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BC Time Zones & Telephone Area Codes


Time Zones

Most of British Columbia is on Pacific Standard Time, except for a small portion of the north east corner and the south east corner. These two areas are on Mountain Standard Time.

Like most regions of North America, B.C. uses Daylight Saving Time during part of the year. This means that we change our clocks every fall and spring. In the fall, the clocks go back an hour and in the spring clocks go ahead an hour. Fall back and spring ahead, that's really all one needs to remember.


Telephone Area Codes

B.C. has three telephone area codes. They are 250, 604, and 778.

Area code 604 originally covered all of British Columbia. Because of increased population and phone usage, in 1996 area code 604 was split to form 250. At that time 604 was primarily Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, 250 served the rest of the province. As the Greater Vancouver and Fraswer Valley areas grew, area code 778 was introduced in those areas. In 2008, area code 778 was expanded to cover all of the 604 and 250 areas.

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