Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America. It has the oldest remaining lighthouse in Newfoundland which was built in 1836. The lighthouse keepers quarters and the records of the station have been preserved and the quarters are restored to the condition they would have been in 1839. Here you can learn about what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper in that time period.
During WWII there was fortification to defend the important shipping lane between St John's and Europe. Many of the ships that were lost to U-boats on the Murmansk run departed from St John's.
Beyond the lighthouse, the rocky coastline and the ocean make for a truly fantastic view of the ocean and the nearby shores including St John's. This area is famous for the many icebergs that come within sight of the lighthouse in the winter, indeed sometimes the area can be choked with ice. Whales also frequent the area during their migrations. There were even a few icebergs around in July. By chance in taking one of my many pictures of icebergs, I captured a whale blowing on the surface.
While there, we realized that our youngest daughter was on vacation in Hawaii and we felt a long ways apart.