Cape Norman first appeared on French maps as Cape Dordois dating back to 1713, and then as Cape Normand in 1744. In 1870, the Canadian Government started building a wooden hexagonal lighthouse on site. Following a shipwreck, a fog horn was installed an a new lightkeeper by the name of John Campbell was stationed here. This began a family legacy of Campbell’s serving as keeper of the light.
The gravel road will take you directly to a parking area just adjacent to the lighthouse. You can spend time looking around the limestone barrens and view the rare plants, however, follow the rules for these endangered and protected areas.
There are some viewing areas, a gazebo and picnic area. You can also connect to the Whale Point Trail for some unique rock formations and can loop back via the gravel road if you wish to create a loop.
On your return from Wild Bight you may want to stop at Garge Coates’ Point in Cook’s Harbour.
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