Situated on a rocky outcrop on the west coast of Newfoundland, the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is a symbol of Atlantic Canada. This beautiful lighthouse has marked the shorelines of Rocky Harbour and the entrance to Bonne Bay since 1897. The light still shines bright each night to guide seamen into the cove. Although the light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard, it became automated in 1969.
Getting There to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
The lighthouse is located in Gros Morne National Park and just outside of Rocky Harbour. From Route 430 (Viking Trail) you can take the main exit for Rocky Harbour and follow this road, Harbour Drive, into the town to Main Street. From there, you will turn right and follow the road about 2 km as it bends around the cove to the north. The entrance to the lighthouse will be on your left, marked by a Parks Canada sign.
Explore The Exhibits at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
The exhibits in the lighthouse showcase how people lived in the area for more than 4,000 years. Original artefacts from the lighthouse, photographs, and historical documents make the story of the lighthouse and the local area come alive. You get to see into the life of a lighthouse keeper, their daily duties and some of the experiences they would have encountered through the job.
The exhibits are open from May to mid-October.
Hike The Trails at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
If you want to explore the area surrounding the lighthouse more, there is a 2 km loop that will take you around the lighthouse and along the shoreline and coastal cliffs. None of the trails are difficult, and they take you to a variety of viewpoints along the cliffs, providing views of Bonne Bay and Rocky Harbour.