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Thursday, July 24, 2014

a half hour

Did you know that Newfoundland is in a half hour time zone?

Newfoundland is the only place in North America that wears a half hour difference from the next timezone. It's a half hour later than Atlantic time, an hour and a half later than my home Eastern time zone.


Newfoundland does not follow the rest of Canada in keeping time because of two main reasons. First, while Newfoundland is located in the UTC-4 timezone, it is exactly three and a half hours from UTC as measured by a sun dial. Second, the legislation that decided the time offset for the province was passed in 1935, 14 years before Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949.

Really? Three and a half hours by sun dial?