What is the time zone of Nova Scotia?

The province of Nova Scotia is in Atlantic Time zone. All places including the capital Halifax have the same time, there are no exceptions. It is observing daylight savings so there are two different clocks depending on the time of the year.

  • Atlantic Standard Time (AST):– 4:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
  • Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):– 3:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
Atlantic Time
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nova scotia time zone
Nova Scotia time zone

Travel to neighboring provinces and countries

When you travel outside of Nova Scotia the time can change depending on where and when you cross the border.

To Quebec:

  • You will enter the Eastern Time zone, which is -1 hour (behind)

To Prince Edward Island

  • Same time zone and year-round no time difference.

To New Brunswick:

  • Same time zone and year-round no time difference.

To Newfoundland & Labrador:

  • Labrador (mainland): You will enter the Atlantic Time zone, which is +1 hour (ahead)
  • Newfoundland (island): You will enter the Newfoundland Time zone, which is +1.30 hour (ahead)

To U.S. State Main:

  • You will enter the Eastern Time zone, which is -1 hour (behind)

Nova Scotia Daylight Savings Time (DST)

It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In March the clock is moved forward from 02.00 am to 03.00 am (so you will lose an hour of sleep during the night). While in November it’s reversed as the clock is moved backward from 03.00 am to 02.00 am and you will gain an extra hour of sleep. One way of remembering the movement sequence is that clocks “spring forward and fall back”.

The total period of daylight savings lasts for 34 weeks which is about 65% of the year.

Other Canadian Provinces and Territories

You can check out information and maps of other Canadian Provinces and Territories by clicking on the below links.