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Find the best bang for your travel buck! up! magazine announces the winners of its 2009 Value Awards as chosen by WestJet guests
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CALGARY, June 29 /CNW/ - The people have voted and the results are in.

The winners of the second annual up! magazine Value Awards were announced today, with more than 300 of North America's best travel values revealed in the July issue - from golf courses and local restaurants to spas and festivals.

The up! magazine Value Awards winners are chosen by thousands of WestJet guests who turn to up! magazine for vital destination information about the places, businesses and events that deliver a great bang for the travel buck and provide a high-quality and unique travel experience that over-delivers when compared to other similarly priced offerings. The Value Awards winners are announced and profiled every year in up! magazine's July issue. What makes a Value Award winner? Simply put, the benefits and rewards of the travel experience offered are greater than the cost.

"The Value Awards program taps our enlightened readers for their secret and not-so-secret spots that offer great value," says up! editor Tom Gierasimczuk. "That may be a $5 breakfast, but it's also a high-end boutique hotel that earns its premium price with amenities and great service."

up! magazine's mission is to profile travel experiences that are worth the price of admission, and worth a traveller's time. "We thought, wouldn't it be ideal to gather information on preferred spots - those places we can't wait to let our friends know about when we return - and compile them in a guide that could be shared by travellers in their favourite WestJet destination?" added Gierasimczuk.

Jackie Flegel, Manager, Communications at WestJet says that WestJet guests really stepped up. "We would like to thank our guests for taking the time to submit their favourite hidden gems - the places that demonstrate a commitment to value. WestJet strives to provide a world-class guest experience every day and we are pleased that through these winning entries, we can share information about great experiences at our many destinations."

The 2010 up! magazine Value Awards voting is now open. Share the hotels, restaurants, bars, resorts, golf courses and more with your fellow WestJet guests and win big. Visit and vote!

up! magazine celebrates the joy of travel and discovery, and the pursuit of value on the road. With a focus on destinations in North America and the Caribbean, up! lauds little-known travel gems and explores well-trodden routes with a fresh perspective. Our storytellers are award-winning journalists and photographers fluent in the destinations they cover, with the same wanderlust shared by our curious readers.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, providing high-value low-cost service throughout its 55-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

                       2009 up! magazine Value Awards

     CATEGORY     WINNER                                 DESTINATION - CANADA
    GOLF COURSE   Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community    Comox, B.C.
    GOLF COURSE   Tobiano Golf                          Kamloops, B.C.
    GOLF COURSE   Predator Ridge Resort                 Kelowna, B.C.
    GOLF COURSE   Aberdeen Glen Golf Course and
                  Estates                               Prince George, B.C.
    GOLF COURSE   Kananaskis Country Golf Course        Calgary, AB
    GOLF COURSE   Cougar Creek Golf Resort              Edmonton, AB
    GOLF COURSE   The Dunes Golf and Winter Club        Grand Prairie, AB
    GOLF COURSE   Deer Valley Golf and Estates          Regina, SK
    GOLF COURSE   Dakota Dunes Golf Links               Saskatoon, SK
    GOLF COURSE   Pinawa Golf Club                      Winnipeg, MB
    GOLF COURSE   King's Forest Golf Course             Hamilton, ON
    GOLF COURSE   Rockway Golf Course                   Kitchener-Waterloo,
    GOLF COURSE   Canadian Golf and Country Club        Ottawa, ON
    GOLF COURSE   Whitewater Golf Club                  Thunder Bay, ON
    GOLF COURSE   Don Valley Golf Course                Toronto, ON
    GOLF COURSE   Golf Dorval                           Montréal, QC
    GOLF COURSE   Le Grand Vallon at Mont-Sainte-Anne   Québec City, QC
    GOLF COURSE   The Links at Crowbush Cove            Charlottetown, P.E.I.
    GOLF COURSE   Granite Springs Golf Club             Halifax, N.S.
