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Welcome Welcome to Moose Jaw Along with the people of Moose Jaw, I extend to you a sincere and warm welcome. Moose Jaw is known throughout North America for its fascinating attractions, vibrant downtown, and rich history. Moose Jaw is a healthy city with a healthy future. Moose Jaw is a popular tourism destination city. Visitors consistently discover Moose Jaw to have the surprisingly unexpected. Our Tourist Information Centre is just off the highway. The friendly folks there can point you to a myriad of attractions, events and places, including historic downtown Main Street. We also have many fine hotels, motels and restaurants that cater to the varied tastes of all of our visitors. You will find a wealth of information respecting Moose Jaw on the city’s website at www. moosejaw.ca. Whether you plan to stay for a day or a lifetime, we’re glad to have you here in The Friendly City. If you’re only with us for awhile, enjoy your stay, and please, plan to come back again. You’re always welcome. Sincerely, Glenn Hagel Mayor
Handy Phone Numbers (306) Area Code Police, Fire and Ambulance Emergencies................911 Police Department...............................................694-7600 Fire Department (Fire calls only).....................694-1414 Fire Department (Main Office)..........................692-2792 Hospital...................................................................694-0200 City Hall...................................................................694-4400 Moose Jaw Transit ..............................................694-4488 Tourism Moose Jaw.............................................693-8097 Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce................692-6414
Table of Contents Greetings from Tourism Moose Jaw......6 Our members........................................7-8 Temple Gardens Mineral Spa............9-10 Tourism Moose Jaw website................11 World powerlifting championships.12-13 New multipurpose event centre, fieldhouse..........................................14-15 Historic murals.................................17-19 The world of gophers............................20 Moose merchandise..............................21 Calendar of events............................22-23 Historic buildings, graveyard tours, stained glass......................................24-25 Accommodations...................................26 Local restaurants..............................28-32 Festival of Words....................................33 Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery...........................35 Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre.................................................36-37 Antiques.............................................38-39 Mac the Moose colouring page............40
Greetings from Tourism Moose Jaw
Executive Director’s welcome Welcome to the Tourism Moose Jaw Visitor Centre. My name is Candis Kirkpatrick and I’m the Executive Director here. While that may sound important, believe me, it’s only a title.The really important people are the ones who greet you when you come through our doors. Like Pat and Clara and Michelle – they are the ones who come to work every day with the sole purpose of pleasing you in mind. They are the ones whose job it is to anticipate your needs. Do you need a map of the city or province? Want to know what time the first tour at The Tunnels of Moose Jaw goes? How to get to the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre and whether you will be able to hold an owl when you’re there? Where you can find the museum that showcases the history of transportation? Aching joints from too much travelling? Want a soak in the mineral rich waters of Temple Gardens Mineral Spa? What time do you have to be at the Visitor Centre to catch the nighttime Ghost Tours? Reader’s Digest recently dubbed Moose Jaw as “The Little City That Could.” Recent branding touts it as “Surprisingly Unexpected.” Old Timers still refer to it as “The Friendly City.” No matter which name you choose, you will be right. Moose Jaw, a city of 37,000, is nestled between rolling hills to the south, the gorgeous Qu’Appelle Valley to the North and surrounded by some of the richest farmland in the world.Just off the Trans-Canada Highway,Moose Jaw was often bypassed by travellers in the past. That was before “The Little City That Could” did. Great museums and art galleries were the norm and giant murals had already begun to appear. What else could be done? These were soon followed by the building of a spa to tap already present mineral-rich waters. A steady stream of tourists resulted in an upgrade to an underground tunnels tour. Empty stores soon housed gift stores, boutiques and ice cream shops. A casino and Cultural Centre found a common ground in live entertainment. The city burst forth on the provincial, national and even international scenes. And so, we welcome you to our fabulous, “Surprisingly Unexpected” city. Come, relax, enjoy. Then come back for more.
Something for everyone From the “Only In Saskatchewan” bunny hugs to Mortimer the Fashion Moose to T-shirts, fudge and berry picking bags — the gift shop at the Tourism Moose Jaw Visitor Centre has something to fit Uncle Joe, Grandma, your paper boy and your pocket book. You’ll find items that fit right in with the ‘moose culture’ prevalent in,that’s right,Moose Jaw,as well as locally-produced soup, berry everything, fudge, fire starters, mustard and even Grandma Lou’s Chickpeas, Lentils and Flax. Buy a postcard, fill it out and give it to us to mail. Need a different size for that awesome Moose Jaw T-shirt? No problem, we’ll order it and send it to you or whoever else you want us to.And, if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll point you in the direction of who does,‘cause we know who carries what in town, where to find them and when they’re open. So, come on in. After you’ve taken in the beauty of the Visitor Centre, got your supply of brochures, and are suffering from information overload, get out your list of who will be expecting what and start to shop. Just give us a shout and we’ll lend you a hand.
