How Fuel Costs Affect Canadian Travel Planning


Due to the high gas prices, some Canadians think twice about this summer’s trip, while others say they can’t stop at all.

Former Ottawa resident Cory Madsen, now living in Caronport, Saskatchewan, told The Epoch Times that he would continue to downgrade plans as prices rose. “Yeah, I was going to drive to Nova Scotia, but then shortened it to Ottawa. Who knows what now?”

“We changed our travel plans because we couldn’t fill them,” said Karen Hornby of Nelson, British Columbia. [her] A tank without money. Instead, she plans to camp near Lake Kutenay and Lake Slocan.

Others are depressed and traveling where they can’t afford. Kevin Smith and his family abandon the flats on a five-wheel trailer and stop in Chilliwack, British Columbia, before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

“We’re heading from Saskatchewan to the British Columbia coast. Grandma is 95 years old, so we’ll never miss a celebration,” Smith said.

Shannon Whirry also leaves the prairie in beautiful BC and does not shatter her plans for pump prices to see more of the state.

“I’m going to drive more than ever,” she said. “Maybe I’m going to Vancouver Island to meet my family. I moved to Kimberley, British Columbia, but I can’t wait to see the lakes around the Rocky Mountains. We’re all in the news I think we are learning to enjoy our lives, not to live. “

According to a survey of 1,500 Canadian drivers conducted for the Canadian Tire Rubber Association and released in May, 66% of drivers will cancel or limit road trips this summer due to soaring fuel prices. He said he would be forced to do that. That number was even higher for young drivers between the ages of 18 and 24, with 75% making such a decision.

At the time of writing this article, June 12, Average 2-day trend in gas prices According to the Canadian Automobile Association, all states except Alberta are above $ 2.00 per liter, with Newfoundland and Labrador the highest at $ 2.24 per liter, followed by BC at $ 2.23.In Alberta, to the inhabitants Temporary grace With a petrol tax of 13 cents per liter, the price is $ 1.90 per liter.

Regina’s married mother, Destiny Modderman, says reducing driving this summer is “a big deal” for her family.

“We usually make a couple of trips, but this summer we’re instead going to Winnipeg only once,” she said. “We usually do two in the United States and one in the western mountains.”

Of course, long journeys are not the only way to burn gas. Many also say that Regina is becoming more modest in everyday life, including Ashley Clefing.

“I’m intentionally reducing driving. These gas prices are insane,” she said.

Rising gasoline prices are also pushing up food costs as stores try to recoup transportation costs. In Sarnia, Ontario, Leslie Fidler plans to address inflation on both sides through Canada’s great entertainment.

“We’re going to stay home here in Ontario and enjoy the beautiful gardens,” says Fidler. “Maybe there are some Harley rides. The gas is cheap.”

Keith Goforce has another philosophy: money is useless when you die, and should be used to make life better for yourself and others.

“Really, why do you change your lifestyle more than money? If you offer options in your life, then keep adjusting. We don’t mind dying with money, so We will spend more because it is the purpose of money. Currency circulation makes the world a stable place, “says a resident of Creston, British Columbia.

“I agree with that [money concerns] It can change the lifestyles of some people, “he adds. “All you can do is do the best for you. I’m 62 years old, but I’m calling it semi-retired, so I’m still trying to make a little more money for more options.”

Previously retired Snowbird Sharon Gabert and her husband chose to return to the employment market. They stay near their Canadian homes this summer and are taking special steps to earn enough money to venture south again.

“In fact, we got a job this summer to make up for our income,” she said.

Other Snowbirds, such as Art Edmans in Toronto, say they want to sacrifice a trip to the United States to explore their hometown.

“I’m going to enjoy this beautiful country. You shouldn’t go to a condo in Florida,” he says.

Lee Harding


Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.