More Than a Little Charm, My Moose Jaw

About a month ago, A Little Prairie Charm Gift Boutique and Tea Room became a member here with us at Tourism Moose Jaw. When Jacki (Executive Director at Tourism) told me about this Tea Room she was so excited. She explained how welcoming and friendly Shirley (the owner) was, how beautiful the Boutique is and how she was thrilled to have them on as members. Naturally I wanted to check it out for myself so this week I went and met Shirley.

I felt welcomed the minute I walked in. Shirley was excited to show me around her store and I was excited to see everything she had. For starters, passion for what she does just radiates from her in an infectious way. You can tell just how much she loves what she is doing. Secondly, I was amazed at everything this little shop has!

We started the tour in the kitchen area which is filled with all sorts of China. Instantly I was reminded of my Grandma’s beautiful set that was always on display in my Moms China Cabinet. Now we never really used my Moms Fine China…but Shirley not only lets you use them, she rents them out! If you are looking for something classic and timeless or you are more into shabby chic, she has just the right set for you!

While we were going over the different dish options, Shirley started to tell me about all the events they have been holding in the Tea Room. From birthday parties, Christmas parties, baby and wedding showers and even a psychic medium! Her Tea Room seats about 35 people. It can be rented just as the room and you are welcome to bring in your own food or caterer or you can go with their full tea service. I can see having my daughters Birthday Party here or my parents Anniversary Dinner, the options are really open and the space is quaint and charming.

The Boutique area in the front of the shop is the cherry on top! All the beautiful items to buy are perfectly placed. There is a little bit of everything, from natural and homemade items, tea blends specifically mixed for the Tea Room, blankets, bird baths and my personal favourite, the hand crafted (by Shirley’s Husband) birdhouse/feeders. The birdhouse is a tea pot that points down to a tea cup that you would fill with seed. The roof is finished in stucco and it all is mounted and secured on a wooden base. I think it would add a unique touch to any backyard or patio!

Another thing I picked up on while being at A Little Prairie Charm is how happy everyone is to be there. From the ladies getting ready for their second tea since the Tea Room opened to the young women that came in to do school work, everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves. I left with a really good feeling that what Shirley has created is a great addition to downtown Moose Jaw.

I would like to finish by thanking Shirley, for the tour, for being so welcoming and for the lovely Lavender Earl Grey Tea. You truly have something special at A Little Prairie Charm!

If you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift or just want to spend an afternoon sipping some tea with the people you love, I highly recommend stopping in to see Shirley!

See you around,

Krista

 A Little Prairie Charm is located at 35 High St. E.

A Little Prairie Charm is located at 35 High St. E.

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 They have a large variety of China, something perfect for any occasion.

They have a large variety of China, something perfect for any occasion.

 The adorable bird house/feeders.

The adorable bird house/feeders.

 Enjoying my Lavender Earl Grey Tea. Thanks Shirley!

Enjoying my Lavender Earl Grey Tea. Thanks Shirley!

A Touch of Elegance and Class, My Moose Jaw.

Anyone who has walked through the doors at the Yvette Moore Gallery knows what I mean when I say elegance and class. For those of you that haven’t been, I would like to share with you what is behind the doors at 76 Fairford St. W.

The Gallery is located in the original Land Titles Office, running from 1910 to 1998. It was named a Heritage Property in 1997 and the Yvette Moore Gallery Project started in January of 1999. The building has undergone a number of renovations all while keeping the natural design and charm of the original property. One of the most surprising finds during this process was the solid copper window and door frames which to this day are part of the décor in the Gallery. Although new elements had to be added to the renovations, everything was carefully chosen to keep with the original beauty.

While walking through the Yvette Moore Gallery, you can tell just how much care and attention goes into all the displays of various art mediums. Each standing out in its own right, from Yvette Moore’s beautiful works to those of other local artists such as Brysen Bert and Claude Morin, everything is perfectly shown.

While your eyes are taking in all the beauty around you, your nose may pick up on something as well. Nestled in the back of the Gallery is something so special in itself, The Gallery Café. The aromas that fill the Gallery will have you hungry almost instantly! So naturally lunch was part of my visit.