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Valued Members of Tourism Accommodations Bed & Breakfast Dreamweaver’s Bed & Breakfast Wakamow Heights Bed & Breakfast Campgrounds Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex..................... 27 River Park Campground.............................. 28 Trails End Guest Ranch............................... 28 Hotel/Motel Capone’s Hideaway Motel Comfort Inn.................................................. 28 Days Inn........................................................ 27 Dreamland Motel Heritage Inn.................................................. 27 Knowles Motel............................................. 27 Parke Lodge Motor Inn Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex..................... 27 Super 8 Motel .............................................. 27 Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort............. 2 Travelodge.................................................... 27 Kennel Artistique Acres Pet Resort Retirement Residence Mulberry Estates Retirement Residence
Amenities Clubs & Associations Association Communautaire Fransaskoise de Moose Jaw City of Moose Jaw....................................... 10 Conseil Des Ecoles Fransaskoises (Ecole Ducharme) Cosmo Senior Citizen’s Centre Enterprise Saskatchewan Heritage Moose Jaw 1992 Inc. Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw Moose Jaw Art Guild Moose Jaw Band & Coral Festival Inc. Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce Moose Jaw & District Seniors Moose Jaw Housing Authority Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Inc. Royal Canadian Legion Br. 59 Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation South Central Enterprise Region Construction Little Chicago Development Company Inc. MM Construction Financial Institutions BMO Bank of Montreal
RBC Royal Bank TD Canada Trust Insurance Agencies, Real Estate & Employment Folgizan Agencies Inc. Henderson Insurance Inc. Hire Yield Human Resource Solutions Moose Jaw Real Estate Board Inc. Ottawa Real Estate Co. Ltd. Royal LePage Landmart................................ 9 Radio & Print Gold West Radio (800 CHAB/100.7/103.9/ Discover Moose Jaw) Grand Valley Press Moose Jaw Times Herald/This Week Leader Post
Attractions Gallery, Museum & Heritage Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery ............. 8 Parsons-Dietrich Pottery.............................. 13 Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum . . 8 The Wearhouse Factory Outlet.................... 14 Western Development Museum..................... 8 Park & Recreation Crescent Park Deer Ridge Golf Club.................................. 32 Dooley’s Billiards & Lounge Hillcrest Sport Centre Labyrinth of Peace The Lynbrook Golf Club Wakamow Valley Authority......................... 10 Relaxation & Entertainment Casino Moose Jaw....................................... 43 Moose Jaw Cultural Centre......................... 39 Moose Jaw Exhibition Company Limited / Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre............... 9 Moose Jaw Trolley Co. Moose Jaw Warriors Murals of Moose Jaw Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex ‘Mini Golf’... 27 Sahara Spa Inc.............................................. 42 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Tunnels of Moose Jaw................................. 44
Food & Beverage Asian National Café................................................ 29 Nit’s Thai Food Overseas Restaurant
Coffee/Tea Houses Java Express & The Wandering Gypsy Renate’s........................................................ 30 Tim Horton’s Family Bonanza Restaurant..................................... 32 Boston Pizza Carol’s Catering & Café Cindy’s Café Déjà vu Café Humpty’s On Main Prairie Oasis Restaurant............................... 27 The Mad Greek............................................ 28 Fast Food DQ Grill & Chill & Joey’s Only Mr. Sub Quiznos......................................................... 29 The Artful Dogger TJ’s Pizza Yesteryear’s Dining & Sales........................ 32 Fine Dining Hopkins Dining Parlour............................... 30 Temple Gardens Mineral Spa ‘Harwood’s’... 2 Yvette Moore Art Gallery – The Gallery Café.......................... 3, 31, 44 Pubs/Lounge Champs Sports Bar Restaurant The Park Cold Beer & Wine Store / Home of Jake’s Saloon
Retail Goods & Services Antiques, Galleries, Collectables & Gifts Antique Yard Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory................. 15 Ellen’s on Main............................................ 16 Fireworx.Sabine Arends Jillian’s Design Elements............................. 19 Kitchen Gear................................................ 16 Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery................................ 10 Marlows Ov Olde......................................... 32 McMaster Studio Mi Dektree Designs..................................... 16 Multi-Line Gifts Parson Dietrich Pottery Studio.................... 13 Past Times Photography & Gifts................. 34 Players Collectibles Post Horizon Booksellers............................. 25 Renate’s........................................................ 30 Continued on Page 8
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Then’N’Again Antiques & Collectibles...... 10 Yvette Moore Gallery........................ 3, 31, 44 Fashion Trends Clothes Encounter........................................ 21 Cranberry Rose Ladies Boutique ............... 16 Cupids, Ribbons & Bows Gemmell’s Shoes ........................................ 31 Gingerbread Square...................................... 34 Guys & Dawls Clothing ............................. 19 Hart & Soul Clothing Co. Ice Images Figuring Skating & Dance Apparel Java Express & The Wandering Gypsy Klassen Graphics.......................................... 14 LaBoutique Ladies Wear.............................. 25 New Board Shop.......................................... 25 One Tooth Active Wear................................ 15 Scrubs........................................................... 20 Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort, Trudy’s...................................................... 2 The Bebe Bump Maternity Boutique
The Hibiscus Boutique The Make-Up Bag........................................ 25 The Wearhouse Factory Outlet.................... 14 Health & Wellness Leonard Fysh Pharmasave........................... 20 Living Elements Purely Pleasure Salon Radiant Skin Clinic Sahara Spa Inc. . .......................................... 42 Turtle Island Wrapture Spa & Boutique............................. 4 Sporting Goods & Music Boh’s Cycle & Sporting Goods Canadian Tire............................................... 18 John’s Music Ltd. Quilting & Crafts Heather’s Quilting Palette Page Break Scrapbooking & Craft Supplies... 14 Quilter’s Haven Inc. The Quilt Patch............................................. 21
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Automotive Budget Car & Truck Rental Eagle Tire & Auto Kal Tire Mercury Service Inc. . ................................. 37 Murray GM.................................................. 41 Village Ford Lincoln Sales.......................... 41 Moose Jaw Co-op Association Moose Jaw RV............................................. 18 Subway Esso Travel Agencies/Tour Guide Services Johnson Tour Guide Service Moose Mountain Bus Lines Ltd. Roaming Buffalo Shuttle Services Travel Creations Inc.
