The Time in British Columbia
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.
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 British Columbia and are located in the Mountain Time. The reason for this is that the Alberta which you can see when looking at the map below. There are also locations in the GMT -7 time zone all year.
The British Columbia. Most locations in 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.
|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
|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
Did You Know — You Might Change Time Zones Going From British Columbia to Idaho?
→ 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.
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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List of Cities and Towns in British Columbia
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