Time to change? Creston mulls joining daylight saving club

Clocks don't spring forward or fall back in the Creston Valley: it's one of those rare places that doesn't buy into the daylight saving time scheme.

Mayor of Creston wants to align with Mountain Time Zone, if the town is on board

Will the town of Creston remain in a time bubble, or will it join the crowd that changes its clocks twice a year?

Clocks don't spring forward or fall back in the Creston Valley: it's one of those rare places that doesn't buy into the daylight saving time scheme.

During the summer months, the town is aligned with the Pacific Time Zone, and during the colder part of the year, it operates on Mountain Time.

Confusing? Mayor Ron Toyota thinks so, and he wants the town to stick with Mountain Time year-round, as several communities in the Eastern Kootenays do.

"There's a lot of people who say it's confusing," he said. "I miss appointments."

But John Kettle, a director with the Central Kootenay Regional District, says locals seem to be set in their ways.

"I did a poll in my area," he said ."Seventy per cent were against any change in the time."

"A lot of people just don't like change," Kettle said.

Toyota is hoping for a vote on the time in the next municipal election in November.

"It's all about getting finality from the citizens," he said.

Most of British Columbia is on Pacific Time, though some communities in the eastern part of the province operate on Mountain Time with Alberta.

Like Creston, parts of the Peace River district, including Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge, also do not observe daylight saving time.

In 2014 daylight saving time starts on Sunday, March 9, for other parts of B.C.

Map: Creston, B.C.

With files from the CBC's Bob Keating

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