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Moose Jaw’s Liquid Gold By Janelle Cannon For L-P Specialty Products Many visitors attest that Temple Gardens Mineral Spa is a hidden jewel on the prairies, and without a doubt its waters are what make it shimmer. Geothermic waters and friendly people generate an allaround warm atmosphere at Moose Jaw Temple Gardens. The luxury spa resort in historic downtown Moose Jaw features Canada’s largest geothermal mineral pool, located both indoors and outdoors on the resort’s rooftop. “It just makes you feel wonderful, whether it’s a cold day or a hot day,” said Cheryl Chase, sales and marketing manager at Temple Gardens. “No matter what the season, guests enjoy crisp air, starry nights and tree top views of the adjacent park.” The naturally warm waters are heated from the deep molten mass of the earth’s core so that when the water leaves the wellhead, it is 45 C.
In addition to being warm, the water is also mineral-rich; in fact, the water actually takes on a golden hue due to all the minerals it carries — and that is why Temple Gardens often calls it their ‘liquid gold.’ The warm, mineral-rich water is ideal for relaxing the muscles, easing joint pain, replenishing cellular composition, rejuvenating and re-hydrating the skin, and detoxifying the body’s lymphatic system. “You’ll relax in warm water while your skin absorbs all the minerals,” said Chase.“Sometimes your body needs more of a certain mineral but you don’t even realize it!” To fully absorb all the minerals, guests are advised to avoid towelling off after a soak, but instead dry off naturally. The treasured water is in abundant supply in Moose Jaw. Contained in the porous formations of an ancient seabed, the reservoirs are vast and virtually inexhaustible. The waters are most similar to those used at the famous mineral pools in Bath, England, but come without the posh Continued on Page10
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price tag of a European holiday. That’s why almost 200,000 annual visitors from around the world come to enjoy the resort’s warm waters, making it one of western Canada’s most popular mineral spa resorts. The best way to experience the waters? It depends. For the ultimate Temple Gardens overnight experience couples can experience a romantic getaway in a suite with a large Jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Guests should also be sure to try Temple Gardens’ latest program, water
yoga, where fluid movements of yoga combine effortlessly with the warm mineral pool so that people of all fitness levels can safely enjoy yoga or stop by the pool during a day trip to Moose Jaw, while visiting other attractions in the city, such as the casino, Mae Wilson Theatre, or the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. “It’s never about one lone business. It’s about all these businesses coming together to create an experience. And Moose Jaw — it’s a destination. We have enough to keep you busy for at least four days,” said Chase.
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Tourism Moose Jaw – one click and you’ll find something “Surprisingly Unexpected” By Tony Playter For L-P Specialty Products Recent statistics show that as many as 81 per cent of travellers plan their vacations with the help of the internet. Now, visitors to Moose Jaw’s new on-line home will find an exciting, vibrant and informative website to plan their trip. With a population of just under 35,000, Moose Jaw plays host to almost 440,000 visitors to the city annually, the largest percentage increase anywhere in Canada. When tourists click on the new website, www. tourismmoosejaw.ca, they’ll uncover outstanding information about Moose Jaw and the incredible experiences the city has to offer. This fresh, on-line presence shows why Moose Jaw has become a destination of choice. Candis Kirkpatrick, Tourism Moose Jaw’s executive director, oversaw the incredible transformation of the old website to the new energetic look. According to Kirkpatrick the former website was outdated, cumbersome and hard to manage. It was also a real challenge to make changes or update it and keep it current in a timely manner. Tourism Moose Jaw, which was initially incorporated in 1991, was looking for a website that mirrored a visit to a fun, upbeat city. “We wanted to create a site that helps potential visitors make Moose Jaw their destination,” said Kirkpatrick. “Tourism Moose Jaw is a member organization and the new site allows each of the members the opportunity to showcase their businesses to potential visitors.” Kirkpatrick has received positive feedback on the new look and on-line features ever since the website went live in December. While the website has only been up and running for
a couple of months, it has added a positive aspect to promoting Moose Jaw’s three main tourism categories, ‘Good Night’s Sleep,’ ‘Must See’s,’ ‘Must Do’s’ and ‘What Visitors Say.’ “These categories are the most visited by our guests and play an important role in helping to plan their trip to Moose Jaw,” said Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick also feels that the rest of the site enhances trip planning as ‘Meet ‘n Eat’, ‘Browse ‘n Buy’, ‘City, Tourism & Country Stuff’ and ‘Amenities’ showcase all Moose jaw has to offer. “Everything is there to help them decide not only to come to Moose Jaw, but what to do while they are here,” added Kirkpatrick.“Current events are also listed right on the Home Page as is the latest edition of the Visitor Guide.” “OurVisitor Guide is now online and can be viewed and downloaded from the site,” said Kirkpatrick.“The new site also represents our members much better than the old, as we can easily make changes to keep our information up-todate.” Whether you are looking for information on key tourist attractions, a great place to eat, accommodations or fabulous shops, you will find what you need at www.tourismmoosejaw. ca. In fact, with one click, you and your family will find a variety of great reasons to make Moose Jaw a destination of choice, or, once here, give you a reason to extend your stay in a city as unique as its name. For more information, please contact Tourism Moose Jaw by phoning 1-306-693-8097 or toll free 1-866-693-8097. For 24-hour access to information, you can visit their fantastic new website anytime at www.tourismmoosejaw. ca.
