Natural Wonders & Cultural Treasures
Signal Hill National Historic Site © Destination St. John's
Overlooking St. John’s harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, Signal Hill is the city’s most visible and popular attraction. You’ll be immersed in military and communications history, and swept away by panoramic views and seasonal military pageantry.
Signal Hill was once the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century through the Second World War. The final battle of the Seven Years' War in North America was fought here in 1762.
Tour the iconic Cabot Tower, constructed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s “discovery” of the island of Newfoundland, and the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. See where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901, ushering in the era of wireless communications.
Gaze out over the ocean spotting whales and icebergs, enjoy exciting guided tours and special events, and listen as the landscape resounds with drums and drills by the renowned Signal Hill Tattoo for six weeks in summer.