Fodor's Expert Review Signal Hill National Historic Site

Greater St. John's Military Sight Fodor's Choice

Signal Hill is emblematic of the island's military history, of early technological achievement, and ancient geology. En route to the top, the visitor center exhibits the history of St. John's. Cabot Tower, at the peak of Signal Hill, was constructed in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of explorer John Cabot's landing in Newfoundland. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic-wire transmission near here, and today you can visit the Marconi exhibit on the top floor of Cabot Tower. The GEO Centre lets you to go literally inside Signal Hill and learn about the ancient rock. The drive to the tower along Signal Hill Road affords fine harbor, ocean, and city views, as does the tower itself. Walking trails take you to the base of the hill and closer to the ocean. In July and August every year, cadets in 19th-century-British uniforms perform military tattoos.

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Quick Facts

Signal Hill Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1C 5M9, Canada


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Site and tower free; visitor center C$4; military tattoo performances C$10

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