Time Zones Currently Being Used in British Columbia
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC -8||PST||Pacific Standard Time||Vancouver||Wed, 9:54:37 pm|
|UTC -7||MST||Mountain Standard Time||Cranbrook||Wed, 10:54:37 pm|
BC Time Zone
Neighbors on Mountain Time
All of British Columbia's neighbors in Canada use Mountain Time (MT). Yukon is on Mountain Standard Time (MST) all year, while the Northwest Territories and Alberta switch to Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) during Daylight Saving Time.
Some areas in the southeast and northeast of BC bordering these states either switch between MST and MDT during the DST period or use the standard time MST all year.
Southeastern BC on Mountain Time
Creston does not use DST and observes Mountain Standard Time all year.
Northeast on Mountain Standard Time
Northeast in the province, some areas also use MST all year: The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, including Fort Nelson, and most of Peace River Regional District, including Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, don't change for DST.
The only exception in the Peace River Regional District is Fort Ware, which uses Pacific Standard Time (PST), switching to Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) during DST.
Generalized Time Zones in British Columbia
|Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Offset||Current Time|
|PT||Pacific Time||UTC -8:00 / -7:00||Wed, 9:54:37 pm|
|MT||Mountain Time||UTC -7:00 / -6:00||Wed, 10:54:37 pm|
Note: Local time in these time zones changes when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.
Time Zones Not Currently Being Observed in British Columbia
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Commences|
|UTC -7||PDT||Pacific Daylight Time||Mar 10, 2024|
|UTC -6||MDT||Mountain Daylight Time||Mar 10, 2024|
The above time zones are used during other parts of the year. They will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Time Zone News
- 10/9/2023 – DST Ends in USA & Canada 2023: Still No Law for Permanent DST
- 3/6/2023 – DST Start 2023: US and Canada
- 3/8/2023 – Spring DST: The Ultimate Monday?
- 10/27/2022 – Daylight Saving Time Ends in USA & Canada
- 10/9/2023 – US Senate Approves Permanent DST Bill
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