    GOLF COURSE   Moncton Golf & Country Club           Moncton, N.B.
    GOLF COURSE   The Wilds at Salmonier River          St. John's, NL
    GOLF COURSE   Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck           Sydney, N.S.
     SKI HILL     Marmot Basin                          Edmonton, AB
     SKI HILL     Lake Louise Ski Resort                Calgary, AB
     SKI HILL     Mission Ridge                         Regina, SK
     SKI HILL     Table Mountain Regional Park          Saskatoon, SK
     SKI HILL     Asessipi Ski Area and Resort          Winnipeg, MB
     SKI HILL     Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre      Hamilton, ON
     SKI HILL     Chicopee Ski & Snowboard Resort       Kitchener-Waterloo,
     SKI HILL     Boler Mountain                        London, ON
     SKI HILL     Camp Fortune                          Ottawa, ON
     SKI HILL     Loch Lomond                           Thunder Bay, ON
     SKI HILL     Blue Mountain Ski                     Toronto, ON
     SKI HILL     Mont Tremblant Ski Resort             Montréal, QC
     SKI HILL     Le Massif                             Québec City, QC
     SKI HILL     Brookvale Winter Activity Park        Charlottetown, P.E.I.
     SKI HILL     Mount Washington Alpine Resort        Comox, B.C.
     SKI HILL     Ski Martock                           Halifax, N.S.
     SKI HILL     Big White Ski Resort                  Kelowna, B.C.
     SKI HILL     Poley Mountain                        Moncton, N.B.
     SKI HILL     Marble Mountain                       St. John's, NL
     SKI HILL     Ski Ben Eoin                          Sydney, N.S.
     SKI HILL     Whistler-Blackcomb                    Vancouver, B.C.
     SKI HILL     Powder King Mountain Resort           Prince George, B.C.
     SKI HILL     Hemlock Ski Resort                    Abbotsford, B.C.
     SKI HILL     Sun Peaks Ski Resort                  Kamloops, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     Waverly Hotel                         Comox, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     The Lower Deck                        Halifax, N.S.
    NIGHTLIFE     Sizzle & Koi Nightclub Complex        Hamilton, ON
    NIGHTLIFE     The Blues Grotto                      Kamloops, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     Flashbacks Nite Club                  Kelowna, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     The Flying Dog                        Kitchener-Waterloo,
    NIGHTLIFE     Joe's Kool                            London, ON
    NIGHTLIFE     George Street                         St. John's, NL
    NIGHTLIFE     Smooth Herman's Cabaret               Sydney, N.S.
    NIGHTLIFE     Roxy Nightclub                        Vancouver, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     Logan's                               Victoria, B.C.
    NIGHTLIFE     Ranchman's                            Calgary, AB
    NIGHTLIFE     The Red Piano                         Edmonton, AB
    NIGHTLIFE     Casino de Montréal                    Montréal, QC
    NIGHTLIFE     The Honest Lawyer                     Ottawa, ON
    NIGHTLIFE     O'Hanlons                             Regina, SK
    NIGHTLIFE     Barking Fish                          Saskatoon, SK
    NIGHTLIFE     Tony & Adam's                         Thunder Bay, ON
    NIGHTLIFE     Guvernment                            Toronto, ON
    NIGHTLIFE     Palomino Club                         Winnipeg, MB
       SPA        The Wild Orange Spa                   Abbotsford, B.C.
       SPA        Kingfisher Oceanside Spa              Comox, B.C.
       SPA        The Spa at Ancaster                   Hamilton, ON
       SPA        Beyond Wrapture Day Spa & Retreat     Kelowna, B.C.
       SPA        Gina's Spa                            Kitchener-Waterloo,
       SPA        Razor's Edge Hair Salon & Spa         Prince George, B.C.
       SPA        Spa at the Monestary                  St. John's, NL
       SPA        Spa Utopia & Salon                    Vancouver, B.C.
       SPA        Spa at Magnolia                       Victoria, B.C.
