Overlooking the city of St. John’s, the Signal Hill is a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a steep hill that frames the entrance on the north side of St. John’s Harbour from St. John’s Bay. Signal Hill has been a military site since the 17th century. Most importantly during World War I and World War II. Located at the highest point of Signal Hill is the Cabot Tower. It is a grand structure built of irregularly coursed red sandstone and is composed of a two storey square structure with a three storey octagonal tower that stands on the southeast corner of the building. The Cabot Tower is a Classified Federal Heritage Building.
- Because of the historic architecture of Cabot Tower, it is not wheelchair accessible.
- For Cabot Tower: Adult (17-64): USD 3.90
- Senior (65+): USD 3.40, Youth (6-16): USD 1.90
- Family (upto 7 people, max. 2 adults): USD 9.80
- Visitor Interpretation Centre: May 21st To June 10th: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
- June 11th to September 3rd: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. daily.
- September 4th to October 15th: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Closed on Thursday and Friday.
- October 16th to mid May: Closed for season
- Cabot Tower: Mid April to May 31st: 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
- June 1st to September 3rd: 8.30 a.m to 5 p.m.
- September 4th to November 15th: 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
- Mid November to Mid April: Closed.
- Bus stop at Duckworth Street
- Hiring a taxi or renting a car is recommended.
- Carrying snacks with you is recommended.
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95% of people who visit St. Johns include Signal Hill in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
48.62% of people start their Signal Hill visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Signal Hill
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Signal Hill
What a BEAUTIFUL gem in St John’s! They have several hikes on the hill with description of what you’ll see and the difficulty level, and there are many signs throughout the national park guiding you whether you start from the top or the bottom of signal hill. If you decide to start from the top, make sure you start your hike from Cabot tower. As well, just a reminder that signal hill is always a few degrees cooler and much more windy than the city - bring extra layers and a hat!
It's an important piece of Canadian history. I was glad to read the history of Signal Hill and to see the area for myself. Highly recommended to visit if ever given the opportunity and time. The geocenter is also just down the road which is a good spot to bring the family.
Very scenic, interesting site. You can walk all the way up but the drive up is beautiful as well. Many features to experience here and learn about the "signal" process they used/invented back in the day. Definitely worth a visit if you're visiting St John's.....
Beautiful historic location. You haven't explored St John's without a trip to Signal Hill. Seasonally (Summer) you can go inside the tower and check out the souvenirs. There are numerous walking trails at the base of the Hill and atop it. The sights are truly breathtaking. Overlooking St John's harbour you can see the bulk of the city and watch any boats coming to and fro.
Views cannot be beat, even on a cloudy, wet day (although, when the rain became too heavy, there was little to be seen). Marconi exhibit in the tower is small, but informative. Visitor center part way up the hill has a larger exhibit, with many artifacts and detailed history of Signal Hill, plus a 20 minute video that is well done. (Small fee for the visitor center exhibit/film; top of the hill and Marconi exhibit are no charge.)