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Signal Hill, St. John's

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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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  • Obviously you wantto go and see the site wherethe first trans Atlantic radio communication was completed. And this also gives you a good view of the Atlantic, and if you get there in the cold months, ...  more »
  • Go shopping while at sea, to see the stars in the middle of the night, before sunrise in the morning sun. Soothing views overlooking downtown and the many faces of sea even when you go to.
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  • If you've ever been to St. John's you have to go to signal hill. This is an absolute must. The views of the harbour is great and you may see a glacier if you're lucky. Go to the interpretive center an...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenery and nice little hike. The trail around Signal Hill is quite steep in places and has plenty of steps. There are sections where you are on the edge of a straight drop with a chain to hold on to. But the views are amazing! If you are up to a bit of a hike it is well worth it. At the top there is some wonderful history as well, to go with the views.
  • 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, but make sure to dress appropriately to get the most out of your visit. Much of the site was closed for renos during our visit, but the views are fantastic and there are informational placards all around the site that provide history and information.
  • Absolutely wonderful views, great hike but make sure you are ready for going up a few stairs if you start the hike from the battery.