Time Zones Currently Being Used in Saskatchewan
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC -6||CST||Central Standard Time||Regina||Sun, 7:10:59 pm|
|MDT||Mountain Daylight Time||Lloydminster||Sun, 7:10:59 pm|
|UTC -5||CDT||Central Daylight Time||Creighton||Sun, 8:10:59 pm|
Saskatchewan Time Zone
Most of Saskatchewan observes Central Standard Time (CST) all year round, with no Daylight Saving Time (DST). However, some locations on the province borders use different time zones, including Lloydminster, Creighton, and Denare Beach.
Lloydminster on MST in Winter
The city of Lloydminster straddles the border of western Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta, leaving one part in Alberta that uses Mountain Time (MT) and mandates DST, and the other part in Saskatchewan, which follows CST all year round. The area is also known as the “Battle River Time Option.”
To keep both sides of the city running smoothly, all of Lloydminster follows the same time: UTC-7 during standard time and UTC-6 during the summer.
Even though Alberta and Saskatchewan follow the same time in Lloydminster, they technically follow different time zones: in summer, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan officially observes Central Standard Time (UTC-6), while the Albertan portion of the city observes Mountain Daylight Time (MDT); both have the same UTC-offset: UTC-6. At the end of the DST period, both provinces set the clocks back to Mountain Standard Time (MST), with an offset of UTC-7.
Note: To avoid confusion, all of Lloydminster shows on our website as using MST during winter and MDT during the DST period.
Two Locations Use DST
Almost Permanent DST
Based solely on mean solar time, Saskatchewan would be located in the Mountain Time zone. By choosing Central Standard Time as the time zone, Saskatchewan is about one hour ahead of mean solar time, resulting in darker mornings and lighter evenings than the neighboring provinces and effectively placing the province on permanent DST all year round.
Generalized Time Zones in Saskatchewan
|Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Offset||Current Time|
|MT||Mountain Time||UTC -7:00 / -6:00||Sun, 7:10:59 pm|
|CT||Central Time||UTC -6:00 / -5:00||Sun, 8:10:59 pm|
Note: Local time in these time zones changes when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.
Time Zone Not Currently Being Observed in Saskatchewan
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Commences|
|UTC -7||MST||Mountain Standard Time||Nov 6, 2022|
The above time zone is used during other parts of the year. It will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Time Zone News
- 9/8/2022 – US Senate Approves Permanent DST Bill
- 2/14/2022 – DST Start 2022: US and Canada
- 9/22/2021 – Daylight Saving Time Ends in USA & Canada
- 2/22/2021 – DST Starts in the US & Canada
- 9/29/2020 – Yukon to Stay Permanently on DST
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