COVID-19 & travel to Nova Scotia Learn More
Activities & Attractions / Halifax History / Local Tips June 24, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Halifax’s Noon Gun

Have you ever been walking around downtown Halifax when you suddenly hear a thundering BOOM overhead?

If so, you’ve heard the firing of the Noon Gun from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a local tradition since 1857!


Each day (except for Christmas Day), gunners dressed in the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery uniform of 1869 fire a cannon to announce the noon hour.

The gun itself is a reproduction 12 pounder, smooth-bore muzzle loading gun used during the reign of King George III. This is a tribute to Halifax’s history as a major British military stronghold.



Test your aim with the Ready, aim, fire! program, where you’ll fire an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle, just as they did in 1869!


If you want to be truly immersed in 19th-century Halifax, suit up in your own Highlander uniform and become a Soldier for a Day!

Learn to perform drills, fire a rifle and enjoy tea or lemonade with a scone! Learn more here.

Remember: Next time that you’re out exploring Halifax around noon and hear a loud BOOM, don’t worry, it’s a perfectly normal day in Halifax!

Just enjoy knowing that you had a quintessential Halifax experience that must be seen (and heard) to be truly understood.

Want to stay on top of the firing schedule? Just follow the Noon Gun on Twitter! #boom

Stay in touch! Whether you’re still planning your trip or you’re already here, check us out on social media for travel ideas, adventure inspiration, and an inside look at all things Halifax.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and use #DiscoverHalifax to share your photos and videos with us.



Rediscover Halifax

Whether you’re a local looking for staycation ideas, visiting from further away, or planning a future adventure, get inspired to rediscover the heart & soul of Halifax with the latest local and traveller photos from the Halifax region.

Tag @DiscoverHalifax on Instagram and Facebook, and @hfxnovascotia on Twitter, or simply use #DiscoverHalifax to share your Halifax adventures with us!