World Powerlifting Championships come to Moose Jaw By Tobie Hainstock For L-P Specialty Products The eyes of the Powerlifting world will be on Moose Jaw this year as the city plays host to the 2011 International Powerlifting Federation Sub-Junior and Junior World Championships.The event will take place at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Convention Centre from August 30 to September 4. According to Host Committee Member Ryan Fowler, 30 to 40 countries from around the world are expected to have representation. “That makes about 400 to 500 athletes plus coaches and families visiting Moose Jaw,” said Fowler. Fowler said that this will actually be the equivalent of two World Championships taking place, as the Sub-Junior (up to age 18) and Junior (up to age 23) classes will be participating. What is Powerlifting? Powerlifting is a judged, drug-tested sport that is comprised of three lifts. The squat — where the bar is placed on the lifter’s shoulders, the lifter then squats down until the hip joint is lower than the top of the knee joint and then successfully stands upright.The Bench Press — where the lifter lowers the weight down to the chest, suspends the weight on the chest and then presses the weight upwards to a locked out position. Deadlift — which is where the
barbell is lifted off the floor and raised so that the lifter is standing in an erect position with the shoulders back and the knees locked. This is truly a test of the athlete’s overall body strength and, for many, is considered the ultimate strength sport. Athletes in powerlifting competitions are categorized by sex, age, and bodyweight. There are eight female weight classes and nine male weight classes. Each participant is allowed three attempts at each lift; the best lift in each discipline is then added to that individual’s overall total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. If two or more lifters achieve the same total, the competitor with the lightest bodyweight wins. Fowler explained that, in order for a country to qualify for competition in the World Championship, they must have a national championship and participants in every weight class. Saskatchewan Roots The sport of powerlifting in Saskatchewan has strong roots. Over the years, numerous athletes from our province have attended national championships. Because of the high level of talented athletes in this sport, ten provincial athletes have participated in world championship competitions within the last three years. Continued on Page 13
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Among these dedicated and disciplined competitors is 2006 World Junior Champion, Rhaea Fowler. As sister to Ryan, she found herself increasingly interested in her older sibling’s sport of choice. Ryan introduced his then 14-yearold sister to coach Jeff Butt. Since then, he has provided mentoring and a great deal of valuable support to Rhaea. Rhaea’s first world competition was in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2005 and she has been competing on a world level ever since. With a strong determination and a strong support system of family and friends backing her up, Rhaea has proven herself as a worthy competitor on more than one occasion. Success doesn’t come without working for it though; Rhaea keeps herself in shape with natural supplements, a strict high protein diet and a regular workout routine. “In the off-season I train an hour and a half to two hours per day,” she said.“When preparing for a meet, I train two to three hours per day.” Rhaea’s commitment to her sport was further revealed when she added,“For me there’s no complete off-season — I’m always doing something.” This is Rhaea’s last year competing as a junior; beyond
this she plans to compete as an Open Lifter in the 23 to 40 age category. Considering her dedication, expertise and enthusiasm, it will be no surprise to see Rhaea Fowler’s name among the championship rankings for years to come. Encouraging Words Rhaea offered encouragement to those interested in pursuing powerlifting as a sport of choice, saying that training strengthens the body and the mind. She said that the positive mental attitude that comes from keeping the body in shape assists with staying focused during workouts and competition. With so many different age categories available in the sport, powerlifters can enjoy a long career. According to Rhaea, presently the oldest lifter in Canada is 79 years of age. Rhaea also stated that people starting out in powerlifting often feel intimidated by what other athletes can lift. “Don’t focus too much on what other people can do,” she said,“just make a starting point and go from there.” Another great way to find out more about powerlifting is to talk to a coach or an athlete,or visit http://saskpowerlifting. ca. To find out more about the IPF World Championships, visit www.ipfjuniorworlds2011.ca.
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City offers first class sports facilities The face of the Moose Jaw sports scene will have an updated and modern look with the completion of the new Downtown Facility later this year. The Downtown Facility, a 4,500-seat multipurpose event centre, will be the future home of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Moose Jaw Warriors. In addition to the new multipurpose event centre , the downtown facility includes an eight-sheet curling rink that will include a lounge and viewing area. A separate soccer fieldhouse facility at a different location will provide 6,000 square metres of artificial turf playing area and a four-lane walking track. The new Downtown Facility, which will replace the existing Moose Jaw Civic Centre, is expected to be ready for the Warriors 2011-12 season. These first-class facilities will not only make the make the Warriors the envy of other WHL teams, but will be an incredible recruiting tool for the Moose Jaw coaching and scouting staff. According to Jody Hauta, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Moose Jaw, the total cost of the three new sporting facilities will be just over $61 million. For many, this recreational project is very significant to Moose Jaw as it will stimulate the local economy,contribute to further job creation and, more importantly, it provides residents with a healthier community. Moose Jaw has always been known for its incredible volunteers and hospitality and now it has the sports facilities that equal that outstanding community spirit. Once completed, the new facilities will make Moose Jaw a major draw and a leader to host future high-level
international, national and provincial events. This influx of new sporting and event fans to the community will result in spin-off revenue to local hotels, restaurants and the shopping district. The initial project was slow to get started, as Moose Jaw residents needed two referendums to authorize local tax-dollar funding for the Downtown Facility. Additional support for this very worthwhile initiative came from both the provincial and federal governments and community fundraising. Hauta has played a very key role in the project’s development. As construction enters its final stages, Hauta and his team have this major project coming in on time and — more importantly — on budget. The fieldhouse opened in early November and has been a flurry of activity ever since. With its high quality Continued on Page 15
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artificial turf surface and rubber walking track, the new fieldhouse has quickly become the heart of the community. It is a gathering place for many indoor activities such as soccer, baseball and flag football. It is more than a sports facility as it provides a place for Moose Jaw families to be active in the community. “The fieldhouse has been very well received,”said Hauta. “Since it has opened, groups such as flag football, indoor soccer and baseball have taken advantage of the first-classfacility.” Hauta also said that Moose Jaw’s senior community has embraced the fieldhouse’s indoor walking track. The new facilities have not only become a place for youth and seniors to enjoy and get fit, it has also placed Moose Jaw among the elite in western Canada for firstclass sports facilities.
