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EVENTS | DINING | SHOPPING | ACCOMMODATION | MAPS SERVICE | REAL ESTATE | AUTOMOTIVE | EVERYTHING MOOSE JAW

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

9th edition

2020 BE A TOURIST

IN YOUR OWN TOWN MOOSE JAW • SASKATCHEWAN

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Editor’s Note

EVENTS | DINING | SHOPPING | ACCOMMODATION | MAPS SERVICE | REAL ESTATE | AUTOMOTIVE | EVERYTHING MOOSE JAW

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

9th edition

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32 Manitoba St W Moose Jaw, SK. S6H 1P7 306-694-1322 Fax: 888-241-5291 editor@mjvexpress.com

Special Thanks to all who contributed their time, effort and knowledge to this project:

Editorial: Joan Ritchie, Scott Hellings, Randy Palmer, Jason Antonio, Larissa Kurz Ron Walter, Joyce Walter, Sales: Steve Seida, Wanda Hallborg Gladys Baigent-Therens Bob Calvert, Rob Ritchie Design: Sandra Stewart The contents of this publication are the property of Moose Jaw Express. Reproduction of any of the contents of this publication including, but without limiting the generality of the following: photographs, artwork and graphic designs, is strictly prohibited. There shall be no reproduction without the Express written consent of the publisher. (rob@mjvexpress.com) All ads are published in good faith without verification, and the Moose Jaw Express does not under any circumstances accept responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any ads or messages in any of the publications editions. The Moose Jaw Express specifically disclaims all and any liability to advertisers and readers of any kind for loss or damages of any nature what so ever and however arising, whether due to inaccuracy, error, omission of any other cause.

Welcome to the 9th annual edition of the Moose Jaw Magazine, Explore Moose Jaw 2020, out a little later than usual but nevertheless a publication of interest and appreciated by individuals here in Moose Jaw Joan Ritchie and around the region. This season of COVID-19 has certainly turned the world upside down, as cross border travel has been impacted and people are encouraged this summer to basically travel within their province of residence for outings. Due to this, the tourist season here in Moose Jaw and across the province and country has changed drastically. This summer, instead of a lot of tourists from out-oftown milling around, you probably will see mostly fellow Saskatchewanians in and about our cities and region. What a wonderful opportunity this presents to get out to experience our great province, to enjoy the great outdoors under the living skies and maybe even take some time to visit natural and historic landmarks that will astound you. From the white salt fields of Chaplin, through to Grasslands National Park where wilderness meets history and maybe onto the carvings at St. Victor Petroglyphs Provincial Park located in the Big Muddy Badlands, the varied landscapes are all within a day’s outing. There are numerous golf courses in Moose Jaw and around the region to fit you to a tee and keep you swinging for days. If you have a taste for craft brews, you won’t be disappointed in the numerous brewing companies offering exceptional libations in beers, vodkas, gins, and more. Make it a tasting tour but drink responsibly and take a designated driver if you do. There is so much to experience, even if you don’t venture out…stories of Moose Jaw’s historical past to entertain you, virtual tours to experience, online classes to enjoy and so much more, all within the pages of this edition. Happy trails to you and stay safe; hope to see you around… TO ADVERTISE IN THE NEXT ISSUE EMAIL: SALES@MJVEXPRESS.COM

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Editor’s Note What’s Inside? Visitor’s Information Service Clubs Moose Jaw Clubs Dedicated to Serving Veterans Moose Jaw Shrine Club Continues to Serve Children However Possible Moose Jaw Rotary Club Continuing to Serve in Era of COVID-19 Going Online: Friendly City Optimist Club Staying Active 12. Moose Jaw Elks Among Service Organizations Feeling COVID Pinch 13. The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw GETTING TO KNOW MOOSE JAW 14. Five Properties That Tell the Story of Moose Jaw 15. Moose Jaw has Always been “The Band City” 17. Grand Murals Depict Early Life of Community’s History 18. Moose Jaw Embraces Indigenous Roots 19. Renamed Tatawâw Park Shows Long History of Moose Jaw’s River Valley 20. City’s Trail System a Hidden Treasure 21. CAF Snowbirds Located in Moose Jaw Fowl Suppers a Popular Prairie Tradition 22. Simpson Seeds a Trusted Family Owned Company 23. Moose Jaw’s Parks can be Enjoyed Year Round 24. Homegrown Here in Moose Jaw and Local Markets 26. Public Library a Treasure Trove of Services for Community PEOPLE’S CHOICE 28. Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery Offers a Mix of Local History and Art 30. Historic Armoury Building Houses a Historic Military Unit 31. The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre 32. Visit Moose Jaw’s Western Development Museum 33. Sukanen Ship Museum Offers More than the Prairie Ship Story 34. Moose Jaw Health Foundation Fills the Calendar with Fundraising Events 35. Journey to Hope Spreading Suicide Awareness Throughout Moose Jaw 36. A Little Prairie Charm Home to a Truly Charming Tearoom and Boutique 37. Antique Treasures Abound in Moose Jaw Shops 38. Free to be Me Animal Sanctuary a Wonderful Place for Families to Visit EVENTS 39. Festival of Words Going Virtual for First Time in History 40. Parsons Dietrich Pottery Celebrating 40 Years as Part of Moose Jaw Art Community 41. Local Pottery Studio and Gallery Make Use of Historic Church 43. Annual Favourite Motif Part of City’s Rich Multicultural Heritage 44. Moose Jaw Gaming Community Growing with Longest-Running Gaming Marathon in Province 46. Moose Jaw Community Players Acting Up During COVID-19 47. Saskatchewan Lego Users Staying Busy While Stuck at Home from Brickspo 48. Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree Offers Music, Worship and Comedy 49. Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild Using Quarantine to Prep for 2021 Spring Show at New Venue SPORT’S SCENE 50. Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame Honours Greatest Athletes and Builders 51. Local Golf Courses Offer Plenty of Options for Those Looking to Hit the Links Disc Golf Course on Par in Wakamow Valley 55. Moose Jaw Pavers Love to Bike Cheerleading Clubs Continue to Grow in Moose Jaw 56. Moose Jaw Warriors Looking to Continue on Rebuilding Road 57. Miller Express Offeres Elite Baseball to Moose Jaw Fans 58. Kinsmen Moose Jaw Speedskating Club Offers Launching Point for Elite Skaters 59. Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins Offer Elite Training for Local Swimmers 60. Moose Jaw Canoe and Kayak Club Offers Chance to Take to the Water 61. Inner-War Tattoos and Piercings Brings Their High-Quality Brands of Artwork to Moose Jaw BEYOND BORDERS 62. Significant Changes to Camping Season at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park 63. Park West of Moose Jaw Always a Special Place 64. Town of Chaplin a Worthwhile Stop for Southern Saskatchewan Roadtrips 65. Claybank Brick Plant Allows Experience of Early Industry World Class Art Gallery Located in Small Farm Centre 66. District Museums Tell Interesting Stories About Communities Visiting Grasslands National Park East Block Like Time Travel 67. St. Victor Petroglyphs a Window into the Province’s Past 68. Francophone Community of Gravelbourg Offers Historic and Picture-Worthy Cathedral 69. Southern Prairie Railway Provides Authentic Pioneer Experience 70. Explore Mossbank and Area During Annual Old Wives Lake Festival CRAFT BREWERIES 77. Smooth 42 Distillery Offers Range of 71. Craft Breweries and Small Distilleries Finding a Home in Saskatchewan Unique Products 73. Prairie Bee Meadery Offering Wide Selection of Honey-Based Beverages Radouga Distilleries Continues to 74. Crossmount Cider Company Could be the Apple of Your Eye Produce Award Winning Products Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery Offers Impressive Slate of Fruit Wines 79. Purposed Financial Corp. Offers 75. Rebellion Brewery Continues to See Rapid Growth Expertise to Individual Clients with Black Ridge Brewery a Major Player on Province’s Craft Beer Scene Care 76. Last Mountain Distillery Continues to Offer List of Award Winning Product Black Fox Distillery Brings Unique Approach to Products

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CLIMATE DATA

Visitors

Information BANKS BMO Bank of Montreal

39 Manitoba St. E (306) 694-8130 204 Main St. N (306) 691-4444

CONEXUS High Street Branch 80 High St. W (306) 691-4800 RBC Royal Bank 1251 Main St N (306) 691-4200 Scotiabank

303 Main St N (306) 693-3691

TD Canada Trust Branch 145 Main St. N (306) 691-4610

EMERGENCIES 911

RCMP

310-RCMP-7267

Police

(306) 694-7600

Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital

(306) 694-0200

NEWS/PUBLICATIONS Moose Jaw Express Publications

(306) 694-1322

Moose Jaw’s Community Newspaper

Locally Owned & Operated 32 Manitoba St. W • www.mjvexpress.com Moose Jaw Today

Average High oC/oF

Average Low oC/oF

Precipitation mm/inches

Mean monthly sunshine hours

Jan

-6.9/19.6

−17.7/0.1

16.8/ 0.66

106.1

Feb

−4.0/24.8

−14.2/6.4

11.1/0.44

141.4

Mar

2.7/36.9

−7.9/17.8

19.7/0.78

164.4

Apr

12.1/53.8

−1.7/28.9

17.6/0.69

229.5

May

19.0/66.2

5.1/41.2

48.0/1.89

262.6

Jun

23.9/75.0

10.4/50.7

58.8/2.31

289.1

Jul

26.2/79.2

12.3/54.1

63.0/2.48

331.8

Aug

26.1/79.0

11.6/52.9

39.1/1.54

301.2

Sep

19.2/66.6

5.6/42.1

37.7/1.48

194.0

Oct

12.0/53.6

−0.8/30.6

19.6/0.77

168.8

Nov

0.7/33.3

−9.4/15.1

17.3/0.68

102.0

Dec

−6.3/20.7

−16.6/2.1

16.5/0.65

86.2

Year

10.4/50.7

−1.9/28.6

365.3/14.38

2,377

Month

CIBC

Ambulance/Fire/Police

Moose Jaw's climate is transitional between semi-arid and humid continental. Moose Jaw's winters can be long, cold and dry, and its summers can be very very warm and relatively wet. The coldest month is January with a mean temperature of -12.0°C ( 10 F), while the warmest is July, with a mean temperature of 19.3°C (66.7 F). The driest month is February, in which an average of 11mm (.43 inch) of precipitation falls, while the wettest month is July, which brings an average of 63mm (2.5 inches). Annual average precipitation is a rather scant 365.3 mm (14.38 inches).

