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The Time in British Columbia

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Flag of British Columbia, Canada

Flag of British Columbia.

What time is it in British Columbia? This is a commonly asked question — but this question requires a question in return — where in British Columbia?

British Columbia actually has 2 time zones — the Pacific and Mountain Time zones to be exact. Additionally, some locations in British Columbia do not observe daylight saving time.

Although there are 2 time zones used in British Columbia, the major locations in British Columbia are in Pacific Time Zone. Locations in eastern British Columbia, closer to Alberta, are in the Mountain Time Zone. Some locations in British Columbia also choose not to observe daylight saving time.

There are no unofficial time zones used in British Columbia.

Keep reading to learn more about the time in British Columbia.


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What Time Is It In British Columbia? There Are 2 Time Zones

The major locations in British Columbia use the Pacific Time Zone — this includes Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Prince George and some popular tourist destinations such as Whistler and Kelowna.

The Kootenays are located in the southeastern part of British Columbia and are located in the Mountain Time. The reason for this is that the Kootenays are actually located under the province of Alberta which you can see when looking at the map below. There are also locations in the Kootenays that do not observe daylight saving time and thus use the GMT -7 time zone all year.

The Peace River Regional District is located in the northeastern part of British Columbia. Most locations in the Peace River Regional District use Mountain Standard Time all year. This means that daylight saving time is not observed. The towns that do not observe daylight saving time use the GMT -7 time zone all year. The exceptions to this rule are the towns of Fort Ware, Montney and North Pine. These three towns observe daylight saving time.

A map showing the time zones of Canada
Map showing time zones of Canada The province of British Columbia is located on the left side of the map and is primarily blue. When looking at the map, you can see the Kootenays in the southeastern corner of British Columbia (the bottom right) — you can see how this part of British Columbia is located under Alberta and thus suitable for the Mountain Time zone. The Peace River Regional District is located closer to the top right corner of the map and is highlighted with light pink.

The Time Zone Used in British Columbia

Time Zone Major Cities
Mountain Time Cranbrook, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood
Pacific Time Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Kamloops, Kelowna, Ladner, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Prince George, Richmond, Saanich, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, West Vancouver, White Rock

Time Zone Data

Information about the time zone used in British Columbia.

Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
Mountain Standard Time MST GMT -7 Mountain Daylight Time MDT GMT -6
Pacific Standard Time PST GMT -8 Pacific Daylight Time PDT GMT -7

Daylight Saving Time

Most parts of British Columbia observes daylight saving time (DST).

Daylight saving time (DST) schedule:

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks are advanced 1 hour on the second Sunday in March.

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks go back 1 hour on the first Sunday in November.

Locations That Do Not Observe Daylight Saving Time

Some towns in the Kootenays along with most locations in the Peace River Regional District do not observe daylight saving time. These towns include (Click a heading to sort the table):

Town Region
Charlie Lake Peace River Regional District
Chetwynd Peace River Regional District
Creston Kootenays
Dawson Creek Peace River Regional District
Erickson Kootenays
Farmington Peace River Regional District
Fort St. John Peace River Regional District
Hudson’s Hope Peace River Regional District
Kingsgate Kootenays
Moberly Lake Peace River Regional District
Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, Yahk Peace River Regional District
Taylor Peace River Regional District
Tumbler Ridge Peace River Regional District
Wonowon Peace River Regional District
Yahk Kootenays

Did You Know — You Might Change Time Zones Going From British Columbia to Idaho?

Did you knowA popular border crossing, from British Columbia to Idaho is located at Eastport. When crossing the border at Kingsgate, you immediatly enter Eastport, Idaho, United States.

What's interesting is although Eastport observes daylight saving time, Kingsgate does not. As a result, the following happens:

→ From the first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March, Eastport is GMT -8 while Kingsgate is GMT -7. This means there is a 1 hour time difference. So, as an example, when it is 1 PM in Eastport, it is 2 PM in Kingsgate.

→ From the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November, both Eastport and Kingsgate are GMT -7. This means there no time difference.

Time Genie confirmed the time zones used at Eastport / Kingsgate border crossing on July 24, 2013 by contacting Kingsgate Duty Free Shop.

This time zones mismatch also applies to Creston and Yakh, both located approximately 10 to 15 kilomters from the Kingsgate.

British Columbia Time Zone Chart

By using the following time zone chart you can see the time differences between the 6 main time zones in Canada including the Pacific Time zone and Mountain Time zone which are used in British Columbia.

