Canadian Gas Stations

Canadian Gas Stations

The gas industry in Canada is mostly produce from Ontario and Quebec which account for approximately 60% of our consumption.  Because the oil refineries in Canada can not accommodate our huge requirements at Canadian gas stations, the rest comes from somewhere else. There is an excellent article from the Globe and Mail that outlines where a majority of Canada’s product is refined and who fills in the gaps.  The great things is that it was last updated in May, 2018.  So unless there have been some major changes, the information is up to date.

What I have done is compiled a list of well known service stations along with a bit of history and who owns them now.  Thankfully we do have some accessible choices across the country.  If you know of any that are missing please let me know.

Canadian Gas Stations:


Federated Co-operatives

Saskatoon, SK

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This cooperative began in 1944 in Saskatchewan when a bunch of smaller cooperatives joined forces. They are located in cities and towns across Canada and get their gas from their own oil refinery in Regina Saskatchewan.  I think the competition in some areas is too great so they do not have locations in every major city.  Check the location search and see if there is one near you that you can use if you are in the neighborhood.  I am definitely going to.

Petro-Canada

Calgary, AB

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This gas station is now owned by Suncor Energy and was originally started in Montreal in 1919.   At that time it was actually a crown corporation until 1991 when it went public.  This Canadian company is the world’s largest producer of bitumen.  So yes PetroCan is a good place to get your gas.  As you are likely aware, their stations are everywhere across Canada.  It’s easy for me because I have one near my house.  Another part of our Canadian gas stations history.

Exxon and Mobil

Irving, TX – USA

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Exxon was founded in New Jersey, USA in 1973.  Even though they still use the single name Exxon, they merged in 1999 with Mobil and are now known as ExxonMobil.

Esso

Irving, TX – USA

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Like Shell, Esso was founded in 1912 in Irving Texas.  They are owned by ExxonMobil which is an American company.

Chevron

San Ramon, CA – USA

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Chevron is Owned by Chevron corporation which is the largest oil company in the United States.  They acquired Texaco in 2000 and now call themselves ChevronTexaco.  Texaco was founded in 1901 in Beaumont Texas hence the name.

Shell

The Hague, Netherlands

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This gas station was founded in 1912 and is owned by an American corporation, Royal Dutch Shell.  We see them in Canada but not as much as we see Petrocan and Chevron.

Husky

Calgary, AB

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Even though their headquarters are in Calgary, Husky was actually founded in 1938 in Wyoming USA.  I find it interesting because for some reason I thought it was a Canadian company.  This gas station along with Mohawk are owned by a Hong Kong investment holding company.

Mowhawk

Calgary, AB

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Like Husky, Mohawk is owned by a Hong Kong investment holdings company.

Domo

USA / Australia / Nigeria / Angola / Kazakhstan / Gulf of Mexico

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Chevron is Owned by Chevron corporation which is the largest oil company in the United States.  They acquired Texaco in 2000 and now call themselves ChevronTexaco.  Texaco was founded in 1901 in Beaumont Texas hence the name.

Gulf Canada

Wellesley, MA – USA

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Irving Oil

Saint John, NB

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Irving was founded in 1924 by K.C. Irving.  They are a Canadian company that is still privately owned by the Irving family.  How cool is that.  It is mostly found in the east in New Brunswick, Quebec and newfoundland and is part of the Canadian gas stations history.

Olco Petroleum

Montreal, QC

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This company was founded in 1986 and is now owned by TMG Canadian Holdings L.L.C. It was incorporated in 1986.  However in 2007 60% of the company was sold to a U.S. investment bank.  Their service stations and convenience stores  are found in Ontario and Quebec.

Wilsons Fuel

Halifax, NS

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Wilsons started out as an independent petroleum wholesaler and eventually partnered with imperial oil to operate 67 gas of their 77 gas stations under the Esso brand.  From what I can tell they are still a Canadian owned company.

 


Superstore

Brampton, ON

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You should be seeing different signs on your local Superstore gas stations as Loblaws who owns Superstore has divested its gas station operations to Brookfield Business Partners which is a Canadian public company.

Costco

Issaquah, WA – USA

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Costco gas stations are part of the costco membership program.  If you do not have a card you can not get gas at any of their stations.  The pumps actually read the card used to make sure you are a member so there is no way to get past the membership.  The gasoline is under the kirkland name and they claim that their gas comes from local distributors.  They are American owned.

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About Shannon McDougall

A proud Canadian who believes in buying at home when possible.