Gas prices affect Canadians’ travel plans

The majority of Canadians who plan to travel this summer say higher gas prices are affecting their planned trips, according to two recent surveys.

A survey by CAA South Central Ontario says that rising fuel prices are forcing many to adjust their road trips.

76 percent of respondents said they have a planned road trip within the province of Ontario, 26 percent plan to drive outside the province and 23 percent are driving to the United States

Among those planning a road trip, 64 percent said gas prices would likely affect their plans, either by limiting the number of trips they take in general, driving shorter distances or adjusting their budgets.

The results include 1,697 responses surveyed from May 27 to June 5 through the Southern Central Ontario Civil Aviation Authority Member Affairs Committee.

Caitlin Force, director of corporate communications at CAA South Central Ontario, said in a statement.

“We recommend daily driving a maximum of 800 km per day with a 15-minute break every two hours to ensure you get a good rest before you get behind the wheel.”

Another survey by rewards shopping company Rakuten found that 71 percent of Canadians surveyed reported that inflation would affect their travel plans.

A large portion of those surveyed opt for cheaper US flights, with 45 per cent saying they decided to fly to the US rather than pay for more expensive air travel within Canada.

Even with gas prices at record highs, 73 percent said they would continue to drive to at least one of their planned destinations this summer. Of those, 23 percent are planning to rent a car.

Although 36 percent of Canadians say they plan to take a “residency”, which doubles pre-pandemic levels, 65 percent insist it’s not a “real” vacation unless they travel somewhere.

The Rakuten Canada survey, which was conducted online by the Ignite Lab in May, included 1,000 Canadian participants, and the results were accurate to within three percentage points 19 times out of 20.

“It’s just about surviving at this point.”

After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health restrictions, most of which have since been lifted, a number of people wrote to to say they had planned road trips to go camping or to see family afterward. away for a long time.

Now, some are either canceling those trips entirely or choosing to stay close to home.

The responses were emailed to and not all have been independently verified.

“My husband and I were invited to a wedding in Ontario. We’re from Saskatchewan, so with prices as they are now, we might not be able to make the trip,” said Whitney Ducharme.

“With everything going up, it’s just about staying at this point, and we have good paying jobs.”

Pamela Farber told that she and her boyfriend are from Kingston, Ontario, “where the cost of living is quickly becoming out of reach and gas prices are skyrocketing.”

They had originally planned a camping trip to several regional parks around Lake Superior in July, but had to cancel due to the price of gas, which alone would have cost them more than $1,000.

“Even with saving $400 in gas per month by taking the bus to work, it’s still very expensive. Instead, we’ve rebooked campgrounds at nearby Bon Echo. [Provincial Park] Farber said just for the recent storm that destroyed most of that park as well. Looks like we might be camping in the backyard for summer vacation this year.

Karen Grace said she did not cancel a planned road trip to Nova Scotia this summer, but that she is “full of guilt about the cost of the trip” because her husband’s work has been limited for the past two years, they have had to pay the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the “high costs of everything” .

“We have a family wedding, my mother-in-law has transitioned from independent living to long-term care, and for two years without any family, we made the trip,” Grace said.

Jordana Wingst, 31, of Vaughan, Ont. She and her family like to take short drives on Sundays as a “reset my mind.”

But because of the price of fuel, she and her husband choose only one Sunday of the month now for a big driving trip. And with a family wedding this summer in New Jersey, Wingst said she’s budgeting her gas consumption for July.

“After we’re back, I don’t see that we’ve been doing a lot of driving that month,” she said.

“I am fortunate that we have a car, and we have enough cushion in our income to spend on gas. I cannot imagine what it would be like for those who have to choose between putting gasoline in their car to go to work, and buying groceries to put food on the table.”

Jon Blois told that it costs nearly twice as much to fill up his car.

Since he has a steady income, he has said he has had to cancel his summer road trips and won’t be able to see his mother in Cape Breton, NS

“Something has to be done, we are trapped in our homes because of these fuel prices,” Blois said.

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