When Are We At?

13 Dec
Map of time zones in Canada

Time Zones of Canada


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.


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27 responses to “When Are We At?

  1. The Mad Hooligan Chronicles

    December 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Wow! I was thinking Hawaii (maybe?) used to have a 1/2 hour time zone, but now they don’t do Daylight Savings at all. Ellie

    • tkmorin

      December 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

      They took that away? Wow. Interesting, thank you! 🙂

    • weggieboy

      December 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I can’t imagine the confusion before time zones but after transcontinental rail travel was established in our two countries! It’s tedious enough keeping track of the few we have around the time most — but not all! — places adopt daylight savings time or return to standard time.

      • tkmorin

        December 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

        I know! I was thinking that too!

    • tkmorin

      December 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thank you. Very interesting article. I love reading from their site, but seemed to have missed this one. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Maurice A. Barry

    December 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    LOL–you’d be surprised to learn how many of us recite the title line of this song whenever we’re figuring out the time for our friends in the Maritimes 🙂

    • tkmorin

      December 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thank you, Maurice. I’m going to go check that out! 🙂

  3. purrfectkitties

    December 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Oh MY Cats! So many time zones! This really is confusing. Glad we cats don’t care about such things as time zones… MOL 😉 xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

    • tkmorin

      December 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Isn’t that why you adopt a human? To take care of all that stuff? LOL 🙂

  4. Joseph Nebus

    December 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Indeed, I’ve got a book — Time Lord: Sir Samford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time, which is a slender but quite enjoyable read about the whole thing.

    • tkmorin

      December 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for dropping in Joseph. To have had so many countries follow his creation, he must have been quite charismatic! 🙂

  5. hairballexpress

    December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Dude – how confusing! I’m glad we kats have our own time zones- 1.) time to eat- 2.) time to snuggle 3.) time to sleep- 5.) time to eat- 5.) time to sleep 6.) time to eat 7.) time to sleep 8.) time to eat 9.) time to snack 10.) time to sleep! 😺

    • tkmorin

      December 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      You seem to be on the same schedule as Rufus! Yeah, way easier to remember than our time zones! 🙂

      • hairballexpress

        December 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

        Hehehe- we kats like to simplify everything! 😸

        • tkmorin

          December 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

          … and yet, you still can’t tell us whether you want to be indoors or outdoors! LOL =^.^=

          • hairballexpress

            December 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

            That’s because we want both at the same time. We need our own purrsonal butler- but the dang humans are too flippin CHEAP to get us one! 😾

          • tkmorin

            December 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

            I think Rufus thinks I am his personal butler … LOL =^.^=

          • hairballexpress

            December 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm


  6. Deb

    December 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    We drive to BC all the time and we are always guessing just where the time zone change is. I wish it was just at the AB/ BC border. And then there are the telemarketers from down east that call at crazy early times for those out west ( I am neither a “morning ” or “telemarketer ” person.

    • tkmorin

      December 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I also am neither of those. I never thought about what that does to telemarketers’ calls. Good point. 🙂

  7. Yvonne

    December 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    And, why is that little patch of BC on Mountain time?

    We have similar confusion here, with Queensland not using DST. New South Wales shares a south/north border with Queensland, but they’re an hour ahead of us! Then, there’s the 1/2 time difference in South Australia. I just give up at times!

    Let’s see if this link will work for you:

    • tkmorin

      December 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Wow! Quite the variety where you are too! 🙂

  8. Joanne

    December 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Took me a long LONG time to appreciate all the different time zones of Canada – makes my head spin head when traveling this beautiful country, especially that half hour change! 🙂

    • tkmorin

      December 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      That IS a strange one, isn’t it? You’d think after so many years that I would have memorized it by now … 🙂

  9. The Canadian Cats

    December 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    There are many time zones across Canada and it is confusing.


    • tkmorin

      December 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Yes, it is very confusing. I’ll bet, though, that “Canadian Cats” don’t have to pay attention to such detail, eh? LOL =^.^=


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