Gas wars: Some of nation’s priciest fuel pumped in Pitt Meadows

Motorists filling up pay more in Pitt Meadows than practically anywhere in the Lower Mainland.

Sylver McLaren / Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times
August 18, 2013 12:44 PM

Gas prices at Chevron on 122nd Avenue and Harris Road in Pitt Meadows were $141.5/litre last week.

Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge residents are paying a higher price for gas than many other major cities in North America.

Those are the findings of a recent list compiled by gasbuddy.com, a website dedicated to listing gas prices for cities and towns across the continent.

In fact, the top 10 cities on the list all hail from B.C., with eight out of 10 being from the Lower Mainland.

Others in the top 10 include Surrey, Delta, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Vancouver, and Richmond. By contrast, the cheapest gas in North America was at 83.7 cents per litre, located in Danville, Va.

According to Jason Toews, cofounder of gasbuddy.com, Pitt Meadows’ and Maple Ridge’s (ranked at No. 3 and No. 5 respectively) high prices are largely attributed to the amount of taxes associated with the fuel, which adds up to around 49 cents per litre in the Lower Mainland.

“The Metro Vancouver area has some of the highest gas taxes in North America,” said Toews. “It’s competing with Montreal, but right now, the Top 10 major towns and cities for high gas prices are all in B.C., largely in the Lower Mainland area.”

And while there are communities with higher gas prices than Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, such as Port Alice at $1.49 per litre, Toews noted the list only took into account cities with more than five gas stations.

On a country-to-country basis, Toews said Canadians always pay more for fuel than their neighbours to the south.

“Again, that’s due to taxes,” he said, adding. “It kind of hurts when you see cities like Danville, Va., at 83.7 cents per litre for the same product. It’s been a while since we’ve seen prices like that in Canada.”

Fill ups

Top 10 most expensive cities in North America to fill up your vehicle, all of them in B.C., according to gasbuddy.com:

1. Delta: 1.44

2. Surrey: 1.44

3. Pitt Meadows: 1.43

4. North Vancouver: 1.43

5. Maple Ridge: 1.42

6: Burnaby: 1.42

7: Vancouver: 1.42

8: New Westminster: 1.42

9: Richmond: 1.42

10: Coquitlam: 1.41

The 10 cheapest places in B.C. to fill up your vehicle:

1. Mission: 1.32

2. Courtenay: 1.33

3. Ladysmith: 1.34

4. Kelowna: 1.34

5. Winfield: 1.34

6. Westbank: 1.34

7. Oliver: 1.34

8. Duncan: 1.34

9. Dawson Creek: 1.34

10. Penticton: 1.35 

-With files from Glacier Media 


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