Cape Bonavista, elevation 15-30 m, is the bare, rocky extremity of the Bonavista Peninsula, north of the town of BONAVISTA
in eastern Newfoundland. Traditionally thought of as the landfall (1497) of John CABOT
(who is said to have named it), from 1713 to 1783 it was the southern terminus of the FRENCH SHORE
. One of Newfoundland's earliest lighthouses was built here in 1843 and declared a provincial HISTORIC SITE
in 1978 (see also CAPE BONAVISTA LIGHTHOUSE
). It was subsequently restored and opened as a museum.
ROBERT D. PITT
Links to Other Sites
Watch the Heritage Minute about explorer John Cabot from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada
Explore the picturesque Ryan Premises, a restored merchant's facility in Bonavista that recalls an earlier era in the history of the East Coast fishery. From Parks Canada.