(306) 694-1322

Online Daily

32 Manitoba St. W www.moosejawtoday.com

COMMUNITY/BUSINESS

AIRLINES Air Canada

1-888-247-2262

West Jet Airlines

1-888-937-8538

Regina has the closest International airport

AIRPORTS Provincial Airways Municipal Airport

(306) 692-7335

Regina Airport Authority

(306) 761-7555

CAR RENTALS Avis Car & Truck Rental

(306) 694-1355

Budget Car & Truck Rental

(306) 692-4111 (306) 694-0910

City of Moose Jaw

(306) 694-4400

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce

(306) 692-6414

Murray GM

TAXIS

CLUBS Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Moose Jaw Lions Club

888-895-4318

www.clubrunner.ca (306) 693-9529

Yes Taxi

(306) 690-9481

Capones

(306) 972-5050

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Visit one of our Churches this Sunday!

TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN

St. Barnabas

ANGLICAN

Rev. Dr. Dean Pinter

27 Hochelaga St. West, Moose Jaw (Central Lutheran Church)

Sunday Worship Services

Holy Eucharist 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 124-1st Ave NE 306-694-5445 www.staidan.ca

Sunday Services 11:30 am Fellowship Afterwards

306-691-2715

www.saintbarnabasmoosejaw.ca UNITED

BAPTIST

First Baptist Church Affirm United

Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford Worship Services Sunday Mornings 10:30am Sunday School, September to June, during Worship services.

1010 Main St N • 306-692-3137

You are welcome to join us in Prayer, Praise, Worship & Study to Glorify God Pastor: Scott Elger

Sunday Service 11am

(Summer hours may vary) www.fbcmoosejaw.com

UNITED

No matter where you are in life’s journey you are welcome here. 60 Athabasca Street East Phone: 306-692-0533 st.andrews.mj@sasktel.net www.standrewsmoosejaw.ca

UNITED

Trinity United Church 277 Iroquois St W 306-692-5445

Worship Service Sundays 10:30am No Services in August office.trinitymj@sasktel.net UNITED

Minto United Church

1036 7th Ave. NW • 306-693-6148 Worship Service Sundays 10:30am No Services in July

CHRISTIAN

Salvation Army Moose Jaw Community Church 2 Wintergreen Drive • 306-694-0045 Worship Service Sundays 11am 175 1st Ave NW Worship Service *Sundays 6:30pm no services July, August, December

Pastors- Majors Dan & Wendy Broome

Zion United Church

423 Main St. N. 306-692-3842 M zionunitedchurch Minister: Rev. Tim Ellis Music Director: Bruce Learmonth Sunday Service/Children’s Program 10:30 a.m. No Services in August • www.mjzionuc.ca


Visit one of our Churches this Sunday!

ROMAN CATHOLIC

ROMAN CATHOLIC

Church Of Our Lady

St Joseph's Parish 1064 3rd Ave NW 306-694-1944 Masses Saturdays 5pm Sundays 9am &11am

566 Vaughan St 306-692-2950

Masses: Saturdays 7pm Sundays 10am & 5:15pm

PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIAN

Salvation Army Moose Jaw Community Church 2 Wintergreen Drive • 306-694-0045 Worship Service Sundays 11am 175 1st Ave NW Worship Service *Sundays 6:30pm no services July, August, December

Pastors- Majors Dan & Wendy Broome

Salvation Army Moose Jaw Community Church 2 Wintergreen Drive • 306-694-0045 Worship Service Sundays 11am 175 1st Ave NW Worship Service *Sundays 6:30pm no services July, August, December

SAT (Sep - Jun) 6pm COG Campus, 401 Trinity Lane SUN 9am & 10:30am Downtown, 50 Hochelaga St E

Pastors- Majors Dan & Wendy Broome

APOSTOLIC

Sunday Celebration Service 10:30 am - Noon Special Programs for Kids & Teens

Everyone is welcome!

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1550 Main St. N 306-692-5600 www.hillcrestmj.com


Clubs

service

Many people in Moose Jaw belong to various service clubs and offer up their time to make Moose Jaw a great place to live. Consider joining one of the many clubs and get involved in your community. Army, Navy, & Air Force Veterans

(306) 692-4412

Beta Sigma Phi

(306) 692-5947

Citizens All

(306) 693-6066

Elks Lodge No. 7

(306) 692-7474

Fraternal Order of Eagles Moose Jaw Kinette Club

(306) 693-1496

moosejawkinetteclub@gmail.com

Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club

mjkinsmen@outlook.com

Knights of Columbus

(306) 692-8911

Lions International (Early Bird)

(306) 694-5951

Moose Jaw Masonic Temple

(306) 692-3924

Moose Jaw Shrine Club

(306) 693-5788

The Friendly City Optimist Club

(306) 694-4121

Rotary Club of Moose Jaw

portal.clubrunner.ca/1005

Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow

portal.clubrunner.ca/997

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59

(306) 692-5453

Moose Jaw Trap And Skeet Club

(306) 631-1152

FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!

• HALL RENTAL • BAR SERVICE

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Moose Jaw Clubs Dedicated to serving Veterans

If you are interested in supporting Moose Jaw’s veterans, or are simply looking to socialize and have a fun evening, then you should visit the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59, the Anavets Local No. 252, or the Eagles Club. You should call each one in advance to ensure they are open.

Royal Canadian Legion Located at 268 High Street West, the Legion is where you can mingle with members, listen to veterans’ stories, or come for the regular suppers. There are also trivia nights, trade fairs and karaoke sing-alongs. The Legion’s main priorities focus on veterans’ care and support; promotion of remembrance; veterans’ advocacy; and community service to youths, seniors, citizenship development and Canadian unity. For more information, call (306)692-5453 or visit the Legion’s Facebook page.

ANAVETS The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans offers crib, pool, shuffleboard, bingo, raffles, poker tournaments, paint night, dances and weekly meat draws. There are also suppers held throughout the month. The ANAVETS building, located on 279 High Street West, is a fun and comfortable place to be

and accepts everyone in a friendly and inviting environment. Children are also welcomed. If you’re looking to join a group that supports veterans, or simply relax for the evening, the ANAVETS is the place to visit. Call (306)692-4412 for more information.

Eagles Club The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. The Eagles stands strong behind the men and women who serve and protect Canada. To show its gratitude, the organization created the Those Who Serve program, offering one complementary year of membership to active and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, correctional officers, active military including reserves, volunteer firefighters and EMTs, and honorably discharged/retired/inactive military. The organization, located at 561 Home Street West, offers regular dances, suppers, pancake breakfasts and fall suppers. Its hall is also available to rent. A membership for men is $40 and women is $25. For more information, contact (306)693-1496, or visit foe.com.

ORGANICS

One Stop Shopping for all your Natural Health needs

Health Food Store

Moose Jaw’s only LOCALLY owned HEALTH FOOD STORE Visit our Gluten & Dairy Free BAKERY Foods • Health & Beauty • Supplements • Essential Oils

306-693-HERB (4372) 16 Athabasca St W Moose Jaw, SK S6H 2B5 www.alternaterootorganics.ca

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Moose Jaw Shrine Club Continues to Serve Children However Possible

Established in 1911, the Wa Wa Shriners chapter in Moose Jaw has dedicated itself to supporting local children through fundraising and community events. Usually, when people think of the Shriners, they picture the funny hats with their swinging tassel and the hilariously tiny cars that club members are famous for joining parades with, but the club is far more than that. The Shrine Club is a fraternity of community members who volunteer their time to raise funds for children in need of medical care in the province. As a member of the larger Shriners International organization, local chapters help support the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal, which provides leading-edge orthopedic care to children from all over Canada. The Shriners also have a network of medical treatment centres across the country that offer medical services to children in need, with a focus on accessibility and family-oriented care. When the Moose Jaw Shriners raise money in the city, those donations are used to provide children and families with travel and lodging costs that could otherwise be a barrier to seeking the medical treatment that is needed. The local club hosts a number of annual events to raise those

funds, usually collecting upwards of $50,000 each year to put towards their cause.

The Moose Jaw Shriners shook things up at the 2019 Santa Clause Parade by travelling in a train this year. (file photo)

The Moose Jaw Shrine Club hosts an annual golf tournament each year in partnership with a few local groups, and members take part in local parades such as the Moose Jaw Hometown Fair Parade and the Santa Claus Parade each year.

This year’s car raffle features a 1987 red Corvette, to raise money for the Shrine Club’s children charity initiatives. (supplied)

The club has also organized a car raffle for the past two years, which has proved to be an extremely popular fundraiser in the community. This year, the raffle features a 1987 red Corvette, and there are 3,000 tickets available to try and win the hot rod. At $20 a ticket, the club is hoping the fundraiser will see another successful year. Tickets are available until the date of the draw by contacting the Shriner’s office in Moose Jaw or by reaching out to any local Shrine Club member. The car raffle winner will be drawn at the annual Little Chicago “Trips to Paradise” evening gala, which is the other wildly successful event the Shriners host to raise funds each year, which will be on Sept. 19 this year. But it’s not always about the money for the Shriners. The group also organizes a free-toattend Children’s Festival every summer, which features games, face painting, crafts, and other fun activities for Moose Jaw kids to enjoy just for themselves. More information on the Wa Wa Shriners in Moose Jaw and their events can be found online at wawashriners.org or by calling the club’s office at (306) 693-5788. Updates from the Shrine Club are also available on their Facebook page.

Burger Cabin

“Love at first bite”

Serving you for 33 years!

A unique outside dining experience in beautiful Wakamow Valley situated along the Moose Jaw River. Serving hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken strips, fries, onion rings, milkshakes and soft ice cream. 10 2020 ExploreMooseJaw.com


Moose Jaw Rotary Club Continuing to Serve in Era of COVID-19

The Rotary Club of Moose Jaw has found itself in much the same situation as many other service organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just what do you do when you’re not allowed to gather for meetings, hold mass fundraisers or perform any of the usual activities you do as a club - especially when it comes to the bi-weekly meetings that feature high-profile speakers from the community? The answer to the first part is also the same as it is for everyone else: meetings through the wildly popular Zoom app, only on a monthly basis compared to the past. The real difficulty has come in losing their fundraisers, which in the long-run could have an impact on Rotary’s myriad donations to local groups and charitable organizations.

The Rotary Club of Moose Jaw has served pancake breakfast at the Moose Jawg for years, but will see that fundraising opportunity fall by the wayside this year. (Facebook photo)

One of their largest events happens every Canada Day during the Moose Jawg road race, where the Rotarians host a pancake breakfast that draws plenty of interest from hungry competitors. That race has been cancelled. Then there’s the Charity Pool Challenge at Dooly’s in the fall and the Christmas Carol Festival in December, with questions as to whether either will go ahead.

Some future plans will fall into new hands, as Rece Allen will take over as president of the club on July 1. For his part, Allen is plenty aware of the work the club will have ahead of it when he takes over. For more information on the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw visit their homepage at portal.clubrunner.ca/1005.

