Noon Horns | Audible tradition | They sound the first four notes of ‘O Canada’ every day at noon, indicating lunchtime to thousands of downtown office workers. Officially dubbed “Heritage Horns”, they are more commonly referred to as the ‘noon horns’. They were originally built as a Centennial Project in 1967, residing on the roof of the BC Hydro building (The Electra). When BC Hydro vacated the building in the 1990s, the horns temporarily fell silent until they found a new, permanent home on the roof of the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place.
Usage | “It’s so much fun seeing the startled expressions on tourist faces down by Canada Place when the noon horns sound.”