Why are Island gas prices up now?

Each time I drove by an Island gas station, I was surprised to see the prices substantially and consistently less than those in Vancouver.

In reference to John Harding’s editorial ‘Ferries and bridges’ (The NEWS, Jan. 28), I offer these comments:

Before moving to Qualicum Beach from Vancouver seven months ago, I regularly visited the Parksville Qualicum Beach area over the past 12 years.

Each time I drove by an Island gas station, I was surprised to see the gas prices substantially and consistently less than those in Vancouver. I automatically presumed that the gas prices on the Island would be greater than in Vancouver.

I then surmised that it was the additional city taxes that “pumped” up Vancouver gas prices.

After 12 years of enjoying lower gas prices during my visits to the Island, I find it rather interesting that with all things being equal throughout ongoing gas price fluctuations, this is the first time that I can recall where Vancouver prices are actually attractive in comparison to Parksville Qualicum Beach.

Being the “most beautiful place in the country” with associated “luxuries” is certainly not new, but the increased gas prices certainly are. Why now?

Jennifer FlemingQualicum Beach