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Tales writ large By Carol Todoruk For L-P Specialty Products If every picture tells a story, then much of the past and present of Moose Jaw can be read on the walls of many of the historic buildings of this southern Saskatchewan city. In addition to its numerous other attractions, this prairie city of just over 34,000 souls features almost 50 murals adorning the walls of many downtown and area buildings. Created by hand in paint, glass and bas-relief, the murals depict everything from historical events to individual tributes. Among them are renderings of the fire department credited with saving the city’s downtown from a devastating fire in 1891 to the infamous River Street, said to be a refuge for Al Capone and his gang in the 1920s. Norma Westgard, chair of the Murals of Moose Jaw Committee, believes that the murals were the first of the many historically-related events and attractions, such as the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, the city now boasts.“They gave us a Continued on Page 19
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new interest in life and it just seemed to go from there,” she said. Started with a $250,000 grant from the City in 1990, the murals are now one of the main draws that bring thousands of tourists to Moose Jaw each year.Two years ago,for example, Westgard said that even late in the fall, not the best time for tourism in Saskatchewan, there was still a lot of interest in the murals.“In October 2009, we were amazed at how many people were in the city to see the murals and went to watch an artist working on site,” she said. That newest mural is a tribute to the firefighters who have, numerous times in the past, come to the city’s and the downtown’s rescue. Westgard said they have changed the way the murals are produced to take into account the age of some of the buildings. Tragically, the very first mural created was lost when the building was demolished. To avoid any more losses, the murals are now painted onto signage material, which is then attached to the building, rather than being painted right on to the building.“If it’s painted right on the building, if the building is lost, so is the mural,” she said. “This way, if that happens, we can move the mural.”
Westgard is excited about the coming year, which marks the 21st for the Murals of Moose Jaw. The committee will be developing a new five-year plan to guide it into the future and will produce new promotional materials to provide more information to potential visitors. A new mural has been commissioned to show, in 3-D, the main street of the city during its heyday of the ‘20s, when Chicago gangsters were said to have ridden the Soo Line railway to temporary sanctuary in Canada. And, some of the other ghosts of the past will once again be seen this year.Another project will see the restoration of at least one of what Westgard calls the city’s numerous “ghost” murals. Usually painted at the top of the building by the owner, these decades-old names and logos have faded over the years to leave only ghostly remains.“When you come to Moose Jaw and look up, some of these have withstood the test of time and weather and are still visible. They’ve faded, but they’re still there after all this time,” she said. Past and present. History and heroes. The writing’s on the walls of the historic downtown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
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12 “Pie-in-the-Eye” YMCA Fundraiser, Moose Jaw YMCA www.moosejawymca.ca
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13 – 15 Saskatchewan Appaloosa Horse Show, Moose Jaw Exhibtion Company, Golden Mile Arena. www.moosejawex.com (306) 545-2567
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16 – 17 Prairie Heart Quilters Guild – Quilting from the Heart Quilt Show, Moose Jaw Exhibition Convention Centre www.prairieheartsquilters.com (306) 692-2723
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City’s history brought to life Moose Jaw is a small prairie city steeped in history. A colourful past and a wealth of culture have left behind scores of heritage buildings — and some amazing stories to go along with them. It only takes a stroll down Main Street to catch a glimpse of the past, where the streets are lined with architectural reminders of bygone days. “We probably have one of the largest collections of circa 1920s and 1930s buildings in Canada,” said Brian Bell, president of Heritage Moose Jaw. “Architects have said that Main Street should be declared a national heritage site.” Many of Moose Jaw’s heritage buildings are actually now in use as public buildings.There is the public library located at Crescent Park, city hall occupying the old post office and the Yvette Moore Art Gallery situated in the former land titles building. “It’s just a marvellous building. Yvette Moore
herself has said that people will come by just to see the inside,” said Bell. These buildings, and others, that have been adapted for re-use are an important way for Moose Jaw to sustain its history. As Bell said, “a heritage building being used is a heritage building being saved,” explaining that buildings cannot be left without repair for too long because after they have experienced enough deterioration “they’re just gone.” Graveyards bring history to life As intriguing as they are Heritage buildings only tell part of the story. It may seem ironic, but one of the best ways to revive city’s past can be experienced at the place where its dead are laid to rest, as ours of the city’s graveyards offer a glimpse into the lives of those who helped build the city. These tours have proven to be quite a popular tourist attraction. While visiting a graveyard may not be a typical tourist activity, it’s certainly not morbid,” assures Bell. The stories of the people who originally created, lived and flourished in the Moose Jaw’s buildings enhance their monumental historic value. “People are interested in our heritage, and they are interested in how this city came to be. So much is forgotten and what it allows people to do is remember,” Bell said. Take for instance Wellington White, whose gravesite story has become one of Bell’s favourites along the cemetery tour. “He was almost a King Midas. He formed the Wellington White Brick Company. He accumulated farm land all over Saskatchewan, bought land all through the United States, built Danceland as well as the first pool at Manitou Lake,” said Bell. Wellington and wife Olive were considered the most glamorous couple in Moose Jaw, and after they built their mansion in 1908, they hosted elite guests from all over the world, including royalty and a young John Diefenbaker, who later became Prime Minister. The building currently houses Moose Jaw’s Wakamow Heights Bed and Breakfast. Some structural changes have been made over the years, but the solid oak floors,staircase,woodwork and doors,fireplaces and the boiler system are original. Continued on Page 25
