Updated: Jan 25
Many of us spend years "chasing the dream" in our 9 to 5 jobs. This was certainly the case for me but, after my retirement, I saw that life had more possibilities than previously imagined. As a lover of nature and owner of a small vacation rental in Pouch Cove, I often explore the outdoors, take photos, and share my experiences with guests in order to help them plan their vacation. This is my Cape Spear experience. #capespear, #lighthouse, #nationalhistoricsite
Most visitors to Cape Spear are excited to get their photos taken at the many popular landmarks, particularly at the "most easterly point" marker and the lighthouse tower overlooking the ocean. #northatlanticocean, #capespearlighthouse, #mosteasterlypoint, #lighthouse
However, few know that there are actually two lighthouses at Cape Spear. The first, originally opened in 1835, is Newfoundland's oldest surviving lighthouse. It was replaced by a lighthouse tower in 1955. Unlike the original lighthouse, the newer lighthouse tower does not have a residential component. #lighthouse
During your visit to Cape Spear, I highly recommend that you participate in one of the tours offered by Parks Canada. You will discover the vital role that Cape Spear played in territory defense during wartime, the climate and wildlife impacting the area, early communication techniques, and the life of the first lighthouse keeper. Explore this restored 19th-century lighthouse to observe its Neoclassical style construction and antique artifacts, and to gain a feel for the life of a lighthouse keeper in the early 1800s. #newfoundland, #lighthousekeeper, #parkscanada
One of the things that I hadn't been aware of was that early lighthouse keepers were considered to be of an elite class and essential to the functioning of the province. It was the lighthouse keepers' duty to coordinate uninterrupted lighthouse operations to enhance naval safety and to communicate messages between land and sea by means of merchant flag systems. #lighthousekeeper, #navalsafety
Beyond the lighthouse, one can appreciate the awe-inspiring views of the rugged Cape Spear landscape, the distant horizon, and the endless expanse of ocean. A beautiful boardwalk trail parallels the coast and has many lookout points and informational billboards. In season, watch ships, whales, and sea birds off shore. #aesthetic, #oceanview, #seabird, #whale, #landscapephotography, #naturephotography, #ship
As you continue along the beautiful walking trail, you will notice canons, bunkers, and even a communication center hidden in the grassy cliffs. Explore the vital role that Cape Spear played in territory defense during WW2 and take a detour to view inside the bunkers. #nationalhistoricsite, #walkingtrail
This is the entrance of one of the underground bunkers at Cape Spear. Located in rocky cliffs covered with vegetation, the bunkers were effectively hidden from view by the invading forces. In an intriguing move, a "dummy battery" was set up further up the coast to attract naval attention and give soldiers manning Cape Spear's guns the upper hand. #undergroundbunker, #dummybattery
The interior of the bunkers consisted of long halls leading to single cells made of thick concrete which were capable of absorbing detonation. #WW2bunker
The bunkers allowed for transportation and storage of ammunition to be accessed for use in the large gun located just beyond their entrance.
There are two "disappearing gun" at Cape Spear, one at the entrance of each of the two bunker entrances. These guns are operated by hydraulics. During firing, the guns rise above a concrete wall to expel the ammunition, then retreat back into a trench, hidden from view, afterwards. #gun, #bunker, #disappearinggun
Further along the trail, there are two underground "chat rooms". During wartime operations, the rooms were equipped with radio operators who monitored naval activity and communicated imminent danger to soldiers guarding the coast.
A trip to Newfoundland's east coast just wouldn't be complete without a visit to Cape Spear. I usually visit there several times a year and, each time, am moved by its natural beauty and rich historical presence. I'm sure you will agree that Cape Spear is a must-see destination to include on your Newfoundland travel itinerary. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?