Going Online: Friendly City Optimist Club Staying Active

Even in times like these, when group meetings are impossible and the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on society in general, the Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw just finds a way to keep on keeping on. Regular meetings are being held; donations are being made, the usual stuff. But there are some major differences – and a very large hole in their future plans. One change is how those meetings are taking place. Like almost everyone holding group gatherings these days, the Optimist Club is meeting through the Zoom app, offering their members a chance to meet ‘face to face,’ to a certain extent. What hasn’t change is their dedication to the community and their charitable acts. That includes a

recent donation to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank as well as a handful of scholarships that are

Members of the Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw during their most recent Zoom meeting.

donated to local high schools on an annual basis. While the Optimists have a decent nest egg to draw from, the club is still being careful in these difficult times, most likely opting to focus on donations to organizations in need in the future. That’s because like every other organization that relies on fundraisers, they find themselves with

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a bit of a hole in their schedule. Well known for hosting barbecues at major events during the spring and summer, the Optimist Club now finds itself with a whole slate of cancelled events instead of planning delicious feasts. Usually on July 1, they hold a barbecue in the park, a barbecue out at 15 Wing during the car show, and one at the WDM, but those are all cancelled for this summer. The plan going forward will be to simply maintain the status quo and hope things change for the positive in the near future. And yes, the club is optimistic that will happen. Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/AMSNW13105/.


Moose Jaw Elks Among Service Organizations Feeling COVID Pinch

The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge finds itself in much the same situation service clubs throughout the city and all over Canada are going through. Just how do you meet your fundraising and donation obligations when all the fundraising events you have planned are being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic? And especially when some of your largest fundraisers are in the summer months? The answer at the moment is direct donations, far from an ideal situation but one the group plans to manage as best as possible. Unfortunately, there are a lot of events that have been cancelled so it looks like the organization is taking the summer off, but donations are still being gratefully accepted. The Elks use the money well and it stays in the city, as every year some is given to the Food Bank, some to Hunger in Moose Jaw, some to the Salvation Army Christmas Fun. They also put a tree in the Festival of Trees every year, and do a concession stand at Park Art in Crescent Park… there’s always something that the Elks are working on. That would be the case right now, normally – in addition to Park Art, the Elks have annually run the concession at the massive Show and Shine out at 15 Wing and last year did the same for the revival of the Saskatchewan Air Show, one of their largest local fundraisers to date. All told, the Elks annually donate around $20,000 to local causes, a number the Air Show helped push closer to $30,000 this past year.

Long-time Elks Chris Svab, Ken Mathers and Roy Champion catering a barbecue. Moose Jaw Elks photo.

Taking away the summer events will naturally put a dent in those funds, but the Elks are hoping the always charitable spirit of Moose Jaw will help with their call for direct donations, which can be sent to 325 4th Avenue Southwest, Box 315. Supporters can also check out the Elks Help Children Hear provincial lottery, from which proceeds will go back to Lodges throughout Saskatchewan. Of course, this COVID-19 outbreak isn’t going to last forever, and when the time comes that major fundraising is a thing again, volunteers and new members will be more than welcome. The club is currently around 50 members strong, with information on how to join and what they’re about available on their website at moosejawelks. com. Or anyone interested can pop down to Flattop Automotive and have a chat with Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 7 president Sam Morrison. As for folks looking for the support from the service organization, well, they just have to ask.

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The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw The Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw has been a staple in the community for nearly 80 years, and it’s no secret that the non-profit charitable organization has lent a helping hand to tons of projects over the years. Kin Canada is celebrating its centennial this year, making now a perfect opportunity to spotlight the ways in which Moose Jaw’s local Kinsmen Club stays involved each and every year. The Kinsmen motto is “Serving our community’s greatest needs,” and Moose Jaw member Cory Olafson feels like the local club really works hard to do exactly that. The club has just over 20 members this year, many of which have been part of the Kinsmen for over 20 years. The service club makes an estimated $100,000 in donations around the community every year, and they make sure each dollar goes to a good cause right here in Moose Jaw. The Kinsmen make an annual donation to KidSport, to help make athletic activities available to every child in the city, and they run the Kinsmen Beaver and Cub Scouts group for boys aged 5 to 10. They also have many long-standing partnerships with lots of athletic groups in the city, helping cover the costs of uniforms, equipment or training space to keep fees down for athletes — like the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Wrestling Club, Moose Jaw Kinsmen Minor Football, Moose Jaw Kinsmen Speed Skating Club, the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading Club, and the Kinsmen Flying Fins and Aqua Otters, to name a few. One of the club’s largest fundraisers every year is the much-anticipated Sports Celebrity Banquet, which is always a fantastic night out on the town for attendees. It’s not surprising in a sports town like Moose Jaw that a service group like the Kinsmen are involved in so many different sports, but they also offer a hand in other ways as well. The Kinsmen give a standing donation to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation every year and are just coming to the end of a sponsorship contract with Mosaic Place. They offer high school scholarships to students in the city and co-sponsor the 10-foot tall Christmas

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen, Moose Jaw Kinnettes, and K40 members gathered to raise the Kin Canada flag on the centennial Founder’s Day on Feb. 20.

tree that goes up in front of Mosaic Place every holiday season. They also sponsor other non-profit groups like Moose Jaw Families for Change. The Kinsmen helped MJFFC open the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre in 2018 and then the Kinsmen Café at the end of 2019. A few notable Moose Jaw spots have been named after them: the Kinsmen Sportsplex, Kinsmen Wellesley Park in Wakamow Valley, and a green space in West Park that will soon be upgraded thanks to the Kinsmen. Of course, all of the Kinsmen’s supports are provided through the club’s ongoing fundraisers throughout the year. In partnership with the Kinnettes Club, the Kinsmen Safe Ride program is able to provide safe transportation for about 30 holiday parties every season, getting party-goers home safely and collecting donations for the club. The Kinsmen Club also organizes the annual Santa Claus Parade every December, and it was the Kinsmen who put on the International Band and Choral Festival in the spring for decades before handing the reins over to a committee. There’s also the club’s Chase the Ace fundraiser that takes place at Cask 82 every Wednesday night, which is on its way to becoming the group’s number one fundraiser in the last few years. The Kinsmen Club can be contacted by email at mjkinsmen@outlook.com.

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Five Properties That Tell the Story of Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw has a rich history that you can re-live through its many beautiful heritage buildings. The following is a list of five properties that are still standing today that have had a major impact on Moose Jaw in its early days. The CPR Station (5 Manitoba St. East) Moose Jaw has always been a rail town, and thus the CPR Station has played a major role in the city’s history and development. In fact, the roots of CPR in Moose Jaw date back to 1882. For years, the station was a hub of activity due in part to its placement along the Soo Line. Visitors and settlers alike rode the rails to Moose Jaw and, during the war years, it transported soldiers off to the frontlines. This version of the station — the third one built in the city — was constructed in the 1920s. Once completed, it was known for its grandeur and dining hall.

The Royal George Hotel AKA The Park Hotel (28 Manitoba St. East) Once one of Moose Jaw’s swankiest hotels, the Royal George, located right across the street from the CPR Station, saw many visitors come and go in the city’s early days. When it was built in 1911, it was Moose Jaw’s largest hotel. Its construction came during Moose Jaw’s short-lived “boom” period that lasted for a few years. Today, the building is known as the Park Hotel and is still in operation as a bar and lounge. The Elk Block (16-18 Main St. North) The original Land Titles building (the Dominion Lands Office) now the location of the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, played a huge role in the city’s early days. The office handled land registrations for southwest Saskatchewan and was the largest land registration district in western Canada. It is estimated that in 1908, about one quarter of all homestead registrations came through this office. These registrations increased Moose Jaw’s population.

The Natatorium (220 Fairford St. East) The Natatorium was the precursor to the Temple Gardens spa. Tourists came from all over to swim at the Nat. It dates back to 1910, when the city was trying to develop an oil and gas well. Instead, they found geothermal mineral water. The Natatorium was built as a relief project during the 1930s. Its grand opening was attended by over 3,000 people. Over the years, the Nat also hosted weddings, dances and other sporting events.

The Moose Jaw Cemetery (1000 Caribou St. East) You can learn a lot about Moose Jaw’s early days by visiting the cemetery. The old Moose Jaw Cemetery, located on the city’s east side, is where many of Moose Jaw’s pioneers are buried. Here you will find monuments for prominent businesspeople, members of the North West Mounted Police and members of the city’s early Chinese population. Tasinaskawin Brulé, the wife of Chief Black Bull, is buried here. Many of the headstones in the cemetery are quite ornate and symbolic in nature. The chapel on site is also noteworthy. It played a prominent role during the Spanish Flu pandemic, as bodies were stored in the basement while awaiting the ground to thaw for proper burial. Tours of the cemetery are held regularly during the summer months. Look for signs.

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Whether you prefer to think of Moose Jaw as “Canada’s Most Notorious City,” “Little Chicago,” or as “The Friendly City,” there is no doubt that this has always been “The Band City.” The city earned that moniker many years ago. That is, in part, because of the long-running Band and Choral Festival, which celebrated its 70th year in 2019. For years, the festival drew bands from all over and would include a large parade down Main Street.

side of the Co-op building on Athabasca Street West. In recent years, the festival has shifted its focus and is no longer competitive in nature. Instead, groups work with clinicians who help student musicians develop and hone their skills. Choirs • Mountain Bike Instruction & across Rentals and bands from the prairie provinces attend • Canoe & Kayak Trips & Rentals the festival every year. As a result, every • Birthday Parties, Staff Parties In fact, 20,000 people came out year the city is filled with excited to watch•the 1982 edition of the youngsters Group and Family Outing and tour buses. parade, which featured 87 differThis year, due to the COVID-19 ent bands. pandemic, the festival was canThe city itself was once home toRENTALS celled. Fortunately, the plan is many of its own bands, includ7 DAYS A INand Choral Festival forWEEK the Band ing the White Hackle Band, the to return May 17, 2021. WAKAMOW Sprigs o’ Heather Girls’ Pipe While 12-8PM the parades are no more, JUNE TO SEPT. Band, and the Moose Jaw Lions the festival lives on, and so too Band. The Sprigs o’ Heather does the city’s identity as “The group is honoured in the mural Band City.” “March to the Pipes Forever.” The mural, painted by the late Gus Froese, can be found on the

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Grand Murals Depict Early Life of Community’s History

Moose Jaw is the mural capital of North America, featuring 45 giant outdoor murals. This classic collection of murals is painted on the exterior walls of downtown buildings and depicts the challenge and excitement of the city’s early years. The first of Moose Jaw’s murals was painted in grand scale in 1990. Scenes depicting the community’s early history can be found on the sides and fronts of building throughout the downtown core. Painting, glass works and a bas-relief all provide insight into the development of Moose Jaw. Tributes abound to early pioneers, historic occasions and buildings, activities and achievements. Self-guided walking tours are suggested. A group of Moose Javians wanted to replicate the murals of Chemainus, B.C., so they asked the creator of the idea there, Karl Schutz, to teach them how to develop a similar idea. The first mural was “Remember Old 80,” which was promptly followed by “Opening Day Parade.” Several Moose Jaw artists have contributed murals, such as Grant McLaughlin, the late Gus Froese and Dale Cline. Cline was instrumental in establishing murals in the city. He also served as the president of the murals committee. Froese painted several murals, including “Opening Day Parade,” “National Light & Power Co.,” “March to the Pipes Forever,” “ Ross Wells Tribute to Baseball,” and others. McLaughlin painted “Cruising Main Street,” “Postcards from Moose Jaw,” “Hopes and Dreams,” “Living With the Land,” “Winter Carnival,” the Centennial Mural on the Crescent Park Amphitheatre, “Tribute to Gary Hyland,” and others. Sadly, Moose Jaw has lost several murals due to fire, demolition, or simply deterioration. This list includes two beloved murals, “Remember Old 80” (demolished in 2009) and “River Street Red” (de-

“Opening Day Parade” by Gus Froese, located at 82 Manitoba Street West.

