As St. John’s most popular landmark, Signal Hill recalls the town’s historic past and communications triumph, as well as offering coastal hikes and colourful performances against sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic. Signal Hill was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and where Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.

Featured things to do

Fire the Noon Day Gun

Come fire the Noon Day gun this summer! Book this special program and be part of the privileged few who can claim to have fired a cannon on Signal Hill.

Signal Hill Tattoo

Experience the pride and solemn power of Newfoundland military past through its history of music, maneuvers and pageantry.

Take a Hike

There are several hiking trails at Signal Hill National Historic Site, all of which boast panoramic views and captivating scenery.

Parks Canada's sites nearby

  • Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
    Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

    Atop a headland at North America’s easternmost point, Cape Spear Lighthouse overlooks a parade of drifting icebergs and waters teeming with whales and porpoises. Its restored interior offers a glimpse into 19th century lightkeeping along Newfoundland’s unforgiving coast.

  • Castle Hill National Historic Site

    An impressive fort stands sentinel above a seaside town. Stone walls and cast iron cannons are testaments to a turbulent past. This is Castle Hill National Historic site—bastion to the struggle for a continent.

  • Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site

    Hawthorne Cottage was the Newfoundland home of legendary Arctic explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. See exhibits and artefacts from his voyages while admiring the nearly 200-year-old cottage, a fine example of the picturesque architectural style in Newfoundland.

  • Ryan Premises National Historic Site
    Ryan Premises National Historic Site

    On Bonavista’s scenic harbour, knowledgeable interpreters, diverse exhibits and displays within the Ryan Premises’ restored buildings bring to life a 19th century Newfoundland fishing enterprise and tell the tale of Canada’s East Coast fisheries dating back 500 years.

  • Terra Nova National Park

    A dramatic Atlantic shoreline, fringed in long headlands and fjords with views of whales and icebergs, gives way to marshland, tranquil ponds and wildlife-filled boreal forest – Terra Nova is accessible, wild Newfoundland for outdoor enthusiasts and nature-lovers of every age.

Hours of operation

May 20th to October 10th, 2017
Opening times vary.

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Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 709-772-5367
Email: signal.hill@pc.gc.ca