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Old 04-24-2022, 03:58 PM   #1
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Fueling in the Maritimes

Did a fair amount of searching w/o success.....
Going to the Maritimes this summer (including Newfoundland). Been planning this since last summer (with 2 other couples) and we've booked just about the entire trip last year so even with high fuel prices we're still going.
On the way up I'll use my TSD Card at the TA location in Greenland, NH. Via the Open Roads app, it looks like TSD doesn't have any locations in Maine or the Maritimes. Guess I'll top off somewhere in Maine near the border (suggestions?). Does Mudflap have locations in the Maritimes? Does Gasbuddy work in Canada? Guessing it's "cheaper" to fill the tank in Nova Scotia prior to taking the ferry to Newfoundland? Looking for suggestions on finding the best big rig prices for diesel and gas (for our toad) in Canada. I understand I'll be looking via Google Earth at the various stations to see if I fit.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions/tips.
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I just did a quick Google on 'RV diesel in the Maritimes'. Here's one site. There were more.

It would be like taking a trip to Alaska. Get fuel and the 1/2 mark at a place that you can fit and don't try to shop for price.

https://www.allstays.com/c/truck-stops-nova-scotia.htm
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Old 05-24-2022, 07:29 PM   #3
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Wow! Just came across this thread.

Canada is not the dark side of the moon. It is very civilised & most everything found in the US can be found in Canada, including Walmart & McDonalds.

They do have trucks in Canada so diesel is readily available.

We are also on our way to the Maritimes, crossing sometime next week, & also headed to Newfoundland. No reservations for anything anywhere yet. This will be a second trip to Newfoundland & estimate at least six weeks on the island.

Newfies are some of the friendliest, most helpful people on the planet. The only problem you will have is understanding them. The only dialect I can compare them to is the people of the Eastern Shore of the DELMARVA, way down the south end of it.
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I lived in Newfoundland for a while and I recall that gas prices then were a good 30% higher than what I was used to stateside. But then again, you don't have far to go before you hit ocean... I've done both ferry routes, can't say one has a decided advantage over the other and will just depend on just where you want to end up on "the rock".

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Old 05-28-2022, 01:09 PM   #5
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I recently found out that the EFS card does work in a lot of locations in Canada. Although TSD doesn't get any discounts in Canada, I can still use the EFS card for fillups and outside of the $1.00 charge, TSD doesn't charge extra for conversion rates.

Will have to still use Google Earth beforehand because some of the EFS locations did seem tight for a big rig.

Geez.... I'm fully aware the Maritimes aren't a backwards part of the country and actually have trucks! Was hoping there was a discount program available.
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Knowing fuel would be pricey in Canada we filled up to the last possible drop last Thursday & crossed at Calaise, ME. So far, in PEI, we have not needed t refill, but it will happen tomorrow or Wednesday.

Prices on PEI are around $2.15CDN/lit.

Next fillup will be just prior to boarding the ferry to NL next week. Diesel will be very pricey over there.
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Knowing fuel would be pricey in Canada we filled up to the last possible drop last Thursday & crossed at Calaise, ME. So far, in PEI, we have not needed t refill, but it will happen tomorrow or Wednesday.

Prices on PEI are around $2.15CDN/lit.

Next fillup will be just prior to boarding the ferry to NL next week. Diesel will be very pricey over there.
Thanks for the info. Will look into filling at Calaise
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gasbuddy works in Canada and you can usually get a discount card from most gas stations.
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Can't use Irving in Canada

The Irving truck stops require using their card.
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The Irving truck stops require using their card.
I am in Nova Scotia as I write this. All of the Irving Big Stops (that I went to) accept the EFS (TSD) card at the pump in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but no TSD discounts. In Newfoundland, At Irving and other stations, I had to use a Visa card.

To the OP - In Maine, Irvings are at a lot of interchanges and they accept the card at the pump, no TSD discount.

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My experiences in NB, NS and NL have been that there are no truck stops that compare to the US and you'll often be sharing the pumps at convenient stores with cars/pickups. Have used the TSD card in Calais, ME and a few self serve stops in Canada (the last time was in North Sydney, NS). Just filled the other day near Twillingate, NL at an Irving using my Visa card. The EFS card website lists stations that will take the card but in one case a station listed in Grand Falls - Windsor only had gas.....
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We traveled the Maritimes and Newfoundland in 2017 and really didnít have any trouble fueling up. Many, if not most, of the fuel stations were smaller and older stations that have the pumps parallel and near the road unlike most of the smaller stations in the US that are perpendicular to the road and which make fueling big rigs so tight and difficult. We simply fueled at these stations whenever we came upon one that had an open parallel diesel pump near the road which was frequently the case. And the fuel price variation between stations in Canada then was also much smaller than is the case here in the US so searching for the best price was not really worthwhile. So we just fueled up whenever a good opportunity presented itself which was pretty frequent.
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I am in Nova Scotia as I write this. All of the Irving Big Stops (that I went to) accept the EFS (TSD) card at the pump in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but no TSD discounts. In Newfoundland, At Irving and other stations, I had to use a Visa card.

To the OP - In Maine, Irvings are at a lot of interchanges and they accept the card at the pump, no TSD discount.

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Thanks Chuck.

I would like to find a way to locate the ones that don't require their card. I've had to leave two of them that looked perfectly normal and didn't say they were card lock pumps anywhere. Frustrating.
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On Weds I filled at a Irving Big Stop on the Trans Canada Hwy between St John's and Gander in Newfoundland (can't recall town/south side of Hwy). There was a really nice truck filling area behind the store and was able to use the TSD Card there (naturally w/o a discount).
When using a Visa card, don't be surprised if you're shut off at $200 or so.... One station was set at $500
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