“Air Force Blue” by Dale Cline, located at 112 First Avenue Northeast.

stroyed by fire in 2014). Not all is lost, however, as you can find a display honouring the city’s lost murals on the side of McKarr’s Furniture at 88 Second Avenue Northwest. Meanwhile, the original version of “Town’s Afire” — originally located on First Avenue Northwest where the similarly-themed “Fire Watch” is now located— was recreated by Gus Froese on the third floor of the Hammond Building in 2015. The newest murals have been painted onto panels so that they can be saved if a building is scheduled for demolition. Interested in Moose Jaw’s murals? Call Norma Westgard at (306) 693-3062 or contact the city clerk’s office at (306) 694-4426 for more information.

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Moose Jaw Embraces Indigenous Roots

Moose Jaw is in Treaty 4 territory, which encompasses much of southern Saskatchewan, as well as parts of Manitoba and Alberta. It is also the traditional homeland of the Métis people. Moose Jaw is proud of its Indigenous roots. In fact, the city’s memorable name comes from the Plains Cree language.

Additionally, you will find lots of areas of the town named in such a way. For example, all of the bridges in Wakamow Valley are named after Indigenous groups (e.g. Blackfoot Bridge, Saulteaux Bridge, etc.). This trend continues in Paashkwow Park, an area of Wakamow that is also home to the disc golf course. Back in 2019, Moose Jaw city council voted to approve changing the name of the former Wild Animal Park on the south side of the city to Tatawâw Park. Tatawâw is a Cree word that means “There is room. You are welcome.”

Several events take place throughout the year to celebrate the area’s Aboriginal heritage. This of course includes the annual powwow. Last year, the powwow was held in Tatawâw Park for the first time in over 20 years. This event draws dancers and singers from across the prairies and is always a popular event. This year, however, it is unlikely that the event will go ahead, due to COVID-19. Last year the Southern Plains Métis Local 160, the Northern Plains Heritage Centre, and the Moose Jaw Nature Society came together to present Bison Fest, an informative event that focused on the history of the river valley. February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month and a number of events are held throughout the province during this month. Fittingly, storytellers tour area schools in conjunction with the Palliser Regional Library. Of course, National Aboriginal Day is traditionally celebrated on June 21 with a full day of activities.

Be on the lookout for events happening throughout the year. You can find out more information by joining the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association’s (WACA) Facebook page. Of course, you can always stop by their office, located at 461 Athabasca St. East. You can also connect with the Southern Plains Métis Local 160 on Facebook or visit their office in the Hammond Building (310 Main St. North).

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Renamed TatawÂw Park Shows Long History of Moose Jaw’s River Valley

In the summer of 2019, community organizations finally cut the ribbon announcing the new name for the Moose Jaw Wild Animal Park, located south of the city on 9th Ave Southwest. The park’s renaming to Tatawâw Park, which in Cree means “welcome, there is room for everyone,” was an initiative put together by the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association and the South Hill Community Association to recognize the land’s long history as a gathering place for many people.

The sign was unveiled by South Hill Community Association chair Crystal Froese (R) and Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association chair Lori Deets (L) in 2019.

Tatawâw Park is part of the Moose Jaw River Valley, which means it is located within Treaty 4 territory and the traditional lands of the Métis. Archaeological evidence covers nearly every part of the surrounding area. As explorers from the Hudson’s Bay Company began mapping the western frontier of Canada, they gave the Moose Jaw River plenty of names — Moose Jaw Forks, Moose Jaw Creek, Moose Jaw Bone Creek, and the Turn — and described many partnerships they built with the local Indigenous population. In the 1800s, the park was where Lakota Chief Black Bull settled with his band as early as 1883, following the historic defeat of General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn — better known as Custer’s Last Stand. The Lakota lived in what is now

Tatawâw Park until the early 1910s, when the reservation at Wood Mountain was created and many moved there. Tatawâw Park was also home to

opened in 1929 and featured bears, bison, wolves, and eventually more exotic animals like lions. The Wild Animal Park was a

An image taken in what is now Tatawâw Park, featuring Lakota chief Black Bull (front) alongside a group of Moose Jaw military and other Lakota people in 1885.

This postcard shows the park entrance in the 1960s, with writing on the back that declares it a popular destination for Moose Jaw and district that attracts more than 80,000 visitors annually. (Moose Jaw Public Library Archives Department)

many other people, at this time. Before settlers came down the CP rail line in 1882 to settle and homestead what is now the city of Moose Jaw, many Métis people owned land in the area. An HBC servant named Xavier

The old bridges from the Wild Animal Park are still standing and can be walked across, but are blocked to vehicles for safety.

Denomie, of Métis heritage, offered lodging to travellers on the Moose Jaw River, and the first census in the settlement of Moose Jaw in 1884 recorded over 220 individuals of Métis heritage in the area. Photographs from the era suggest that as the settlement grew, Métis people began working as freighters with their Red River carts to deliver goods all over the countryside. Moose Jaw became a city in 1901, and the population then boomed. Over 500 acres of the Moose Jaw River Valley became the Wild Animal Park, which

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beloved Moose Jaw destination for decades, with a postcard in the Moose Jaw Public Library Archives from the early 1960s boasting that the park saw 80,000 visitors annually. Financial roadblocks saw the

An image of three lions in the wire enclosure at the Moose Jaw Wild Animal Park, circa 1950s. (Moose Jaw Public Library Archives Department)

park close in 1995. The buildings and animal enclosures were removed, and people began using the land as walking trails. Now, the Wild Animal Park has become Tatawâw Park, as a nod to the land’s past as a home to numerous Aboriginal people but also as a message of welcoming for the community to continue enjoying the green space together.


City’s Trail System a Hidden Treasure

Imagine heading outside and immediately accessing a large system of trails where you can walk your dog, get some fresh air, or commune with local flora and fauna. That is possible here in Moose Jaw, thanks to the city’s extensive trail system. There are over 40 kilometres of trails that are ideal for hiking, running, or biking.

The city’s trails include: Devonian Trail: 4.2 km trail (5th Ave S. E. & Fairford St. East) Rotary Trail: 32.3 km trail around Moose Jaw 10 km trail from Coteau St E. & 8th Ave. S.E. to Connor Park Spring Creek trail (access off Ninth Ave. N.W.) Wakamow Ecological Trail: 1 km trail (7th Ave. S.W.) Look for trail markers (they are white and have a picture of a moose head). Along the way, you will be able to discover every corner of the city.

Moose Jaw is also part the Trans Canada Trail. The trail winds through the river valley area, all the way over to the former Wild Animal Park. You can find a pavilion on Coteau St. East, just off Eighth Ave. S.E. (near Chateau St. Michael).

The Trans Canada Trail winds its way through Moose Jaw.

There are also two cross-country ski trails that are maintained during the winter months. Access is located next to the speed skating oval on River Drive in Wakamow Valley. The “green” trail is 1.75 km long and the “red” trail is 5 km in length.

You will find Terra the Turtle as you walk through Wakamow.

Look for trail markers around the city.

Pound Provincial Park, you will find over 30 km of hiking and mountain biking trails. The trails have varied difficulty and slopes but there is something for everyone, regardless of age or experience.

Of course, Crescent Park also has its own well-manicured paths that are ideal for a leisurely stroll. Meanwhile, over at Buffalo

Alongside scenic Spring Creek you will find various exercise stations, to provide an extra oomph to your fitness regime.

You will definitely want to stop by the Nicolle Flats Nature Area, which features its scenic walks. While in this area, be sure to stop by the buffalo pen, walk the boardwalk interpretive trail, and even see the Nicolle homestead, an old stone house. This area is a great option for nature lovers or bird watchers! During the winter months, you can also take advantage of 7 km worth of ungroomed cross-country trails at Buffalo Pound. What are you waiting for? Be sure to grab you gear and head outdoors to explore the city!

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CAF Snowbirds Located in Moose Jaw The late Col. O.B. Philp had a dream and in 1971 that dream came true when a new air demonstration team took flight at then Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw. Since then The Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, has delighted crowds throughout North America with well-designed manoeuvres and a professionalism that is typical of the Canadian Armed Forces. The squadron, with its home at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, is made up of pilots, technicians, mobile support staff, resource management, support clerks, an engineering officer, logistics officer and public affairs staff coming from all elements — Air Force, Army and Navy. What to call the team was also on the mind of Col. Philp and the late Lois Boyle, his administrative assistant. A contest was conducted at the Bushell Park School and the winner was picked — The Snowbirds. The name was submitted by Doug Farmer, a Grade 6 student. In 2000, Farmer was able to fly with the Snowbirds during a media flight day at Abbotsford. Commanding Officer is Lt.-Col. Mike French of Langley, B.C. who, as a young boy, was captivated

by the Snowbirds and made it his life’s ambition to become a Snowbird. Honorary Colonel is Fred Sutherland of Moose Jaw. The Snowbirds fly the CT-114 Tutor, an aircraft built in Canada and used for basic training from 1963 to 2000. In a normal year, the team averages about 60 shows in 40 locations in Canada and the United States. Because of COVID-19 and pauses in operation, most of this year’s shows have been cancelled. More information about the Snowbirds and the team’s 50th anniversary will be available on the team’s Facebook page or through the 15 Wing website.

Fowl Suppers a Popular Prairie Tradition

Every year, rural communities across Saskatchewan come together for food and fellowship. Fowl suppers — sometimes interchangeably referred to as fall suppers — are an annual tradition on the prairies. Every autumn, people gather in churches and community halls for a community meal. It is an excellent opportunity to visit with neighbours and to celebrate the year’s harvest. Young and old alike gather at the table, while visitors are welcomed into the community with open arms. You can expect turkey with all the trimmings, while some communities might even serve perogies and cabbage rolls. Typically, there is homemade pie for dessert. Everything is prepared by community volunteers to share with the community at large. No matter the size of the com-

munity, you can expect to find a fowl supper. The meals are so popular, in fact, that some people travel from community to community, creating their own “fowl supper tour.” This year, it is unknown if ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will allow communities to hold these events, but you can be

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sure that this is one tradition that won’t go away. Starting in September, pay attention to community listings to find fowl suppers in your area. You can also check out the Facebook group, “Saskatchewan Fowl Suppers,” which provides an ongoing listing of suppers.


