Everything you need to know about fuel in Victoria including gas/diesel/propane
Gas stations are plentiful and there’s really no need to shop around for cheaper gas prices as most stations in Victoria all sell at the same price.
The only exceptions are – the Western Communities (Colwood, Langford & Sooke) usually have a slightly lower price but whether it’s worth the drive is questionable. If you happen to be out there however … it’s a good place to fill up!
Also … if you’re driving up-island (Duncan, Nanaimo or points North) gas is usually also cheaper up there.
Visitors from the U.S. please note:
Before you get too excited about the ‘low’ gas prices … the price is per LITRE … not per GALLON. If you need to convert … the exact measurement is 1 gallon = 3.785 litres. I usually just multiply by 4 and that gets you pretty close. So our price of $1.30 (for example) for 1 litre = $4.92/gallon. Yes it is that much!
Most gas stations offer several grades of gasoline as well as diesel.
As for propane, only a few stations in town sell it:
Petro Canada Gas Station/Garage – 3095 Shelbourne at Hillside, Victoria
Shell Gas Station/Garage
– 2502 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton
– 100 Esquimalt Rd at Tyee
– 2132 Keating Cross Rd.
– 4140 Wilkinson at Interurban
– 6429 Pat Bay at Glidden
– 6739 West Saanich Rd.
– 102 – 2320 Millstream at Treanor Rd.
Mohawk Gas Station – 2100 Quadra St.,
If you’re looking to simply re-fill your bar-b-que tank, you can go to Canadian Tire and do a tank exchange (your old empty one for a filled one) or go to Costco (Langford) and either buy a new tank with fillup at their station (way cheaper than a new one elsewhere … if you have a membership) or get yours filled at their station next to the tire/automotive centre. Cheap!
Here’s some information to know if you’re new to Victoria (or Canada) regarding filling propane cylinders:
Propane tanks must be equipped with a pressure relief valve that opens and closes to prevent excessive internal pressure due to abnormal conditions.
The 2007 edition of the Propane Storage and Handling Code introduced a new requirement that cylinders, of 40lbs propane capacity and less be equipped with an Overfill Protection Device (OPD). The OPD is certified as a secondary device and is meant as a back stop device in case the attendant accidently tries to overfill the cylinder.
Marks are stamped onto the collar of cylinders identifying the original date of manufacture and any subsequent re-testing dates. For a diagram that explains how to read the collar, click here.
Cylinders must be inspected and requalified every 10 years – it is against the law to fill an outdated cylinder. The disposal or re-qualification of a cylinder must be done by organizations that have the appropriate equipment, training and certification to do so, and which have been certified by Transport Canada to do the work.
- To find a re-qualifier in your area, go to the Transport Canada website. (Note: Select the “External Visual” cylinder re-qualification method (for propane cylinders).
Never throw your propane cylinder in the garbage. To dispose of your old cylinder, drop it off at a municipal transfer station or depot that accepts propane cylinders. Your propane supplier may also accept cylinders for disposal. Please click here for a list of the various programs in each province.
Personnel are required by law to have a record of training (ROT) to fill propane tanks and cylinders (transfer propane from one container to another)
The Propane Training Institute, a division of the CPA, offers over 30 propane-related courses and issues over 24,000 training certificates annually.
Here’s the locations of propane sales in Victoria: