Updated: Feb 17, 2022
This is a suggestion for a one day travel itinerary for those visiting Newfoundland's east coast and includes a visit to Signal Hill, Fort Amherst and The Battery, Quidi Vidi lake, Quidi Vidi Village, and the Royal Artillery Park. Some of these venues hold special events during the summer that may be of interest to you. The amount of time you wish to spend in each destination will influence the amount of time it takes to see visit attraction and your one day agenda can easily become a 2 or 3 day event.
Signal Hill, Newfoundland, is a national historic site and a popular attraction for visitors to the province. It is the site of Marconi's first wireless transmission in 1901. The massive cliffs stand at a height of 167 meters above sea level; Lady's Lookout, the highest point in St. John's, Newfoundland, at a height of 169 meters. In season, see whales, icebergs, and shore birds from a position high atop the massive cliffs of Signal Hill. While touring Signal Hill, be sure to visit the information centre, get your picture taken next to the many canons on the cliffs, stop at the gift shop in Cabot Tower, visit the Queen's Battery and tour inside the barricks, and attend a firing of the noon day gun. For those inclined, there are five hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. #signalhill #canon #gun #queensbattery #barrick #nationalhistoricsite #tourism #newfoundland #tourismnl
Visitors are welcome to attend a firing of the noon day gun on Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, during the summer season at 12:00 pm sharp. For a fee, you can be a participant in the actual firing of the gun (I advise that you check with staff to ensure this opportunity is being offered if you wish to be a participant). The gun creates a loud blast that pets may find bothersome.
FORT AMHERST AND THE BATTERY
Fort Amherst, across from Signal Hill, offers amazing coastal views. The war bunkers on the cliffs are now crumbling but fascinating to photograph. There is a lighthouse on the cliff edge which is useful for ships to determine sea position as they prepare to enter "The Narrows." Fort Amherst is about a ten minute drive from Signal Hill, Newfoundland. #fortamherst #stjohns #destinationstjohns #tourismnl #newfoundland #newfoundlandtravel
QUIDI VIDI LAKE, HOME OF THE ANNUAL ROYAL ST. JOHN'S REGATTA
Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland, a short drive from Fort Amherst, is home to the Annual Royal St. John's Regatta (a sporting / rowing event that is held on the first Wednesday of August annually, weather permitting). There is a pet friendly walking trail that circles the lake and continues for a distance of 3.8 km. Enjoy views of the lake, the many species of water birds that congregate along the water banks (ducks, gulls, bald eagles, rock pigeons and more), and sit and rest at beautiful rest stops. Quidi Vidi lake is a distance of about fifteen minutes from Fort Amherst. #quidividilake #travelnewfoundland #tourismnl #destinationstjohns #newfoundland #nature #walkingtrail #wildlife #regatta