|Sunset over Coal Harbour and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Photo by Sue Frause.
The first time I heard it was this past October. I had the sliding doors to my Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel room open, and for one brief moment, I thought the worst.
So I called the front desk, and they reassured me all was well. It was just the nightly Nine O'Clock Gun at Stanley Park. Here's the opening description from Chuck Davis' The History of Metropolitan Vancouver:
"It's been hit by lightning, plugged with rocks, short-circuited, silenced by work stoppages and even (briefly) stolen but Vancouver's famed old Nine O'Clock Gun has—as faithfully as circumstances have allowed—boomed out the time of day from its home in Stanley Park for 107 years now."The 19th century 12-pound muzzle-loader cannon has been in Vancouver since 1894, and is now in place along the Seawall Promenade that encircles Stanley Park.
Last night, while staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the clock turned nine and right on schedule, the gun went off.