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July 14, 2016

Signal Hill National Historic Site, Newfoundland & Labrador

It's 1897 and construction has just ended on Cabot Tower. This commemorative building sits atop Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland. It is an architectural nod to John Cabot and his crew who discovered Newfoundland some 400 years earlier. Fast forward and today it is a National Historic Site and one of the most popular tourist locations in the province.
This popular spot offers an incredible view of St. John's, North America's most easterly city, and an endless stretch of blue ocean and awaiting adventure.

Signal Hill is surrounded by unique houses that dot the cliffs and windy trails that map the route across stairs, bridges, rocks and earth. This hike goes from The Battery neighbourhood all the way to the top where Cabot Tower sits - an alternate route can also be taken by car and is equally unique as it includes totally different vantage points of the city and it's surrounding landscapes.
As with most natural attractions, the seasons can drastically change it. It can be one of the windiest places in Canada, I'm convinced of that, but it never fails to deliver. Summer shows off the Irish like green hills and Winter paints the most beautiful sunsets.  All of this is within a 5 minute drive of downtown St. John's and the famous or infamous George Street. Fun fact - George Street has the most bars/pubs per square foot of any street in the North America!
Winter Sunset

Fall Sunrise
Easily one of Newfoundland's and the city's most visited tourist spots but one I still love to spend time at almost 8 years after first moving to NL. It can be a great spot to bring visiting friends and family, to escape and drowned out all the city sounds or even for a beautiful run or hike. Tourist or local, Signal Hill always has something to offer regardless of the season or time of day.
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