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Newfoundland Atlantic Eastern Central Mountain Pacific
00:30 12:30 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM
01:30 1:30 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM
02:30 2:30 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM
03:30 3:30 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM
04:30 4:30 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM
05:30 5:30 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM
06:30 6:30 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM
07:30 7:30 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM
08:30 8:30 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM
09:30 9:30 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM
10:30 10:30 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM
11:30 11:30 AM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM
12:30 12:30 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM
13:30 1:30 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM
14:30 2:30 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM
15:30 3:30 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM
16:30 4:30 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM
17:30 5:30 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM
18:30 6:30 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM
19:30 7:30 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM
20:30 8:30 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM
21:30 9:30 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM
22:30 10:30 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM
23:30 11:30 PM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM

List of Cities and Towns in British Columbia

Please note: Standard Time is the time zone used in the winter. Daylight Saving Time is the time zone used in the summer.

Click a heading to sort the table.

City Name Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
100 Mile House GMT -8 GMT -7
150 Mile House GMT -8 GMT -7
Abbotsford GMT -8 GMT -7
Agassiz GMT -8 GMT -7
Aldergrove GMT -8 GMT -7
Alert Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Alexis Creek GMT -8 GMT -7
Alta Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Annacis Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Armstrong GMT -8 GMT -7
Ashcroft GMT -8 GMT -7
Atlin GMT -8 GMT -7
Bamberton GMT -8 GMT -7
Barriere GMT -8 GMT -7
Beaver Cove GMT -8 GMT -7
Bella Bella GMT -8 GMT -7
Bella Coola GMT -8 GMT -7
Blind Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Blubber Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Blue River GMT -8 GMT -7
Bob Quinn Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Bowen Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Brentwood Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Bridge Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Britannia Beach GMT -8 GMT -7
Bronson Creek GMT -8 GMT -7
Bull Harbour GMT -8 GMT -7
Bull River GMT -7 GMT -6
Burnaby GMT -8 GMT -7
Burns Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Burton GMT -8 GMT -7
Campbell River GMT -8 GMT -7
Canal Flats GMT -7 GMT -6
Canim Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Cassidy GMT -8 GMT -7
Castlegar GMT -8 GMT -7
Cawston GMT -8 GMT -7
Charlie Lake GMT -7
Chase GMT -8 GMT -7
Chemainus GMT -8 GMT -7
Cherryville GMT -8 GMT -7
Chetwynd GMT -7
Chilko Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Chilliwack GMT -8 GMT -7
Clearwater GMT -8 GMT -7
Clinton GMT -8 GMT -7
Cloverdale GMT -8 GMT -7
Coal Harbour GMT -8 GMT -7
Cobble Hill GMT -8 GMT -7
Colwood GMT -8 GMT -7
Comox GMT -8 GMT -7
Coombs GMT -8 GMT -7
Coquitlam GMT -8 GMT -7
Cortes Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Courtenay GMT -8 GMT -7
Cowichan Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Cranbrook GMT -7 GMT -6
Creston GMT -7
Crofton GMT -8 GMT -7
Dawson Creek GMT -7
Dease Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Delta GMT -8 GMT -7
Denman Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Desolation Sound GMT -8 GMT -7
Duncan GMT -8 GMT -7
Duncan Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Elkford GMT -8 GMT -7
Enderby GMT -8 GMT -7
English Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Erickson GMT -7
Errington GMT -8 GMT -7
Esquimalt GMT -8 GMT -7
Estevan Point GMT -8 GMT -7
Fairmont Hot Springs GMT -7 GMT -6
Falkland GMT -8 GMT -7
Fanny Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Farmington GMT -7
Fernie GMT -8 GMT -7
Fort Nelson GMT -8 GMT -7
Fort St. James GMT -8 GMT -7
Fort St. John GMT -7
Fort Steele GMT -7 GMT -6
Fort Ware GMT -7 GMT -6
François Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Fraser GMT -8 GMT -7
Ganges GMT -8 GMT -7
Germansen Landing GMT -8 GMT -7