The Gallery Café was on my list of places I needed to visit. This was the first time I have dined here and I can tell you, I left happy! I started my meal with the Hot Apple Cider which was a great choice for a chilly day. Next I had the Vegetarian Spinach Pie which I am told is a classic favourite, and a cup of their homemade Cream of Mushroom Potato Dill Chowder. Everything was perfect and I can see why this is a popular choice among locals for lunch. We finished our meals off with dessert which consisted of Gingerbread with a Lemon Butter Sauce and Grandma’s Bread & Butter Pudding! All I can say is dessert is a must when you visit The Gallery Café!

One of my absolute favourite things about The Yvette Moore Gallery is how local everything is. From the artists to the ingredients used in the kitchen, they all share that common theme. There is something so special to know that what you are purchasing supports hard working people in your community!

In closing I would like to thank Yvette and Sarah Moore for having us in to snoop around and for the amazing lunch you treated us too, it was much appreciated! I was impressed from start to finish.

See you around,

Krista

 Cream of Mushroom Potato Dill Chowder  Turkey, Brie and Pear with Gravelbourg Mustard Ciabatta  Grandma’s Bread & Butter Pudding  Gingerbread with Lemon Butter  Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Cream of Mushroom Potato Dill Chowder

Turkey, Brie and Pear with Gravelbourg Mustard Ciabatta

Grandma’s Bread & Butter Pudding

Gingerbread with Lemon Butter

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

 Everything is so perfectly placed around The Yvette Moore Gallery

Everything is so perfectly placed around The Yvette Moore Gallery

 Yvette Moore’s painting of the original Temple Gardens Dance Hall. This iconic Moose Jaw building is what Tourism Moose Jaw is modeled after.

Yvette Moore’s painting of the original Temple Gardens Dance Hall. This iconic Moose Jaw building is what Tourism Moose Jaw is modeled after.

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A Museum and More!

If you are from Moose Jaw, chances are you have visited the Western Development Museum. It is one of 4 museums in Saskatchewan that focus on our Heritage. The other museums can be found in Saskatoon, Yorkton and North Battleford. Moose Jaw lets transportation take the spotlight. With over 100,000 square feet to explore, it is easy to see why people love to visit the WDM.

Well loved artifacts aside, the WDM offers a lot more than just the exhibits. They run at least one event a month. The events will vary from “In Remembrance” to honour our Veterans, “Ghostly Games” for your little ones or a favourite around the WDM, “A Christmas Long Ago”.

I spent some time with Karla Rasmussen, the Education and Public Program Coordinator for the Moose Jaw WDM. I was lucky enough to get to go behind the scenes and see the set up for the upcoming Christmas event. Children will get to step back in time to see what Christmas was like 100 years ago at Grandma’s house, complete with a gift opening that shows the kids what children like them would have received so many years ago. They will also get to make some fun Christmas crafts. “A Christmas Long Ago” will be held December 15th and 22nd and there is still room to get your child registered!

There is a cost to non-members for events such as this one. However, a family membership is very reasonable at $70/year. 3 visits to the museum and you’ve recovered your cost. One perk of the membership is that nearly every event the museum puts on is no charge to attend (with the odd exception) and you also get access to pre-event nights exclusively for members.

Another area of the WDM worth checking out is their Gift Shop. I personally love all the little unique items that they carry and have purchased several of my children’s teacher gifts from here. They have toys and knickknacks, clothes, beautiful glass charms to catch the light from a window, purses and a whole section dedicated to Saskatchewan made items. It is so worth a stop just for this!

The WDM also has two separate rooms for rent. They can be used for meetings, Christmas parties, banquets, tour groups and so much more. They allow catering and if you are lucky enough, you might even be able to book a special event in the museum. Imagine eating your dinner in the Aviation Area!

One thing the WDM is always looking for is Volunteers. They are hosting a Volunteer Blitz on January 19th and anyone interested in volunteering can attend this information night. Several different areas are always in need of extra hands to help. If you have a love of steam engines, consider becoming a conductor for the Short Line 101!

A special thank you to Karla for showing me around! I feel so lucky to have this museum in Moose Jaw, with so much to offer. I hope you check it out.

See you around,

Krista

P.S. If you have a business or event you’d like me to visit, please email info@tourismmoosejaw.com

 “A Christmas Long Ago” takes place in Grandma’s House!

“A Christmas Long Ago” takes place in Grandma’s House!

