What is the time zone of Quebec?

The majority of Quebec including main cities of Toronto and Montreal is in Eastern Time zone. Only the most eastern part of the province is in the Atlantic Time zone zone. Quebec is observing daylight savings so there are two different clocks depending on the time of the year.

  • Eastern Standard Time (EST):– 5:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):– 4:00 UTC/GMT (behind)

The municipalities of Îles de la Madeleine, including Cap-aux-Meules, and Grosse-Île are observing Atlantic Time.

  • Atlantic Standard Time (AST): – 4:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
  • Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT): – 3:00 UTC/GMT (behind) 

The Blanc-Sablon area and some locations east of 63° west meridian are also on Atlantic time, but do not observe daylight savings. 

  • Atlantic Standard Time (AST): – 4:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
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Quebec time zone

Travel to neighboring provinces and countries

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

To Ontario:

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

To Nunavut:

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

To New Brunswick:

  • You will enter the Atlantic Time zone, which is +1 hour (ahead)

To Prince Edward Island:

  • You will enter the Atlantic Time zone, which is +1 hour (ahead)

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 New York:

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

To U.S. State Vermont:

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

To U.S. State New Hampshire:

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

To U.S. State Maine:

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

Quebec 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.