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”.