Cape Spear: The Easternmost Point in North America

Cape Spear, located only a short drive away from St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada, is not only the easternmost point in North America, but is also home to not one, but two lighthouses!

The day I went, although it was a beautiful, clear day in St. John's, the closer we got to Cape Spear, the foggier it got. Sure enough, when we reached Cape Spear, visibility was so bad that we couldn't even see the ocean that surrounds this site. So my tip for you before you head out to visit Cape Spear is to check the weather for Cape Spear specifically - not just St. John's!

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From the parking lot, walking towards the site, we spotted the first of the two lighthouses. This is the newer lighthouse, built in 1955, and it is still in use today.

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Keep walking past the newer lighthouse, and you'll come to the historic light house. Built in 1836, it was in use from then until 1955. It is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

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You can enter this lighthouse. It has been restored to what it would have looked like in 1839, so it feels like you've stepped back in time, seeing the surroundings that a keeper at the lighthouse would have lived in back in the day!

There are also three trails that you can explore at Cape Spear: the Lightkeepers Loop (1 hour, moderate hike), the Eastern Edge (30 minutes, easy hike), and the Coastal Trail (45 minutes, moderate hike). However, when we visited in June 2017, there was construction happening and some of the trails were closed. If you check out Cape Spear's TripAdvisor page you can probably get a good idea of whether construction is still happening at the site before you visit. Also, a word of warning if you are walking any of the trails near the coast, listen to the signs and don't venture off the paths. The waves can get quite violent here unexpectedly, so stay away from the edge and be safe!

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Obviously because of the thick fog, I missed out on the beautiful views that can be seen from Cape Spear. But on a clear day, the views are amazing and during the summer months, you can also spot whales from here! Some people also choose to come out early to Cape Spear on a clear day to witness a spectacular sunrise from the eastern most point in North America.

Want to get here?

Hours: The Visitor Centre and Historic Lighthouse are only open certain months of the year. Click here to see current opening times and months.
Address: Blackhead Rd, Cape Spear, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 5H2.
Getting here: You'll need to get here by car. It's ~16km and a 20 minute drive from downtown St. John's.
Admission: Free in 2017 thanks to Canada 150! Click here for current admissions.
Estimated time to spend here: ~1 hour or longer, depending on whether you choose to walk some of the trails.

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