Have a happy time change, Spirit River… don’t forget to turn those clocks back at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th! Why 2 am? Well, supposedly one reason is that American bars close at 1:59 a.m., so their business is finished before the clocks fall back. No extra hour at the bar!
Here in Alberta we fall back in the fall and spring ahead in the spring, but in our neighbouring community of Dawson Creek, they never change their watches. Why doesn’t Dawson Creek observe Daylight Saving Time, even though their province does?
The decision to ignore time changes was made by the community. Way back in 1918, when DST was first implemented, local farmers thought the idea was preposterous. So did the cows. Neither farmers nor cows would so arbitrarily fall back an hour on the first Sunday in November, so why should their clocks? The government couldn’t adjust the sun, whether the time could be changed or not.
DST was suggested again in the 1940s, but by then the Peace Country community was connected to Alberta by railroad and telelgraph. It would have been needlessly confusing for operators and passengers to switch from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time. Again it was decided that Dawson Creek should ignore what most of the rest of B.C. was doing with their time.
Most of the communities in the B.C. Peace agreed, then as well as more recently. Fort St. John, Taylor, and Charlie Lake never change their clocks either. Does it mean they lose daylight? No, the sun is still up as long as it’s up, no matter what your watch says.
At least they don’t have to worry about showing up early for work! Watch your watch, everyone, and enjoy that extra hour of sleep 🙂