Canada’s most easterly itinerary

Location: Terra Nova National Park, Cape Spear Lighthouse, Signal Hill and Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Sites
Distance: 610 km round trip from St. John’s

Enjoy scenic views during this 3-day getaway along the Atlantic Ocean. Discover a 19th century lighthouse, take part in the firing of the Noon Day Gun and experience the magic of Newfoundland's only Dark-Sky Preserve from the comfort of your oTENTik.

Two men are standing next to the Hotchkiss gun near the Cabot Tower on the hill.

Day 1

Location: Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Distance: 15 km from St. John’s

Get up with the early bird for a short, scenic drive to Cape Spear to see the sunrise. Witness the instant the sun first touches North America, a stunning moment you won’t get anywhere else. Breathe in the fresh air from the Atlantic Ocean and marvel at the whales, seabirds and icebergs. Witness the life of a 19th century lighthouse keeper and their family before continuing on your journey.

Location: Signal Hill National Historic Site
Distance: St. John’s, 20 km from Cape Spear

Be part of history by firing the Noon Day Gun at Signal Hill! After lunch, hit the road and head for Canada’s most easterly national park, Terra Nova. Take advantage of this magical place where the land and sea compete for your attention.

Recommended accommodation: Newman Sound campground, Terra Nova, 260 km from Signal Hill

A visitor enjoys the view of Mount Stamford.

Day 2

Location: Terra Nova National Park

Whether you want something exciting or relaxing, Terra Nova has it! Catch the water taxi to Minchin Cove for a challenging hike and spectacular view from Mount Stamford or bring a picnic to Sandy Pond for some swimming and canoeing. In the evening, borrow a Dark-Sky Kit to enjoy Newfoundland’s only Dark-Sky Preserve.

Recommended accommodation: oTENTik, Malady Head campground

A cottage from 1830, with a veranda, surrounded by historic gardens.

Day 3

Location: Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site
Distance: Brigus, 220 km from Malady Head campground

Hike the Ocre Hill loop before bidding farewell to the park for St. John’s. Take a short detour to the charming village of Brigus and visit Hawthorne Cottage, the historic family home of the famous Arctic explorer Bob Bartlett.

Distance: Return to St. John’s, 75 km

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