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Naval Station

This is a naval station that rest on a little island inside Vancouver Harbour. At first glance when you see this and read the sign you think it can't be because it's so small. I think it's a holdover from the days the harbour needed to be defended, I have never seen a naval ship here. However, there is one reminder that is unmistakable. Just to the left of where I'm standing is an active cannon (that's right, I said active) in a big cage. Every day of the year at precisely 2100 hours the cannon discharges. It reverberates through the downtown towers in an unmistakable "report" that is sure to startle any non-local unfamiliar with the tradition. I, for one, will always consider this naval station and the accompanying cannon blast an indelible part of the great city that is Vancouver.


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