Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada


The Tattoo pose for a group photo The Signal Hill Tattoo
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The Signal Hill Tattoo - His Majesty's Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Foot (1795)
Get ready for a different kind of hard rock and heavy metal! Performances include cannon and musket fire, combined with the dramatic tunes of the Fife and Drum band.
When: Opening performance July 1 at 3:00pm. Regular performances on Wed/Thur/Sat/Sun at 11:00am and 3:00pm, weather permitting. Call the Visitor Centre to confirm performances (709) 772-5367.
Cost: $5.00 per person payable at entrance to the Tattoo performance field. Performances are 45 minutes in duration.

More than just a view Weapons of Warfare Tour
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Weapons of Warfare Tour (WoW)
A detailed interpretive look at the military fortifications and technology on Signal Hill. Visitors will hike with period costumed interpreters from the summit of the hill to the Queen's Battery Barracks where they will witness a live firing demonstration of historic weapons. Along the way, visitors will learn to ‘read' a cannon, command a firing detail and much more.
When: call (709) 772-5367 to confirm - tour times vary
Where:Meet the Parks Canada guide at the compass rose, next to the summit parking lot.
Cost: included in your Visitor Centre exhibit fee.

Discovery History Tour Keys to Discovery Tour
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General History Tour
An interactive tour, which covers the key points in military and communications history. Walk the top of Signal Hill with a Parks Canada guide and discover the role Signal Hill played in military and communications history from early civilian defense in the 1600's to the Canadian/American occupation of Signal Hill during the Second World War.
When: call (709) 772-5367 to confirm - tour times vary
Where: Meet the guide at the Imperial Powder Magazine, hill summit
Cost: included in your Visitor Centre exhibit fee.


Rum Tasting and Mess Dinner
Come enjoy a modern day meal made with historic ingredients drawn from an 18th and 19th century British soldiers' diet. Each course will be paired with a sample of another important staple of the soldier's diet: rum!
When: Every Thursday at 1 pm from July 4th to August 8th, 2013
Where: Queen's Battery Barracks,
Fee: $45.00 per person. Please reserve by calling the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador at 709-765-8483.

Learn to Camp
Bring the entire family to learn to camp in a safe, supportive environment.
When: Starting August 24th at 2:00, finishing August 25th at 11:00
Where: Tattoo performance field next to the Signal Hill Visitor Centre
Fee: $22.00 per person. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Signal Hill Visitor Centre at 772-5367. (Maximum 80 participants)

Xplorer Program
Children aged 6 to 11can explore Parks Canada sites using a special booklet and fun activities. When completed, children receive a special certificate and souvenir.
When: Available whenever the site is open
Where: Starts at the Signal Hill Visitor Centre
Fee: Included in entry fee to the Signal Hill Visitor Centre

For King and Empire
Learn about and experience the training soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment received during the First World War in this interactive and hands-on program.
When: Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm, starting June 19th
Where: Tattoo Performance Field next to the Signal Hill Visitor Centre.
Fee: $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the Signal Hill Visitor Centre (cash only - maximum of 40 participants).

Noon Day Gun Firing
Experience a military town tradition. Learn about the importance of the noon gun in everyday life during the 19th century and, following a brief safety orientation and training, participate in the gun crew to fire the gun yourself!
When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:00 noon between June 26th and August 15th. Morning and evening firings are available on request.
Where: Noon Day Gun Platform near Cabot Tower
Fee: $49.00 per person available at the Visitor Centre or in advance by calling 772-5367.