Long weekends in Metro Vancouver usually involve two things – higher gas prices and crappy weather.
This coming Victoria Day weekend will have a mix of both.
First, the weather. It’s actually not going to be as bad as first predicted, but then again, who knows.
Saturday will be “mainly sunny,” according to the Weather Network, so maybe plan your outdoor activities for then. On Sunday, things should get worse with more clouds and then Monday is supposed to suck with dismal rain.
Sure, of course, why would we get a weekend of all sunshine?
Metro Vancouver gas prices are predicted to rise again today. Dan McTeague, a Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, tweeted about the soaring costs on Thursday, May 16. He notes that the Lower Mainland can expect to see a, “a 2 cent a litre HIKE at the pumps for Friday, May 17 pushing prices back up to 170.9 cents per litre.”
McTeague is also quick to note, however, that Vancouverites aren’t the only people affected by staggering costs at the pumps. He tweeted that California has also seen a drastic rise in prices.
What’s more, a new Ipsos survey found that 52% of British Columbians said that rising costs of fuel is likely to impact their summer road trip plans – with 27% even considering changing their existing plans because of high prices at the pump.
On Monday, April 1, British Columbia’s long-standing carbon tax increased to $40 a ton, which is double the federal carbon tax introduced in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — provinces that did not previously have any carbon tax in place. That adds another 1.2 cents per litre at the pump, McTeague said.
-With files from Elana Shepert, Vancouver is Awesome