365 Canadian Sights | Day 155: Lighthouse Week – Cape Spear

Cape Spear

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Lighthouses usually mark the edge between land and sea, so they almost always automatically have a good view from the start.

With a name like Cape Spear you might think this is a dramatic sight, but instead, it’s one of the most serene and simple on this list. Located at the very edge of North America, the view from Cape Spear looks out over the blue ocean, with nothing but the Atlantic in front.

Located just outside of St. John’s, Nfld., Cape Spear has been a notable spot in Canada (and the colonies) for a couple centuries now. As the edge of the new world, ships headed to the docks in St. John’s would look for the light of Cape Spear as the first sign of the New World.

While I’m trying to shy away from locations loaded with meaning and instead focus on just great images, this is just one of many places to get an unfiltered view of pure ocean. There is added value with this specific location, though. The heritage lighthouse from 1836 being one big piece. The squat building no longer is the active light on the cape, but still stands.

There’s also WW2 bunkers and gun placements, just as a bonus.


Getting to Cape Spear is pretty simple; it lies about a 20-minute drive from St. John’s, and it’s just a short walk to the cliffside and edge of the continent (ok, an island on the edge of the continent).

It is a national historic site, so there is a fee to get in, but other than that there shouldn’t be any costs specific to Cape Spear.

TripAdvisor thinks highly of this spot, putting it in second for things to see or do in St. John’s, just after the nearby Signal Hill. It’s also one of the earliest heritage sites in Canada.

An official website for the National Historic Site can be found here.

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