Subject: Re: Western Canada
Hi Laurie,

My home away from home when I've visited my kids in Victoria for the past 4 yrs. has been The Denniston by the Sea - it's a B&B right on the ocean. It's located right near the Naval Base in a very quiet part of Esquimalt (the only noise is the lapping of the water under your window). I often walk from there along the promenade to downtown along the harbour and then take the little harbour ferry back. The hosts, Rosemary and Drew Denniston are incredibly knowledgeable about the city and the island in general and can make lots of recommendations. Check out: http://bcyellowpages.com/advert/d/the_denniston.html

Since I lived in Calgary for 20 years, I can't recommend a B&B but I can offer many tips and suggestions for places to go etc. I'm sure you'll enjoy being back in the Rockies. But try to get to the badlands just east of the city too (Drumheller or Dinosaur Provincial Park) and/or go to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump south of the city for a glimpse at a rather unique kind of hunting and a feel for what it was like when buffalo roamed that part of the country.

In the Rockies I highly recommend Emerald Lake as a place to stop, walk around the lake and have a great meal in the dining room of the lodge (pricey - but superb). It's not quite as touristy as Lake Louise and very beautiful (if a little smaller). To stay at the lodge is expensive but in 1997 I stayed at a newly built set of chalets just east of Emerald Lake, just before you get to Field, BC - near the highway but on the road that goes up to Takkakaw Falls. The Falls, too, are a worthwhile stop. I can't remember the name but - shall hunt to see if I have it somewhere (or will scan the Net a bit).

I'll be in Victoria for my daughter's graduation around the 20-24th of June (gotta check the dates again) - if you are still there then.... it would be great to meet up ... and with others in the area too!

Cheers, Judy in HK