Safety and guidelines

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part by seeking out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

Explore Cape Spear, safely!

The terrain and coastline at Cape Spear are treacherous. High winds, irregular tides and dynamic ocean actions make for a dangerous combination when visitors stray from the designated hiking trails. Though Park Staff are on site, visitors must also exercise caution and responsibility for their own safety.

DO NOT venture too close to the edge of cliffs or the hazardous rocky coastline. Visitors must stay on the designated hiking trails and keep off the rocks near the waters edge. Parks Canada Staff and the site signs indicate zones in which visitors can safely enjoy the scenic ocean landscape.

Emergency contacts:

    Dial 9-1-1

    Parks Canada has 24/7 Emergency Dispatch Centres that receive reports and assist in the management of safety, wildlife, law enforcement or wildfire incidents.

    • 1-877-852-3100
    • 1-709-533-6090

    Other emergency contacts:

    • Police Department: 1-709-729-8000
    • Fire Department: 1-709-722-1234

    Note that cell coverage may be limited in some areas of the site. 

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