During my visit in St. John’s, Newfoundland, my friends and my followers kept telling me to visit the “Signal Hill“. They told me Signal Hill has a Cabot Tower and this is a landmark that is historic.
So, their voices were heard and I decided to go to Signal Hill and check it out. Signal Hill is a hill which overlooks the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, so it is a perfect spot to check out St. John’s.
As I googled more about Signal Hill, this is what Wikipedia states, “The final battle of the Seven Years’ War in North America was fought in 1762 at the Battle of Signal Hill, in which the French surrendered St. John’s to a British force under the command of Lt. Colonel William Amherst. Lt. Colonel Amherst renamed what was then known as “The Lookout” as “Signal Hill,” because of the signalling that took place upon its summit from its flagmast. Flag communication between land and sea would take place there from the 17th century until 1960.
I was told Signal Hill is also the spot that receives the 1st Transatlantic transmission, so that’s a huge deal back in the days. And more importantly, Signal Hill is a National Historic Site.
There are plenty of parking spots at the Signal Hill and if you have a car rental, you will have no trouble finding a parking spot. We took a taxi tour so the taxi driver dropped us off and waited for us in the parking lot. We visited the Signal Hill in December, so it’s extra windy but I was told by the locals that due to its higher point position, it’s always windy there all season around. So, I suggest you either wear no hats or wear a toque, try not to wear anything that can be easily blown off by strong wind.
There were information boards around the hill to provide the visitors with the historic INFO about the Cabot Tower and the Signal Hill. Since we were in December, the Cabot Tower was closed during these winter months. I recommend you to visit the Chabot Tower website for its business hours and its availability at different months of the year.
I really like Signal Hill and I understand why my peeps stressed me to check it out. The slopes of the hill and the landscape were breathtaking. On one side, you see the Atlantic Ocean and from a far, Cape Spear. On the other side, you overlook the harbour of St. John’s. The view is just so good. I feel like I was on top of the world!
Signal Hill, St. John’s
Address: 230 Signal Hill Rd, St. John’s, NL A1A 1B3
Phone: (709) 772-5367
In order for me to explore what St. John’s, Newfoundland has to offer, this press trip from the flights to accommodation were provided by Air Canada. However, my visit to the Signal Hill and Cabot Tower and the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.