Virtual Museum Canada

Sir SandFord Fleming - The Knight Of Time

The knight of time

What time is it?

June 1900
Leaving Vancouver Tuesday 23:10 Pacific time STOP Arriving Windsor Station Montreal Thursday 17:15 Eastern time STOP

Summary of the Time Convention of 1883
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In adopting Sandford Fleming’s proposal for standard time using time zones in 1885, Canada chose a time measurement system that greatly simplified communications throughout its vast territory.

However, adjustments were needed over time to harmonize time zones with the geographical areas defined by different longitudes.

Also, the Canadian population took some time to adapt to the new way of doing things – one that seems completely natural today. When the changeover was made, some people kept two watches, one showing standard time, the other the old local time

A Halifax paper printed a letter from a man who swore that his clock refused to keep standard time, even when he adjusted it: the clock stubbornly returned to the previous local time.