Updated: Jan 24
Many of us spend years "chasing the dream" in our 9 to 5 jobs. This was certainly the case for me but, after my retirement, I saw that life had more possibilities than previously imagined. As a lover of nature and owner of a small vacation rental in Pouch Cove, I often explore the outdoors, take photos, and share my experiences with guests in order to help them plan their vacation. This is my Signal Hill experience.
Signal Hill is certainly a popular destination for tourists planning a travel itinerary to eastern Newfoundland. From a height of 167 meters (548 feet), you will be treated to a sweeping view of the open sea, the magnificent coastline, and an amazing bird's eye view of the city of St. John's and St. John's harbor. #signalhill, #cabottower, #newfoundlandtourism, #nationalhistoricsite, #newfoundland
The enormity of Signal Hill can be best appreciated when viewed from across the harbour from Fort Amherst. #fortamherst
With its physical elevation and the ability to be seen from a great distance throughout the city, Signal Hill played a pivotal role in facilitating communication between land and sea. Merchant ships approaching the island were distinguished by their company flags flying above their masts and, in response, Signal Hill's flagmen would raise corresponding flags to announce ship arrivals so that town vendors would meet the ships and conduct business.
In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Signal Hill's natural landscape and geographical location made it an ideal place to defend against naval attack during times of war. Canons placed strategically along the massive cliff-tops provided panoramic coverage for maximum protection. #canon, #naturallandscape, #wardefense
Visitors to Signal Hill should definitely take a tour of the Queen's Battery barracks to gain a perspective on the life of soldiers protecting the Newfoundland coast during WW2. #barrack, #queensbattery, #signalhill
During the summer season, you will have the opportunity to witness the firing of the noon day gun from Cabot Tower, Signal Hill. The practice of firing of the noon day gun dates back to 1842 when it was used as a public clock for residents of St. John's and also to help ships orient to their travel distance at sea. #noondaygun, #gun, #signalhill, #tourism
Most know that Signal Hill played a vital role in WWI, but few realize that Signal Hill was also a key pioneer in the technology development of the 20th century. The first wireless communication was received here by Marconi in 1901, a huge feat for its time! #wirelesscommunication, #marconi
Hikers will appreciate the beautiful, rugged, north head trail along the coast of Signal Hill. As with all hiking experiences, preparation is encouraged. Be sure to wear proper clothing and footwear, take adequate hydration and a snack, and advise someone of your itinerary. #northheadtrail, #hiking, #signalhill, #landscape
As an added delight, visitors to Signal Hill may be treated to views of wildlife. Keep your eyes on the sky and the water for some beautiful encounters with whales, bald eagles, and more. #signalhill, #whale, #bird, #baldeagle
Before leaving Signal Hill, be sure to take a moment to visit Cabot Tower's gift shop to select a perfect trinket as a keepsake of your visit to our beautiful province. #cabottower
A trip to Newfoundland's east coast just wouldn't be complete without a visit to Signal Hill. I usually visit there several times a year and, each time, am moved by its natural beauty and rich historical presence. I'm sure you will agree that Signal Hill is a must-see destination to include on your Newfoundland travel itinerary. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?