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“Amazing resource for urban hikers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Signal Hill

Signal Hill
Signal Hill Road, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A 1B2, Canada
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Ranked #2 of 49 Attractions in St. John's
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: A hill overlooking St. John's Harbor which has been given "National Historic Site" status.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Amazing resource for urban hikers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

The trails around Signal Hill are amazing, especially the ones along the coast. A big part of the amazing factor is due to location -- you can walk 20-30 minutes from downtown and be on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great views and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Agree with all previous reviews, but also wanted to add that it is worth stopping on the way up to walk the paths at the Johnson Geo Centre. Along the path you see recreations of how a fish family would have lived in the past. Kids really enjoyed this.

Visited July 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Yes, you can!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The walk up from town to Signal Hill is steep (and it seems more so, during one of St. John's rare "heat waves"), but do it anyway. The views are spectacular and the sites near and at the top are fascinating. Also, you pass a lot of typically quaint homes (and local residents), along the way.

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“A must stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

If you are into seeing incredible views, hiking, history then this place is for you! Panoramic views of St. John's awaits. See the old canons used to defend the harbor in times of war. There is a gift shop in the tower and an absolutely breathtaking trail that brings you near the waters edge and back up to the tower. Don't forget your hiking shoes! Beautiful! You might just be lucky enough to see the whales from here!

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Strategic Location on St. John's Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Visited Signal Hill with an Ottawa Based Tour Group on June 26, 2012. This elevated site is well known for its strategic military location in the many early battles between England and France over fishing access to the Bay. Freqent military "Tatoos" take place over the summer which re-enact war scenes for the public.The Cabot Tower is nearby and houses an exhibit on the history of communications and signaling to off shore vessels. In 1901 , Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message from a hospital nearby. Many articles and old equipment has been assembled for your viewing pleasure.

A great visit!

Garnett Gow,
OttawA, Canada

Visited June 2012
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