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Cape Ray

(click here to find Cape Ray on the map)

Just head down the Trans Canada from Port aux Basques. You'll pass the entrance to J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park. Start looking for the sign for Cape Ray.

Turn left on the road to Cape Ray and follow it through the town and to the end to see the famous Cape Ray Lighthouse. Like a lot of lighthouse locations, it's not so much about the lighthouse. Lighthouses are usually built in very scenic spots.

From the road to the lighthouse, if you look south down the coast you can see the sandy beaches of J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park.

The road literally comes to an end just past the lighthouse and you can park there. There's a rough gravel roadway that you can walk down to get closer to the rocky shore. There's normally quite a bit of wave action here, even on a calm day.

Cape Ray is also a recognized archeological site, there are interpretive signs about the Dorset Eskimos that were here 1,000's of years ago.

Click here to read our blog about six lighthouses on Newfoundland's west coast.

For more information and history about the Cape Ray Lighthouse, click here.

(click photos to enlarge, click caption for mapped location)

Cape Ray Lighthouse
Cape Ray Lighthouse
Cape Ray Lighthouse
Cape Ray Sea Shore
Cape Ray Sea Shore
Cape Ray, looking toward JT Cheeseman Provincial Park

Near Cape Ray:

Saint Andrews
Port aux Basques

Newfoundland Travel Books and Field Guides

Before you head to Newfoundland, you may want to consider one or more of the great field guides that are available. We have done short reviews of the following:

Edible Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador
Trees & Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador
Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador
Whales and Dolphins of Newfoundland and Labrador
Birds of Newfoundland
Geology of Newfoundland

Newfoundland books available from (Canada)

Newfoundland books available from (USA)