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Old 04-26-2019, 08:58 PM   #1
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Fill up with fuel before you enter BC

I am sure it has been said before but it is worth saying again.

If you are driving to pick up your new trailer or coming to the rally, fill up on fuel before you enter BC.

We have some of the highest fuel prices in North America.
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Two thoughts: one, that does discourage us from going back to places we love. Two, with the awesome exchange rate I am always surprised to see people from the U.S. pick up new trailers and jam back home.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:49 PM   #3
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I am sure it has been said before but it is worth saying again.

If you are driving to pick up your new trailer or coming to the rally, fill up on fuel before you enter BC.

We have some of the highest fuel prices in North America.
I was wondering why is BC fuel higher than most of the rest of Canada? Here in South Carolina, I think we're like the fourth lowest fuel prices in the US. I'm lucky that I also have a service station about a mile away that has the reputation as the lowest fuel prices in the state.
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I was wondering why is BC fuel higher than most of the rest of Canada?

Our fuel comes from refineries on the west coast of the U.S. so we get to compete with demand from California, Oregon and Washington states.

Several of them are currently down for maintenance which is one reason for the spike here.

The east coast of Canada gets fuel from the mid east and Europe that is dumped at low prices.
We could get oil from Alberta, and we do, but people in BC don't want another pipeline. They just want to complain about gas prices. Wouldn't matter much anyway, because somebody would have to risk investing 12 billion dollars to build a refinery at a time that people are switching to electric vehicles etc.

Gas still costs less than bottled water.
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Our fuel comes from refineries on the west coast of the U.S. so we get to compete with demand from California, Oregon and Washington states.

Several of them are currently down for maintenance which is one reason for the spike here.

The east coast of Canada gets fuel from the mid east and Europe that is dumped at low prices.
We could get oil from Alberta, and we do, but people in BC don't want another pipeline. They just want to complain about gas prices. Wouldn't matter much anyway, because somebody would have to risk investing 12 billion dollars to build a refinery at a time that people are switching to electric vehicles etc.

Gas still costs less than bottled water.
One reason I ask was that my Dad spent one winter in the 1950s working on a pipeline in Alberta so there has to be oil. So the problem is the lack of refinery capacity. I did the Alcan back in 2008 and I almost had to get a second mortgage to pay for the fuel I bought in Canada. Things haven't changed.
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:55 PM   #6
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So the problem is the lack of refinery capacity.
Well not totally. The metro area close to Vancouver also has a multitude of extra taxes for things like public transportation. It's like us nasty folks who insist on driving are being punished by all the extra taxes.

You can take consolation that if you are gassing up at the Superstore near ETI you at least won't be paying the full price that we do in Vancouver because it's out of the zone that pays the extra levy. Saves you about 40 cents a gallon.

I cross the border at least every two weeks and you can be sure that I don't come home with a low gas tank.

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It's a big country with relatively few people. Costs money to move stuff across vast distances.

That's why we pay more for Cocoa Puffs.
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Well not totally. The metro area close to Vancouver also has a multitude of extra taxes for things like public transportation. It's like us nasty folks who insist on driving are being punished by all the extra taxes.
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Keeping in mind, of course, that if it weren't for public transportation, you'd be sitting on the approaches to the Iron Worker's Memorial Bridge for hours, burning fuel.

Bad enough as it is.
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Well not totally. The metro area close to Vancouver also has a multitude of extra taxes for things like public transportation. It's like us nasty folks who insist on driving are being punished by all the extra taxes.

You can take consolation that if you are gassing up at the Superstore near ETI you at least won't be paying the full price that we do in Vancouver because it's out of the zone that pays the extra levy. Saves you about 40 cents a gallon.

I cross the border at least every two weeks and you can be sure that I don't come home with a low gas tank.

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Our fuel comes from refineries on the west coast of the U.S. so we get to compete with demand from California, Oregon and Washington states.

Several of them are currently down for maintenance which is one reason for the spike here.
Not quite: southern B.C. gets its fuel mostly from Alberta refineries and the Kamloops B.C. refinery (which gets its oil from Alberta); however, some fuel does come from the U.S. and outages in any source have an immediate effect on the retail price.

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The east coast of Canada gets fuel from the mid east and Europe that is dumped at low prices.
The east coast gets its oil from overseas (various sources); it is refined in Canada.

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We could get oil from Alberta, and we do, but people in BC don't want another pipeline. They just want to complain about gas prices. Wouldn't matter much anyway, because somebody would have to risk investing 12 billion dollars to build a refinery at a time that people are switching to electric vehicles etc.
Now that's teetering on the edge being political...


I think the important point is that there are many factors which affect fuel prices, and many of them vary by location. It can be a real issue for local residents, but I think that among all of the other expenses, it is not much more than an annoyance while travelling.

But yes, fill up before crossing the border northbound.
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