Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is a 20 minute drive from downtown St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador. Though the site is accessible year round, tours and exhibits are available from mid-May to mid-October. Plan on a half-day to explore the lighthouse and Second World War gun emplacements, and view wildlife and icebergs. Allow a full day for longer headland hikes. Cape Spear is also a starting point for multi-day East Coast Trail hikes.

Getting here

Once in St. John’s, travel west on Water Street to Leslie Street. Turn left at the lights and go over the bridge, to the stop sign. Go straight through the intersection and continue for 15 km—you are now on Route 11, also known as Cape Spear Drive. At the end of the road is Cape Spear National Historic Site of Canada.

Hours of operation

Closed for the season.
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The grounds are open year-round.


Free admission for youth 17 and under.

Other fees still apply.
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Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
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Picnic area Picnic area
Bus parking Bus parking
Lookout Lookout
Restrooms Restrooms
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Parking Parking