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The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including trails around Signal Hill and other coastal trails along the Grand Concourse.

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Don’t have Apple Books? There’s lots of trail information on this blog too. Below you’ll find a basic map, a quick trail description, and trail stories and photos from hikes in every season:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Signal Hill National Historic Site, located in St. John’s, is home to beautiful trails like Cuckolds Cove Trail, Ladies Lookout Trail, and North Head Trail.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The loop that includes all of North Head Trail (and a few other trails to get back on top of Signal Hill) is ~4 km in length.
  • There are many trailheads, so suitable places to start are found all over Signal Hill NHS, the most obvious ones being on top of Signal Hill and near the Signal Hill Visitor Centre.

The trails around Signal Hill are not part of the East Coast Trail, instead they’re part of Parks Canada and the St. John’s Grand Concourse coastal trails. I’ve included these trails on my blog because they run close to the ocean and they’re a perfect fit between Sugarloaf Path and Deadmans Bay Path. They’re also quite beautiful.

The main difference between these trails and any path along the East Coast Trail is the larger number of people you’ll encounter. North Head Trail in particular is very popular with St. John’s locals, they work out on this trail, running up and down the many stairways, over and over.

There are plenty of elevation changes on Signal Hill, so if you’re going to explore there’s quite a bit of stair-climbing involved. In one dodgy spot on North Head Trail a chain has been mounted to the cliffside, providing you with something to hold on to as you carefully manoeuvre your way to the other side.

While North Head Trail is the most popular trail on Signal Hill, adding Ladies Lookout Trail and Cuckolds Cove Trail to that hike makes perfect sense, as that allows you to see more coastal scenery on a bigger loop.

Trail flyer:

Do you offer accommodation in this area? Here’s a trail flyer you can use to promote the trail. Flyers about other parts of the East Coast Trail can be found on the trail flyers page.

Scenic spots on Signal Hill:

  • Signal Hill is a must-see location for every visitor to St. John’s. There are great views from the top of the hill and great views of the hill from most trails in the area. The Cabot Tower and the Queen’s Battery are located near the top of the hill, and both are well worth a visit.
  • Cuckolds Cove and Cuckolds Head are located on the north side of Signal Hill National Historic Site, and both are scenic gems you don’t want to miss. If you like wildlife, bring binoculars to view the bald eagle nest site located halfway down Ladies Lookout Trail.
  • The Narrows, which is the narrow channel connecting St. John’s harbour to the Atlantic Ocean. North Head Trail goes through the Narrows and offers some great views of it.
  • The Outer Battery, famously colourful houses hugging the inside of the Narrows.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Signal Hill include chokeberries, blueberries and partridgeberries, but keep in mind that a lot of people walk their dogs on this trail.

Photos and stories featuring North Head Trail:

Photos and stories featuring Ladies Lookout Trail:

Photos and stories featuring Cuckolds Cove Trail:

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