Simpson Seeds a trusted, Family-Owned Company

For more than 40 years, Simpson Seeds has been nourishing the world by selling millions of tonnes of lentils while sticking to its core values of family, quality, integrity and innovation. The company started out as a small family-run operation in Saskatchewan in the 1970s. When the Simpson family had its main farm southeast of Moose Jaw, father Jim saw the need to conduct more marketing for their products, to get away from the Canadian Wheat Board and diversify what they were growing. Meanwhile, son Greg had just graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and acquired a job with Agriculture Canada. He inspected seed growers in southwest Saskatchewan, where he developed the idea to grow seeds, clean seeds on their farm, and then retail them to help diversify the family farm. Greg began growing peas in 1975, and by 1980, the family had experience to take on lentils and become a mixed farm. On Aug. 13, 1979, Simpson Seeds was incorporated, and the family built a plant on their property in the winter of 1980. In 1992, the family bought property on Moose Jaw’s North Service Road — which had nothing on it then — and built a cleaning

Brothers John and Greg Simpson pose for a picture in front of their seed cleaning plant, which is located on the North Service Road.

and processing plant. They also expanded the rail spur so they could have access to the railroad to ship their products. The company bought Kyle Seeds and its elevator in southwest Saskatchewan in 2008, along with that company’s processing plant in Swift Current. Simpson Seeds improved the plant, before making a major expansion three years ago. The company later shut down the elevator in Kyle. Simpson Seeds expanded into organic seeds in 2018 due to major customer demand, especially from its European customers. While the Simpson family farm southeast of Moose Jaw has now been certified as an organic site, the company’s main focus is still on lentils.

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Moose Jaw’s Parks can be Enjoyed Year Round

Whether you want to go for a walk, get outside and enjoy nature or are simply looking for a way to keep the kids busy for a few hours, Moose Jaw has plenty of green spaces to take advantage of.

Located in the heart of the community, you will find Crescent Park. Home to the Moose Jaw Public Library, the park also has a playground and spray park. Many people also enjoy walking

along the paths. Be sure to stop by and feed the ducks! Wakamow is located in the city’s river valley. There you will find picnic areas, canoes and kayaks for rent, a skating oval, playgrounds, and well-manicured trails that allow Moose Javians to enjoy the outdoors all year round. Bring along some pine nuts or bird seed and you can get birds to eat right out of your hand! Elgin Park, located in the city’s northwest is another beautiful park that has plenty to offer, including a spray park and a skating pad. There are lots of neighbourhood parks found throughout the city. These parks contain playground equipment, while some also feature a skating rink in the winter. Please note that some parks, like Crescent Park and Elgin Park, do

NOTE: Parks that have a paddling pool or spray park are marked with an asterisk (*). Parks without a playground are marked with a carat (^). South Hill: • 1996 Summer Games Playground: 16th Ave SW (*) • Belmont Park: Belmont Crescent (^) • Buffalo Shell Park: 9th Ave SW and Keith St (^) • Keith Crescent: Keith Crescent • Kinfield Park: 100 block Grandview St W • New Rock Park: Bradley St and 10 th Ave SW • Optimist Park: 5th Ave SW & Lillooet St W (*) • Parkhill Park: 10th Ave SW & Duffield St W (*) • Peter Pan Park: 265 Coteau St W • Smith Park: 1200 block Hastings St • Westheath Park: Wellington Dr and Spadina Dr East Side: • Bell Park: 800 block Caribou St E (^, basketball court) • Clark Gilles Park: Ross Crescent • Crescent Park: 200 block Fairford St E* • East End Park: 9th Ave. N.E. & Ominica St. E (*) • Happy Valley: 1200 block of Wolfe Ave • Hillcrest Park: 1200 block Willow Ave • Town and Country Park: Town and Country Drive (^)

not allow dogs. You can, however, take your pooch to the city’s dog park, located along the 1500 block of High St. West, just off Thatcher Drive. As well, because of COVID-19, playgrounds have opened to be used at own risk.

However you want to enjoy the great outdoors, there are lots of parks and playgrounds to keep you busy!

North West: • 4th & Oxford: 400 Block Oxford St W • 15th Avenue NW & Athabasca St W • Caribou Heights: 1500 block Caribou St W • Elgin Park: 1000 block 8th Ave NW (*) • Bike Park: 1200 block High St W (^) • Henleaze Park: 1100 block Henleaze Ave • Hopkins Crescent: 1060 Hopkins Crescent • Knights of Columbus: 1100 block Clifton Ave • Moose Square: 600 block Ominica St W • Regal Heights: 1400 block 13th Ave NW • Skate Park: MacDonald St and 9th Ave NW (^) • Spring Creek: Thatcher Dr and Simcoe St • West End Park: 10th Ave NW and Athabasca St W Sunningdale/VLA: • Iron Bridge: Iron Bridge Drive • Kiwaniland: 3 Dogwood Road • Sunningdale Athletic Park: Daffodil Drive (off of Dogwood Road) • Sunningdale Nature Park: West part of Wood Lily Drive (^) • Veterans Peace Park: 1604 Admiral Crescent • VLA Gate Park: west end of Normandy Drive • West Park: between 11th Ave NW and Meier Drive • Wood Lily Park: Kalmia Crescent

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Homegrown Here in Moose Jaw and Local Markets

Moose Jaw’s Homegrown Farmers’ Market Moose Jaw’s Homegrown Farmers’ Market sells items that are grown or produced locally or within the area, ranging from fruits, vegetables, baking, preserves, art, beauty products and plants. The market is located in front of the Moose Jaw Public Library on Langdon Crescent, one block east of Main Street, and is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Some of the vendors that sell their wares and products during the week include Coteau Hills Creamery, Bev’s Homemade, Gram’s Real Meat Dog Treats, Flormac, The Cookie Jar Bake Shoppe, Brownlee Ironworks, Wizard Woodworks, Prairie Bee Meadery, and McMahon Hutterite Colony. Besides the farmers’ market, Moose Jaw also has two other groups dedicated to providing food security in the community. Yara Community Gardens The Yara Community Gardens have three locations where healthy food is grown: two locations on Home Street West and one location on Grey Avenue. There are 140 ground plots and 70 raised planting beds in total across the three locations. New gardeners are always wel-

Volunteers plant seeds at the Mosaic Food farm.

The Homegrown Farmers’ Market on Langdon Crescent is always busy in the summer.

come to come plant, but it’s best to make contact early to reserve a spot since plots of ground are given out on a first-come, firstserve basis. Those with green thumbs are encouraged to call Hunger in Moose Jaw at (306) 692-1916. During July, the office is open Monday through Thursday. The Mosaic Food Farm The Mosaic Food Farm is located off First Avenue Southeast and has a main garden that is 0.4 hectares (one acre) in size, along with two orchards that total one acre. Each year, community organizations and businesses volunteer to plant vegetables of various types early in the spring and

then return in the fall to harvest the bountiful crop. Once all the vegetables are picked they are distributed to the three food agencies working in partnership with the food farm: Hunger in Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw Food Bank, and Riverside Mission. The Wakamow Valley Authority (WVA) installed a fence around the garden last year to keep out unwanted critters and animals, which led to an increase in how much produce was picked and distributed to the three non-profit groups. For more information contact the WVA at (306) 692-2717.

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Public Library a Treasure Trove of Services for Community

The Moose Jaw Public Library is lucky to be located in the midst of the welcoming greenery of Crescent Park, a perfect setting for the many services offered within the walls of the building. Most people just think of books and other reading materials when they think about the library, but the MJPL has also built collections of CDs, DVDs, and even video games that patrons can check out using their library card. Patrons can also access titles through the interlibrary loan system, which are shipped to the local branch and made available for pickup, and those unable to leave their homes for various reasons can request the library’s outreach service to deliver their materials.

The Public Library is located inside Crescent Park, on the corner of Athabasca Street East and Langdon Crescent.

Overdrive offers library patrons access to e-books on their computers, smartphones, or e-reader devices. The seed library is a unique feature, where anyone can borrow or leave seeds of all kinds to share with the community. The Library also offers a number of computers free to use, as well as printing services. The MJPL Archives are located on the main floor of the building and are filled with historical documents, maps, photos and old newspapers that are free to access. Library patrons also have access to a number of virtual resources through the public library, all of

which are free. Several research databases are accessible with a library membership.

child, teen and adult programs every week, which are always free and open to the public. The Children’s Department organizes things like storytime sessions,

The Public Library offers more than just rows on rows of books — but they have those too.

The MJPL Archives are a useful resource for anyone looking into the history of Moose Jaw and area.

This also includes streaming service Kanopy, which was TV shows, movies, and kids programming to stream. Creative Bug features craft projects and ideas, and Hoopla has access to video streaming, magazines, and movies.

crafts, theme weeks and more for kids. Adult programming offers a variety of activities as well, like meditation hours, bi-weekly board game sessions, technology help sessions, and more. Every summer ushers in the summer reading program, with prizes available to win for both teens and adults, as well as the children’s day programming to keep

The seed library has many different varieties of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds available to “borrow.” The bank of public computers at the Library are available anytime during the building’s open hours.

Lynda.com is a site filled with instructional videos on various industries and topics. Mango Languages has lessons and exercises to help patrons learn a new language. TumbleBooks offers a library of children’s books, and PressReader has lists of magazines available online. Library staff also hosts numerous

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the kids entertained and learning while school is out. Obtaining a library card can be done at the front desk of the Moose Jaw Public Library. Additionally, that card can be used at any Saskatchewan public library location in the province. The list of offered programming is available online at moosejawlibrary.ca or questions about services can be directed to the front desk by calling (306) 692-2787.


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Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery Offers a mix of Local History and Art

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery sits in the middle of the city’s favourite green space, Crescent Park, and holds within its walls a number of collections that show off the art and culture of Moose Jaw. Once inside, visitors are greeted by an impressive sculpture of a dapple grey foal — titled Peggy by the late Joe Fafard. The sculpture is a favourite part of the gallery’s permanent collection, and only one piece of what the MJMAG has to show off.

Currently on display in the Normal Lang Gallery until the end of August is Measured Composition by potter Rob Froese, featuring a visual intersection of music and ceramic wares, and Predisposition by sculptor Peter Tucker, who has been working on one of the exhibition’s pieces in-gallery as a demonstrative element.

“Twelve Tone Study” by Rob Froese, from his exhibitions currently on display at the MJMAG and online through their website. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is home to an incredible array of artwork, artifacts, and educational opportunities — and it’s luckily surrounded by the lovely scenery of Crescent Park.