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The Moose Jaw Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in western Canada. Founded in 1890, the cemetery is a special one amongst others from that era because it is totally nondenominational, meaning people of various ethnicities and traditions were buried together. “That’s where Moose Jaw’s past is buried, and we tell stories of lives that were lived,” said Bell. The tours are held at the 900 block of Caribou St. East on Saturdays in July and August. The tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and cost $5 per person. A window into the past shedding light on history Also illuminating Moose Jaw’s past this summer is a tour of the spectacular stained glass windows in five of the city’s downtown buildings. Planned for late August, the event will include viewings of buildings that are considered to be Moose Jaw’s hidden downtown treasures. Four churches: Zion United Church, at 423 Main Street; St Andrew’s United Church, at 60 Athabasca Street East; Aiden Church, 124 1st Avenue Northeast; Central Lutheran Church, at 27 Hochelaga Street West; and the Moose Jaw Public Library, located at Crescent Park. It will be a walking tour, since all of the buildings are in close proximity.
In addition to a discussion of the people and events that inspired the creation of the windows, the tour will include a description and history of the buildings in which they are displayed. “The windows are not only beautiful examples of craftsmanship,but are rich in symbolism and speak a language of their own, said heritage researcher John Morris.“They also bear witness to the people who erected them and to the importance they placed on worship. The degree of resources devoted to building these windows and preserving them is a good indication of their faith in both the future of their churches, and also of this community.” For more information on Moose Jaw’s stained glass tours, visit the Tourism Moose Jaw Visitor Centre on the corner of Thatcher Drive East and Highway Number 1, or phone (306) 693-8537. QUIKSILVER
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Word power By Carol Todoruk For L-P Specialty Products Scheherazade told her tales for a thousand and one nights to stay alive. The Saskatchewan Festival of Words is only four days, but it keeps the written word alive on the Canadian prairies. And, like the Tales of the Arabian Nights, the Moose Jaw event keeps its audience coming back for more. “It’s addictive,” said festival executive director Donna Lee Howes. “People come back year after year.” Now celebrating its 15th year, the festival draws the elite of Canadian literature to this mid-sized prairie city for a fourday celebration of the written and spoken. Word. Luminaries like Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrub, David Carpenter, Governor General award winner Allan Casey, Charlotte Gray, Poet Laureate Don Kerr and Robert J. Sawyer will share their work and their presence throughout a total of 60 events July 14 to 17. Everything is within walking distance of the city’s historic downtown, centring on the lovely Crescent Park. Geared to both audience and artist, the events range from readings to plays, and include seminars and workshops. Among the special events scheduled to celebrate the festival’s 15th anniversary will be a Saturday night presentation by performance poet Shane Koyczan, who was part of the stunning 2010 Olympic Games opening ceremonies. Probably since the first humans gathered around the first fire, story telling has been a way of sharing life experience and knowledge. While new methods have been added by today’s technology, the basis remains the same: the love of words. “This is a book-lover’s event,” Howes said. “Once people come to one festival, they will be back again and again.” One of the festival’s main charms is its intimacy. “It’s not a conference or a fair,” she said.“It’s not an academic exercise. It’s a meeting of people of like minds. It is very much focused on entertainment and the enjoyment of books.” Last year, that love brought at least 4,000 people to the four days of events. Audiences and authors and artists appreciate the smaller venues that contribute to the personal interaction the festival has become renowned for. “Our venues are fairly small,which is actually such a plus for everyone, as opposed to other festivals, where auditoriums are large and the authors speak from a podium at the front and are whisked away in a limo.You can end up sitting and having coffee with your favourite writer,” Howes said. She said there are events and activities for everyone and for all ages. And, all genres; everything from novels and mysteries to poetry and graphic novels can be found
at one or more of the main events. The only consistency is the quality and the Canadian content. “We have the best. We have the crème de la crème of Canadian literature, and we get them every year,” said Howes. Howes believes the festival is just now becoming wellknown, and is confident the event will continue to see increasing success. She feels, however, that too much growth will take away some of the festival’s appeal. “Our intention is not to grow it very large, but to keep it warmer and to attract attention to authors that people may know already and to introduce them to new ones,” Howes said. The word is out — the Saskatchewan Festival of Words is no longer one of Saskatchewan’s best-kept secrets. For more information, check out www.festivalofwords.com.
