CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATIONS

What Time Zone ARE the SKI RESORTS IN BC ?

All of British Columbia, from Vancouver Island in the east, to the border with Alberta is in the Pacific Time Zone (GMT -8:00). This includes the ski resorts of Whistler, Whitewater, Big White, Sun Peaks, SilverStar, RED Resort, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Kimberley and Fernie.

All of the province of Alberta, is in the Mountain Time Zone (GMT-7:00). This includes the ski resorts of Marmot Basin/Jasper, Banff – Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.

Daylight Saving Time is in effect from 2am on the second Sunday in March until 2am on the first Sunday in November.

Currency and Taxes

The Canadian dollar (CAD) is the official currency, with notes in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coins are in denominations of $2 (known as a “toonie”), $1 (“loonie”), 25¢ (“quarter”), 10¢ (“dime”) and 5¢ (“nickel”).

Tipping

When it comes to tipping in Canada, yes, it is expected; and no, it is usually not included in the bill. Tipping 15-20% of the bill (before tax) is standard at restaurants, bars and pubs, along with hair salons and spas. Taxi drivers are usually tipped around 10%, while porters usually receive $1 – $2 CAD per piece of luggage.