The MJMAG, attached to the Moose Jaw Public Library, is home to several different gallery spaces worth visiting for a taste of local art and history. Visitors are welcome to visit the MJMAG any time during operating hours to enjoy the experience of Moose Jaw art. “Reroot” by Peter Tucker, currently on display in the gallery at the MJMAG and featured online on their website.

The Heritage Gallery hosts a permanent collection of artifacts and exhibits detailing the intricate past of the community, while the Norma Lang Gallery features all of the new artistic exhibitions curated by the MJMAG every spring and fall. The entrance of the MJMAG is also used to display local exhibitions. Currently, the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association is showing their Women’s Cape Project, featuring hand-beaded traditional capes made by local women and curated by Barb Fraser, WACA, and SaskCulture.

All three of these current exhibitions are available to view online through the MJMAG’s website, along with a handful of other past exhibitions featured in a virtual museum format — including past shows from Vaughan Grayson and Campbell Tinning, a Heritage Gallery feature about the 1954 plane collision over Moose Jaw, and the MJMAG travelling trench art exhibit Keepsakes of Conflict, among others. The MJMAG has a number of other online resources now available on their website, including introduction videos about famous Saskatchewan artists, features from past and current MJMAG collections, and virtual community exhibitions. In addition to all of the gallery’s shows, the MJMAG also offers a number of art classes in their space throughout the year, with the schedule differing depending on instructors’ availability. This summer,

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the adults and children’s programs will be offered at a distance, with virtual instruction and material kits provided. The MJMAG also has their Gift Shop upstairs in the building, which features works from an array of local artists available to purchase and take home. This fall, the MJMAG will have a retrospective exhibition on Regina artist Marsha Kennedy titled Embodied Ecologies, the details of which have yet to be released.

The MJMAG Gift Shop, located upstairs from the gallery space, features both local Moose Jaw artists as well as those from all over Saskatchewan.

The MJMAG also hosts the Moose Jaw Art Guild’s annual fall show, which always features an impressive collection of work from local guild artists all focused on a chosen theme. The Moose Jaw Art Guild has existed since 1929, and involves local artists of all kinds. The guild hosts creative workshops, discussions about art techniques, and regular guild meetings to work on new projects together. Guild members also have their works on display in the back room at the Uptown Cafe all throughout the year, and also take part in the MJMAG’s annual Park Art event every July. For visitors looking to experience the breadth of the artistic community here in Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is the perfect place to start exploring.

For more information about the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, or to access any of their online resources, or to learn more about the virtual summer programming, visit their website at mjmag.ca or check their Facebook page for updates. More information about the Moose Jaw Art Guild can be found at mjartguild.wixsite.com or by checking their Facebook page.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on statutory holidays. Please be sure to check with the MJMAG before visiting by calling the front desk at 1 (306) 692-4471. For more information on the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s online activities, be sure to check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mjmag/.

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Historic Armoury Building Houses a Historic Military Unit

Moose Jaw has deep connections with Canadian military, not just with 15 Wing Airbase, but also with the Saskatchewan Dragoons and the historic armoury building in which the unit resides. The Saskatchewan Dragoons is a primary reserve armoured regiment of the Canadian Army. Their role is that of a reconnaissance squadron. They examine an area in preparation for the advance of a main body of troops. They go forward, sometimes many miles, and gather information on enemy strength, equipment, movements and intentions.

Members of the Saskatchewan Dragoons pose for a picture with their flag during an exercise.

They pass this information — together with other helpful information on such things as bridges, blocked roads and areas of potential danger — back to higher command so the advance can take place as safely as possible. At the same time, they deny such

Military vehicles from different eras sit in front of the historic Lt.-Col. D.V. Currie VC Armoury building, which was constructed in 1907.

information to the enemy. In the withdrawal, they maintain contact with the enemy while the main body pulls back. Thus, they often speak of their role as “first in, last out.” The federal government formed the unit in Regina in 1905 as an infantry regiment, later designating it as the 95th Regiment and then the 95th Saskatchewan Rifles. The Saskatchewan Dragoons perpetuates the 46th Battalion (South Saskatchewan), Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and the 128th Battalion (Moose Jaw), CEF. The dragoons reside in the historic Lt.-Col. David V. Currie VC Armoury building on 1215 Main Street North. The brick structure is a recognized federal heritage building because of its historical associations and its architectural and environmental values. The federal government constructed the armoury in 1907 during the Militia and Defence

expansion program to provide permanent headquarters for militia practice and training, and it was used as a recruitment centre during both world wars. In 1986, the structure was renamed in honour of David Currie, a local officer awarded the Victoria Cross for courageous action during the invasion of Normandy, France in 1944. Inside the main hall are historic artifacts that help tell the story of the unit, from its earliest days to today as a reserve unit. There are displays dedicated to the unit’s members from the First and Second world wars and important battles such as Vimy Ridge. Scattered throughout the building are pictures of the unit over the decades, along with other fascinating heritage items that celebrate Canadian military history and the boys and men from Moose Jaw who answered the call and served their country. For more information call (306) 692-2550.

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The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre

The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC), at 250 Thatcher Drive East beside Superstore, gives visitors a chance to become familiar with burrowing owls and the efforts to save the endangered species. Admission to the centre is by donation. Visitors have the option of taking a self-guided tour or taking a tour that centre staff lead. There is a display area and gift store, while the owls live in outdoor enclosures. This gives visitors a chance to see the birds in their natural habitat. Owls On Tour is a high-energy hour of environmental education. Depending on the age of the audience, the presentation may include slides, songs, skits and stories about the endangered burrowing owl and their disappearing habitat. At the end of the presentation, participants have the opportunity to meet a live burrowing owl and engage in a question-and-answer session. During your time at the centre, you will also learn about the special characteristics of the burrowing owls, the factors that contribute to their endangered status in Canada, and some of the actions that organizations are taking to help ensure the owls’ survival. The centre opened its gates to the public for the first time in the spring of 1997. The building site, located on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, was chosen because several pairs of burrowing owls typically nested in the infield of the racetrack. In the beginning, SBOIC consisted of a small interpretive centre that showcased pictures and displays, while only one person worked there. Visitors used spotting scopes from an observation blind to view the wild owls nesting in the infield. Over the years the centre has expanded to include a gift store, a larger display area, and the travel-

ling educational program Owls on Tour. The centre is also the permanent home to a small captive population of owls. SBOIC is a non-profit organization that does not receive provincial or federal funding. The centre depends entirely upon the generosity of individual donors, as well as funding through various educational and/or environmental grants. For more information about the centre and to learn about its operating hours, call (306) 6928710 or (306) 692-2762, or visit www.skburrowingowl.ca.

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Visit Moose Jaw’s Western Development Museum

Each museum location focuses on different aspects of Saskatchewan history: transportation in Moose Jaw, farm and rural life in North Battleford. 1910 Boomtown and innovation in Saskatoon, and stories of immigration in Yorkton. The WDM also has a corporate office located in Saskatoon for administrative and curatorial functions, as well as collections storage.

A short-line train is available for rides on the WDM property.

If you’re into trains, planes or automobiles — or any other type of wheeled, tracked, winged, or water transportation — then Moose Jaw’s Western Development Museum (WDM) is the place to visit.

A restored Vickers Vedette flying boat is one of the many aircraft on display.

Galleries are dedicated to the Snowbirds, aircraft from the past, during and after the Second World War, watercrafts, classy cars, winter and land travel, and the history of Saskatchewan. Some events that occur throughout the year include Heritage Day, the Thunder Creek Model Train Show, the opening of the K&S Short Line train, a fashion show and tea, Brickspo, a Seniors’ Week Tea, Remembrance Week activities, Kids’ Secret Shopping nights

during Christmas, breakfast with Mrs. Claus, and a multiday Christmas program. Call the WDM to find out when each of these events will be held, watch their Facebook page, or visit wdm.ca. In Moose Jaw, the WDM’s gift shop focuses on unique Saskatchewan-made items; its selection promotes the crafts of artisans and producers from around the province. It also features seasonal giftware, books, souvenirs and toys. Gift cards are available for use toward museum admission, memberships and gift shop purchases. Watch for specials and weekly supplier spotlights on the WDM’s Facebook page. Contact the WDM at 306-693-5989 or moosejaw@wdm.ca. As a provincial organization, the WDM is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan, with locations in Moose Jaw, Yorkton, North Battleford and Saskatoon. With a collection of more than 75,000 artifacts ranging from pins to locomotives, the WDM shares the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of settlement to present day.

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Kids’ secret Christmas shopping happens at the WDM in November.

The WDM’s mandate is to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects of historical value and importance connected with the economic and cultural development of Western Canada and to stimulate interest in Western Canadian history. Its vision is a Saskatchewan where everyone belongs and histories matter. The four WDM locations and the corporate office provide a grand total of 307,100 square feet (27,639 square metres) of covered area, including 262,875 square feet (23,659 square metres) for exhibit/programs and 44,225 square feet (nearly 4,000 square metres) of office and storage space. Total land area is 165 acres, slightly larger than the original prairie farm unit of a quarter section (160 acres).


Sukanen Ship Museum Offers More Than the Prairie Ship Story

The Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum presents the story of Finnish Settler Tom Sukanen . . . and a lot more. The village museum has been around for 51 years, with the Sukanen Ship moved here in the 1970s to recognize the work of this talented, determined settler building an ocean-going ship in the middle of the Prairies by hand with tools he made. Sukanen never got to try his plan to move the ship up the Saskatchewan River, float it sideways through shallow parts and sail up the Churchill River to Hudson Bay and his home of Finland. Neighbours in the Finnish communities of Lucky Lake and Macrorie reported the odd settler. Mounties took him to the insane

asylum in North Battleford where he died. Located on 40 acres, the pioneer village hosts pretty well all the businesses and institutions that would have operated in a rural Saskatchewan town of nearly 100 years ago. The streets are lined with a church, one-room school, general store, hardware store, blacksmith shop, municipal office, service station, newspaper/print shop, CNR railway station, pharmacy and carriage house. A farm barn and seven vintage houses form part of the collection that includes an 1890s ranch house, two settler shacks and a one-and-one-half storey farmhouse. A fire hall and extensive collec-

tion of fire engines and firefighter apparatus has been built over the years. A 1913 grain elevator in working condition is located on the north end of the property A line of buildings on the west side stores three large farm tractor collections — Case, Allis-Chalmers and John Deere. These are supplemented by the replica International Harvester Company dealership and machinery collection. This collection of buildings includes dozens of vintage cars and trucks with more than 200 vehi-

cles and tractors on display. A not-to-be-missed exhibit is the homestead shack where Prime Minister John Diefenbaker grew up in Northern Saskatchewan. The shack his Uncle Elmer lived in is adjacent. Diefenbaker is the only one of three Canadian prime ministers elected in Saskatchewan who was a resident of the province. Closed for the summer of 2020.

