Gas prices jumped in Prince Rupert Friday, April 20 morning — but not everywhere.
As of midday, Gasbuddy.com reported prices at the Chevron and Hays Cove Rd. Petro-Canada jumped to around $1.43 a litre, up 20 cents from last night.
Those at the downtown Esso station still hovered around 125 cents per litre, while the Grassy Bay Petro-Canada, in the industrial park, stood around $1.32 a litre.
Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst with gasbuddy.com, sees this rise as part of months-long, national trend.
“Wholesale prices have been on the move across the country over the last year,” he said. “Prices across Canada have increased on average 15 cents a litre compared to last year.”
The bulk of those increases have occurred in the last few weeks, with an average increase in B.C. of 15 cents a litre over the past month. Currently, gasbuddy.com reports the average gas price in B.C. at $1.43 a litre.
McTeague doesn’t anticipate that to change much in upcoming months.
“Prices will probably stay around the same, or climb slightly higher over the summer.”