Day 1: See the top of Signal Hill… Then see what lies beneath it at the Johnson GEO Centre


By Lauren Saunders
June 10, 2013

You cannot venture to St. John’s without visiting Signal Hill National Historic Site. Loved by travellers and locals alike, Signal Hill and Cabot Tower are two of our most iconic landmarks.

Cabot Tower

With stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, city skyline and rugged coastline, Signal Hill reflects our history while giving us a platform to explore, and dream of the exciting things to come.

City views

Highlights:

Hike the North Head Trail. This is a must do! Take in spectacular views as you hike from the top of Signal, descend downward and hike along the narrows. But, be prepared, this one is a workout. Learn more about hiking trails on Signal Hill.

You can see the North Head Trail along the rock below

Head inside Cabot Tower to learn more about Signal Hill’s rich history. See exhibits describing Marconi’s wireless reception, which took place on Signal Hill in 1908. Learn more about the history of Signal Hill.

Take in the Signal Hill Tattoo – cannons and musket fire, combined with the dramatic tunes of the Fife and Drum band. This takes place several times a week through the month of July and August. Find out moreabout activities on Signal Hill.

Signal Hill Tattoo

The Johnson GEO Centre Once you’ve seen the top of Signal Hill, walk a short ways down to the Johnson GEO Centre to see what lies beneath it! 

If you’ve ever heard that icebergs are much bigger than what meets the eye, the same goes for the Johnson GEO Centre. Once you walk through their distinctive glass entryway, you would never guess that you’re only an elevator ride away from their gigantic, underground exhibit area.

Johnson GEO Centre

They call us ‘The Rock’ for a reason! Touch rocks that are nearly 4 billion years old, see a piece of the ancient ocean floor, and learn about one of the worlds most significant fossil sites, Mistaken Point.

Highlights

Learn about the Titanic Story. The GEO Centre offers a complete account of the greatest peacetime tragedy of the 20th century. Over 1,500 lives were lost, just 560 km (350 miles) off the coast of Newfoundland. You can learn the many causes of this world-famous disaster in the truly astonishing story. Learn more about The Titanic Story.

Take in the GEO Theatre. Learn more about our amazing Earth as “geologist” Gordon Pinsent takes you through earthquakes, waterfalls, rain and volcanoes. Take in four billion years, packed into only 16 minutes! Learn more about GEO Theatre.

A day exploring Signal Hill National Historic Site and the Johnson GEO Centre is a great way to start your tour of St. John’s. Whether you’re a traveller or a local resident, there is so much to love about these two places. Go and visit them today!