Gas prices have smashed the record high again in the Metro Vancouver region in a matter of days.
Multiple outlets were selling gas for as much as 216.9 cents per litre on Friday (May 6), surpassing the previous record of 214.9.
As of Monday, numerous gas stations across the Lower Mainland have shown prices as high as 222.9 cents per litre, passing the previous record by several cents.
Exasperated locals have taken to Twitter to share their frustration with the soaring costs, with many of them remarking that they will rethink their summer road trips or find alternative ways to get to work.
Rob Chikities took to Twitter to quip that "if you want to feel better" a 12-ounce coffee at Starbucks is still $2.75 CAD.
A local woman remarked that "if you thought I was a homebody before, best believe I'm not leaving my house except for work anymore unless I can justify the gas allowance."
I’m in Vancouver this morning gas was $2.229 per litre the US per gallon equivalent is about $8.60 and going higher. How ever if you want to feel better, 12 oz of coffee at say Starbucks is $2.75 cad , or probably $10 per gallon e&0 excepted— Rob Chikites (@rob_chikites) May 9, 2022
Gas was $2.23/litre this morning. If you thought I was a homebody before, best believe I'm not leaving my house except for work anymore unless I can justify the gas allowance lol— 🇨🇦Kristee⁷🇹🇹🧈💜 (@Soucstar) May 9, 2022
$2.229 per litre of gas this morning. That's $8.44 per gallon for our US cousins. All Putin's fault, according to our garbage leaders. Not all the taxes but Putin!— Guillermo (@Guiller53240233) May 9, 2022
Metro Vancouver gas prices surpassed the $2 per litre mark for the first time on March 4 and have continued to climb.
At the time of this writing, the cheapest outlets across the Lower Mainland are selling gas for well over $2 per litre. According to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest option is a Canco in Aldergrove, which is selling gas for 206.9 cents per litre.
This outlet was also the cheapest option on Friday when it sold gas for 203.9 cents per litre.
Will Metro Vancouver residents see some relief at the pumps this summer?
Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.com, told Vancouver Is Awesome in an interview Friday that the long-term forecast isn't looking great for local drivers due to the war in Ukraine.
"We may continue to see increases, varied in timing and amount, as oil prices are likely to see additional upward pressure after the EU indicated it will sanction Russian oil," he explains in an email.
"The long-term outlook is not positive, in that prices are to remain high and volatile with only limited and short-term relief possible for many months, barring improvement in the situation between Russia and Ukraine."
Locals looking to fill up their tanks in the City of Vancouver won't find any economical options. Gasbuddy.com is showing all of the cheapest options in cities outside of the city.
The cheapest option in Metro Vancouver is located at a Fox at 5894 Marine Dr. in Burnaby, which is selling gas for 209.9 cents per litre.