MAC the Moose & the SnoWBIRD Tutor Jet
If you have dropped in to our Visitor Centre you will already have met Mac the Moose who stands guard outside.
Mac was “born” in 1984, the brainchild of former tourism supporters from the city. His main job was to lure visitors into the city and his duties pretty much remain the same today.
Touted as the World’s Second Largest Moose, Mac stands 32 feet tall and weighs in at 10 tons – or in today’s terms is 10 meters tall, weighing 9000 kilograms. A pretty big boy!
Mac was constructed by Saskatoon artist, Don Foulds using a steel frame, covered with metal mesh and completed with 4 coats of cement.
A contest was held to name the moose and the winner was Mac, after late city alderman and moose booster, Les MacKenzie.
Mac was moved in 2004, amid great fanfare, from his location 2 km down the road. For safety sake, he was fenced in in 2009 after he lost part of his jaw.
Mac remains one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Canada.
You can find Mac the Moose at Tourism Moose Jaw located on the corner of Thatcher Drive E and Highway #1. Come take your picture with our 32 foot Moose!
Mac the Moose was honoured by the Moose Jaw Times Herald in 2013 for being Moose Jaw's Best Celebrity.
MAc's Big Move
Mac was moved in 2004, amid great fanfare, from his location 2 km down the road (99 Diefenbaker Drive) on a flatbed truck.
For safety sake, he was fenced in in 2009 after he lost part of his jaw.
SNOWBIRD TUTOR JET
2009 marked a milestone at the Visitor Centre when a CT-114 Tutor Jet, painted in the colours of the Snowbirds, joined Mac the Moose to beckon travellers in from the highway.
An initiative of Tourism Moose Jaw, with funding from Western Economic Diversification, and volunteer help from 15 Wing, the City of Moose Jaw and many individuals, the Tutor seemed the perfect way to honour the city’s association with 15 Wing and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.