The quintessential experience of lighthouse life.

Ferry ArrivingAs you drift off to sleep in our well appointed inn, let the powerful North Atlantic surf remind you of the hardiness of generations of lightkeepers who have lived in this isolated corner of the globe where nature remains untamed.

At dawn, be certain you introduce yourself to your only neighbours – the whales migrating past your doorstep. With Humpback, Orca, Minke and others in our waters, the panoramic view from our whale watching station or our helipad is unparalleled. Then, take a day to explore the natural beauty & historic remnants of our island.

Quirpon Lighthouse Inn Boat HouseQuirpon (pronounced like harpoon) presents the unique island experience of a 1922 lightkeeper’s home on the shores of "Iceberg Alley". Fully restored by Linkum Tours, Quirpon Lighthouse Inn features 10 beautiful rooms in two houses at the base of an operating lighthouse. It is now a Registered Heritage Building.

With its northernmost location, Quirpon Island is Newfoundland’s best location for viewing icebergs as the Labrador Current carries them south. Quirpon Island offers the longest iceberg viewing season in Newfoundland, with the last melting in the fall on a good year. The unmatched food supply combined with the underwater topography are the explanations whale experts give us as to why so many whales are constant companions and why they come close enough to rocks to be touched. In addition to humpbacks and minke which are virtually inevitable, you may spot as many as 22 more species including Orca, found nowhere else in Newfoundland.

Dining RoomRelax in our indoor whale watching station - read your book in comfort and keep an ear open for the whales calling for your attention. Yes, we can deliver tea if you can't tear yourself away.

Helipad and dock facilities

Whale & iceberg viewing platform

Walking trails and tucked away spots for dozing in the ocean breeze

Please visit our video page to see more about the inn and the island!


Two boat tripss through Iceberg Alley to and from island

All meals including Doris's homemade traditional suppers

Prices (Canadian $) : $350-375 double, $250-275 single, $50 child 

Reaching Quirpon Lighthouse Inn: The Inn is on the deserted Quirpon Island at the northernmost tip of  of Newfoundland: follow the signs 3 km off the Viking Trail, 5 km before L' Anse aux Meadows. Finding the dock is no problem in the tiny town of Quirpon. Cast off the bow line and you are headed for the island under the careful eye of your Captain. The island lies very close to the mainland so you are in sheltered waters as you cross the harbour to the shoreline of the island. You trace the shore as you head along the island to our dock. For those that want to stretch their legs or are not keen sailors ask about the option of hiking the length of the island from Grandmother's Cove. While you may be concerned that hiking will make you less likely to see the bergs and whales, don't worry. The route along the high country provides an ideal viewpoint for spotting the giants whether they be made of flesh or ice.

Star rating: We are proud to be upgraded to a Canada Select 4 star facility. To do so we dramatically upgraded our access - thanks to two years of effort by the staff the walking/shuttle route along the island has been improved with the addition of boardwalks over wet areas. This has also allowed us to add shuttles on the island, for those days when weather prevents us landing at the dock nearest the lighthouse. We hope that this improved access will open the lighthouse experience to more travelers, so ask us about the new options!

In addition, we have added private bathrooms, with creative workmanship to both fulfill the 4 star requirements while maintaining the heritage architecture of the inn.

Guests will now also be able to view videos of Quirpon and the local sites such as L’Anse aux Meadows. We continue to work towards improving our offering and living up to our being selected for the cover of the inaugural Canada Select guide to accommodations in Newfoundland & Labrador.

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  • Before you visit or after you’re back home: lots of books are set in the area - Booklist