Signal Hill
Signal Hill
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A hill overlooking St. John's Harbor which has been given "National Historic Site" status.
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  • Telah M
    Ottawa, Canada345 contributions
    The top attraction!
    A must see when in St Johns. The Cabot tower offers stunning views of the city, and the history of this place is not to be forgotten. A visit to the discovery centre is a must do as well. Worth waiting for a break in the fog.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,413 contributions
    Great views
    We walked up the hill (you can also drive). It’s a consistent, uphill hike. About two-thirds of the way you can veer off to the right and take a real trail instead of the sidewalk. At the top there are great views, other trails to take down and the actual signal tower you can go into for better views. We walked down along a trail (instead of the sidewalk/road) and took it to Quidi Vidi Brewery. You will spend less than an hour if you drive up; 1-2 hours if you walk or take any of the trails around the hill.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Dave D
    2 contributions
    Incredible views on a clear day.
    The views were amazing from the bottom and the top of the tower. There are many hiking trails but we were on a tour so time was limited. If going on a hike remember to wear good footwear. We were fortunate as the sky was clear. The previous day was raining with low clouds and fog.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Amanda T
    6 contributions
    Needs to be viewed on a sunny day
    We were fortunate enough to be able to go back on a sunny day. The first time we visited, it was so foggy, we couldn't see a thing! Our second visit was much better - the best way to see St. John's from above.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • LCP
    62 contributions
    Interesting history in St. John's
    Interesting history given on a number of information boards. From the Cabot Tower at the top of Signal Hill is a good view over the city. It is a steep climb up but cars can go up and park at the top. Recommend visiting the Johnson Geo Centre on the way down.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • AnniversaryGal
    Calgary, Canada109 contributions
    Best views of St John’s!
    Best views of St Johns and surrounding areas. Lots of hiking trails. Lighthouse is cool. Free. Lots of parking. Went twice at different times of day. One of the days was fascinating watching the fog come in and out. Get to see all the ships and boats leaving and coming into St John’s harbour
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ray S
    Orangeville, Canada185 contributions
    An interesting part of our history
    We visited the Signal Hill visitor Centre as well as the Signal Hill Cabot Tower yesterday. Very informative and an interesting part of our history. However, when we were at the visitor centre my wife tripped and hurt her toe on the 1 inch brown platform at the entrance of the movie room. There was no marking on the step. This is a safety issue and the staff dismissed it saying « it’s just a small incline ».
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Katie L
    25 contributions
    Cannons, history and great views
    Lots of elevation change so could be challenging if you hike around here. Beautiful views and can explore as much or little as you choose. We caught the 12:00 noon cannon which was great (and very loud)! Loved the view from the top of cabot tour and the red chairs, rock edges around signal hill. Harbour view is great and also saw whales!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Shannon M
    7 contributions
    Amazing views and hiking trails
    Views and hiking trails are amazing. My 14 year old son and I went back 3 evenings in a row to hike the trails. Be aware there is no bathroom at the top of the hill so go before you drive up to park! North Head trail is our favourite. If you choose this one, it does not loop back around and it would be a very long walk back, finishing with steep climbs up the stairs. We had someone come pick us up in a car at the end of the trail on Battery Rd.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Caribby96
    Burnaby, Canada234 contributions
    Great spot
    This should be your first stop in St. John's! There are many ways to get to the top of the hill, including driving, walking, or hiking up. There is also a hop on/hop off bus during the summer months. The views are amazing and learning about the history was great. You can also go at night for a great view.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
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Brenda S
Winnipeg, Canada108 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
It’s no word of a lie the views are out of this world. And so is the wind ….. hold onto your hat, gloves, and purse. The view of the whole of St. John’s is just amazing you’re sooooo far up. Everything looks so small including the Coast Guard Ships ships. Amazing. Drive up if you have mobility issues, it is a steep climb in some spots.
Written December 19, 2023
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Connie Firtree
Milton Keynes, UK181 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found out about this place on another travel related website whilst researching what to do whilst in St.Johns, where we had 2 extra days added whilst the itenary caught up with us.
We wanted to take the hop on / hop off bus, but that had finished for the season around 3 weeks previous, so we took a taxi from the cruise port costing $12 one way,
it was windy when we got to the top, but we were fine with that, found the signposts to all over the world including the place in Cornwall, UK, where Marconi received the signal marking the 1st trans atlantic phone call from.
There is a celebration gun on the hill normally fired at 12 noon in season, luckily for us there was some visitors from Ireland and they fired the gun especially for them, twice.
We went into the tower to see the history of that phone call and I climbed on to the roof, before seeing the souveniers in the gift shop.
We walked back down to the city stopping off at other places en route.
Written November 30, 2023
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David B
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Went Thanksgiving weekend and what’s view. A lot of history surrounds this place. The only drawback was Parks Canada closed all their bathrooms and venues on all the historic sites…. A real shame considering all the people that we saw touring around the sites
Written October 8, 2023
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LovemyAcura🌵
Phoenix16,019 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Visited here as part of a cruise excursion. Very windy the day we were here but views were amazing. Highly recommend. There was a local sitting there with his beautiful Newfoundland dog. What a beautiful dog and a treat to see in person!
Written September 30, 2023
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mnytalks1
Largo, FL408 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
We are avid hikers so we hiked this from the cruise port. Great little hike with fantastic views of the harbor and the Atlantic. If you don’t like steps this is not the hike for you as it has a ton of steps to reach the castle at the top. If you like hiking it’s a must do.
Written September 30, 2023
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Runnerny2244
Smyrna, GA1,022 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
This place has the most amazing views. From the view looking into St John’s our out to the Atlantic, you can’t beat the views. Definitely make a stop up there.
Written September 19, 2023
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pete m
Moncton, Canada314 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The history and views are amazing. It is a great spot for taking pictures. If walking, you will be in for a challenge coming up the hill. Walking trails surround it.
Written September 7, 2023
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Tonia Louis H
Haliburton, Canada351 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
There are lots of things to see here and it is well worth the trip and history was made here. It is wheel chair accessible and good for all ages. Don’t forget to check out the inside of the lighthouse which is free. Well worth it.
Written September 6, 2023
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Marina G
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Historical place with amazing views.
This is one of the landmark sites in St.john's,NL.
I suggest to visit the site with kids.
Written August 28, 2023
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Olga K
10 contributions
Aug 2023
Signal Hill has something for everyone: amazing views of endless Atlantic Ocean, rich history, including military defense history. There are walking tours departing several times a day from the Visitor's Centre (half way up the Hill, you won't miss it). Multiple walking trails, which are very well maintained. Lady's Lookout Trail is a must see. Lots of informative interpretive signs throughout the Park.
Written August 20, 2023
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