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Old 06-11-2022, 04:17 PM
 
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So I have been in both Alberta and Quebec the past few months. It seems that all gas stations have exactly the same price - I'm currently on holiday in Quebec and just about everyplace is 2.23$ per liter. In the USA there is much more variation - like $1 to $1.50 between gas stations right next to each other. Why is that?
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Old 06-11-2022, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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So I have been in both Alberta and Quebec the past few months. It seems that all gas stations have exactly the same price - I'm currently on holiday in Quebec and just about everyplace is 2.23$ per liter. In the USA there is much more variation - like $1 to $1.50 between gas stations right next to each other. Why is that?
There is definitely variation in prices when you compare different parts of Canada. It becomes more equal as you drill down to a Provincial level, and then even further by region or even from city to city or town to town. I divide my time between my Duplex in Sarnia Ontario on the Michigan border and my parents place in the GTA. Sometimes its as much as 8 cents less per liter than Toronto and inexplicably it is sometimes a few cents more per liter than Toronto other times.

Vancouver right now i'm seeing a cost of 2.22 per liter vs Toronto which is 2.05, Montreal 2.15 and Calgary 1.91 for some examples (i could be off a few cents but just showing the general differences and they are there). So the variation is definitely more pronounced when you compare on a macro level around the country and less so on a micro. That said, I do find that there are differences in prices even within a few blocks away from one another, so I just keep my eyes open and use google maps to compare.

I'm visiting a friend in Joliet Illinois right now and there is a similar difference from State to State. I paid 5.14 per Gallon in Marysville MI, 5.22 in South Bend Indiana and right now in Joliet Illinois it is like 5.80 which is crazy (i'm glad I filled up in South Bend). Even worse in California where it is over 6 bucks a gallon.

All said, I think if you do see more significant variation in the U.S, it is probably because it is a bigger country population wise and more competition in a general sense.

One thing for sure in both Canada and U.S is that the rising cost of gas is a BIG PIA...

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Old 06-12-2022, 03:21 AM
 
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I gather it will be close to $8 when I return to Ca later today. Alberta definitely cheaper than Quebec,
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Old 06-12-2022, 03:05 PM
 
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Prices for gas change not only within one city but also from one day to the other.
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Old 06-12-2022, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Provinces also have different taxes on gas.

If you’re interested in gas prices in different geographic areas, just browse around GasBuddy: https://www.gasbuddy.com/

I use GasBuddy to determine where the cheapest gas prices currently are in my city. Gas price changes usually take a few hours to ripple throughout the city. So you can have temporary differences even just blocks apart. In general though, when prices are stable, I find that Costco usually has the cheapest gas when I look in the GasBuddy app.

My brother lives in a small town, about an hour’s drive from my city. I usually alert him when I notice prices are starting to move up in the city. He says that usually gives him until the next day to get gas before prices go up where he lives.
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I was in Montreal for the weekend and it was 2.23 there.

Here in Gatineau on the Ontario border with Ottawa it's 2.13.
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Old 06-13-2022, 12:14 PM
 
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1.99 this morning in SE Alberta. At least at the one gas bar I passed today.
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Old 06-13-2022, 06:59 PM
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Location: Florida
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I was in Montreal for the weekend and it was 2.23 there.

Here in Gatineau on the Ontario border with Ottawa it's 2.13.
So Canada is paying what would be equal to around $8.00 or more per gallon for gas in the USA. And here we are in Florida complaining because we are paying just below $5.00 or so per gallon. Has the gas been steadily going up in price as it has here?
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Etobicoke
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So Canada is paying what would be equal to around $8.00 or more per gallon for gas in the USA. And here we are in Florida complaining because we are paying just below $5.00 or so per gallon. Has the gas been steadily going up in price as it has here?
One Canadian dollar is less than 80 cents US, so it's probably around California's level.
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:40 AM
 
Location: West Florida
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So Canada is paying what would be equal to around $8.00 or more per gallon for gas in the USA. And here we are in Florida complaining because we are paying just below $5.00 or so per gallon. Has the gas been steadily going up in price as it has here?
Key difference is (any my family members made this observation during their recent visit as well) that in FL, EVERYTHING requires a lengthy commute, by car. Even within city limits. Our cities are not nearly as compact as they are in Canada. Even the suburbs around Montreal and Toronto, for instance, are densely built, and tightly wrapped around the main city. In Florida, you pretty much HAVE to drive distances to get anywhere.
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