Cabot Tower, St. John's

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Hike across Signal Hill to reach Cabot Tower, a historic fortress overlooking the ocean. The monument was built in 1898 to honor John Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland 400 years before. The site had served as a military lookout point for centuries, and in 1902 Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal here. A museum inside the tower illustrates the evolution of communication in Canada. Climb up to the top level for views over the landscape, but dress warmly due to high winds. Nearby souvenir shops sell mementos of your visit. Use our St. John's road trip app to visit Cabot Tower on your trip to St. John's, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • And if you have walked all the way up SIgnal Hill, you might as well pop in here. We weren't able to go to the top though. Gift shop inside.  more »
  • As you visit the tower be sure to just reflect on what it must have been like many many years ago to be there.  more »
  • The Cabot Tower is the place to visit in beautiful St John’s Newfoundland. The view is spectacular and well worth a trip to the top of the hill. The building itself can be extremely crowded when the c...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic place to visit in St.Johns. Spent a lot of time at signal hill when I lived in Newfoundland. The views of icebergs, whales, the city, trails around the mountain, cabot tower itself, old canons, signs pointing in every direction telling how far other cities are from you and in which direction plus so so much more makes this place stunning. I promise. I just wish I had actual pictures to post from here. One day I will. This is above a highly recommended place to visit...a must. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
  • Well worth taking the time to explore...Beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Gift shop on the main floor but climb up the windy staircase, see the signal flags, and go to the observation deck for amazing views.
  • Worth the time.awesome views. Bring telescope to watch some whales.
  • Very good place.
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