The Time in Quebec
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What Time Is It In Quebec? There Are 3 Time Zones
For the most part, all of Quebec is in the Eastern Time zone.
According to the National Research Council of Canada, most of Quebec is in the Eastern Time zone. A small portion of Quebec uses Atlantic Time zone. Some locations in the Atlantic Time zone also do not observe daylight saving time.
|Map showing time zones of Canada When looking at the map, Quebec is located to the right of Hudson Bay. The yellow section indicates the Eastern Time zone while the vibrant green section indicates the Atlantic Time zone.|
The Time Zone Used in Quebec
|Time Zone||Major Cities|
|Atlantic Time||Blanc–Sablon, Chevery, Gros–Mécatina, Harrington Harbour, Kegaska, La Romaine, Les Îles–de–la–Madeleine *, Old Fort, Pakuashipi, Tête–à–la–Baleine|
|Eastern Time||Beauport, Charlesbourg, Gatineau, Lachenaie, LaSalle, Laval, Lévis, Longueuil, Montreal, Montréal–Nord, Quebec City, Repentigny, Saguenay, Saint–Hubert, Saint–Jean–sur–Richelieu, Saint–Laurent, Sainte–Foy, Sherbrooke, St. Leonard, Terrebonne, Trois–Rivières, Wakefield|
* In the list for towns located in the Atlantic Time zone, only Les Îles–de–la–Madeleine obseves daylight saving time.
Time Zone Data
|Standard Time||Daylight Saving Time|
|Atlantic Standard Time||AST||GMT -4||Atlantic Daylight Time||ADT||GMT -3|
|Eastern Standard Time||EST||GMT -5||Eastern Daylight Time||EDT||GMT -4|
Time Zone Rules
→ Locations east of 63° West longitude use Atlantic Standard time (AST) all year round. This means these locations do not observe daylight saving time. In terms of a landmark, the Natashquan River is located along 63° West longitude and is thus an easy way to separate Quebec in terms of time zones.
→ The rest of Quebec use Eastern Time Zone.
There is, however, exceptions to the above rules.
Baie–Saint–Paul has a longitude of 062° 48’ 45” W and thus should also be in the Atlantic Time zone. But instead, Baie–Saint–Paul chooses to be in the Eastern Time zone and observes daylight saving time.
Anticosti Island is a moderately sized island located in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Anticosti Island is also sparsely populated but the island actually has two time zones. The part of the island that is west of 63° West longitude is in the Eastern Time zone while the part of the island that is east of 63° West longitude is in the Atlantic Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time. However, the reality is that there is really only 1 small town located on Anticosti Island and that's the town of Port–Menier. Thus, although there are offiially two time zones on Anticosti Island, there is in reality, only one. Everyone on Anticosti Island uses the Eastern Time zone.
The Magdalen Islands — known as Îles de la Madeleine in French — form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. This archipelago is in the Atlantic Time zone and observe daylight saving time. To help ensure accuracy, Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine on June 28, 2012. The staff confirmed Magdalen Islands archipelago include Cap–aux–Meules and Les Îles–de–la–Madeleine.
Daylight Saving Time
Most, but not all of Quebec observes daylight 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
The following locations do not observe daylight saving time:
Blanc–Sablon, Chevery, Gros–Mécatina, Harrington Harbour, Kegaska, La Romaine, Old Fort, Pakuashipi, Tête–à–la–Baleine
Did You Know — Quebec City Is A Fortitied Walled City
Although most people think that Quebec is a French word, it is actually an Algonquin word that is derived from the word
kébec. In Algonquin, kébec means
where the river narrows. This is a reference to where the St. Lawrence River narrows at what is now modern day Quebec City.
Quebec Time Zone Chart
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List of Cities and Towns in Quebec
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