One of the many advantages of being a snowbird is that alcohol in California is about 50% cheaper than BC prices. Why? Simple-monopoly versus free market.
B.C. alcohol prices are controlled by the provincial government. There are all kinds of reasons why but when it comes right down to it, Canadian provincial governments engage in this cash grab because they can. The infrastructure and administrative bloat along with store clerks who make $20+ an hour not to mention lucrative pensions are all part of the exorbitant prices charged B.C. residents who need to drink just to forget how much of our income goes to greedy governments which are stretched to their limits by even greedier unions.
Now for the sad proof. The prices below are representative of prices I found either at grocery (yes, grocery stores can sell any kind of alcohol in California) or liquor stores. Some of these prices are standard and others are based on sale or volume discounts-a concept that is unheard of in B.C. unless you call a $1 off a $15 bottle of wine that is not selling well, a discount. At Ralph's Grocery stores if you buy 6 or more bottles of any wine or spirits, you get an extra 30% discount on your purchase.
Here are the details of my research. CA. prices include 8% state tax and have been converted to Canadian $ at $1Cdn=$.95 US. Read it and weep you overtaxed Canucks.
THIS ONE IS SACRILEGE