Brace yourselves, we are all about to lose an hour of sleep. That's because Daylight Savings starts this weekend in Canada and that means Spring is just around the corner. In fact, the first day of spring is officially less than two weeks away.
March 21 marks the first official full day of the spring season, and believe it or not, that day is only 13 days away. That means in less than two weeks we will officially be done with winter. The first step in getting there, however, means losing a little bit of sleep.
This Sunday, March 10, the clocks with "spring forward" meaning that at 2 AM the clocks will move forward one hour and it will instead be 3 AM. This, however, means that you will lose one hour of sleep. While your phone will automatically change, you will also want to change any physical clocks you have before you go to bed so that you don't miss your alarms in the morning.
This is no doubt inconvenient but it means good things are on the way, specifically sunshine. This is especially good news since it was revealed recently that one of the worst parts of winter for many Canadians is actually the darkness.
All winter, Canada has pretty much been plunged into darkness around 5 PM or 6 PM if we are lucky but that is all about to change. Starting on March 10, the sunset will be a whole hour later.
For example, in Toronto this means that now the sun will set at 7:17 PM and this time gets later and later as the weeks go on. By the end of this month, the sun won't be setting until 7:42.
However, this isn't the case for all of Canada. In almost all of Saskatchewan, they don't recognize daylight savings or move their clocks. This is also the case in some northeastern parts of British Columbia and some northern parts of Ontario and Quebec.
Just because the clocks aren't moving there, they can still look forward to spring. No matter where you are in Canada, the Spring Equinox will happen just before 6 PM EST on March 20th, ushering in March 21 as the first full day of spring.
Canadians can even get a taste of what spring is like this weekend, with temperatures rising above zero all across the country. These temperatures are expected to last into next week as well and may even hit double digits in some places.
So winter-weary Canadians, keep the hope. Spring is almost here.