       SPA        Riverside Spa Calgary                 Calgary, AB
       SPA        Eveline Charles                       Edmonton, AB
       SPA        Le Scandinave les bains
                  Vieux-Montréal                        Montréal, QC
       SPA        Le Nordik Nature Spa                  Ottawa, ON
       SPA        Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort     Regina, SK
       SPA        Spa Ahava                             Saskatoon, SK
       SPA        Kangas Sauna                          Thunder Bay, ON
       SPA        Elmwood Spa                           Toronto, ON
       SPA        Ten Spa                               Winnipeg, MB
      EVENT       Abbotsford Agricultural Fair          Abbotsford, B.C.
      EVENT       Charlottetown Festival of Lights      Charlottetown, P.E.I.
      EVENT       Filberg Festival                      Comox, B.C.
      EVENT       Halifax Busker's International
                  Festival                              Halifax, N.S.
      EVENT       Festival of Friends                   Hamilton, ON
      EVENT       Okanagan Wine Festivals               Kelowna, B.C.
      EVENT       Oktoberfest                           Kitchener-Waterloo,
      EVENT       Western Fair                          London, ON
      EVENT       St. John's Regatta                    St. John's, NL
      EVENT       Vancouver Folk Music Festival         Vancouver, B.C.
      EVENT       Bayview Residences Symphony Splash    Victoria, B.C.
      EVENT       Calgary Stampede                      Calgary, AB
      EVENT       Capital Ex                            Edmonton, AB
      EVENT       Montréal Jazz Festival                Montréal, QC
      EVENT       Winterlude                            Ottawa, ON
      EVENT       Festival d'été Québec                 Québec City, QC
      EVENT       Regina Folk Festival                  Regina, SK
      EVENT       Saskatoon Jazz Festival               Saskatoon, SK
      EVENT       Thunder Bay Blues Festival            Thunder Bay, ON
      EVENT       Toronto International Film Festival   Toronto, ON
      EVENT       Folkorama                             Winnipeg, MB
     FAMILY       Shining Waters Family Fun Park        Charlottetown, P.E.I.
     FAMILY       Maritime Museum of the Atlantic       Halifax, N.S.
     FAMILY       Niagara Park Butterfly Conservatory   Hamilton, ON
     FAMILY       B.C. Wildlife Park                    Kamloops, B.C.
     FAMILY       Scandia Golf & Games                  Kelowna, B.C.
     FAMILY       Wings of Paradise Butterfly           Kitchener-Waterloo,
                  Conservatory                          ON
     FAMILY       Storybook Gardens                     London, ON
     FAMILY       Exploration Place                     Prince George, B.C.
     FAMILY       Johnson Geo Centre                    St. John's, NL
     FAMILY       Vancouver Aquarium                    Vancouver, B.C.
     FAMILY       Beacon Hill's Children's Farm         Victoria, B.C.
     FAMILY       Heritage Park                         Calgary, AB
     FAMILY       West Edmonton Mall                    Edmonton, AB
     FAMILY       La Ronde                              Montréal, QC
     FAMILY       Canadian Agricultural Museum          Ottawa, ON
     FAMILY       RCMP Heritage Centre                  Regina, SK
     FAMILY       Saskatoon Western Development Museum  Saskatoon, SK
     FAMILY       Fort William Historical Park          Thunder Bay, ON
     FAMILY       Canada's Wonderland                   Toronto, ON
     FAMILY       The Manitoba Museum                   Winnipeg, MB
    CULTURAL      Green Gables Heritage Place           Charlottetown, P.E.I.
    CULTURAL      Halifax Citadel                       Halifax, N.S.
    CULTURAL      Royal Botanical Gardens               Hamilton, ON
    CULTURAL      Kamloops Pow Wow                      Kamloops, B.C.
    CULTURAL      Rotary Centre for the Arts            Kelowna, B.C.
