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Heritage Horns, Pan Pacific, Flickr user ppacificvancouver, Wikimedia

My Vancouver: national anthem daily at noon (Heritage Horns)

Above/featured: Heritage Horns on the roof of Canada Place. Wikimedia image via Pan Pacific on Flickr (CC BY-2.0).

How does anyone in downtown Vancouver know it’s 12pm?

Look at their watch? That’s too easy …

Dig out their smartphone? That’s just boring …

How about stepping outside to have a listen …

O Vancouver, give us each day our daily national anthem …

Coming home from school in the Strathcona neighbourhood, I always looked forward to “lunch o’clock”. At the stroke of noon (give or take a few minutes), the first four notes of the national anthem would blare out, and these notes could by heard by anyone for many miles around.

Formerly located on top of The Electra building (former BC Hydro headquarters) in downtown Vancouver, the horns were relocated in 1994 to Canada Place and are now labeled the Heritage Horns.

Not only is the national anthem known around the world, the “red, white, and maple leaf” flag is also recognized universally as a symbol of Canada. Every year on February 15, Canada celebrates the anniversary of its flag.

•   Global News BC, 11 February 2016.

I made the video above on 7 February 2012 with a 4th-generation iPod Touch. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

9 Responses to “My Vancouver: national anthem daily at noon (Heritage Horns)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Christina.

      It’s not entirely obvious, is it? 🙂 It’s a great thing to experience at noon, one I’ve always had since I was a boy. The daily national anthem (or the first four notes) is definitely worth sharing.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting!


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