Quebec Standard

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Gas costs continue to skyrocket across the nation

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Key takeaways: 

  • Vacationers plan briefer trips, cut expenditures, and even fly rather than drive.
  • Numerous Canadians may be reconsidering their road trip plans as the price of filling up impacts new highs across Canada. 

Wayne Gass prepared a scenic road journey for the summer:

  • Drive along the Gaspé Peninsula.
  • Hit the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
  • Loopback up to Prince Edward Island.

But with gas now costing upwards of $2 a liter in the Greater Montreal municipality of Vaudreuil-Dorion, where he stays, Gass states he’ll be sticking nearer to home — may be taking shorter journeys to Ottawa or Mont-Tremblant, Que., instead.

“Nothing on a large scale of running down the East Coast, which I will miss because I adore going there. It’s beautiful countryside.”

Also read: Quebec to lift indoor mask order on May 14

gas now costing upwards of $2 a liter in the Greater Montreal municipality of Vaudreuil-Dorion

Gass is one of multiple Canadians who may be reconsidering their road trip plans as gas costs hit new highs across the nation, topping $2 a liter in some places.

Those record costs, plus increasing prices for everything from food to accommodation, add extra delay to the post-pandemic bounceback that the travel industry was banking on.

“What might have been a fantastic year [for travel] will be a little quieter than we might have expected,” Pedro Antunes, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada.

A new statement from the Conference Board says there is enormous pent-up demand for the trip after two years of rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it states that higher gas and other goods costs will be a “significant deterrent” to travel. And although more Canadians are possible to take road journeys this year, they likely won’t be “bucket list” travels like Gass was planning.

Source – cbc.ca

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