    CULTURAL      St. Jacobs Farmers' Market & Flea     Kitchener-Waterloo,
                  Market                                ON
    CULTURAL      TD Canada Trust Sunfest               London, ON
    CULTURAL      The Rooms                             St. John's, NL
    CULTURAL      Vancouver International Film
                  Festival                              Vancouver, B.C.
    CULTURAL      Buchart Gardens                       Victoria, B.C.
    CULTURAL      Calgary Jazz Festival                 Calgary, AB
    CULTURAL      Fort Edmonton Park                    Edmonton, AB
    CULTURAL      Museum of Fine Arts and Culture       Montréal, QC
    CULTURAL      Canadian War Museum                   Ottawa, ON
    CULTURAL      Musée de la civilization              Québec City, QC
    CULTURAL      Regina Mosaic Festival                Regina, SK
    CULTURAL      Wanuskewin Heritage Park              Saskatoon, SK
    CULTURAL      Thunder Bay Museum                    Thunder Bay, ON
    CULTURAL      Art Gallery of Ontario                Toronto, ON
    CULTURAL      Festival du Voyageur                  Winnipeg, MB
     RESORT       Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa     Abbotsford, B.C.
     RESORT       Kingfisher Oceanside Spa              Comox, B.C.
     RESORT       White Point Beach Resort              Halifax, N.S.
     RESORT       Great Wolf Lodge                      Hamilton, ON
     RESORT       Delta Sun Peaks Resort                Kamloops, B.C.
     RESORT       Lake Okanagan Resort                  Kelowna, B.C.
     RESORT       Langdon Hall Country House Hotel &    Kitchener-Waterloo,
                  Spa                                   ON
     RESORT       Wheel's Inn                           London, ON
     RESORT       Fairmont Algonquin                    Moncton, N.B.
     RESORT       Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort      Vancouver, B.C.
     RESORT       The Aerie Resort & Spa                Victoria, B.C.
     RESORT       Fairmont Banff Springs                Calgary, AB
     RESORT       Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge            Edmonton, AB
     RESORT       Hôtel Château Laurier                 Québec City, QC
     RESORT       Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort     Regina, SK
     RESORT       Elk Ridge Resort                      Saskatoon, SK
     RESORT       Windermere House                      Toronto, ON
     RESORT       Elkhorn Resort Spa & Conference       Winnipeg, MB
      HOTEL       Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa     Abbotsford, B.C.
      HOTEL       Old House Village Hotel & Spa         Comox, B.C.
      HOTEL       The Lord Nelson                       Halifax, N.S.
      HOTEL       Sterling Inn & Spa                    Hamilton, ON
      HOTEL       Hotel Eldorado                        Kelowna, B.C.
      HOTEL       Walper Terrace Hotel                  Kitchener-Waterloo,
      HOTEL       Windermere Manor                      London, ON
      HOTEL       Hotel St. James                       Moncton, N.B.
      HOTEL       Murray Premises Hotel                 St. John's, NL
      HOTEL       Hotel Opus                            Vancouver, B.C.
      HOTEL       Fairmont Empress Hotel                Victoria, B.C.
      HOTEL       Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites          Montréal, QC
      HOTEL       Arc the Hotel                         Ottawa, ON
      HOTEL       Valhalla Inn                          Thunder Bay, ON
      HOTEL       Drake Hotel                           Toronto, ON
      HOTEL       Fort Garry Hotel                      Winnipeg, MB
      HOTEL       Hotel Arts                            Calgary, AB
    BREAKFAST     Atlas Café                            Comox, B.C.
    BREAKFAST     The Bohemian Café & Catering Co.      Kelowna, B.C.
    BREAKFAST     Mel's Diner on Campus                 Kitchener-Waterloo,
    BREAKFAST     Jean's Restaurant                     Moncton, N.B.
    BREAKFAST     Blue on Water                         St. John's, NL
    BREAKFAST     Sophie's Cosmic Café                  Vancouver, B.C.
