Note: Only some parts of Canada used DST in 1908.
Forward 1 hour
When local standard time was about to reach
Wednesday, July 1, 1908, 12:00:00 midnight clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Wednesday, July 1, 1908, 1:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Jul 1, 1908 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
Back 1 hour
When local daylight time was about to reach
Tuesday, September 1, 1908, 12:00:00 midnight clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Monday, August 31, 1908, 11:00:00 pm local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Sep 1, 1908 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.
Other years: 2020
Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Canada starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.
Yukon, most of Saskatchewan, some locations in Québec east of 63° westerly longitude (e.g. Blanc-Sablon), Southampton Island, and some areas in British Columbia don't use DST and stay on standard time all year. See table below.
DST in Provinces and Territories in Canada in 1908 (13 in total, 12 which don't observe DST, 1 with parts on DST)
|Alberta||No DST||Northwest Territories||No DST||Prince Edward Island||No DST|
|British Columbia||No DST||Nova Scotia||No DST||Quebec||No DST|
|Manitoba||No DST||Nunavut||No DST||Saskatchewan||No DST|
|New Brunswick||No DST||Ontario||No DST||Yukon||No DST|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||No DST||Ontario (south)||Jul 1 - Sep 1|
On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba did so on April 24, 1916.
It is up to the legislation in each municipality in Canada to decide on the use of DST. As a result, there are some locations don't follow the DST schedule of their in provinces and territories. For example, while British Columbia uses DST, some locations in the province do not. These include Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John. In Saskatchewan, it is the opposite. Most of the province does not observe DST, except for some locations, including Creighton and Denare Beach. From March 8, 2020, Yukon made DST permanent.
Since 2007, all provinces, territories, and locations in Canada using DST follow the same start and end dates as the United States.