Lately I have been in contact with people around Canada and I’ve done a lot of “if it’s three o’clock here, what time is it there?” and I get confused. So today I’m posting about our different time zones. The map included above should help visualize as well.
The Canadian Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed time zones for the entire world in 1876, and Canada, being a continental country, is included coast to coast with multiple zones.
GMT -8 Pacific Time (Yukon, British Columbia)
GMT -7 Mountain Time (Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut)
GMT -6 Central Time (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, portions of northwestern Ontario, Nunavut)
GMT -5 Eastern Time (Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut)
GMT -4 Atlantic Time (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, portions of Labrador and eastern Quebec)
GMT -3.5 Newfoundland Time (Newfoundland and a few Labrador points on the Strait of Belle Isle)
Daylight saving time, when clocks are moved forward by one hour, is observed in most of the country (except Saskatchewan) from 2AM on the second Sunday in March until 2AM on the second Sunday in November; during this time, such as, British Columbia uses GMT -7 while Alberta has GMT -6.
Anglophone Canada mostly uses the 12-hour clock system, but the 24-hour clock is generally used in francophone Canada. The 24-hour notation is also often used in English in such contexts as train and airline schedules.