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Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery – the beauty of the north showcased in Moose Jaw Since opening its doors in November 2008, Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery has been bringing the beauty of the far north to Moose Jaw. Owner Cal Shaw, a very talented local artist returned to Moose Jaw with his wife, Pat, in 2008 after spending a few years working in Yellowknife. While living in Yellowknife, Shaw became interested in art and purchased a few pieces created by the local artists. He was soon coaxed by a few of his Inuit friends to try his hand at carving. Eager to learn more about the local culture,
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Moose Jaw’s Crescent Park comprises 28 acres of scenic property, making it the ideal spot to relax in the shade and watch the swans, geese and ducks paddle by. For those who prefer more active pursuits, the park boasts extensive walking paths, a tennis club, a lawn-bowling pitch, and an outdoor swimming pool. Home to the Moose Jaw Public Library, an amphitheatre and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery it is considered by residents and visitors alike to be a great place to rest, play or enjoy the arts and culture offered by this gorgeous prairie city. Photo by Brandi Book
Shaw took the advice to heart and attempted carving. He formed a special friendship with Bill Nasogaluak, a world-renowned artist and carver. Nasogaluak, a self-taught sculptor and painter, became Shaw’s mentor and helped him develop the skills needed to become a master craftsman. “I fell in love with the art of carving,” said Shaw.“I find it very relaxing.” Upon his return to Saskatchewan, Shaw brought his love of Inuit art with him and decided to share it with community. Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery features many pieces of Nasogaluak’s artwork. His work is magnificent and focuses on what Nasogaluak knows best, his Inuvialuit culture, the mythology and traditions of his people, and the relationships between land and wildlife. His unique use of metaphors and symbolism in his sculptures and paintings often make for multifaceted, rather than straightforward, pieces. Also available at the Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery are works by sculptors Dave Belanger, Blake Noksana, Ronnie Taylor and Louis Makittug, who shares his vision of the north in his whalebone and ivory carvings. When visiting Lit’l Bear’s Art Gallery you will find the incredible works of Glenda Garrett who, in addition to traditional canvas art, paints on wild feathers and animal skulls. Shaw was an outstanding student and now is a distinguished artist in his own right. His creations can now be found in the gallery as well as various locations around Saskatchewan and Alberta including the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. Visitors to the gallery are more than just customers as the Shaws go out of their way to make them feel comfortable and satisfied with the addition to their personal art collection. Shaw feels it is very important to give each customer full disclosure of the artist who created the piece that they are going to add to their collection. “We have many repeat customers because we have formed a trust with them,” said Shaw.“People buy art because the piece says something to them.” While the Gallery showcases traditional paintings and sculptures made of antler, bone and horns, collectors and art enthusiasts can also purchase northern jewellery, prints and corporate giftware as well as drums and dream catchers, tufting, ulus, and knives. The gallery is located at 105 High Street West. More information is available at www.littlebearsden.ca.
Endangered Birds find a Home in Saskatchewan By Tobie Hainstock For L-P Specialty Products Whether you are a nature enthusiast or just curious, the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre in Moose Jaw is a fascinating place for the entire family. Located at the Moose Jaw exhibition grounds at 250 Thatcher Drive East, the centre has been in operation since 1997 and offers both guided and self-guided tours. “It’s an excellent opportunity to learn up close about this endangered species,” said Lori Johnson, owl coordinator for the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre. Presently, the facility is home to eight burrowing owls and one short-eared owl. Among these owls are three imprinted owls that have been hand-raised.These owls act as ambassadors and visit schools and clubs in the community and surrounding area to assist in educating the public about this rare species. According to Johnson, although there are several subspecies in the United States and Central America, in Canada, we have one species of Burrowing Owl that makes its home here. It is not commonly known that the Western Burrowing
Owl is a migratory bird that returns to Canada for breeding. Johnson said that they breed once a year and that five to twelve eggs may be laid at a time. The parents will bring food to the young until they are about seven or eight weeks old. Their diet, when they are in the wild, consists of smaller rodents, toads, ground squirrels and insects. Johnson said that grasshoppers are a favourite treat of the Western Burrowing Owl. The average adult owl grows between seven and 11 inches in height and weighs about a quarter of a pound. Their multicoloured feathers serve as camouflage against predators such as snakes, badgers, foxes, hawks and even larger owls. “In captivity, the Burrowing Owl will live between eight and 15 years,” said Johnson,“but in the wild, the average life span is three to five years.” Unlike other owls, Western Burrowing Owls are not nocturnal birds; they are active during the day and have been seen standing in front of their burrows. According to a 2008 report, Bird Species at Risk at Naturesask.ca, the population of the Western Burrowing Owl in Saskatchewan has declined at an alarming rate of Continued on Page 37
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94 per cent since the 1980’s. Due to this steady decrease in population, the Burrowing Owl was listed as an endangered species in Saskatchewan in 1999. Johnson said that, as an endangered species, the burrows and nests of the owls are protected. In British Columbia, where the owls had completely disappeared at one time, a breed and release program has been in effect to reintroduce the owls to the area. Scientists continue to look for more defined areas to protect the Western Burrowing Owl from extinction. “At the centre, we promote education, eco-tourism and stewardship to create an awareness of this endangered species,” said Johnson. In the summer months, visitors are welcome to drop into the centre and learn more about these intriguing creatures. Admission to the centre is free but donations are always welcome. For more information about the Western Burrowing Owl or about the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre call (306) 692-8710.