    BREAKFAST     Blue Fox Café                         Victoria, B.C.
    BREAKFAST     Diner Deleux                          Calgary, AB
    BREAKFAST     Barb & Ernie's                        Edmonton, AB
                                                        Charlottetown, PEI
                                                        Halifax, NS
                                                        London, ON
                                                        Montreal, QC
                                                        Ottawa, ON
                                                        Toronto, ON
    BREAKFAST     Cora's                                Winnipeg, MB
    BREAKFAST     Restaurant Cosmos                     Québec City, QC
    BREAKFAST     Grainsfield                           Saskatoon, SK
    BREAKFAST     Hoito Restaurant                      Thunder Bay, ON
      LUNCH       Hutch's on the Beach                  Hamilton, ON
      LUNCH       DJ's Perogie Kitchen                  Kelowna, B.C.
      LUNCH       Ches's Fish and Chips                 St. John's, NL
      LUNCH       Go Fish                               Vancouver, B.C.
      LUNCH       Pagliacci's                           Victoria, B.C.
      LUNCH       The King and I                        Calgary, AB
      LUNCH       Dadeo Restaurant                      Edmonton, AB
      LUNCH       Scwartz's Deli                        Montréal, QC
      LUNCH       Calories Bakery and Restaurant        Saskatoon, SK
      LUNCH       Madhouse Tavern Grill                 Thunder Bay, ON
      LUNCH       Hard Rock Café                        Toronto, ON
      LUNCH       VJ's Drive Inn                        Winnipeg, MB
      DINNER      Dakota's                              Abbotsford, B.C.
      DINNER      Toscona's Trattoria                   Comox, B.C.
      DINNER      The Five Fisherman                    Halifax, N.S.
      DINNER      Golden Basil                          Hamilton, ON
      DINNER      Brownstone Restaurant                 Kamloops, B.C.
      DINNER      Wild Apple                            Kelowna, B.C.
      DINNER      The Blackshop                         Kitchener-Waterloo,
      DINNER      North 54                              Prince George, B.C.
      DINNER      Lolita's South of the Border Cantina  Vancouver, B.C.
      DINNER      Il Terrazzo                           Victoria, B.C.
      DINNER      Gibby's                               Montréal, QC
      DINNER      The Willows at Wascana                Regina, SK
      DINNER      Hole in the Wall Restaurant           Saskatoon, SK
      DINNER      Prospector Steak House                Thunder Bay, ON
      DINNER      The Keg                               Edmonton, AB
                                                        Winnipeg, MB
    CATEGORY      WINNER                                DESTINATION - USA
    GOLF COURSE   Wynn Golf and Country Club            Las Vegas, NV
    GOLF COURSE   Cimarron Country Club                 Palm Springs, CA
    GOLF COURSE   Sundance Golf Club                    Phoenix, AZ
    GOLF COURSE   Torrey Pines Golf Course              San Diego, CA
    GOLF COURSE   Bethpage Black                        New York, NY
     NIGHTLIFE    Griffith Observatory                  Los Angeles, CA
     NIGHTLIFE    Altitude Sky Lounge                   San Diego, CA
     NIGHTLIFE    Fremont Street Experience             Las Vegas, NV
     NIGHTLIFE    The Follies                           Palm Springs, CA
        SPA       Canyon Ranch SpaClub                  Las Vegas, NV
       EVENT      Tempe Festival of the Arts            Phoenix, AZ
       EVENT      O                                     Las Vegas, NV
       EVENT      Bob Hope Classic                      Palm Springs, CA
       EVENT      Dine About Town                       San Francisco, CA
      FAMILY      Phoenix Zoo                           Phoenix, AZ
      FAMILY      Disneyland Resort                     Los Angeles, CA
      FAMILY      Walt Disney World                     Orlando, FL
      FAMILY      San Diego Zoo                         San Diego, CA
