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Signal Hill National Historic Site

This historic site celebrates the rich communications and military history of Signal Hill and sits amidst a spectacular view of St. John’s and the sea. Signal Hill was where Guglielmo Marconi received the first wireless message in 1901, as well as the site of harbour defences for St. John’s from the 18th century to the Second World War. Cabot Tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage of discovery. It is the location of the last signal station in Canada. Signal Hill stands today as one of the province’s best known landmarks. Cabot Tower is open to the public (closed during the winter months) and features historical exhibits and a gift shop. Take a hike along the North Head Trail and take in some spectacular scenery. The Signal Hill Tattoo, a 19th-century re-enactment, takes place in July and August. The Tattoo with its colour, pageantry, military drills and cannon firings have been a major summer tourist attraction in St. John’s since 1967.

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