“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea”. – Isak Dinesen
I agree with this quote whole heartedly. There are few things that make me more at peace than the ocean. The cool wind around you brings freckles of water to your face, the rocky atmosphere is stable in nature, and the atmosphere welcomes the passing tides and growing trees. The sound of the crashing waves hitting the land is obvious, however you could still gladly fall asleep to it. I’m always looking for near by places to enjoy the sea to it’s fullest, so when I felt the absence of salty waters from my life, I texted a friend with an offer to the ocean.
Enter the picturesque Cape Spencer.
Just on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick, lies a sanctuary for the soul. Though a little steep, these terrains are easily accesible and are 100% worth the climb. A great place to go when you don’t know where to go and need to think about what you don’t know what you need to think about.
Fun fact: Cape Spencer Lighthouse is fully equipped with cellphone service. I noticed this little piece of information because, at fault of my wondering mind, I accidentally locked my keys in my car. Thankfully I have CAA so help was easily on it's way, but I share this with you so you don't make the same mistake. CAA ended up arriving an hour later when we were at the bottom of the cliffs. We immediately started sprinting up the rocky terrain. I don't know what the hell we were thinking because we ran out of breath at about the 5th step. It was a proud moment to reach the top.
Directions: From Saint John’s Union Street, continue until you see a Tim Hortons on the corner of Union and Bayside Drive. Turn right onto Bayside Drive. Continue for 1.8 km and then take a right onto Red Head Road. In 2.9 km, take a right to continue onto Red Head Road. For 13 km, continue along Red Head Road until you reach Cape Spencer. The lighthouse will be visible as you pull into the opening to the ocean. You can also now type in "Cape Spencer Lighthouse" into iPhone maps and it should take you right to it, just make sure it's coming off of Red Head Rd so you are going in the right direction! After that, explore your heart out.
Suggested road trip song: Lost in the light – Bahamas