Discover the 5 Towns With the Cheapest Gas in Alberta

Written by Karla Lewellyn
Published: December 1, 2023
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Gasoline prices in Canada change quickly, and a few factors determine those costs. One obvious change agent is the variable price of oil. Additionally, the refining margin (the difference between the cost of crude and the wholesale price), the retail margin, inflation, and the various federal, provincial, and regional taxes all go into gas pricing.

Alberta — as with most North American cities, states, and provinces — does not act independently. Even though Canada is a major oil producer, the complex gasoline supply chain (another topic for another day) dictates how Alberta’s gas is eventually priced.

One important factor to consider if you are a non-Canadian is that gas prices in the country are quoted in cents per liter. For example, Canada’s average gasoline price today is 145.1 cents (not dollars!) per liter (not gallon). A gas station’s sign would look like this: 145.1¢/L. If you need to compare the cost to a price per gallon, do some easy math. 1 gallon = 3.78541 liters. Therefore, if today’s average Canadian price is 145.1¢/l, the price in U. S. terms would be $4.04 per gallon.

Enough with the math! What we want to know is where to find cheap gas prices! Let’s discover the five towns with the cheapest gas in Alberta.

1. Calgary — 111.9¢/L — Costco (Buffalo Run Blvd.)

Beautiful Calgary city skyline from scotsman’s hill on a sunny day, Canada

Calgary is Alberta’s most heavily populated city with a 2023 population of 1,470,148.



This cheap gas at Costco is in the big city of Calgary, in the Rocky View area. In the southern part of Alberta in the western portion of Canada, Rocky View County surrounds the city in a horseshoe shape. The area is about three hours south of Edmonton (the capital city), one hour from Banff, and three and one-half hours north of the U.S. border in Montana.

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On average, Alberta holds the lowest prices for gasoline in Canada due to low transportation costs. Alberta is closer in distance to the gasoline resource and has a low provincial gasoline tax.

The location is 23 minutes (20.8 km) from Calgary Courts Centre. To get there from the Courts Centre, take Crowchild Trail SW and use these directions.

Why is Costco able to provide such cheap gas prices? The main reason is that the big box store, in general, does not seek to make money off of its gas pumps, even selling gasoline at a moderate loss. The thinking aligns with their selling those huge-sized pizza slices, hot dogs, and sodas. To buy gasoline at Costco, you must be a member. The idea is that you won’t only buy gas and a Coke at Costco, but you will also fill a shopping cart (or two) with many more items on which the wholesale store will make money.

This 111.9¢/L cost is 33.2¢ lower than Canada’s average gasoline price.

2. Edmonton (North) — 112.9¢/L — Costco

Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in all of Canada.

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Again, in the big city — the second largest in Alberta — Costco wins the prize for the cheapest gas at 111.9¢/L. This warehouse is in the industrial area of northern Edmonton, off of Yellowhead Trail NW. Directions to the Costco from St. Albert Provincial Court are here

Hours for filling your tank up here are as follows: Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. On December 24, 2023 (Christmas Eve), you can purchase gas from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Costco and the gas pumps are closed on 12/25.)

More Calgary and Edmonton gas prices exist that are all significantly lower than Canada’s average. They range from 113.9¢ to 121.9¢ per liter. However, let’s look a bit outside of these two major cities to discover more towns with the cheapest gas in Alberta.

3. Vegreville — 116.9¢/L — CENTEX

Close up of diesel and petrol fuel pistols at a gas station. The fuel crisis continues and the cost of fuel is going up

A significant percentage of Vegreville’s population is of Ukrainian-Canadian descent.

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Home of “the world’s largest pysanka (Easter egg),” central Alberta’s Vegreville is also home to some cheap gas! At almost 30 cents less than Canada’s average, the 116.9¢/L get gas at Vegreville’s CENTEX.

CENTEX is not as well known as Costco. They serve parts of New England in the northeast U.S., several northwestern U.S. states, and British Columba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in Canada. You can find this location at 5221 50th Street, just six minutes northeast of the Vegreville Town Office.

Just a block away at 4913 52nd, Vegreville has a second CENTEX gasoline location selling gas for 118.9¢/L.

4. Okotoks — 118.9¢/L — Costco

Banff, Сanada - July 3, 2014: Young native Blackfoot indian dancers put the finishing touches on their costumes for their performance during the Banff Summer Arts festival. The Banff Summer Arts Festival is the longest running arts festival in Canada held every summer since 1933.

Okotoks’ early inhabitants were of the Blackfoot Tribe.

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In the Calgary region of Alberta, Okotoks lies on the Sheep River, about 38 km (24 miles) south of downtown Calgary. Eight minutes southwest of Woodgrove Park, Okotoks’ cheap gas once again at Costco, on 104 Southbank Blvd.

5. Blackfalds — 119.0¢/L — Petro-Canada

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Blackfalds is known for its young, thriving community.

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In central Alberta, people flock to Blackfalds for its easygoing atmosphere and numerous recreational amenities. Go to Petro-Canada on 5001 Aspen Lakes Blvd. to get this cheap gas at 119.9¢/L.

Summary of the 5 Towns With the Cheapest Gas in Alberta

Alberta TownPrice per Liter
Calgary111.9¢
Edmonton112.9¢
Vegreville116.9¢
Okotoks118.9¢
Blackfalds119.0¢

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Chalermphol Liawsutee/iStock via Getty Images


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Karla Lewellyn is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on places, dogs, travel, and geography. Karla has been writing and researching for 10 years and holds a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A resident of Tennessee, Karla loves reading, writing, and spending time outdoors in East Tennessee.

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