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Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

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Address: Cape Shore Road, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador A0C 1B0, Canada
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+1 800-563-6353

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Most Visited Provincial Historic Site

Just outside the town of Boavista, is this lighthouse, supposedly where John Cabot first made landfall in Newfoundland in 1497. Guided tours of this lighthouse are available.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just outside the town of Boavista, is this lighthouse, supposedly where John Cabot first made landfall in Newfoundland in 1497. Guided tours of this lighthouse are available.

Thank myraevans1942
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

one of my favour light house on Newfoundland. Puffin rocks just near by and a few steps further you can find great coastline ocean view. plan to stay 1 or 2 hours.

Thank Feng L
Omemee, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went to the puffin viewing site in Elliston and were a little disappointed that we only saw three puffins, but we were still happy enough. We came to the lighthouse to check it out and found 1000s of puffins in good viewing distance. It didn't cost us a dime to see them - wow!! We saw them just off... More 

Thank Julie H
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

Just so pretty and calm. You just walk and wander around looking out to sea. If it is the right time of year you can see icebergs floating by.

Thank funpower
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

During our stay in Bonavista, we visited the lighthouse every morning & afternoon, to see the icebergs floating by. The views are fantastic and there was almost no traffic in mid May. I imagine the road and lighthouse parking area can become quite congested during the peak season. Because we were there in the shoulder season, the lighthouse was not... More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

We had lunch here overlooking the water. Have seen many more lighthouses... with more picturesque locations, more history and animated wreck stories, that are being play acted by people representing the period.

Thank dlang2015
Texas City, Texas
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Reviewed 21 December 2016

The house of the lighthouse keeper is very interesting, and the site around the house is enchanting. We easily spent several hours exploring and even climbed the hill where hundreds of Inuksuk are. Gorgeous views.

Thank paul1973fx
Wyoming, Michigan
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Great location. The site was closed since we arrived during the off season. This place is cold and windy in December!! Would love to return during the summer and see the interior and may puffins.

Thank janiceaka
Port Credit
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

It is busy and popular site which makes it hard to capture a great photo without a million people in a background BUT the views are so worth it. Don't miss this site, it's great and beautiful.

Thank Melinda G
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

I grew up in a town just over from that and I still visit the lighthouse as much as possible when I go home to visit. I am on the shorter side but the stairs make me feel huge lol. Its interesting to see how people lived back then. Always a happy memory to revisit.

Thank WSawicz

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