There is something oddly fascinating and magical about lighthouses, at least for me.

Beacons of hope perched atop sea-swept cliffs or far-reaching jetties calling sailors home, or warning them of the imminent dangers that lay beneath the midnight blue water of night.

Maybe I have a thing for lighthouses because I view them as a beacon for me as well, calling me from one point of the world to another. Leading me to another breath-taking view.

Whatever it may be, I ended up at a few along the way while on a recent road-trip through Canada.

Below are a few lighthouses along the coasts between Newfoundland and Ontario. Though I wish I could have seen every lighthouse that dots the coastline of Canada, I did manage to stand beside five and peer out at the beautiful horizon.

Maybe I’ll just have to come back for a tour of all the lighthouses with them being this beautiful!

And remember, click the photos to fully emerse yourself in the HD beauty! 


Cape Spear Lighthouse

The newer Cape Spear lighthouse, built in 1955, is now the operational lighthouse which steers ships away from the jagged coast of the St. John’s, Newfoundland area.


New and old.

The Original lighthouse of Cape Spear, a wooden structure, sits in close proximity to that newer concrete structure. From here you can see the sea mist crawl across the Atlantic Ocean before it shrouds the entire cape in late evening.

Original Cape Spear Lighthouse

A closer look at the Original Cape Spear Lighthouse as you walk up the rocky hill-top. Built in 1836.

Fort Amherst Lighthouse

Fort Amherst Lighthouse

The old-old Amherst Fort Lighthouse, built in 1810 in the St. John’s Harbor as seen from Signal Hill. Sadly, this lighthouse de-commissioned when it was decided that Cape Spear was a better location.

Rocky Point Lighthouse

The golden sun descended into the horizon, painting the sky lavender. The quiet crash of the waves below was the only sounds on that beautiful night, besides the occasional cry of a hungry seagull. Rocky Point Lighthouse, located in Fortune Harbor, was built in 1873 to mark the entrance to the harbor which would become a prominent fishing community.


Sunbeams illuminate the lighthouse at dusk as the lighthouse keeps an ever-watchful eye over Rocky Harbor and Fortune harbor in Gros Morne.

Port Dover Lighthouse


This lighthouse called to me as we walked down the pier of Dover. Wooden benches adorned with the names of sailors lost at sea line the walk as you approach the old lighthouse, grim reminders of the power of mother nature.


Fishermen try their luck (and skill) beside the lighthouse. Built in 1845, Dover Lighthouse is located in the beachy town of Dover in Norfolk County, Ontario. It was burned down and eventually re-built 2 years later. Now clad in metal, the original structure was of all wood.

What about you, do lighthouses call out to you in your travels?


  1. Britany June 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Gorgeous photos, Ryan! I love the colors in the two of Rocky Point.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author June 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thank your Britany! It was a stellar sunset!

  2. James Ruddock June 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Nice article, I know you guys skipped Halifax, but if you ever come back that way check out Peggy’s Cove. I just put some photos up from a recent trip there

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  4. Dan June 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Great photos. There’s something so captivating about a lone lighthouse

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author June 20, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Rad, thank you! I completely agree!


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