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Shopping at a Store with a Door

“Shop at a store with a door” is a phrase I am sure you have probably heard around Moose Jaw lately. The whole idea is to get people to shop less online and focus more on the great stores you have in your own city. It supports community growth and opens up opportunities for more small business.

For me, shopping isn’t one of those activities that hit the top of my list. What can make this better for me are friendly staff, well organized stores and one of a kind treasures that are most often found in smaller more local shops.

When I started this Blog one of the goals I had for myself was to get out and see what Moose Jaw has to offer. Experience the city like I encourage visitors to do. This week I decided to go check out a business I hadn’t been to before. That led me to Real Deals on Home Décor Moose Jaw.

Walking in to the store I was immediately blown away, the displays set up all around are so well done. Filled with groupings of home décor and Christmas decorations, they showcase how you would put these items together in your own home. Whether your taste is country, contemporary or more classic you will find something here that will go perfectly with your style.

Aside from Home Décor they have a ladies clothing section. Mannequins adorned with carefully selected outfits are placed all around, giving you ideas of pairings you might not put together on your own. I should also mention their sizing is from small to 3x, giving lots of variety.

You can also find novelty socks with sayings like “Mama Bear” on the sole, sunglasses, jewellery, candles and any Christmas decoration you could ever want to buy, all arranged in colour and style for easy matching.

Located at 30 McKenzie Lane, Real Deals is a little off the beaten path but so worth a visit. I can guarantee you will be pleased with the well laid out show room and friendly staff.

I would like to wish owners Jerri-Lynn and Sean congratulations on their 2nd Birthday! Also a special thank you to Jerri-Lynn for showing me around.

Happy shopping at “a store with a door!”

See you around,

Krista

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How About Some Loud Music?

Have you ever caught yourself saying “there is nothing to do in Moose Jaw”? Well I would like the opportunity to change your mind!

Every week I spend a couple hours searching out events in Moose Jaw and adding them to our event section at www.tourismmoosejaw.com. There is always a good mix of things to get out and enjoy, like family activities, craft and trade shows and live entertainment. One of the things I feel we are very lucky to have in Moose Jaw is our local music scene. We have a lot of talent living in our city.

 Just about every week in Moose Jaw you can find some kind of live show. Whether you are grabbing a beer at Cask 82 on the weekends or taking in a bubble tea and a Festival of Words performance at Mitsu Sweet Café, there is something for everyone.

This weekend I invite you out to The Park Hotel. Local band, The 86’s are having their album release party for “The Many Rooms of Old Lady Winchester”. The band is made up of 4 guys, Dave Howard, Anthine Savoie, Ryan Stusek and Jamie Robb. You will hear some old favourites like War Pigs by Black Sabbath and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin but you will also get a taste of their original music, a mix of heavy groove rock and roll with a punk twist. I promise they will not disappoint.

Taking the stage with The 86’s are Regina bands, Above the Crown and Sing the Body Electric. Three bands for the price of FREE! The show is this Saturday at 9:30 pm.

I encourage you to get out and see what Moose Jaw has to offer and I hope to see you at the show Saturday Night!

See you around,

Krista

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Welcome to Rosie’s

Located on the once infamous River Street is a quaint little restaurant with great atmosphere and food to match. Rosie’s on River Street serves up elevated pub food utilizing local ingredients when possible. On their menu, you will find Gravelbourg Mustard and Coteau Hills Creamery Cheese. Behind the bar you will find Last Mountain Distillery, Churchill Brewing and Moose Jaw’s own Prairie Bee Meadery.

Their menu ranges from Shopsy Hot Dogs to a Cuban Sandwich, a great list of appetizers and arguably the best French Onion soup in Moose Jaw. Their burgers are what they are most known for. Taking home the “Best Burger” in Moose Jaw award for 2018 speaks for itself! Topped with an assortment of fresh and comforting ingredients, they will satisfy any burger craving you have.

Great food and local ingredients aside, the décor is funky, eclectic and unique all at once. With ceiling tiles painted for local sports teams and businesses, numerous collections displayed and their mascot moose hanging behind the bar (if you want a good story, ask the owner about the moose) it is truly one of a kind. When the weather is warm, nothing beats a cold drink on their patio.

