• LOCATION 7 | Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

    9 O'Clock Gun

    You are now approaching Vancouver’s Nine O’Clock Gun, on your right. Keep going while I fill you in.

    The cannon is shot nightly at 9 o’clock. But there is debate as to why. Some believe it was installed as a fisherman curfew and fired at 6pm, but later became pointless and was rescheduled for 9pm as a time signal for the general public.

    The cannon can be heard by neighbouring cities of Vancouver. In Mission which is a two hour drive away, the sound is heard at 9:03

    The Gun is 1500 pounds, so it would have been quite a shock to discover the gun had been stolen one February morning in 1969. Later a ransom note was sent to the Vancouver Sun

    “DEAR SIR, AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE THE 9:00 GUN HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED. IF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER WANTS IT BACK A PHOTO OF OUR MAYOR TOM CAMPBELL, OR A REASONABLE SUBSTITUTE SHOULD APPEAR IN THE VANCOUVER SUN ON TUESDAY DONATING A HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.”

    The ransom was dismissed by the Mayor but citizens raised close to four hundred dollars for the Children’s Hospital and the gun was returned.

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Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall