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“Visit the most easterly part of Canada”

Cape Spear Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 94 things to do in St. John's
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Kimberley, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Visit the most easterly part of Canada”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

This site is worth visiting for the view and being able to stand on the most easterly point in Canada. The history of this site is also interesting The Bonavista lighthouse and the Long Point lighthouse near Twillingate offer more spectacular coastal scenery.

Visited August 2013
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Roseburg, Oregon
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“Blowing Wind, nice hike up the hill”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Neat spot, old lighthouse tour and a gift shop. What can I say, you gotta go and be there. It is a climb to get to the top. It would be good to take a hike around the ground, great views.

Visited August 2013
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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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“Breathtaking views!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We spent 2 very enjoyable hours at Cape Spear. Cape Spear is about a 15 to 20 minute drive from St. John's. You park at the bottom of the hill and buy your tickets. The only rest rooms are located behind the ticket booth. Tickets are $3.90 (You only need tickets if you want to visit the lighthouse keeper's home). You can also buy a combination ticket with the Signal Hill Interpretation Center for $6.30. The prices are $3.40 and $5.40 for seniors. OR you can buy an annual pass for all Parks Canada sites throughout Canada for about $68.00 ($58.00 for seniors).

If you want to visit the lighthouse, you have to climb up many many stairs. You then come to some flat ground with two buildings. One is a very nice gift shop. The other, I believe, has an art exhibit. Then there are more stairs to climb. You are then rewarded with a tour of the lighthouse keeper's home that was built in 1838. It is fascinating. All rooms are furnished in period furniture. There are guides there to explain things and answer questions.

After leaving the lighthouse, walk behind it and you will get some beautiful views. Rather than taking the stairs down, take the path that leads to the water, the underground tunnel, and the place that it the most easterly point in North America where the sun rises first. You can also take the path up if you want. There are breathtaking views along this path.

It can be very windy at Cape Spear so be sure to bring a heavy sweater or jacket.

On the way back, if you have the time, consider taking the turnoff to visit Petty Harbour. This is cute village and harbor with a still active fishing industry.

Visited September 2013
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Calgary
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139 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lots of stairs”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We visited on a sunny day and were amazed at the views. The guide we talked to at the lighthouse was super friendly and gave us a history lesson on the family who ran the lighthouse for many years. There is a boardwalk style stair case with lots of stairs. There are rest benches on the way up and is well worth the climb.

Visited August 2013
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Iroquois
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22 reviews
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“Great View”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great view of the ocean and the bay and opening to the St. Johns Harbour. Interesting light house and history. Lots of stairs to climb and the terrain is tricky for anyone with a disability.

Visited August 2013
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