thank al420997
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

Cape Spear is about 20 kilometers outside St. John's and it is the most easterly point in North America. The drive out to Cape Spear is a bit of an adventure in itself.

While this is a tourist spot it is not really touristy. Yes there is a gift shop but this place is meant to come see not come shop. It is worthwhile spending an hour or two wandering the trails, taking in the view, watching for whales, seeing the old World War II guns, reading about the original and subsequent lighthouses, and imagining what life must have been like living here in the early 20th century. I can only imagine the isolation for the lighthouse keeper and his family.

If you're walking near the foghorn building and the foghorn is in operation I strongly recommend avoiding going directly in front of the building if you value your hearing. IT IS LOUD!

Be smart - obey the signs and stay within the safe areas. You could very easily die here doing something stupid. The ocean is not to be tempted.

I definitely recommend a visit. Bring your camera and a video camera. Parking is free. Washrooms are available near the parking area but not in the winter. This is a National Historic Site so you do need to pay admission to enter the lighthouse building.

8  Thank Gutch2
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

Extremely beautiful scenery. I've seen a lot of North America's coastline including highway 1 in California, but this spot is one of the best. Bring a picnic and stay away.

1  Thank lyall-sarg
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

Nice to walk around and enjoy the scenery. You can also do a tour of the lighthouse, but it's nothing much.

2  Thank Lydia13
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

Was just in St. John's for a few days and on the last day went to Cape Spear. I knew it was the furthest point east in North America and that it was obviously on the sea. I was not ready for the spectacular views. A couple of vistas along the road in to the Cape provided amazing scenery. The east coast is truly spectacular. The view back in to St. John's was great. Walking the point provided different views and points of interest. It definitely was breezy. This was worth the drive....

4  Thank hrdmapl
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