The Time in Nunavut
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What Time Is It In Nunavut? There Are 3 Time Zones
The purpose of the single time zone was to essentially help unify Nunavut. However, as a staff member at the National Research Council of Canada told time zone was rather awkard especially for communities in western Nunavut. This was due to the fact that many of the transportation links were, and still are, north to south. Thus, using 3 time zones allows communites in Nunavut to be in harmony with the time zone of provinces and cities directly south.
|Map showing time zones of Canada When looking at the map, Nunavut is essentially at the top of the map and is divided into 3 time zones. The yellow section indicates the Eastern Time zone, the red indicates the Central Time zone while the purple indicates the Mountain Time zone. There is also an island, at the top of Hudson Bay that is highlighted in a brighter yellow. This is Southampton Island — the location of Coral Harbour. Southampton Island is the only part of Nunavut that does not observe daylight saving time.|
The Time Zone Used in Nunavut
|Time Zone||Major Cities|
|Eastern Time||Arctic Bay, Cape Dorset, Cape Dyer, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanikiluaq|
|Central Time||Arviat, Cornwallis Island, Kugaaruk, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay|
|Mountain Time||Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, King William Island, Kugluktuk, Taloyoak|
Time Zone Data
|Standard Time||Daylight Saving Time|
|Eastern Standard Time||EST||GMT -5||Eastern Daylight Time||EDT||GMT -4|
|Central Standard Time||CST||GMT -6||Central Daylight Time||CDT||GMT -5|
|Mountain Standard Time||MST||GMT -7||Mountain Daylight Time||MDT||GMT -6|
Time Zone Rules
→ Locations east of 85° West use Eastern Time Zone.
→ Locations between 85° West and 102° West use Central Time Zone.
→ Locations west of 102° West use Mountain Time Zone. This includes all communities in the Kitikmeot Region
Based on the above rules, the hamlet of Arctic Bay should be in the Central Time zone since its longitude is 085° 08’ 30” West. Essentially, Arctic Bay is 08’ 30” into the Central Time zone. But since Arctic Bay is located on Baffin Island and since all other locations on Baffin Island use the Eastern Time zone, it has been determined that Arctic Bay should also be in the Eastern Time zone so it remains in harmony with the other hamlets and towns on Baffin Island.
Daylight Saving Time
All of Nunavut observes daylight saving time (DST) except for Southampton Island. The main settlement on Southampton Island is Coral Harbour which remains on Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 time zone) all year.
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 — At One Point, Nunavut Had 4 Time Zones?
Nunavut 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 Mountain Time zone, Central Time zone and Eastern Time zone which are used in Nunavut.
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List of Cities and Towns in Nunavut
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