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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  • It's quite a climb but well worth the views once you get your breath back. Don't forget your cameras to see the whole of St John's  more »
  • Didn't really get a chance to visit what else may have been in this building other than the gift shop, but it has a good selection of small nik-naks to take home as souvenirs. Reasonably priced.  more »
  • We enjoyed our trek to this landmark, but we were unable to visit the upper parapet of the tower as it was closed for the season in October....  more »

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Where to stay in St. John's

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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