Antiques offer a fun way to cherish the past By: Brittany Staines For L-P Specialty Products History comes alive at Moose Jaw’s well established antique businesses. Antique Yard The items on display at Antique Yard may look familiar to the visitors who stop in, off the Trans-Canada Highway, where the business is located. Owner William Reiman, who stocks western memorabilia among his wide variety of antiques,rents props to movie productions.His items have been featured in The Assassination of Jesse James,The Englishman’s Boy and many others. A retired farmer, Reiman displays items across 14 buildings. Travellers like to stop in and tour the buildings, taking two to three hours, according to Reiman. Although the items on display feel like they are presented in a museum-like format, one should rest assured that everything is for sale.“There are things I collect, but they’re in my home,” Reiman said. Procuring items from estate and auction sales from across North America, Reiman recently returned from a sale in Nevada. The business provides him the opportunity to meet people. He visits with the travellers that stop in from all over Canada. Among the travellers, Antique Yard has a following in the European countries of Ireland, England and Belgium and he has found a niche selling antique tractor parts. Upon visiting Antique Yard, one never knows what they will find. “There’s everything from teacups to antique tractors to ethnic furniture, German medals from the First and Second World Wars, and everything in between,” said owner William Reiman. Marlows ov Olde Marlows ov Olde specializes in English and European antiques. Attracting mostly a middle-aged clientele and older, Marlows’ most popular offerings include end tables, book cases, dining room sets and wardrobes. People are looking to buy more durable furniture of craftsmanship one cannot find in modern times. One example is a 300-year-old Welsh tri-darn that is intricately carved.“The timbers are probably an inch thick, and
using such quality wood — they just don’t do that nowadays,” said owner Richard Marlow. For those who love lamps, Marlows of Olde is an ideal place to shop for rare lampshades.“You can’t get shades for bridgeneck lamps anywhere,” Marlow said.“They just aren’t around anymore.” However, he has a source in Vancouver and the lampshades have been an integral part of his business.“They’re so unique and so special that people just gobble them up.” Although he deals in antiques, Marlow still finds he must keep on top of current trends. He finds most of his clientele are at a life stage where they are downsizing and moving into smaller homes.As a result, corner cabinets have been popular. “People want something smaller,” Marlow said.“They no longer want a nine or 11 piece dining room suite, nor do they want huge pieces.” Instead they prefer furniture that is highly useful and does not require a lot of room. In the end, people want something that is unique. “My customers want one-of-a-kind and special pieces,” Marlow said. Marlows ov Olde carries many such treasures. Then ‘n’ Again Antiques and Collectibles For Then ‘N’ Again Antiques and Collectibles, it is often the sign advertising Rawleigh ointments that draws customers in,but they stay for the wide selection of nostalgia. Located on High Street in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw, Then ‘N’ Again receives many of the visitors from the casino, spa and Crescent Park as well as serving its local patrons.“A lot of people drop in for a can of medicated ointment,”said owner Grace Ovans, who has been a Rawleigh distributor for 30 years.The product itself was established in 1889.“I’ll put antiques in the front of the store and that brings people in, or because I have the Rawleigh sign in the window,that’ll bring people in,but the one complements the other.” Then ‘N’ Again stocks china, glassware, LPs, CDs, Pez dispensers, Avon bottles, figurines, knick-knacks, pictures and paintings. The selection is constantly changing because with its value pricing, antiques do not last long, according to Ovans. One item that draws attention is the antique Singer sewing machine in a cabinet. Ovans is quite familiar with the Singer line, but she has never seen one of this variety.“It has a treadle, of course because it’s old,but you can’t see the treadle because it’s enclosed.”
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Ovans enjoys seeing her customers light up upon rediscovering her nostalgic collectibles. “They find all these neat little things that they had when they were kids and they haven’t seen them since,” Ovans said. For many visitors, Then ‘N’ Again Antiques and Collectibles presents a visit to one’s cherished youth. Players Collectibles Players Collectibles is the place to go for higher end antiques. They sell both new and estate pieces featuring exquisite brands such as Lladró, Royal Doulton, Aynsley, Royal Albert, Moorcroft and Crown Darby. From art glass to crystal, Players specializes in fine decorative pieces. Their customers are diverse.They serve everyone from the young couple looking to start out with a couple of feature pieces, to serious collectors seeking figurines. One of the more interesting items Harvey encountered while dealing in antiques was a French mantle clock with matching vases. It dated back to the 1850s and was discovered in a garage. “It was a quality clock in its day, so it didn’t require much to put it running again,” Harvey said. “All it needed was a simple cleaning.” Customers are often excited to see Moorcroft Pottery in the shop.According to Harvey, it was a British line that nearly went out of business but was revived by the Canadian collector.As a token of gratitude,Moorcroft created a tribute piece to Canada. It is also unique because of the double back stamp. Since 1996, Players Collectibles has prided itself on quality heirlooms. It is the perfect place to begin and add to a valued collection.
The shop also specializes in antique-style photography and old-fashioned candy. Many of Past Times’customers are tourists seeking souvenirs according to owner Mike Thul, but locals visit too.“We serve all types of customers, from small children to grandparents.” Past Times offers good value for the antiques it sells. Thul monitors collectibles on eBay to determine a competitive or even a favourable valuation, to the delight of customers.“They are happy to buy here because we sell at a good price and then they can save on shipping,”Thul said. For those looking to purchase a unique gift, Past Times offers a delightful assortment. Said Thul,“we have gifts galore from ceiling to floor.” From glass, to furniture, to agricultural equipment, Moose Jaw celebrates the world of antiques in its diversity. Its five shops dedicated to the hobby offer a unique perspective in a community that savours its past.
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Past Times Photography & Gifts Located on the southern section of Main Street, Past Times Photography & Gifts helps visitors expand upon their journey into the past with antique and vintage home decor.
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