"Cape Race, Newfoundland" Cape Race by crummey

Cape Race Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 38 photos

Cape Race has to be the blusteriest place in NFLD

Cape Race is an excellent place to go on a fine day. You can watch wildlife like caribou, white foxes and arctic owls. You can explore the barrenlands, You can explore Chance Cove, Drook Beach etc.

Cape Race is a wonderul place on a fine day. But Lord help you on a foul day.

There is a lighthouse at Cape Race, which is famous for receiving S.S. Titanic's S.O.S signal. Titanic's distress signal was first-received at Cape Race and transmitted to the rest of the world from there.

Cape Race Lighthouse is remote. It is accessed by a poorly-maintained gravel road that snakes twenty kilometers ar\cross the barrenlands.

Cape Race Lighthouse set on a jutting point surrounded by one hundred foot cliffs.

Cape race averages 158 fog-bound days per year. Its such a barren place that if a tree ever appeared the lighthouse eeper would shoot it!!!!

You'll enjoy Cape Race. If you are lucky the light keeper will be glad to show you the tower, and even offer you a cup of coffee.

A brief, vague history of Cape Race

Cape Race is Newfoundland's most southerasterly tip.

The location made Cape Race a natural congregating point from early seafarers.

Cape Race was the destination of many early whalers. Basques and Portuguese mariners established whaling stations at nearby places like Trepassey, Placentia Bay and Spear Island.

Cape Race was considered such a prime local that Sir William Vaughan established the Colony of Cambriol Colchus at nearby Trepassey in the 1620's.

In 1665, Holland's Admiral de Rutyer's rendevouzed off Cape Race before proceeding to sack St. John's.

In 1696, a St. Malo Corsair named Commodore du Docher destroyed the fishing stations of Trepassey Bay and supervised the expulsion of fishermen from the outports around Cape Race.

In 1720, Black Bart attacked a French fishing fleet near Cape Race; he captured a merchant ship, renaming it Royal Fortune and it became the flag-ship of his pirate navy.

Cape Race is fabulous

There are lots of fabulous things to see around Cape Race, including The Drook and other small smugglers coves, but the roads are dirt and you should start early because you do not want to be caught on that windswept peninsula after dark unless you are prepared.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It is on the edge of the wild, North Atlantic and all that entails
  • Cons:It is on the edge of the wild, North Atlantic and all that entails
  • In a nutshell:It will take the whole day. Dress Warm.
  • Intro Updated Jan 30, 2010
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  • ayers_rock_where's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2006 at 5:00 PM

    how on earth did you get to cape race i so want to go there , my grandads ship sunk of the coast there in 1942 its my dream to see there


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