Perhaps my favourite thing about Rosie’s is how it got its name. Rosie Dale was one badass woman back in the day. She ran a brothel, and when confronted by the crooked police chief for his cut of her profits she packed up shop and took it out of Moose Jaw’s city limits. Seems like an easy way to lose some of your business, right? Well Rosie had that part figured out. She would send her unmanned horses into town to pick up “Johns”. The horses would then take them out to her business and when they were done, they would be returned to town on those very same horses. Now that’s an entrepreneurial spirit!

This story has been my favourite one to tell since I started here at Tourism Moose Jaw and Rosie’s on River Street is always a favourite around our office with the summer students and tourists. Next chance you get, give Rosie’s a try, I promise it will not disappoint!

See you around,

Krista

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Local Talent Part 1

 I would like to share with you two local groups in Moose Jaw that highlight some of the amazing talents we have tucked away in our city. The Moose Jaw Art Guild and The Moose Jaw Camera Club.

The Moose Jaw Art Guild is a membership based organization that brings artists together to share their love of art and creativity. They use several different mediums, all unique to the artist.

 Memberships are very reasonable, $25/year for adults, $15/year for youths (14+). With your membership you get the opportunity to participate in exhibitions, attend skill building workshops, be involved in peer to peer groups and be a part of art excursions to other communities!

We have a wall in our gift shop at Tourism Moose Jaw where we display several of the Art Guilds pieces. Many travellers over the last year have left with a little piece of Moose Jaw to take back home with them.

If you would like the chance to get a better look at what these artists can do, they will be on exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery from November 8th to January 6th. The opening reception will be held November 8th from 7:30 to 9 pm.

The Moose Jaw Camera Club’s photos cover our walls at Tourism Moose Jaw. When you walk around the centre you will see our buddy Mac in several different poses and backgrounds, some of the most beautiful Saskatchewan scenery and iconic images of Moose Jaw, like the 4th Avenue Bridge.

Their annual membership is also reasonable at $40/year. This gets you access to club activities, outings and meetings. Their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/moosejawcameraclub is a good starting point. The club is full of knowledgeable photographers that have mastered their art.

I encourage you to come visit us at Tourism Moose Jaw and see what these local photographers and artists can do and with Christmas only a couple months away, you might find the perfect gift for the art lover in your life!

Look for Local Talent Part 2 in the coming weeks!

See you around,

Krista

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Chasing Aces at Cask 82

My Wednesday nights for the past several months have been dedicated to one thing, Chase the Ace. For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, you purchase a $10 ticket from the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club; it gets added into a draw. If your card is drawn you automatically win the “pot” for that night and get a chance to “Chase the Ace”. If you choose to try your luck at picking a card, you could be the lucky winner of their Jackpot, which is now over $29,000.

My partner in crime for this event and I always split our tickets 50/50. We won once back in May when the take home was only $210. A far cry from the $1800 that went last night!

Winning is great, but even if your number isn’t drawn the money goes to a good cause. This group of guys does a lot in our community and I have enjoyed myself supporting their fundraiser. If you would like to learn more about the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club, please check them out at www.facebook.com/mjkinsmen.

Now I need to give a shout out to Cask 82. This is where the event is held every Wednesday. In the several months I have been going I have had some of the best service in Moose Jaw. The ladies working are always friendly and even when they have a packed and crowded bar, I’ve never had to wait very long for a drink or anything else I might need.

A specially selected menu different from the bar and grill above is available. I highly recommend the Vegas Fries and the Mediterranean Flat Bread. They also serve craft beer and cocktails and have a great wine list.

Now they are only open Wednesday to Saturday, so keep that in mind if you are planning to go. There is also a 24+ age limit. Friday and Saturdays are perfect to check out Cask 82 as live music takes the stage at 9 pm.

We are down to the last 2 weeks of Chase the Ace, for this pot anyways. Some lucky person will walk away with a nice chunk of cash and the rest of us will relish in the suspense of months of hoping to hear our numbers read out.

Look for Chase the Ace to start its second round on Wednesday, November 14th with a beginning Jackpot of $5000. Good luck to all my fellow ticket buyers in the coming weeks!

See you around,

Krista

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MACtivities

MACtivities, October 19th, 20th and 21st

Good morning! This is one of my favourite times of the year around Tourism Moose Jaw. The traffic has slowed a little, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of stuff to do! Along with Halloween activities, we are also getting ready for Christmas in October, coming soon! One of the highlights this weekend the Moostletoe Artist Studio Tour (great name by the way).

