Gas prices across Canada – In mid-December, gasoline prices had fallen from their summertime high in the $1.30-to-$1.40/litre range to an average around $1.06/litre for regular, at self-serve stations across Canada. At the end of January, they're even lower – at 91.8 cents/litre – but that's about three cents higher than their mid-month low-point and they're trending upward again.
Here's a breakdown of the average gas prices by province and in major cities. Note that these prices are averages and may vary significantly among outlets in any given location.
Quebec – The priciest province in which to buy gasoline is Quebec, where the average price for regular is $1.018. Pricy on a relative basis but still down14 cents from six weeks ago. There are big discrepancies in price across the province. In Montreal it's $1.066/litre – the highest price of any major Canadian city – but in Quebec City it's only $95.4/litre.
Newfoundland and Labrador – The second most costly province for gas is Newfoundland and Labrador, where the average price for regular is $1.008/litre. It's about the same as the average in both St. John's and Corner Brook.
British Columbia – The third-highest prices among provinces are on the opposite coast where the average cost in B.C. is 99.0 cents/litre. In Vancouver, it's $103.7 – second only to Montreal among major cities – but a ferry-ride away in Victoria it's just 99.1 cents/litre.
Nova Scotia – Back on the East coast, the average price in Nova Scotia is 94.1 cents/litre. In Halifax, regular is selling for 93.4.
New Brunswick – Benefiting from a refinery of its own, New Brunswick has an average price of 90.3 cents/litre for regular. In St. John it's a bit above that average and in Moncton a bit below.
Ontario – The average price for regular gasoline in Canada's most populous and fuel-thirsty province, Ontario, is 89.3 cents/litre. In Toronto it's 91.6 but in Ottawa 88.6 and in London, closer to Ontario's refinery cluster in Sarnia, it's just 83.7. In some regions of the province it has even broken the 80-cent barrier.
Prince Edward Island – One of just two provinces (along with Manitoba) that has no refining capability of its own, P.E.I.'s average price for regular gasoline is still down to 88.8 cents/litre.
Saskatchewan – Another petro-province, Saskatchewan, has the third-lowest gas prices in the country at 87.0 cents/litre on average. But in Regina it's 88.5 and in Saskatoon it's 89.1 cents/litre.
Manitoba – Manitoba may not be a major petro producer but it's near enough to the action to rank second in terms of low gasoline prices – 86.8 cents/litre for regular. The average price in Winnipeg is 87.3 cents/litre.
Alberta – It's no big surprise that Alberta, the heart of Canada's petroleum industry, is the province with the country's lowest average price for regular gasoline – just 82.5 cents/litre. Edmonton, with an average price of 81.7, has the lowest prices of any major metropolitan area in the country.
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