      FAMILY      Busch Gardens                         Tampa, FL
      FAMILY      The Roller coaster at New York,       Las Vegas, NV
                  New York
      FAMILY      American Museum of Natural History    New York, NY
      FAMILY      Stagecoach Country Music Festival     Palm Springs, CA
      FAMILY      Zeum                                  San Francisco, CA
     CULTURAL     Phoenix Symphony                      Phoenix, AZ
     CULTURAL     The Getty Center                      Los Angeles, CA
     CULTURAL     Epcot Center                          Orlando, FL
     CULTURAL     Balboa Park                           San Diego, CA
     CULTURAL     Hoover Dam                            Las Vegas, NV
     CULTURAL     Museum of Modern Art                  New York, NY
     CULTURAL     San Francisco City Guides             San Francisco, CA
      RESORT      Walt Disney World Resort              Orlando, FL
      RESORT      The Lodge at Torrey Pines             San Diego, CA
      RESORT      MGM Grand                             Las Vegas, NV
      RESORT      Cavallo Point Lodge                   San Francisco, CA
      HOTEL       The Pearl Hotel                       San Diego, CA
      HOTEL       Hotel Gansevoort                      New York, NY
      HOTEL       Parker Palm Springs                   Palm Springs, CA
      HOTEL       Americania Hotel                      San Francisco, CA
    BREAKFAST     Denny's                               Las Vegas, NV
    BREAKFAST     Gorilla Coffee                        New York, NY
      LUNCH       MGM Grand Buffet                      Las Vegas, NV
      LUNCH       'Snice                                New York, NY
      LUNCH       Sherman's Deli and Bakery             Palm Springs, CA
     DINNER       Bellagio                              Las Vegas, NV
     DINNER       P.F. Chang's China Bistro             Palm Springs, CA
     DINNER       Luce Wine Restaurant                  San Francisco, CA
    CATEGORY      WINNER                                DESTINATION - MEXICO
    GOLF RESORT   El Tigre Golf and Country Club        Puerto Vallarta,
     NIGHTLIFE    Senor Frog's                          Cancun, Mexico
     NIGHTLIFE    Cabo Wabo Cantina                     Cabo San Lucas
      EVENT       Mazatlan Carnaval                     Mazatlan, Mexico
      FAMILY      Xcaret Cancun Eco Park                Cancun, Mexico
      FAMILY      Mazatlan Aquarium                     Mazatlan, Mexico
     CULTURAL     Chichen Itza                          Cancun, Mexico
     CULTURAL     El Malecon                            Puerto Vallarta
     CULTURAL     First Friday Art Walk                 Mazatlan, Mexico
      RESORT      Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa   Puerto Vallarta
      RESORT      El Cid                                Mazatlan, Mexico
    CATEGORY      WINNER                                DESTINATION -
    GOLF COURSE   Barbados Golf Club                    Bridgetown, Barbados
    GOLF COURSE   Sandals Golf & Country Club,          Montego Bay, Jamaica
                  Ocho Rios
    GOLF COURSE   Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort &  St. Lucia
     NIGHTLIFE    Margaritaville Sports Bar and Club    Montego Bay, Jamaica
     NIGHTLIFE    St. Lawrence Gap                      Bridgetown, Barbados
     NIGHTLIFE    Atlantis Paradise Island              Nassau, Bahamas
        SPA       Red Land Spa at Sandals               Montego Bay, Jamaica
       EVENT      Crop Over Festival                    Bridgetown, Barbados
     CULTURAL     Oistins Fish Fry                      Bridgetown, Barbados
      RESORT      Sandals Grand Ocho Rios               Montego Bay, Jamaica
      RESORT      The Crane                             Bridgetown, Barbados
      RESORT      Breezes Bahamas                       Nassau, Bahamas
      RESORT      Gran Bahia Principe                   Punta Cana, Dominican
      DINNER      The Poop Deck                         Nassau, Bahamas
      FAMILY      Ocean World Adventure Park            Puerto Plata,
                                                        Dominican Republic