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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  • October 4, 2017
    Stopped by on a van tour and had time to go up to the tower but not to tour it as we were busy watching whales. Had we known we would see many, many whales on this trip we would have concentrated our ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    While strolling the beautiful hills of Signal Hill, visiting the Cabot Tower is a must to fully appreciate the magic of how Marconi discovered the capacity to produce a trans-Atlantic signal.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    The Cabot Tower is a National Historic Site located on Signal Hill, St. John’s. My wife and I had completed a cross country road trip in August 2017 and I returned in September to drive the few scenic...  more »

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To appreciate the history and colorful architecture of North America's oldest colonial city, there's no better place to stay than in the city center. This popular neighborhood displays the city's iconic, brightly painted Victorian houses, with a selection of guesthouses and inns clustered around Government House. Staying just west of the city center, near the Memorial University of Newfoundland, works as a pleasant alternative, with the expansive Pippy Park right at your doorstep.
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