Special events

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Whale festival

a mother and her child looking through a telescope with the help of another individual
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Cost: Free!


Every year hundreds of whales migrate to the waters off the coast of Cape Spear to feed, with Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales being the most commonly seen.

Join us in celebration of their arrival with special activities, stuff for kids, art displays, whale watching (of course!) and more!

The Whale Festival is brought to you by Parks Canada and partners including the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, Whale Release and Strandings Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nature NL, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. All of our events will follow the advice of local public health experts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors and employees.

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