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  • Located at the most easterly point of land in North America, Cape Spear is where you can see nature at its most beautiful and wild; tranquil and ferocious; it all depends on the day you visit. The site is surrounded by spectacular scenery and wildlife such as whales, seabirds and icebergs in season.

    In 1834, construction began on the first lighthouse, with a foghorn added in 1878. The light was first lit by oil, with acetylene adopted in 1916, and electricity in 1930. In 1955, the dipodic system was moved to a new light tower, not far from the original lighthouse. The original lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland with the original building and the lightkeeper’s residence restored to the period of 1939, and shows how a lightkeeper and his family might have lived there during that time.

  • Mistaken mystique

    21 Nov 2010

    Mistaken Point is a remarkable place. A beautiful, rocky headland at the tip of the Avalon Peninsula bearing the fossilized remnants of ancient creatures more than half a billion years old. Etched onto two shelves of stone, these cryptic messages from the distant past were once primitive animals living at the bottom of the ocean. The volcanic ash that killed them, also preserved them

  • This Vancouver Sun article talks about a recently discovered cemetery in Cupids, NL, which is thought to be the oldest English burial ground in Canada. We also happen to have the oldest burial site in all of North America, located at L'Anse Amour, Labrador. It dates back 7,500 years — 3,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt.

  • Is the greatest pirate of all time from NL? Newfoundland and Labrador's infamous pirate, Peter Easton, who plundered foreign ships sailing the Atlantic Ocean in the early 17th century, may well be the most notorious pirate of all time. CTV's W5 went diving for evidence off the coast of Conception Bay, NL.

  • “It was the gun that helped England secure its first foothold in the future Canada four centuries ago…” A 400-year-old archeological find in North America's oldest colony, Cupids, NL, has got historians excited. Check out this Vancouver Sun article about discovering the 17th-century remains of the actual cannon site that helped England secure its first claim within what would become Canada.

  • This feature in WestJet's Up! magazine whimsically explores the charming and scenic fishing village, Quidi Vidi, which flanks the base of Signal Hill, just a five-minute drive away from downtown St. John's... "The village is a little sheltered corner of the east coast, with a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean from inside the gut..."

  • The Land of Spirits: This Globe and Mail feature is all about Canada’s newest national park — Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador. From polar bear sightings to ice bergs, all seen within one of the last untouched wilderness areas in the world, the experience was clearly an unforgettable one for the writer.

  • Number 3! Newfoundland and Labrador was named one of the 7 Hottest Summer Destinations of 2010 by TripAtlas.com. "Polar bears, icebergs, maritime culture, Viking history, and Cupids ... there's no place more enlightening than Newfoundland & Labrador this summer."

  • Walkable St. John’s. Westjet’s Up! magazine has ranked St John’s, NL as one of the Top Ten Most Walkable Cities in Canada thanks to its historic streets, winding staircases and brightly coloured buildings. Not to mention a great trail system.

  • “Newfoundland and Labrador may lie in the Atlantic a time zone ahead of the rest of North America, but visiting Canada's easternmost province is like taking a step back in time…” Read about the province’s Viking heritage in this NY Daily News article.