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When it comes to what you pay at the pump, get ready for expensive fill-ups. According to one expert, gas prices in Canada are expected to "shatter" records this summer.

Narcity spoke with Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, who said the recent record-breaking prices in Vancouver and B.C.'s Lower Mainland of 173.9 cents per litre are because of supply disruptions in the U.S. and the temporary shutdown of a pipeline for maintenance.

McTeague told Narcity that for Eastern Canada, the price of oil is a big contributor to higher gas prices and the cost of living. He singled out Newfoundland, where prices paid at the pump have reached highs of 153 cents per litre.

"I don't yet see a scenario where the rest of the west will see record-breaking fuel prices," McTeague said. However, that doesn't mean history won't be made.

"It's going to be an expensive summer and one that may shatter all previous records," he warned.

According to McTeague, the spotlight right now is on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), because it seems like the organization isn't capable of increasing production to meet the recent surge in demand.

An incoming spike in Ontario gas prices is sure to put a damper on anyone's plans to take one last road trip this summer.

Dan McTeague, gas analyst and president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, warned drivers in a tweet on Thursday that prices will rise by two cents tomorrow, bringing the total to 140.9 cents per litre in the GTA.

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Toronto Gas Prices To Finally Drop And Here's When

Dropping to an average of 113.9 cents/litre at most GTA gas stations.

Attention Toronto drivers: gas prices are set to officially drop TONIGHT!

This really couldn't come at a better time as gas prices in the city have undoubtedly been high in Canada following Hurricane Harvey disrupting Texas refineries.

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Drivers, beware - Gas prices in the GTA could see a sharp increase of up to 11 cents within the next few days.

Dan McTeague, a petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, states that "the the problem will not be resolved in September" and that the city will experience "a much longer, protracted period of time when prices are going to be significantly higher than we expect heading into the winter turnover season."

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Over the past few days, the halt of gas production at key refineries in the States due to Hurricane Harvey has caused a major spike in Canadian gas prices, with some areas experiencing increases of over 11 cents per litre. Experts say that prices could continue to climb all month, with no clear resolution by the end of September.

A strategic way to deal with the gas price hikes is to identify which stations in your area offers the lowest prices. GasBuddy is a website that crowdsources the gas prices across various cities and displays them on the map. Users can see which stations offer the lowest prices, as well as the average gas price in their area.

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