COVID-19 and your visit to Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for July 13, 2020 - Re-opening of some national historic sites
As of July 13, some national historic sites will re-open with limited visitor services. Locations may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time, to ensure physical distancing. Some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons.
Plan ahead by checking the location’s website before you travel.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Important information about your visit to Cape Spear
To lower the risks associated with COVID-19, visitors to Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site are asked to be cautious and conservative in their use of the site, to observe travel restrictions, adhere to site closures and to respect the guidance of public health authorities.
What’s open as of June 1, 2020
- Upper parking lot
- Lower parking lot
- Most Easterly Point path - regular two-way use
- Most Easterly Point lookout - upper and lower
- Lighthouse Loop Trail - regular two-way use
- Coastal Trail - please obey posted signage for direction of use
- Coastal Trail Extensions - regular two-way use
Note: If you wish to complete the entire coastal trail at Cape Spear, it is recommended to go in a North to South direction (Blackhead to Petty Harbour).
What’s closed as of June 1, 2020
- Historic Lighthouse
- Fort Cape Spear (Bunker Complex)
- Washroom building
- Information Kiosk
- Historic Sites Association Gift Shop
- Campfire circle
- All interpretation programming, events and group activities
Your safety when visiting
- Maintain social distance of two metres from others even when outdoors.
- Wash your hands often, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol, and avoid sharing supplies with others.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.
- Some areas and facilities remain closed to the public. Please respect all on site signage and barriers, as well as the directional signage for trail use.
- Do not venture too close to the edge of cliffs or the hazardous rocky coastline. Visitors must stay on the designated hiking trails and keep off the rocks near the waters edge.