Plan your visit

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear is a 20-minute drive from downtown St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador. Though the site is accessible year round, visitor services and facilities are only available during the operating season (June to October). Plan on a half-day to explore the lighthouse and Second World War gun battery, and view wildlife and icebergs. Allow a full-day for longer headland hikes. Cape Spear is also a starting point for multi-day hikes on the East Coast Trail.

Hours of operation

Operating season and hours of operation. The grounds are accessible all year round.

How to get here

Directions including GPS coordinates, route by car, and how to get to the island of Newfoundland.


Daily visitor fees, program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.


Download a site brochure for Cape Spear and other places to discover in the Eastern Newfoundland region.

How to get here


1914-1930 Black Head Road
St. John's NL A0A 1J0




By air
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) serves the east coast of Newfoundland. Air Canada, WestJet, Porter, Provincial Airlines, and Air Labrador are the major airlines offering a variety of flights to St. John’s.

By ferry
Marine Atlantic operates car/passenger ferries year-round between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques on Newfoundland’s southwest coast. Ferry service between North Sydney and Argentia, on Newfoundland’s east coast, is offered from mid-June to late September. The crossing time from North Sydney to Port aux Basques is approximately 6 hours, and 11 hours from North Sydney to Argentia.

For ferry reservations, which are strongly recommended, and the most up-to-date ferry schedules and fares, please visit the Marine Atlantic website.

By car
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.

Services and amenities

Bus parking Bus parking
Gift Shop Gift shop
Information Information
Lookout Lookout
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms
two individuals sitting in red Adirondack chairs overlooking the ocean

Red chairs

Grab a friend, go for a walk then relax and snap a selfie on one of our red chairs.

a white and red building on a grassy, coastal cliff

Important bulletins

A list of current notices.

Date modified :