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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Long weekend travel plans for Canadians are limited due to rising gas prices

Canadians' long-weekend vacation plans are being hampered by rising gas prices.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Victoria Day long weekend is often regarded as the unofficial start of summer, providing an opportunity to spend time with friends and family.
  • Prices rose to at least $2.00 per liter in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, with the latter reaching $2.15 per liter on Sunday.
  • A campground manager told the CKPG radio station in Prince George, B.C., that several people from further away had canceled.

The Victoria Day long weekend is traditionally witnessed as the unofficial start of summer, a chance to get away with friends and family. Although most COVID-19 mandates were abolished this year, high petrol prices prevented many Canadians finalizing travel plans. Several people choose to stay closer to home to save money on gas.

Fuel prices have thrown a wrench in many people’s holiday weekend plans, and angry Canadians have flooded social media.

Although gas prices in the country fell slightly before the holiday weekend, they have been steadily rising since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began — and are anticipated to remain high this summer.

Oil prices soared to about $100 per barrel in late February, and there’s little prospect of them falling anytime soon.

According to GasBuddy, the average gas price in Canada was $1.97 a liter as of Sunday.

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Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia all saw prices rise to at least $2.00 per liter, with the latter reaching $2.15 per liter on Sunday. Newfoundland and Labrador’s average gas price is $2.18 a liter. As per GasBuddy, rates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are all under $2.00 per liter.

Many people have decided to abandon their summer holiday plans because of Canada’s record-high gas prices.

According to a new Leger survey for the Tire as well as Rubber Association of Canada, two-thirds of Canadian drivers will stick closer to home this summer (TRAC). Eight out of ten Canadian drivers believe that high petrol prices will persist.

According to the report, 66% of drivers expect to cancel or reduce road trips this summer due to rising fuel prices. According to several RV owners, high gasoline prices will keep them closer to home this summer.

While Rob Minarchi, vice-president of sales at ArrKann Trailer and R.V. Centre, hasn’t observed individuals abandoning their RVs because of high gas prices, he has heard of those staying nearby.

Canadians' long-weekend vacation plans are being hampered by rising gas prices.
Canadians’ long-weekend vacation plans are being hampered by rising gas prices. Image from CBC News

From Edmonton, he told the Canadian Press, “What we’re seeing is a lot of people are just sleeping a bit closer.” “If they intended to take a five-hour trip, they will now take a one-hour excursion… I believe it has something to do with COVID and remaining close to home.”

Changes are beginning to be noticed in some campgrounds.

Scott Kast, the owner of Tomahawk R.V. in Lake of the Woods, Ontario, said, “I’ve had a couple of folks cancel.”

However, he claims that gas prices play a small role in cancellations.

“A lot of Americans come here.” Vaccine regulations are one-factor holding individuals back, according to Kast.

Another campground manager told Prince George, B.C.’s CKPG radio station, that several visitors from further away have canceled.

“Many folks want to stay local,” said Bobbie Carpino, the campsite manager at Salmon Valley.

Source: Global News

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