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Signal Hill, St. John's

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Take a steep hike up to Signal Hill, a hilltop affording incredible views over the bay and offering an insight into the rich history of the military communications it once provided. During different times of year, the lookout provides views of whales and icebergs, which can also be enjoyed while walking the trails around the site. Examine the onsite museum detailing the work that went on here during the great Seven Years’ War. Hiking to the top isn’t essential, as you can drive, but if you choose to walk, wear sturdy footwear and consider bringing a picnic if the weather’s good; there are no refreshments available at the top. To visit Signal Hill on your trip to St. John's, use our St. John's trip itinerary builder.
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  • Started at the chocolate shop....then went for a hike. Amazing views, especially on a sunny day. Information centre was helpful. 
  • If you are in the area, this is place you must see. The views are spectacular. There is also a HamRadio station that is fascinating. 
  • Signal hill has so much history around the area it is well worth the winding ride to the top. To see how much was accomplished just to build it. 
  • A must-see for anyone in St. John's. Beautiful whether it's clear or foggy. From downtown, head north along Duckworth until you see the sign for Signal Hill. Head left for a paved route to the top of the hill, or head right (my recommendation) to go through the adorable community of houses and establishments that is Battery before finding yourself at the foot of the hiking trail. The hike itself won't take long, but be sure to take lots of breaks to admire the fantastic views of the hill, the Atlantic Ocean, and the harbor.
  • A must-see in St. John's. This historic site offers amazing views of the downtown and harbor, Cape Spear, and the vast Atlantic. Good hike/easy drive to the top. Best times to go for photos are in the early to mid-morning, sunset, and evening.
  • Amazing views of the entire city and looking out over the ocean. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for great photos or just some exceptional sightseeing. One warning: beware the wind if you are wearing a hat because there is a very good chance you will find yourself chasing it across the hill.
  • Signal Hill is a must in St. John's. Spectacular view from the top! Good weather is a requirement for this. If you have time, there is a trail going down the steps and it comes out around the battery and old houses. It's moderate hike and you need 2 hours or so to go around and climb the hill back up if you parked on top of the hill.
  • This is a nice spot to come check out for the history, but it's really the hike up and around that's remarkable. I definitely recommend starting in Quidi Vidi and going towards The Battery instead of vice versa, unless you want to go up a lot of stairs.
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