I fly to YXE very regularly, a few times a month, I've taken the Calgary connection route and the Edmonton connection route many times before but it is just way easier to take the direct flight, even though it costs slightly more (they know they can get away with this). In the winter in particular I prefer less connections even if it means paying slightly more so that there is less risk of delays.
My comment to WJ on the plus seating and snacks; I appreciate the new service and different snacks from what was perviously offered a year or so ago (before the change), however, the new stuff is getting tiring as it is the same every time, when flying frequently with 2-3 legs in your journey, it gets a little 'old'.
My experience as well is that this flight is not often full so there is plenty of room without being crammed in like sardines, and it usually also helps for us Gold members to be upgraded for free to plus :-)
Generally a good flight with WJ connect on a 737-700