Living in eastern Canada, we often hear interesting tales of travel and adventure in the west of our own country. From the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies through to the warm weather and wine in the Okanagan Valley, on to the beaches and wild surf of Vancouver Island. Anyone who has made the journey will tell you that the West does indeed have a great deal to offer, but have the tides started to turn? Now, perhaps more than ever before, western Canadians are becoming aware of the natural beauty and culture that can be enjoyed on a trip to eastern Canada, and we thought we would make that trip even more appealing by outlining the excellent value offered by hotels in New Brunswick when compared to their counterparts in the west. In an attempt to keep the standard of hotel as consistent as possible, we chose to check the lowest rate for a Saturday night stay (Sept 18 2010) in Best Western hotels both here in New Brunswick and across popular destinations in Alberta and BC. With their enviable location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff hotels have the reputation of being expensive and indeed did offer the highest rate of our selection at $189.99 per night. Just outside Banff National Park, Canmore hotels are usually cheaper than in Banff and in this case that proved to be true with a room costing $169.99 per night. Further west in Kelowna BC, the rate was lower than in the Rockies at $152.99, and in Victoria on Vancouver Island the rate was $171.99. For the same date in New Brunswick we found the rate of $142.49 in Fredericton, $116.99 in Saint John and as low as $109.65 in Moncton. As you can see, the hotel rates in New Brunswick do seem to be lower than in the west, over 40% lower in some cases, which can only add to the appeal of a trip to this stunning corner of the world. And with the warmest welcome you are likely to find in any destination, what are you waiting for?