With so many great events going on it’s hard to choose which ones to go to! I’d like to help so here is my list of MACtivities for this weekend. Enjoy, Mac.

Friday October 19th

Zion’s Trade Show and Flea Market

Neither Heroes nor Ordinary People at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game vs. The Calgary Hitmen

Jason Gervais takes the stage at Cask 82

Saturday October 20th

Zion’s Trade and Flea Market

8th Annual Moostletoe Artists Studio Tour

Christmas Craft Sale at Timothy Eaton Centre

2018 Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame Induction

Jason Gervais live at Cask 82

Sunday October 21st

Zombie vs. Humain Run in Connor Park

High Tea at Hopkins Dining Parlour

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I want to start off by being completely honest. I love promoting events and activities in Moose Jaw, I however, don’t attend very many myself. When I was asked to do this blog I decided I needed to experience Moose Jaw the way I encourage others to. I want to step out of my 32 years of being a resident and become a “tourist” in my own right. So, instead of heading home last night, putting on my sweat pants, making supper and settling in for the night, I dug out costumes and got the kids ready for the Monster Mash.

The Monster Mash was an event put on by the Moose Jaw Public Library. They had crafts, snacks and a movie, all FREE I might add. My kids were pumped which honestly was enough of a win for me from the get go. We watched a bit of the movie, coloured some Halloween pictures and made all sorts of silly things out of pipe cleaners that nowhere near resembled spiders. All in all a fun way to spend a Tuesday night!

The event was great, but what I took away from the Library was a lot more than I expected. First off, when you walk into the building you are greeted by large marble pillars. What I have learned is that this building has more marble in it than any other building in Saskatchewan, with the exception of the Parliament Buildings. Pretty amazing right? What I found to be even more amazing than that is the Moose Jaw Public Library holds up to SIX FREE events every week. This is a big jump from the 12 a year they used to hold.

These events range from book clubs, author readings, book launches, game nights, movie nights, kids activities, story times and so much more! Where else can you take your family for entertainment that isn’t a park or green space and have it be FREE?!

What I took away from this was that right under my nose in Moose Jaw is a beautiful historic building where I can enjoy some quality time with my kids. I will admit I was ignorant to the idea of a library having so much more to offer than just books! So when looking for something to do in the next 6 months of winter, consider a family night at the Moose Jaw Public Library!

See you around!

Krista

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Views From the Visitor's Centre

So you’ve met Krista, the woman who keeps the Visitor Centre running smoothly, looking fabulous and ready to greet you! Soon you’ll meet our other staff who are the smiling faces you’ll see when you come to visit.

You’ve met Mac - and you’ll hear much more from our giant guardian of the city. For the strong, silent type, he always seems to have a lot to say!

My name is Jacki L’Heureux-Mason, and I’m the Executive Director at Tourism Moose Jaw. I get the privilege of coordinating the promotional efforts to encourage visitors to our fine city, as well as working with our member organizations to highlight the great number of activities, restaurants, hotels and amenities we have to offer while you’re here. I also get to plan Tourism Moose Jaw’s summer activities.

We have been offering Historic Daytime Trolley Tours and Ghost Tours for more than a decade, and are working to constantly improve and change them. We are working on some new tours, including expanding our fall Cemetery Tours - which we hope to re-launch in the spring. We’ve also been working on some other tours for a long time… and we are hopeful that they could be ready for next year as well!

And for the many people inquiring about the status of the trolley - we are still very hopeful this big project will be successful for the spring! Stay tuned, we will be talking much more about the old girl in the future!

While the fall and winter seasons might seem a little quieter, things are buzzing along here at the Visitor’s Centre! Krista, Mac & I will make sure you’re up on all things Moose Jaw - so check back often!

Jacki

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MACtivities

Now that the seasons are changing and there aren’t as many visitors taking selfies with yours truly, I have some free time. Now I know the ladies inside normally do the weekend activities but I figured I would do my part. So when planning your weekend check out my “MACtivities”.  Shameless plug I know, but I just can’t help myself!

