The staff at Signal Hill are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for this unforgettable place. From historic military demonstrations to traditional time keeping, there is an activity for everyone on the Hill.

These programs appeal to visitors of all ages. Program reservations begin when the Visitor Centre opens for the season in May.

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4 upcoming events

  • Fire the Noon Day Gun

    Culture and entertainment History
    Location(s): Signal Hill National Historic Site
    Cost: $49.00

    Time: 12:00 pm

    The Noon Day Gun at Signal Hill goes back to at least the 19th century and now you can be part of history, setting the cannon thundering! This quick-firing 3-pound Hotchkiss Gun was once at home aboard the HMS Calypso, where it was used for gunnery practice by the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve. Today, it can be found next to Cabot Tower, firing daily during the summer to signal the hour of Noon to St. John's below.

    Learn about the history and purpose of the Noon Day Gun and then step back in time to fire a real cannon.

    This unique experience can be enjoyed on your own, with a friend or as a family.

  • Defenders of the Narrows

    Culture and entertainment History
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    Location(s): Signal Hill National Historic Site
    Cost: $28.43 per recruit

    Time: Offered daily between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
    Duration: 20 minutes

    The year is 1862, and you just enlisted in the Royal Newfoundland Companies. Where do you sleep? What do you wear? What artillery do you use?

    Step back in time to find out what your life will be like while in service protecting Newfoundland. Get a good look at the Queen’s Battery Barracks, get suited up in an historic uniform, and even fire a musket!

    You must be at least 16 years old; youth between the ages of 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Family and friends are welcome to join the recruit on their orientation at no charge, and can also watch and take photos as they learn to fire an Enfield Rifled Musket Pattern 1853.

  • Ales and Tales

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History Nature
    Location(s): Signal Hill National Historic Site
    Cost: $39.50 per person

    Days of the week: Every Friday
    Time: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
    Maximum # of participants: 10

    Start by retracing the footsteps of the Battle of Signal Hill along the Ladies' Lookout Trail. View stunning vistas from the highest point of the hill as you learn about how the site’s rich history was tied to beer. An interpreter dressed in the uniform of a Private of the 40th Regiment Afoot circa 1762 will guide you into Quidi Vidi Village. There, you’ll be met with the craft beer experts from Quidi Vidi Brewery, who will contrast historic and modern beer. Finish your experience with a flight of their finest ales and a plate of fish and chips in the oldest microbrewery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    This experience begins at Ladies' Lookout Trail-head at the top parking lot of Signal Hill.

  • Ghosts of Signal Hill

    Culture and entertainment History
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    Location(s): Signal Hill National Historic Site
    Cost: Adults: $15 Youth (16 and under): $10

    Days of the week: Every Friday and Saturday
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Maximum # of participants: 40

    From storyteller and celebrated folklorist Dale Jarvis comes an evening of ghost stories, historical tales, and strange adventures. Prepare to have your imagination dazzled, your heart stirred, and your spine tingling under the cloak of darkness.

    Join the dashing Lieutenant Ranslaer Schuyler by lamplight inside the historic Queen’s Battery Barracks. Step inside, take your seat, and prepare for thrills and chills as local lore and legends unfold. As night gathers, you’ll feel the sails cut through the Harbour as you are warned of the arrival of strange superstitions and phantom ships. You’ll hear about daring escapes, murdered pirates, ghost ships, buried treasure, tragic drownings, and headless phantoms; local legends and traditions that have hardened and haunted folks across time.

    Bring along your flashlight and get the full experience of discovery as you climb up and down the hill (before and after) the indoor performance.

    Will you be able to handle the intrigue?