What to know before you visit

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting Signal Hill National Historic Site, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects at Signal Hill National Historic Site to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.


Upcoming projects

Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades
Due to start November 1, 2019
This project is to upgrade electrical wiring to Cabot Tower as well as exterior lighting for the tower and the Visitor Centre. The project will also include electrical upgrades for the Quonset hut located along Burma Road near George’s Pond.


Completed projects

North Head Trail Rehabilitation
Minor visitor impact
Some redesign and repairs are required for this popular visitor attraction. Investments will result in improved visitor safety and enjoyment opportunities through the elimination of rock fall hazards and the construction of new, robust structures such as stairs and railings.

Upper Parking Lot Rehabilitation
Major visitor impact
The overall objective of this project is to recapitalize the parking lot and associated sidewalks and walkways at Signal Hill NHS in an effort to improve the overall visitor experience.  This project will result in a new asphalt surface for the parking area, improved drainage, and delineation of designated parking locations (i.e. painted lines), improved signage for traffic flow and a re-design of sidewalk areas for accessibility.  

Visitor Centre Annex Rehabilitation
Minor visitor impact
The overall objective of this project is to modify and expand upon the Signal Hill NHS Visitor Centre Annex which requires a number of investments to meet both current and anticipated user needs. The Annex Rehabilitation project will result in improved visitor access, expanded kitchen facilities, additional accessible washrooms and an outside open air meeting/gathering deck.  

Cabot Tower Electrical Rehabilitation
Major visitor impact
This project will remove and replace the existing underground electrical service to Cabot Tower. The new electrical line will meet current standards as well as anticipated future electrical service. 

Cabot Tower Roof Replacement
Major visitor impact
The purpose of this project is to carry out essential repairs to the roof structure on Cabot Tower at Signal Hill NHS.  This historic structure, constructed between 1898 and 1900, is an important cultural resource that has sustained water damage on the interior ceiling, walls and floors.  The repairs to the roof of the structure will result in a sealed environment, protecting interior installations and valuable cultural resources. 

Maintenance Building Rehabilitation
Minor visitor impact
The purpose of this project is to effect repairs to the existing maintenance building located at Signal Hill NHS.  This project will see a new roof surface and new siding installed on the structure, thus extending its useful life another 20 years or more.  

Replacement of Guiderail on Access Road to Cabot Tower
Major visitor impact
This project will result in the replacement of sections of the guide-rail on the access road to the top of Signal Hill.

Visitor Centre Ventilation System 
Minor visitor impact
The overall objective of this project is the design and installation of a new air conditioning ventilation system for the Signal Hill Visitor Centre and Annex will improve the visitor experience at this facility. 

Walkway Rehabilitation at Cabot Tower
Minor visitor impact
The overall objective of this project is to replace sections of the existing walkway to Cabot Tower and the adjacent Duke of York Battery to improve accessibility for all visitors.

Replacement of the Queen's Battery Barracks Roofing Material
Minor visitor impact
This project will result in the replacement of shingles on the Queen's Battery Barracks roof, ensuring continued protection of this valuable cultural asset. .

Water Distribution System Rehabilitation
Minor visitor impact
The overall objective of this project is the rehabilitation of the water distribution system. The project will see the removal and replacement of the existing holding tanks and the installation of new, higher capacity/efficiency pressure pumps at the nearby pump house.  


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