But there are a few fun facts you likely haven’t heard of when it comes to changing the clock.
It’s a subject people seem to feel very strongly about. Eighty per cent of the thousands who voted in our poll think Daylight Saving Time should be abolished in Canada — even though they get an extra hour of sleep this time around.
DST also appears to confuse a lot of people. Many admitted to us they just don’t understand why we have it. The official reason is that it’s supposed to help us make better use of daylight and consume less energy (though the jury’s still out on whether it actually does that).
The rule of thumb to remember it — aside from “spring forward” and “fall back” — is this: It always begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March (to maximize the warm evenings), and ends on the first Sunday of November (to make cold mornings brighter).
Here are nine more DST facts we rounded up:
1. Daylight Saving Time originated in Canada — in what is now Thunder Bay, ON (it used to be Fort William and Port Arthur).
“Essentially, in 1908 and 1909, Fort William and Port Arthur decided to both change their time zone to Eastern Standard time at the beginning of May and then changed their time zone back to Central time at the beginning of November. It wasn’t referred to as Daylight Saving Time yet,” said Christina Wakefield, an archivist with the City of Thunder Bay.
“A letter from the Mayor of Port Arthur, Mr. Ray, in 1912 indicates that this changing of the time zones seems to have continued, and is referenced in a British pamphlet [for DST] in 1914…[So] we definitely did a form of Daylight Saving Time in 1908!”
2. This year is technically the 100th anniversary of DST, since Germany was the first country to officially implement it as a war measure in 1916.
It was introduced as a way to cut costs on coal. England and the U.S. followed suit shortly after.
3. William Willett was a British builder, who made the pamphlet mentioned above. He led the world’s first big DST campaign, only to have it shut down by farmers. He died a year before seeing DST widely implemented.