Gold River GMT -8 GMT -7
Golden GMT -7 GMT -6
Grand Forks GMT -8 GMT -7
Greenway Sound GMT -8 GMT -7
Grindrod GMT -8 GMT -7
Grouse Mountain GMT -8 GMT -7
Haney GMT -8 GMT -7
Hartley Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Hazelton GMT -8 GMT -7
Hope GMT -8 GMT -7
Horsefly GMT -8 GMT -7
Houston GMT -8 GMT -7
Hudson’s Hope GMT -7
Invermere GMT -7 GMT -6
Jervis Inlet GMT -8 GMT -7
Kamloops GMT -8 GMT -7
Kaslo GMT -8 GMT -7
Kelowna GMT -8 GMT -7
Kimberley GMT -7 GMT -6
Kingsgate GMT -7
Kitimat GMT -8 GMT -7
Kitkatla GMT -8 GMT -7
Klemtu GMT -8 GMT -7
Knight Inlet GMT -8 GMT -7
Lac La Hache GMT -8 GMT -7
Ladner GMT -8 GMT -7
Ladysmith GMT -8 GMT -7
Langara Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Langley GMT -8 GMT -7
Lantzville GMT -8 GMT -7
Lax Kw’alaams GMT -8 GMT -7
Lazo GMT -8 GMT -7
Lillooet GMT -8 GMT -7
Logan Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Lone Butte GMT -8 GMT -7
Lumby GMT -8 GMT -7
Lytton GMT -8 GMT -7
Mackenzie GMT -8 GMT -7
Malakwa GMT -8 GMT -7
Maple Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Maple Ridge GMT -8 GMT -7
Masset GMT -8 GMT -7
Mayne Island GMT -8 GMT -7
McLeod Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Menzies Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Merritt GMT -8 GMT -7
Mill Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Milner GMT -8 GMT -7
Mission GMT -8 GMT -7
Moberly Lake GMT -7
Montney GMT -7 GMT -6
Nakusp GMT -8 GMT -7
Namu GMT -8 GMT -7
Nanaimo GMT -8 GMT -7
Nanoose Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Naramata GMT -8 GMT -7
Nelson GMT -8 GMT -7
New Denver GMT -8 GMT -7
New Westminster GMT -8 GMT -7
Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park GMT -8 GMT -7
Nimpo Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Nootka Sound GMT -8 GMT -7
North Bend GMT -8 GMT -7
North Pine GMT -7 GMT -6
North Vancouver GMT -8 GMT -7
Ocean Falls GMT -8 GMT -7
Okanagan Falls GMT -8 GMT -7
Oliver GMT -8 GMT -7
Osoyoos GMT -8 GMT -7
Panorama Mountain Village GMT -7 GMT -6
Parksville GMT -8 GMT -7
Patricia Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Peachland GMT -8 GMT -7
Pemberton GMT -8 GMT -7
Pender Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Penticton GMT -8 GMT -7
Pitt Meadows GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Alberni GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Alice GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Coquitlam GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Edward GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Hardy GMT -8 GMT -7
Port McNeill GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Mellon GMT -8 GMT -7
Port Moody GMT -8 GMT -7
Pouce Coupe GMT -7
Powell Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Powell River GMT -8 GMT -7
Prince George GMT -8 GMT -7
Prince Rupert GMT -8 GMT -7
Princeton GMT -8 GMT -7
Qualicum Beach GMT -8 GMT -7
Quatsino GMT -8 GMT -7
Queen Charlotte GMT -8 GMT -7
Quesnel GMT -8 GMT -7
Radium Hot Springs GMT -7 GMT -6
Revelstoke GMT -8 GMT -7
Richmond GMT -8 GMT -7
Rivers Inlet GMT -8 GMT -7
Roosville GMT -7 GMT -6
Rosedale GMT -8 GMT -7
Ruskin GMT -8 GMT -7
Saanich GMT -8 GMT -7
Saanichton GMT -8 GMT -7
Salmo GMT -8 GMT -7
Salmon Arm GMT -8 GMT -7
Saltspring Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Sandspit GMT -8 GMT -7
Sardis GMT -8 GMT -7
Savona GMT -8 GMT -7
Sayward GMT -8 GMT -7
Sechelt GMT -8 GMT -7
Shearwater GMT -8 GMT -7
Sicamous GMT -8 GMT -7
Sidney GMT -8 GMT -7
Silva Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Skidegate GMT -8 GMT -7
Smithers GMT -8 GMT -7
Sooke GMT -8 GMT -7
Sorrento GMT -8 GMT -7
Sparwood GMT -7 GMT -6
Squamish GMT -8 GMT -7
Stewart GMT -8 GMT -7
Stuart Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Sullivan Bay GMT -8 GMT -7
Summerland GMT -8 GMT -7
Summit Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Sun Peaks GMT -8 GMT -7
Surrey GMT -8 GMT -7
Tahsis GMT -8 GMT -7
Tasu GMT -8 GMT -7
Taylor GMT -7
Telegraph Creek GMT -8 GMT -7
Telegraph Harbour GMT -8 GMT -7
Telkwa GMT -8 GMT -7
Terrace GMT -8 GMT -7
Texada Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Thetis Island GMT -8 GMT -7
Tofino GMT -8 GMT -7
Trail GMT -8 GMT -7
Tumbler Ridge GMT -7
Ucluelet GMT -8 GMT -7
Van Anda GMT -8 GMT -7
Vancouver GMT -8 GMT -7
Vanderhoof GMT -8 GMT -7
Vernon GMT -8 GMT -7
Victoria GMT -8 GMT -7
West Kelowna GMT -8 GMT -7
West Vancouver GMT -8 GMT -7
Westbank GMT -8 GMT -7
Westwold GMT -8 GMT -7
Whistler GMT -8 GMT -7
White Rock GMT -8 GMT -7
Williams Lake GMT -8 GMT -7
Winfield GMT -8 GMT -7
Wonowon GMT -7
Woodfibre GMT -8 GMT -7
Yahk GMT -7
Yarrow GMT -8 GMT -7
Yoho National Park GMT -7 GMT -6
Zeballos GMT -8 GMT -7
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