Gas prices in Okanagan jump to nearly $2 a litre

The price of gas shot up this week in the Central Okanagan. Most stations now have prices of $1.959 a litre, up 10 cents from the start of the week. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

Drivers right across B.C., including the Okanagan, are again feeling more pain at the pumps.

Some gas stations in Kelowna are now selling fuel at $1.959 a litre, up more than 10 cents a litre from the start of the week, though some were selling at $1.889 on Wednesday.

One gas expert told Global News the latest price jump comes from a number of factors, including a lack of domestic supply, the federal carbon tax, and, of course, the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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“A lot of gas stations were holding in the $1.83 to $1.88 range over the past couple of weeks,” said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians For Affordable Energy.

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“That’s all changing now. Many of them are electing to move from $1.93 to $1.95. That’s because it’s costing every gas station, whether in Kelowna or Kamloops — anywhere in the Okanagan, about a $1. 81 just to buy your fuel.”

To compound matters, McTeague says once the annual summer demand kicks in, Okanagan residents could see prices hovering around $2.10 a litre.

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On Wednesday in Penticton, one website dedicated to tracking gas prices showed fuel selling between $1.839 and $1.959 a litre.

Further south, Oliver had prices between $.1839 and $1.879, while Osoyoos was between $1.859 and $1.879. Grand Forks was mainly listed at $1.959.

In the North Okanagan, most Vernon stations were posted as having prices of $1.889 a litre. In the Shuswap, prices ranged from $1.799 to $1.899, with prices in Revelstoke mostly listed at $1.999.

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Elsewhere in B.C., Kamloops prices varied from $1.829 to $1.959, with Vancouver having prices of $2.099 to $2.119.

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