DescriptionOn the easternmost point of North America, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is known for its lighthouse on a rocky cliff 75 metres (245 ft.) above sea level. The 1836 structure is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's oldest surviving lighthouses. For more than a century it has served as an important approach light to St. John's, 11 kilometres (7 mi.) to the north. During World War II a coastal defense battery at Cape Spear protected St. John's from Nazi submarines.
The lighthouse has been restored and furnished to demonstrate the tradition of lighthouse keepers' work in the province. The site contains World War II gun emplacements and a visitor center with exhibits about lighthouses. The site's scenery attracts hikers, photographers and whale watchers.
Handheld GPS devices that provide visual and audio narration based on the user's location within the site are available at the visitor center; the rental fee is included in the lighthouse admission price.
Note: Visitors may encounter construction zones and limited services while the site undergoes infrastructure rehabilitation; phone ahead for updates. Grounds daily 24 hours. Lighthouse daily 10:30-5:30, June 1-early Sept.; Wed.-Sun. 10:30-5:30, mid-May through May 31; Sat.-Wed. 10:30-5:30, early Sept. to mid-Oct. Visitor center daily 10-5:30, mid-May to mid-Oct. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Admission is free in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation. Otherwise, site free. Lighthouse $3.90; $3.40 (ages 65+); $1.90 (ages 6-16); $9.80 (family, maximum two adults and five children). For further information contact the Historic Sites Manager, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, P.O. Box 1268, St. John's, NL, Canada A1C 5M9. Phone (709) 772-5367.