The Gaspesians want to change the time zone

News 14 March, 2018
  • Photo courtesy Maxime Paradis
    The Percé Rock, one of the tourist attractions the most important of the Gaspé peninsula, captured in the image in the summer time. According to the signatories of the petition, it would be advantageous for tourism to change the time zone.

    Stephanie Gendron

    Wednesday, march 14, 2018 10:35

    Wednesday, march 14, 2018 10:38

    Look at this article

    GASPÉ peninsula | Gaspé want to go back in the Atlantic time zone, as was the case prior to the 1970s, to have more of brightness in the fall and to better accommodate the tourists.

    A petition, which is increasingly being viral on the Internet, it was requested that once past the town of Matane, we change the time zone.

    Michael Briand, co-owner of the microdistillerie O’dwyer of Gaspé, will hear the same melody at each change of hour since it is installed in the Gaspé peninsula twelve years ago.

    Photo courtesy

    Michael Briand, co-owner of the microdistillerie O’dwyer of Gaspé and initiator of a petition to the Gaspé to change the time zone in this region.

    “The topic of change the time zone back twice a year for years. I said to myself this time, why not, we try something”, said the initiator of the petition.

    According to him, there are more good arguments for the Gaspésie remains in the same time zone as the rest of the province, with the technology, the Internet and the fact that we look at tv differently, and they can save emissions.

    “It is no longer logical. It is almost 30 hours away from the beginning of the time zone in Ontario. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine, are already on the Atlantic time,” he says.

    Photo of the national research Council Canada

    The Gaspesians who want to change the time zone indicate that even visually, it would be more logical to draw the line in the Gaspé peninsula instead of around it for the time being of the Atlantic.

    He adds that in the fall, the sun sets in from 15: 30, which is hard on the morale of the Gaspé peninsula. By changing the time zone, the energy consumption would decrease. In the summer, the sun rises from 4 hours.

    “The salmon angler would prefer to stay out later on the water rather than earlier. For the fishermen in the sea, they are dealing in any manner with the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, so it would be more natural,” says the business man.


    Michael Briand is said to have noticed that the tourists of the cruises arriving to Gaspe in August and September are surprised by the darkness that happens quickly. “It is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, so if it was clear later on, this would be to the advantage of tourism,” he said.

    For deliveries and the impact on the economy, Michael Briand believes that it is a habit to change, simply. He hopes to reach 10,000 signatures to show the seriousness of the approach.

    It is the department of Justice who is intrigued by this request. We are waiting for a call back about it.