Fire the noon day gun

Signal Hill National Historic Site


  • Schedule: Offered daily from July 1 to September 1, 2024.
  • Cost: Please refer to our fees page under the Heritage Presentation Special Programs heading.
  • You must be at least 17 years old; youth between the ages of 17-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Participants are required to meet at the Visitor Centre at 11:30 am for preparation and instructions.

Learn about the history and purpose of the Noon Day Gun and then step back in time to fire a real cannon.

The Noon Day Gun at Signal Hill goes back to at least the 19th century and now you can be part of history, setting the cannon thundering! This quick-firing 3-pound Hotchkiss Gun was once at home aboard HMS Calypso, where it was used for gunnery practice by the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve. Today, it can be found next to Cabot Tower, firing daily during the summer to signal the hour of Noon to St. John's below.

This unique experience can be enjoyed on your own, with a friend or as a family.

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In person: This experience can be purchased at the Visitor Centre on Signal Hill.

For more information, please contact the Visitor Centre at 709-772-5367.

Please note, bookings are made on a first come first serve basis and space is limited.

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