Find Battery Road at the east end of St. John's, Newfoundland, and if you are courageous enough, follow it along the single car width street until you reach the start of the North Head hiking trail. This 1.7 kilometer (1.1 mile) trail offers some of the most spectacular scenery in North America as it winds a challenging route up and around the north entrance of St. John's Harbour.
Steps have been built in the steeper sections and in one place, a chain for hand gripping has been anchored to the cliffside to prevent hikers from slipping down the steep cliffs to the rugged Atlantic Ocean far below! But the view is well worth the effort, not to mention the terrific physical workout that you also gain from this hike.
After climbing about 750 steps interspaced between the less steep sections, you arrive at a well recognized Newfoundland landmark, the Cabot Tower, which is visible for many miles in the St. John's area. This is also the site where the inventor Marconi first received a trans atlantic radio signal in December of 1901. A gift shop is open in the summer season for souveniers plus there are many information points where you can stop and read about the history of Signal Hill. An Interpretation Centre is also open for visitors at the lower parking lot (Yes, you can drive to Signal Hill too). All this, whether driving to Signal Hill or hiking up the North Head Trail, makes your visit memorable as well as enjoyable!
For more information, you can write to the Area Superintendant, East Coast National Historic Sites, P.O. Box 1268, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 5M9.
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