Check with me every Thursday afternoon for a complete list of what’s going on in Moose Jaw for the weekend ahead! Sincerely, Mac the Moose

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Friday

The Cadors live @ Cask 82

Saturday

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Moose Jaw Warriors Home Game

Sukanen Ship Carnival Grotesque

Saskia and Darrel - The Great Plains

Kris Klyne live @ Cask 82

Sunday

Tourism Moose Jaw Cemetery Tours

Steak Night Fundraiser for Flirting with Fido at Cornerstone Bar & Grill

For more information about these events please visit

www.tourismmoosejaw.com/events

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My Moose Jaw

Hi there, my name is Krista and I am head of Visitor Services at Tourism Moose Jaw. In my blog I would like to share with you the local places I think are worth a visit, activities and events that stand out around town and some of the visitors that I get to meet!

First off, I want to tell you a bit about the beautiful building I get to work in! For most people living in Moose Jaw, the Visitor Information Centre isn’t probably the first place you’d think to go. The first time I ever stepped foot in it was for my job interview! What I was met with was far above my expectations.

Inside you will see our “Mini City”, there is replicas of iconic buildings in Moose Jaw like City Hall, Temple Gardens and The Tunnels of Moose Jaw. It is all finished off with a 60% scale of CPR Empress Train #2816.

We have gorgeous photos from the Moose Jaw Camera Club that hang all over the Centre. They showcase our wonderful little city in the prairies and some of the amazing talent we have living here.

We are firm believers in “Supporting Local” whenever possible so, in our gift shop you will find lots of local products to enjoy. Ranging from art to books and even soup!

We also offer a lot of services here, one of them being Welcome Packages. If you have a large group of people coming to Moose Jaw for a sports event, convention or even a wedding, we will make each of your guests a customizable welcome package!

There is also places to picnic outside, office space to rent, bathrooms to use (the cleanest on the #1 Highway we’ve been told) and all sorts of FREE literature and maps! All of this is wrapped up in a building that’s been modeled after the Temple Gardens Dance Hall.

Whether you live in Moose Jaw or you are a visitor, I invite you to stop in and say hello, maybe you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was!

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Let Me Introduce Mooself!

And so it begins. An endless list of amoosing words, highlighting my obvious moose-ness. It’s kind of fun, really. Moostering up the creativity to find new and moosterious ways to incorporate moose into all sorts of other words. Surprisingly fun!

Oh, by the way - my name is Mac. Mac the Moose. You may have seen my picture somewhere on the world wide web. You might have even stopped by at some point to take a selfie with me! That’s what the kids are calling it these days, right?

I’ve been living in Moose Jaw since 1984, ever since some smart people thought that our city deserved a mascot! I’ll tell you more about that next week. But getting back to that selfie thing, we would love to see your moost beautiful faces while taking a picture with little old me! (I guess I’m not really that little, at just over 32 feet tall!) If you’re ok with us posting them on our blog and social media once in a while, use the #iMetMac whenever you post it somewhere!

Well, it looks as though the highway is getting pretty busy for the long weekend - so Happy Thanksgiving to all you travellers, and safe journeys! We sure hope to see you soon!

What is Tourism Moose Jaw?

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Tourism Moose Jaw is not-for-profit membership driven organization with an ever-growing number of members, at present standing over 150.

Our Visitor Centre is the first point of contact for many visitors and potential visitors to the city.  Face-to-face, by email, over the phone, website, social media or through one of thousands of fulfillment packages sent out annually, our job is to present Moose Jaw to our guests convincing them to make us their destination or to extend their stay.

What does it mean to be a not-for-profit member organization?  Our member’s represent both tourism related businesses and those service businesses that recognize the importance of tourism in the community.

At the head is a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of 13 member businesses.

About Tourism Moose Jaw

Tourism Moose Jaw Inc. was incorporated on February 19, 1991.  Prior to that a number of very capable organizations had carried the tourism flag.  As the city moved towards destination status, a separate organization devoted entirely to tourism, made more sense. 

The original Visitor Centre was located west of the present location, along the Trans-Canada highway.  In 2003, the new facility was built.  Fashioned after the famous Temple Gardens Dance Hall from the 1920s, it was quickly recognized as one of the most unique Visitor Centre’s in Canada. 

With the relocation of Mac the Moose, in 2004, to the new centre and the installment of the Snowbird Tutor Jet in 2009, travelers on the Trans-Canada know immediately that Moose Jaw is living up to its brand, “Surprisingly Unexpected”.