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Moose Jaw Health Foundation Fills the Calendar with Fundraising Events

The Moose Jaw Health Foundation has made it their mission to aid and enhance the quality of health care services available to patients here in Moose Jaw, and the charitable organization never disappoints. Founded in 1986, the Health Foundation has been raising funds to enhance the health care capabilities of providers by working in partnership with local donors and hosting an array of community events. Over the years, the Health Foundation has raised over $38 million for the local hospital here in Moose Jaw — both the now-demolished Moose Jaw Union Hospital and the current Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, the Foundation’s current home. All of the funds raised stay here in Moose Jaw and are used in a number of ways, including the purchase of new state-of-the-art medical equipment, providing continued education for healthcare professionals, supporting healthfocused community programs, and assisting in future recruitment of health care professionals. This year’s fundraising campaign, Mammography Matters, is focusing on purchasing new digital mammography equipment that will help with the early detection of breast cancer in patients. To help support their fundraising campaign each year, the Health Foundation hosts a number of annual, beloved events for the community. The annual Festival of Trees gala takes place each year in November and features an incredible display of decorated holiday trees and a glamorous evening auction in support of the foundation. The event is topped off with the Festival Family Brunch the following morning. In the spring, the Foundation hosts the Little Princess Ball for the

the Crescent Park Amphitheatre from June to August.

Members of 800 CHAB and the Moose Jaw Health Foundation gather with the cheque for the final total from the 2019 Family First Radiothon. (photo by Randy Palmer) Business owners always go all out when decorating their holiday tree displays for the Festival of Trees. (photo by Randy Palmer)

younger crowd, which features a magical night for princes and princess — and their parents — to feel like royalty with entertainment, crafts and special guests.

The Little Princess Ball is an absolute favourite event in the city, where little princesses get to dress up and meet their favourite big princesses. (file photo)

Also in the spring is the Family First Radiothon, which raised just shy of $300,000 last year. The annual Moose Jawg charity road race takes place in the summer and is always a huge hit, and the Hillcrest Charity Golf Tournament in June also draws a lot of support from the community. The Health Foundation also holds Concerts in the Park every summer as an appreciation event for their donors, which features local musicians playing free concerts at

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Concerts in the Park are always a hit during the warm summer nights here in Moose Jaw. (supplied)

All of the fundraisers for the Health Foundation are always met with a swell of support from the community, which is why the foundation has been able to supply necessary equipment over the years: surgical equipment for the operating rooms, critical care ventilators, fetal heart monitors, and more. The Moose Jaw Health Foundation works very hard to support the medical needs of the professionals at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital — and in turn, the patients who need those medical services. In the wake of the pandemic that has swept the nation, the Health Foundation has created a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in addition to its Mammography Matters campaign, specifically to support health care workers and the strain of resources they are experiencing. To contribute to the Health Foundation and any of its campaigns, or to learn more about its annual events, visit mjhf.org for more information.


Journey to Hope Spreading Suicide Awareness Throughout Moose Jaw

What began as a support group for those touched by suicide has become something much bigger, as the Journey to Hope charity group works tirelessly to help spread a message of hope and suicide prevention.

The Journey to Hope youth chapter all wearing their JTH t-shirts, featuring the butterfly logo they designed themselves. (supplied)

The local group, which consists of both an adult and a youth chapter, formed in 2018 with the goal to break away the stigma surrounding suicide and provide resources and support to the community — in the form of hope, healing and honour for those lost. Journey to Hope regularly hosts fundraisers and community events to fulfil their mission, such as their annual Journey to Hope Walk in the fall and an event to commemorate Suicide Prevention Day each year in September. In 2019, Journey to Hope collected over $31,000, which they used within the community to spread their message and provide mental health and suicide training courses free to the community. This includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training offered to local school division staff and students, as well as regular sessions of safeTALK training for adults and the Tattered Teddies program for children, and more. Last year, Journey to Hope also helped create a Trans Hope Fund in partnership with Moose Jaw Pride, donated journals to mental health and addictions programs in

Moose Jaw, and provided aftersuicide loss care packages to both the Moose Jaw Police Service and local RCMP detachment. In the winter of 2019, the group reached out to include youth voices from three of Moose Jaw’s high schools and created the Journey to Hope youth chapter.

The “Hope Is…” exhibit at the Cultural Centre was a project hosted by the Journey to Hope group in the fall of 2019, featuring work representing what hope looks to each artist.

The youth chapter shares the same message as their parent organization and works together to plan events throughout the year to engage with Moose Jaw teens and young adults to spread hope.

The Journey to Hope youth chapter working on their ongoing mural project, featuring a number of wooden pieces that will be fitted together to form a butterfly. (supplied)

Last year, the youth chapter hosted an art exhibition at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre titled “Hope Is…,” where each artist submitted a piece showing what hope means to them. The group also made Christmas cards for the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation after

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they suffered a rash of suicides, and also planned an open mic night and photo contest to hear community voices.

The annual Journey to Hope fundraiser and walk features a chapel service to honour those lost to suicide, which is always a favourite of those attending. (supplied)

The Journey to Hope youth chapter is also working on a large mural project in the shape of the chapter’s butterfly logo, which will be displayed in Crescent Park when finished. The group has collected wooden pieces painted by the community representing their icons of hope to form the wings of the butterfly, while the body will be a memorial that carries the names of community members who have been lost to suicide. Both the adult and youth members of Moose Jaw Journey to Hope emphasize the importance of spreading hope to everyone in the community, which is why they continue to offer their support and their voices to the cause. To keep up with the Moose Jaw Journey to Hope group, follow them on Facebook for regular updates about resources and events. More information about the group can be found at journeytohope. synthasite.com. The Journey to Hope youth chapter is also active on Instagram and Twitter, as @journey2hopemj.


A Little Prairie Charm Home to a Truly Charming Tearoom and Boutique

Located in a cozy building on High Street with a charming brick facade, A Little Prairie Charm is the perfect place to pop by for a quick cup of tea and a look at the bustling boutique full of charming giftware.

birdhouses. Visitors can also peruse the selection of hand-blended tea leaves, made in Calgary, or visit the children’s toy vault — called such because it is actually inside the thick-walled vault built right into the building — or take a look at the other garden decorations, bath products, and handmade items on display.

A Little Prairie Charm is tucked away on High Street, perfect for downtown shopping adventures.

There’s a little something for everyone in the shop’s boutique, from home decor all the way to specialty candies, displayed artistically throughout the front room of the tea shop.

These unique teapot birdhouses are handmade by the owner of A Little Prairie Charm, and were the catalyst for the creation of the shop’s teacup collection.

The boutique, of course, carries all sorts of tea paraphernalia, inducing teapots, cozies, and infusers, but the most unique tea-related item is the handmade teapot

The tearoom can seat up to 32 guests, and is a popular spot for private parties, fundraisers, and even cookie classes.

A Little Prairie Charm also features a welcoming tearoom at the back of the building, which is open to drop-by visitors looking to enjoy a good cup of tea and a delicious biscuit as well as private parties celebrating a special occasion. The tearoom has hosted birthday parties, showers of all kinds, wedding receptions, cookie decorating classes, wine club meetings and more. A Little Prairie Charm is able to host groups of up to 32 people for private events in their tearoom, which may be closed off from the

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boutique upon request. Staff are also very flexible in helping with decorations and accommodating private catering. The tearoom is also able to rent out its lovely collection of delicate china dishware for off-location events, with delivery included for a fee.

In addition to using it in the back tearoom, A Little Prairie Charm also rents out its huge collection of china dishware for off-location events and private parties.

The whole Little Prairie Charm experience is built on the idea of coziness and friendliness, which is why the staff at the tea room try to make every visit to the charming tea room the kind that makes people come back again and again. The tearoom and gift boutique is located at 35 High Street east and is open seven days a week. To book or inquire about hosting a private party at A Little Prairie Charm, call (306) 631-4678. To stay up to date with A Little Prairie Charm and to check their hours of operation, visit their Facebook page for more information.


Antique treasures abound in Moose Jaw shops

Moose Jaw is filled with history, so if you want to take home a piece of history to display on your wall or mantle, there are several antique shops filled with one-of-a-kind items that you can visit. Gisèle’s Antiques and Collectibles is online and can be found on Facebook. This antiques business looks after liquidation and online auction sales in conjunction with McDougall Auctions. Some items the business sells include silverware, model trains, militaria, vintage toys, dolls, hats and other items.

lectibles, cars and even tractors, wagon wheels and buggies. Every item on display is for sale; for more information call Bill Reisman at (306) 681-7635 or Sylvia at (306) 631-0587. Located at 26 Main Street North, Past Times Old Photography is the place to visit if you desire Olde Time photography from professional photographers. If you’ve ever wanted to dress up like Al Capone or a classy lady from the 1920s, this is the place to do it. Also included in the store are retro toys, clothes, candy and more. The business serves the tourists of Moose Jaw with souvenirs and offers special gift items that are hard to find anywhere else. For more information visit the company’s Facebook page or call (306) 692-9955.

This rare 1958 Ford Thunderbird is on display at Antique Yard.

The Antique Yard is north of Moose Jaw at Ninth Avenue Northwest and Highway 1. Open everyday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the yard has the largest selection of antiques in the community. There is 5,000 square feet of space among 14 buildings, with complete selections of heritage items, glass, furniture, col-

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Players Collectibles acquires many of its items from estate sales and then re-sells them to the public. Many of the pieces the company collects are of high quality, with a focus on silver, crystal, glass, china, small furniture, plus odd items such as wall-mount candlesticks and mini-glass figures. There is a large focus on carrying Moorcroft pieces from England. Players Collectibles is located at 308 Main Street North and can be reached at (306) 693-7111.

A rack at Post Horizons Booksellers carries a wide assortment of secondhand books.

Post Horizon Booksellers is the place to visit if you want older books. Located at 57 High Street West, the shop carries a large selection of genres, while many books are second-hand and still in great condition. If the shop doesn’t have the book you want, it can search for a copy by using its vast connections across the continent. For more information visit www.posthorizonbooks.ca or call(306) 693-4243.


Free to be Me Animal Sanctuary a Wonderful Place for families to Visit

Lucky the lamb is one of the newest additions to the animal sanctuary.

Free To Be Me Animal Sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Moose Jaw and provides a home for unwanted, abused, rescued or surrendered farm animals. Owner Louanne Shropshire and her daughter Melissa Pierce created the sanctuary more than a decade ago so farm animals could be treated humanely. It was not initially meant to be a location where tours would be given, but as more animals were brought to the sanctuary, it was suggested that the or-

ganization could offer educational tours to cover operational costs. The sanctuary provides a space for animals to heal and feel affection, freedom and compassion they might never have received before. Some of the animals housed at the sanctuary were abused, saved from slaughter or bought at auction. Others were considered defective by previous owners, purchased and then no longer wanted the animal, or were even dumped at the farm site. There are a wide variety of animals located at the sanctuary, such as horses, ponies, llamas, alpacas, sheep, ostriches, emus, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, cows and goats. You can even find the odd wild Canada goose or other wild bird wandering around among this group of unlikely pals. The site is open for the season,

Mikey the pig enjoys lounging around in the muck. Photos courtesy Free To Be Me Animal Sanctuary

but tours are by prior appointment only. A minimum donation of $10 to $20 per person is suggested. Further donations could include gift cards to the Co-op for animal food, while cat food, fruit and vegetables are welcomed. The sanctuary also accepts hay and straw. This is a wonderful place for the whole family, but remember to wear old clothing and boots, as this is a farm and not a zoo. To arrange a tour, call (306) 6842231, or visit the Free To Be Me Sanctuary Facebook page.

