For centuries, Signal Hill has dominated both the skyline of St. Johnís, Newfoundland, and the hearts and minds of its residents. The Lookout traces the hillís remarkable history as a military site and communications centre, with special attention to its most famous building, the former signaling station Cabot Tower.
Conceived in 1897 as an expression of Newfoundland nationalism, the towerís meaning would change drastically over the years. Those changes, however, were always in step with broader currents in Newfoundland society. Signal Hill was the site of the first transatlantic wireless transmission by Marconi in 1901. It has also been the site of defenses for St. Johnís Harbour from the eighteenth century right up to the Second World War.
Signal Hill is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in eastern Canada.
About the Author
A graduate of Memorial and Dalhousie universities, James E. (Jim) Candow has worked in Parks Canadaís Atlantic Service Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1977. His books include Of Men and Seals: A History of the Newfoundland Seal Hunt (1989) and Lomond: The Life and Death of a Newfoundland Woods Town (1998).