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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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We are also traveling in Canada at the moment for the first time in a long while (Prince Edward Island) and are finding that just about everything costs between 25% and 50% more than in the U.S.! We are still enjoying our trip, but I'm scratching my head to understand how the Canadians make ends meet!

Howard,

Glad you are having fun in Canada, despite our high gasoline prices.

As a point of clarification, you made an error in your calculation of a Canadian gallon of gas.

Our gallons are based on the Imperial system of measurement (yeah Britannia!) and therefore there are 4.54 liters to every Canadian gallon, not 3.785 liters as you mentioned.

There are, however, 3.785 liters to an American gallon, which is how you calculated your total, which does give you an accurate depiction of how much you would be paying in the USA.

However, if you think those prices are high, come to the Vancouver area of British Columbia, where we routinely have the highest prices in Canada. Last month it topped out at over $1.55 per liter!!!!

It has since dropped to $1.44 per liter and in some places even a bit lower than that ($1.42), but it is all we can do to pay these exorbitant prices here in the Greater Vancouver area. Margaret and I usually cross border shop and pay less in Blaine, WA, on a routine basis.

As for Tim Horton's, all of their pastries and donuts are made at a central commissary in Mississauga (think Toronto) Ontario, then frozen, and then shipped out to all of their franchises.

The previous comment by Bob was right on...everything does indeed cost at least 25-50% more than the good old US of A. Thank goodness for Amazon.com (Amazon.ca is useless) and an American postal address

Also, to keep you up to speed, Wendy's sold off its shares of Tim Horton's back in 2006. Tim Horton's is back in Canada with its headquarters in Oakville, Ontario. It is no longer affiliated with Wendy's or any other fast food chain. Yeah Canadian Timmys!!!

Keep up the great pics, Howard. Wish I were there....

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