Signal Hill National Historic Site
National Historic Site St. John’s most popular landmark, Signal Hill, recalls the town’s historic past and communications triumph, as well as offering coastal hikes and colourful performances, against sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic. Signal Hill was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and where Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.
Castle Hill National Historic Site
Stroll the ruins of a once-embattled stone fort, guided by an interactive smartphone app; participate in a Learn to Camp event and discover the joys of camping within a storied monument. Immerse yourself in a site where European empires once battled for control of a continent and where a stunning vista stretches over a picturesque Atlantic harbour. Welcome to Castle Hill National Historic Site‚ History up-close!
Ryan Premises National Historic Site
Ryan Premises National Historic Site A salty scent lingers within the cluster of white, 19th century clapboard buildings of the Ryan Premises, perched on the shore of Bonavista’s historic and picturesque harbour. Hear the reminiscences of the site’s interpreters, most of whom have a personal connection to the fishing industry; marvel at the variety of artifacts in the on-site Bonavista Museum; and explore the internationally-recognized Cod, Seals and Survivors‚ exhibition that tells the 500-year story of Canada’s east coast fishery.
Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Stark white Cape Spear Lighthouse pierces a sky swirling with seabirds atop a craggy headland. It overlooks a vast expanse of indigo ocean where glittering processions of icebergs glide by, Humpback whales breach and pods of porpoises send misty spouts into the Atlantic air. On North America’s easternmost point of land, historic Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador, offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th century lighthouse keepers and their families.
Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site
In a fishing community on the rocky Newfoundland coast is a window to Canada’s maritime past and the life of one of the country’s greatest Arctic explorers. Retrace the daring exploits of Captain Bob Bartlett, commander of more than 20 Arctic voyages in the early and mid 20th century, inside Hawthorne Cottage, his family’s beloved homestead. See rare artefacts from his expeditions and period furnishings as you tour the cottage and explore its heritage gardens.
Terra Nova National Park
An easily accessible back-country, with all levels of hiking trails and paddling routes, Terra Nova is an outdoor playground for families and adventurers alike. Visit the touch tank to interact with marine creatures and take part in organized activities like guided hikes and open-air theatre productions. Walk up Ochre Hill for panoramic views, sea kayak dramatic shorelines amid seals and whales, swim and canoe at Sandy Pond. Then camp by the seaside or overnight in comfort nearby, enjoying the fresh ocean air and natural landscapes.