Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
On Canada’s most easterly point of land, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th century lighthouse keepers and their families. Marvel at icebergs, migrating whales, and hunting seabirds on this rough Atlantic coast.
Explore on your own
Breathtaking views, migrating wildlife, and fascinating history as you wander around the site at your own pace.
Hike the east coast trail
You are sure to see captivating views and panoramic scenery.
Visit the historic lighthouse
Let our guides sweep you away into the simple, isolated life of a light keeping family in the 1830s.
Visiting Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Activities and experiences
Things to do, trails, tours, programs, special events.
Plan your visit
How to get here, hours of operation, passes and permits.
Daily visitor fees, program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.
Safety and guidelines
Weather, environment, seasonal safety.
About Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Culture and history
Light keeping in the 1830s, Cape Spear during the Second World War, historic architecture, local cultural ties.
Stewardship and management
Plans and important bulletins.
Hours of operation
June 1 to October 6, 2023
See more details
The grounds are open year-round.
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