Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada
Atop a headland at North America’s easternmost point, Cape Spear Lighthouse overlooks a parade of drifting icebergs and waters teeming with whales and porpoises. Its restored interior offers a glimpse into 19th century lightkeeping along Newfoundland’s unforgiving coast.
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- The Cantwell family of lighthouse keepers lived at Cape Spear for over 150 years, maintaining the light and ensuring safe travel for mariners along Newfoundland's coast.
- Come see the remains of Fort Cape Spear, a gun battery to defend the strategically vital port of St. John’s from the threat of German submarines during the Second World War.
- Cape Spear is on the scenic route of the seaside East Coast Trail, a renowned hiking trail that follows the Avalon Peninsula’s rugged coastline for 540 kilometres (335 miles).
- Parks Canada has teamed up with the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador to host fine-dining by candlelight in the Cape Spear Lighthouse on Sunday evenings throughout the summer
- In partnership with the Folk Arts Society, Parks Canada presents a summer concert series featuring local artists at iconic Eastern Newfoundland national historic sites.
- The Canadian Coast Guard Alumni Association presents an exhibition of over 60 paintings of historic Newfoundland and Labrador lighthouses by Leslie H. Noseworty in the former assistant lighthouse keeper’s house. Call ahead for information on admission fees and hours of operation.
- Many bird species usually seen only far out to sea can be spotted at Cape Spear, including the Manx shearwater, sooty shearwater, and greater shearwater, as well as the occasional Murre, razorbill, Skua or Jaeger.
- Cape Spear’s headland is an excellent viewpoint for watching giant islands of 10,000-year-old ice calved off high Arctic glaciers drifting down “Iceberg Alley”, the same route travelled by the glacial giant that sank the Titanic just 640 kilometres (400 miles) offshore.