We changed planes in Calgary and after a long stop at Calgary flew on to Toronto

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Calgary airport in winter conditions
When I was much younger, and much healthier, I used to consider red-eye flights an advantage, I could extend my working day to 27 or 28 hours and make up for the sleep loss on the following day. At least that was the theory....Now aircraft are so crowded, cramped and uncomfortable, that it makes more sense to stop ovenight and maintain your health rather than to spend a week at your destination recovering from the damage done by the trip.

Our trip from Comox to Calgary took just over an hour in a Westjet Boeing 737. When we landed, the airport was covered by a recent snow and the pilot slammed on the thrust reversers to make sure we could get off the runway at our assigned taxi-way.
De-icing equipment preparing Westjet 737 for take-off
A few minutes rattling over a partly plowed taxi-way and our 6 hour stopover began. It is now our policy to wait in what used to be a first-class lounge. For $25.00 Canadian you can relax in comfortable chairs, enjoy light food or drinks, in some places even a nap or a shower, then grab a sandwich to take on the next leg of the flight (avoiding the $6-7 cost on the plane). It can be argued that the price for using the lounge is nothing or next to it.

There are real desks with comfortable chairs, telephones and high-speed internet and in Calgary there is an observation window with a panoramic view of the runway and gate traffic. If you're a camera-nut and an aviation junkie like me Servisair's lounge is an offer you can't refuse. On thee other hand, if your stopover isn't that long, the main gate area of Westjet's terminal is worth exploring. It has replicas of ancient flying dinosaurs who left their fossilized bones in Alberta millions of years before the myth of Noah's Ark was written. At Gate D40 you will find some biographical information about Calgary air ace Willie McKnight who flew Hurricanes with a special Canadian RAF squadron in the early years of WW2. He was lost over occupied France in 1941

Our aircraft arrived late from Toronto, beating against the jetstream that had carried winter weather to the deep south and the Caribbean and the pilot warned us tht we were unlikely to make up time on the Calgary - Toronto leg. In fact we arrived in Toronto after 1:00am - checked into our hotel at 2:00am,
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