As I approached the village of Argon, Ontario, it was time for me to change my watch ahead, back to Eastern Standard Time.  You’ll know you arrive here when you see a large marker indicating the line between the Eastern and Central Time Zones. The time zone delineation marker is located in a small roadside rest area on Trans Canada Hwy 17.




The two-sided marker in that direction reads:

and are entering


While most of Ontario is officially in the Eastern Time Zone, the areas of west of 90° west longitude, are in the Central Time zone.  The Canadian government officially introduced Daylight Savings Time in 1918, but the towns of Port Arthur and Fort William (now Thunder Bay) had implemented seasonal time shifting a full decade earlier. In 1908 John Hewitson (a Port Arthur business man), had a desire to enjoy an extra hour of summer sun, so he petitioned the councils of both towns, both of which observed Central Time, to adjust the clocks to Eastern Time in the summer months and switch back in the fall. Both towns agreed, and on May 1, 1908 they “sprung ahead”.


Here is where you will also find a bronze placard dedicated to Sir Sanford Fleming who is considered to be the author of standardized world time.


There is also signage depicting the forest Trans-Canada Route, long before there were the modern roadways we enjoy, all travel was done on lakes and rivers.