Gas prices are on the rise across Greater Victoria ahead of the long weekend. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file/Jonathan Hayward)

Filled up yet before the long weekend?

Some stations have started to see a pre-Labour Day price spike at a variety of Island locations

It might be a good idea to get gas now, instead of waiting to do it just before heading out for the long weekend as prices can spike prior to holidays.

Higher fuel prices in times like long weekends are to be expected because increased demand allows retailers to build in bigger profit margins, Kent Group vice-president Jason Parent told Canadian Press last year prior to the May long weekend.

RELATED: Gas prices hit $1.57 a litre on Vancouver Island

The lowest price in Greater Victoria is currently at Costco on McCallum Road in Langford, according to GasBuddy, at 127.9 and the Save-On Gas in Saanich, at Saanich and Sparton roads, is trailing close behind at 128.9.

A number of pumps in Victoria are still sitting at 131.9 such as the Chevron on Hillside Avenue and Shelbourne Street, the Peninsula Co-op on Gorge Road and Hillside Avenue, and the Mobil on Langford Parkway. 

However, a few pumps have already seen a jump to 141.9, including the Petro-Canada on Douglas Street and Hillside Avenue, the Shell on Yates and Fort streets and the Petro-Canada on Shelbourne Street and Hillside Avenue. 

North of the Malahat, the cheapest gas can be found at the Comox Valley Costco in Courtenay, at $1.23.9, which is five cents more than the $1.28.9 that is the current standard price in and around Courtenay

Other current price lows in selected Vancouver Island locations:

  • $1.40.9 in Tofino
  • $1.32.9 in Campbell River
  • $1.38.9 in Port Alberni
  • $1.33.9 in Parksville
  • $1.26.9 in Duncan
  • $1.28.9 in Nanaimo

GasBuddy says the average price in B.C. right now is $1.35.8

RELATED: Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

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