It is our mandate when welcoming our guests to make everyone feel comfortable, relaxed and special, particularly at breakfast time! We have traveled the world and the world has traveled to our home and we accept and respect the many various cultures of our guests. We welcome diversity, and do not prejudge or have attitude. We accept and appreciate some of the eccentricities (within reason) that some of our independent guests may have.
Our home is not a showcase of frills, lace and flower arrangements, we leave space on the counters and shelves in your room for your personal belongings. Of course, Westways is our home and with one of us being English, you will find that there are ornaments and collectibles on display. Displayed in the living room and dining room are photographs and mementos of Jonathon's past family and relatives. Our two small pet dogs are our official greeters and have their own beds on the Persian rugs.We are ambassadors for Calgary and are proud of our city and if asked, we gladly advise you on what to do and where to go, here in Calgary. If we don’t have the answers we will try and find them for you.
Born in 1971 in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Graham moved to Calgary with his family in 1975 and considers himself a Calgarian. One of Graham’s ancestors was "Gentleman Joe" McKay a Métis guide and translator is credited with firing the first shot of 1885 North-West Rebellion. Gentleman Joe McKay died at Prince Albert in December, 1938, and is buried there in St. Mary's Cemetery. His grave marker, made of stone, says he was a "sniper" in the "Reil" rebellion. McKay was not likely ever an official constable, but as a guide/interpreter he did have the status of "special constable". In the past Graham has worked in several catering establishments and is now a partner in Westways.
Enjoying his semi-retirement and leaving Graham to look after Westways Guest House. Born in England in 1949, I have spent most of my working life in the UK, and in the hospitality industry. I spent several years in college, training as a chef then gaining practical experience in some of London's finest hotels – Savoy Hotel, Grosvenor House Hotel, Churchill Hotel and several restaurants including Scotts Restaurant in Mayfair. I returned to my home roots, Chester and Liverpool and was Executive Chef of several establishments there. While visiting my brother in Calgary in 1988, I was so impressed with the city that I decided to move to Calgary myself. I arrived in 1991 as a landed immigrant and am proud to have obtained my Canadian Citizenship within a few years. In 1993 I bought a house at 216 – 25th Avenue to turn it into a bed and breakfast. I named it Westways after the house I lived in as a child and the last 12 years of my residence in the UK. Now several years later and after investing my life savings, I am proud to say that with my partner Graham, we operate Calgary’s leading Bed and Breakfast.
Miikka was adopted from the Calgary dog pound in February 2007 at the age of six. She is a Lassa Appso terrier mix and is now part of our home. Calgary Westways has always been home to two pet dogs and in March 2008 we adopted a six an half-year-old female bichon-shitzu mix named Be-Be. Though the smaller of the two, Be-Be tends to be territorial of their dog basket and we ask guests not to approach the basket if she is in it. Be-Be was used as a breeding bitch and did not have much contact with people. Though still nervous she is now willing to approach our guests - especially if you have a treat!
It is with great regrets and sorrow that on Friday 5th February 2016 that we have to let Miikka, our beloved pet dog, depart in peace to a final sleep. Now Miikka is free of her ailments and we are now able to remember her as she was, with her many enchanting expressions and character.
We adopted Miikka in 2007 from the Calgary Animal Shelter at the age of six and for the last nine years has been part of the Westways Guest House family.
Miikka love to stalk and chase the squirrels in Lindsey Park along the Elbow River. Having boundless energy and never stopping on her walks. Answering the doorbell with her barks and dashing to the front door to greet the guests. Playing with her hedgehog toys or tug of war with us. Always a calming influence in our troubles and a faithful companion to us both.
We know that our regular guests will miss their greeter as much as we miss our friend Miikka.Goodbye dear friend, Goodbye.