Signal Hill National Historic Site
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Signal HIll, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
When I traveled to St. John’s, the first place a friend wanted to show me was Signal Hill. We drove through the scenic and colorful downtown area of the city to the bottom of a hill that winded upwards. A short but steep drive took us to the top of the hill where there was a large parking lot, a tower commemorating Marconi’s work in the area and a spectacular view on each side; one of the entire city of St. John’s and the other a view of the vast Atlantic Ocean and Cape Spear lighthouse to the right. It was nighttime when I was first introduced to Signal Hill and the view of the city lit up at night was like the aerial views of cities you see in movies. The atmosphere on top of that hill was warm; people just hanging out around their cars, listening to music and catching up on gossip. I was curious to know what Signal Hill was like during the day, so the next morning I walked up on my own and let me tell you, that is one heck of a hard walk up that hill! I noticed a trail snaking around the hill and decided to try it out. While, quite the workout, the view was spectacular and I found myself in an area of the city I never knew existed; the St. John’s Battery with all its colorful houses perched along the a side of the harbor at the bottom of the hill. I later discovered that Signal Hill was also one of the best places in the city to watch a sunset, see icebergs in the springtime and watch for whales when they come close to shore in search of capelin.
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