It’s no secret that British Columbians (and most of the world) are not huge fans of ‘springing forward’ or ‘falling back’ every year. And while we can certainly echo these sentiments, daylight saving time will return to BC this week – so get ready to turn your clocks back.
Daylight saving will end this Sunday, November 6th at 2 am, which means we’ll gain an hour of sleep and lose an hour of daylight when we turn our clocks back. This also means that sunset will take place around 4:50 pm next Monday, based on the current sunset time in BC.
It’s hard to accept early sunsets, but thankfully, it looks like BC is on track to eventually scrap the outdated practice. It’s only a matter of when.
In fact, there are a handful of areas in BC that have already done away with daylight saving, including Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John.
Move to permanent daylight saving
According to the CBC, BC plans to move to permanent daylight saving time (DST) once the U.S. passes its own bill. While the Sunshine Protection Act was approved by the Senate earlier this year, it still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives and the President before becoming law.
If approved, the U.S. would move to end the twice-annual clock changes and opt for permanent daylight saving time starting in November 2023. And by extension, so would BC.
After a record number of British Columbians responded in favour of moving to permanent daylight saving time in 2019, all that’s left to do is wait for the next ball to drop.
As the date gets closer, we’re keeping an eye out for word from the Premier’s Office. Until then, prepare to ‘fall back’ – hopefully for the last time.