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Old 06-17-2019, 11:47 AM   #1
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Sunshine Coast / Desolation diesel prices?

Anyone been up the Sunshine Coast in BC and further into Desolation and have updates on diesel prices? I'm planning a trip in a few weeks and have Pender Harbor and Gorge Harbor as fuel points....
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:12 PM   #2
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I usually stop at Secret Cove - they always have good fuel pices.
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:16 PM   #3
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Pender has the highest fuel prices next to Lighthouse/Porpoise Bay. Secret Cove is better. Lund has gone up a lot in the last years, phone ahead but be sitting down.
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I usually stop at Secret Cove - they always have good fuel pices.
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Pender has the highest fuel prices next to Lighthouse/Porpoise Bay. Secret Cove is better. Lund has gone up a lot in the last years, phone ahead but be sitting down.
Ah thanks for the advice - that seems to be the common theme when I check on other forums/elsewhere.
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A bit out of your way but you may want to check out Discovery Harbour in Campbell River. Unfortunately I'm not there at the moment so can't give you their current pricing. I will be by the end of the week if you're still interested.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:49 PM   #6
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A bit out of your way but you may want to check out Discovery Harbour in Campbell River. Unfortunately I'm not there at the moment so can't give you their current pricing. I will be by the end of the week if you're still interested.
I don't leave for a couple more weeks, and won't be up in that area for a couple more, so that would be great! Thanks!
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To Xs and other BC area boaters: is there a website or phone app that consolidates marine fuel prices and availability in SW BC?

Here in the lower 48 I use GasBuddy on the phone for terrestrial travel, but I haven't seen anything similar for marine world use.

Best regards, hope to bring my Farrell back north next month for a tour of your splendid islands, pubs & coves.
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It may be worth a few phone calls. I seem to recall that Westview/Powell River had decent fuel prices a couple years ago. Maybe Northern Spy will chime in.
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I take it you canít make it without a fuel stop? Itís stating the obvious, but fuel in CA will be significantly more than in the US
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A bit out of your way but you may want to check out Discovery Harbour in Campbell River. Unfortunately I'm not there at the moment so can't give you their current pricing. I will be by the end of the week if you're still interested.
Concur. I've found Discovery Harbour cheaper than the other places mentioned. They also sell a huge amount of diesel to tugs and big fishboats. The high throughput probably makes for better quality fuel compared to low volume sellers.
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When did Waggoner stop doing their fuel price survey? That was great.
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I'm away at work currently. But Westview Fuels in Powell River is at (604)485-2867

Gasoline price at the pump in town at Chevron, not at the dock, last week was 1.65/l. Diesel was 1.35/l.

Ouch indeed.


The Beach Gardens at Grief Point also sells marine diesel. 1-800-663-7070
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I have found Powell River to be the cheapest. Surprisingly Refuge Cove is not unreasonable. Fuel prices didn’t get crazy until past Blind Channel. Over the last few years I have paid between $1.39 and $1.59 Canadian per liter. It usually shows up on my c.c. At $4 to $4.5 per gallon. Usually about $1 more than Friday Harbor.
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Support of local Marina's is a good thing, if they happen to be a few cents a litre more think about how much it would cost to fly in an impeller or other part that they may have, and you need. If they are not there ????? Fuel is one of the inexpensive items we use through the summer. How many burn a 1000 gallons over the summer. If the marina is .20 more than the road it works out to two hundred over the summer, even if it is .20 over per litre it really is small change compared to the quality time spent on the boat. There are many boaters that spend many boat bucks each year and have very few hours on the boat. If you are burning fuel you are making memories. Enjoy
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I take it you canít make it without a fuel stop? Itís stating the obvious, but fuel in CA will be significantly more than in the US
Unfortunately I can't. I only have 300 gallons total aboard, and I burn about 5-6 gallons/hour at the best economy. I'm underway for 25 days, 5 initially in the US, so I'm looking for 2 stops somewhere up there.

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I'm away at work currently. But Westview Fuels in Powell River is at (604)485-2867

Gasoline price at the pump in town at Chevron, not at the dock, last week was 1.65/l. Diesel was 1.35/l.

Ouch indeed.


The Beach Gardens at Grief Point also sells marine diesel. 1-800-663-7070
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I have found Powell River to be the cheapest. Surprisingly Refuge Cove is not unreasonable. Fuel prices didnít get crazy until past Blind Channel. Over the last few years I have paid between $1.39 and $1.59 Canadian per liter. It usually shows up on my c.c. At $4 to $4.5 per gallon. Usually about $1 more than Friday Harbor.
That's what I was sort of expecting price-wise.

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Concur. I've found Discovery Harbour cheaper than the other places mentioned. They also sell a huge amount of diesel to tugs and big fishboats. The high throughput probably makes for better quality fuel compared to low volume sellers.
Thanks, that might work for our return leg, and Powell River for the leg up.
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I’ve had good luck at Westview, discounts for volume. Small float and hard to get into, especially if there is a lineup. Form the line outside the harbour especially if the tide is low.
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Also have good luck w Powell River - Westview. Call around before. I have suppliers quote lower than their listed price to get you in. When getting a quote be careful to ask if all taxes are in the quote.
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Remember newer Americans coming up to BC, looking at Canadian prices, what you see isn't necessarily what you get, I'll use gas prices since finding diesel fuel prices is more difficult.

Gas in Parksville BC $1.37.9/litre and $5.24/gallon

Washington 3.35/gallon (average state price)

Converting to American is.........................$4 using dollar conversion app

So gas is more expensive here but not as profound as it may first appear.
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is that US gallons or Imperial gallons?
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That’s us gallons. Most fuel in Canada is sold by the liter. However, there are a few places that sell Imperial Gallons but they advertise their price by the liter.
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