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CAPE SPEAR DRIVE
Explore the Far East of the Western World!
One must see place on a visit to the Avalon Peninsula is Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point of land in North America. Route 11 will bring you to Cape Spear. Built in 1835, the Cape Spear Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse in Newfoundland. The two story wooden structure served as a marine beacon from 1836 to 1955, and is now a museum. Walk through this historic lighthouse online now...
The first lightkeeper at Cape Spear was Emmanuel Warre. In 1845 the government appointed James Cantwell as lightkeeper. Members of the Cantwell family have tended the light ever since. Even the present modernized facility is under the care of a descendant of Mr. Cantwell. World War II saw an increase of activity at the cape. Two gun emplacements were constructed and underground passages and barracks were built. Most of the installations were demolished after the war, but the gun emplacements still exist. Visitors can also explore the Bunkers built by Canadian Soldiers during the Second World War. When you visit Cape Spear, you will be closer to Cape Clear, Ireland, than Ontario's Thunder Bay.
Each year many icebergs float by Cape Spear on their journey. Another excursion on Route 11 could be to the small outport of Petty Harbour. Here you will see old wooden stages that were used to dry the salt cod that Newfoundland once supplied to the world. In recent years the photogenic aspects of Petty Harbour have been recognized by Hollywood and it has been the location of several feature films. TOUR CAPE SPEAR DRIVE NOW!
Come to the place where North America and the Western World begin. Cape Spear is where the Atlantic Ocean and dawning sun make their first appearance on the continent. Cape Spear Drive is a scenic tour of an historic place.
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