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Festival of Words Going Virtual for First Time in History

July in Moose Jaw tends to be a busy month, especially with the Festival of Words taking over the downtown core for its huge display of literary excitement.

Participating authors will be taking part largely by video, where participants will still have the chance to pick their brains, hear their stories, and discuss their works like any other year. It’s a new venture for the Festival of Words committee, but one they are excited to debut as it’s also the first year they have decided to make all of the online events entirely free to take part.

Festival of Words attendees are always treated to the opportunity to purchase any of the books written by the featured artists filling the schedule of the literary event.

This year will be a bit different, however, as the Festival takes the entirety of its events online for the first time ever — an interesting precursor to the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Words set to take place in 2021. The Festival of Words is adjusting its entire schedule from its usual in-person workshops, discussion panels, and interviews with Canadian authors to a new online format, which will be spread out over a week from July 13-19. Despite the change in venue, the Festival of Words is still offering the same unique, intimate interactions with guest authors that festival-goers expect from the much-anticipated literary gathering.

around Saskatchewan. This includes the Festival’s Writers in Schools program, connecting rural schools with writers to talk about their craft with students, as well as the Battle of the Books program offered in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division in Moose Jaw. The Festival of Words is also hoping to bring back some of its other local events later in the year, including the monthly Performer’s Café open mic nights and the fall return of the Cineview Series of indie films. Avid attendees of the Festival’s Book Club are also continuing on with virtual discussions about the chosen book of the month.

Megan Latham (L) and Heather Pawsey (R) were the key voices of Lorna Crozier and Leslie Uyeda’s performative piece A Dialogue Between Mother & Daughter, which debuted at the 2019 Festival of Words.

Participants are asked to take some time to register for each individual event through their website after June 1 and to consider donating what would have been the cost of their Festival pass to help prepare for 2021’s anniversary festival. As a charity organization focused on literature, the Festival of Words uses the annual festival to help spur on some of the other projects the organization heads

Graphic novelist Jillian Tamaki led the Kids Ink workshop at the 2019 Festival of Words, fostering a whole new wave of potential cartoonists in Moose Jaw.

For a full schedule of events for the 2020 virtual Festival of Words or more information about the organization, visit festivalofwords.com or contact the office at (306)-691-0557. To stay updated with the Festival of Words, follow them on Facebook.

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Parsons Dietrich Pottery Celebrating 40 Years as Part of Moose Jaw Art Community

Wendy Parsons and Zach Dietrich humorously say they just “fell into” pottery by chance, but the artistic couple and owners of Parsons Dietrich Pottery in Moose Jaw have spent decades exploring the craft. In June of 2020, Parsons Dietrich Pottery celebrated 40 years in Moose Jaw, to mark the anniversary of the couple moving into the studio and gallery space they still call home. Located just off Highway #1, the little church turned gallery has been a popular spot for visitors interested in the couple’s handmade pottery and studio tours. The couple is a mainstay in the pottery community, known for their vast collection of work — earthy teapots and intricately designed statues, alongside functional ware like plates, bowls and cups all glazed in natureinspired tones reminiscent of the prairie landscape.

Wendy Parsons and Zach Dietrich have spent decades exploring their craft, making countless connections with other artists and helping to build

The Parsons Dietrich Pottery gallery features plenty of light from the church’s original stained glass window.

the pottery community in Moose Jaw. In partnership with the Moose Jaw Pottery Club and many other organizations, both artists have taught numerous classes in the community.

They are also always happy to provide tours of their workspace and talk shop about the art of pottery. To celebrate four decades of accomplishments and support from the community, Parsons Dietrich Pottery will be hosting an open house on June 27. With an outdoor display of their work, provided the weather cooperates, Parsons Dietrich Pottery invites visitors to stop by the studio for a tour and to peruse their wares. Much like they do at Christmastime, the gallery will be offering a giveaway with every piece purchased during the celebration. The event will also serve as a reopening of sorts, as the gallery once again welcomes visitors anytime during the week from Tuesday to Saturday. For more information about Parsons Dietrich Pottery, visit their website at parsons-dietrich-pottery.com or call the gallery at 1 (306) 693-4212 to inquire about visiting hours.

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Local Pottery Studio and Gallery Make Use of Historic Church

Located on the edge of Moose Jaw on a service road just off Highway #1, a little church with “POTTERY” written across its roof promises exactly that — a unique display of local, handmade pottery from artists Wendy Parsons, Zach Dietrich, and Devon Dietrich.

Parsons Dietrich Pottery has made a home in Moose Jaw since 1980, when the couple moved into the studio

space in the lower floor of the little church. Since then, Parsons Dietrich Pottery has only expanded. The upper floor of the building is now a gallery filled with a range of different functional ware glazed in nature-inspired colours, and two of the studio’s three kilns are located outside on the property. Their gallery space always has a wide selection of different pieces available to view and purchase, from teapots and cups to plates and bowls — all the way to the hand-sculpted monster jars that are a trademark of Wendy Parsons’ work. Each piece is made using Saskatchewan clay and glazes, featuring earth-inspired tones from the prairie landscape. Parsons Dietrich Pottery is always experimenting with new techniques and glazes, which means

there’s always something new to see at the gallery. Both artists have been featured in shows and exhibitions all over the province, and their work is available to purchase in storefronts across Canada. The artistic couple are always working on new items, and occasionally take on custom requests from those looking for a specific kind of piece. Parsons Dietrich Pottery is always happy to have visitors stop by the studio and gallery, where they offer a welcoming tour of their workspace to those curious about the process of creating ceramics. The gallery is located at 1200 Lakeview Service Road and is open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday. Operating hours may vary, so be sure to check parsons-dietrich-pottery.com or call 1 (306) 693-4212 to confirm.

One of Wendy Parsons’ favourite things about the studio space is the wonderful view of the Wakamow Valley she has from her spinning wheel.

Parsons Dietrich Pottery has a wide variety of pieces to choose from, including these small bowls glazed with a technique that uses a Saskatchewan mineral from Ravenscrag.

Much of Wendy Parsons and Zach Dietrich’s work is glazed in earthy browns, greens, and blues, which they said came back into popularity in the 90s.

L-R: Zach Dietrich, Devon Dietrich, and Wendy Parsons, the creative hands and minds behind Parsons Dietrich Pottery.

Parsons Dietrich Pottery has been a large part of the Moose Jaw arts community for 40 years.

Down in the studio, all of the bisque pieces are stored just above the area where Parsons and Dietrich handmix all of their own glazes.

Handsculpted monster jars such as this one are a trademark of Wendy Parsons’ work.

The “bubble glaze,” as Zach Dietrich describes it, on the bottoms of these mugs is something new that Parsons Dietrich Pottery has been trying out lately.

Many of the pieces at Parsons Dietrich Pottery are glazed in earthy tones, which started getting popular again back in the 90s, said Zach Dietrich.

Intricately designed jar lids like these two are the work of Wendy Parsons, who hand sculpts the figurines after Zach Dietrich shapes the jars.

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Annual Favourite Motif Part of City’s Rich Multicultural Heritage

Motif, the city’s annual multicultural festival, has been entertaining residents and visitors for decades. Motif is a popular three-day event

held in the beautiful surroundings of Happy Valley Park. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy different ethnic dishes and take in a wide range of cultural performances. There are also youth activities and handmade items for sale. Local groups like the Caribbean Association, the Filipino Community of Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw Jamaican Society, Mother of Af-

rica, Taste of Lebanon and others traditionally take part. It is one of the highlights of the summer in Moose Jaw and thousands of people attend every year. Unfortunately, because of COV-

ID-19, this year’s festival — scheduled for July 10-12 — will not likely be going ahead. Stay up to date with the latest information through the festival’s Facebook page or through motiffestival.com. Motif is just part of the city’s rich multicultural heritage. Those unfamiliar with the city might be

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surprised to know that Motif first began over 40 years ago. And, of course, the Moose Jaw Multicultural Centre and its Newcomer Welcome Centre work tirelessly throughout the year to help anyone new to Canada feel at home. You can rest assured; Motif will

return, bigger and better than ever. In the meantime, the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council will continue to work behind the scenes to enrich our community.


Moose Jaw Gaming Community Growing with Longest-running Gaming Marathon in Province

The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has brought gamers and non-gamers together for over ten years, making an impressive wave in the community and using a shared love of gaming to give back to the city. Members of the MJGA bring all types of interests to the table, with a welcoming attitude to anyone interested in getting involved with some no-stress gaming. The group regularly volunteers at Moose Jaw’s high school tabletop gaming convention and runs board game afternoons to share new games with the public. They run a Discord channel for local gamers and are usually present at the Canada Day festivities on July 1 and the annual Sidewalk Days Festival every summer. The MJGA have also been nominated for a Moose Jaw Business Excellence Award several years in a row, recognizing their community-minded initiatives. The group hosts a regular Dungeons & Dragons Adventure League, open to the public and completely free to join in. Gaming sessions are bi-weekly, and ready for all levels of adventurers — both beginner and experienced. Because the organization is so focused on providing a welcom-

The Gamers Expo is open to all ages, and offers an impressive variety of gaming options for anyone to try their hand at.

ing environment for all types of gamers, they’ve also been able to grow Saskatchewan’s largest and longest-running charity gaming weekend. The Gamer’s Expo — known as GAX — runs twice a year in Moose Jaw and draws attendees from all over the province. Gamers bring their own personal gaming setups, either console or computer, or old-school tabletop games. It’s not just about showing off your gaming rig. The MJGA also has mini-tournaments of popular games organized throughout the weekend, a sea of tables featuring board games and tabletop RPGs, local vendors with gaming merch and a selection of raffle items to top it all off. The GAX event has been stead-

ily growing every year and now takes over almost every room available at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. The entire weekend is a fundraiser for the MJGA’s charity of choice, which usually focuses on supporting kids in the community. In 2019, the MJGA chose the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank’s new Mighty Munchies program, dedicated to providing snack bags for kids to take to school. Although Summer GAX 2020 won’t be taking place this year, the MJGA is hard at work planning fundraisers to help support this year’s charity of choice, the Creative Kids Saskatchewn Program, for 2020 and into 2021. Keep up with the Moose Jaw Gamers Association through their social media.

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Moose Jaw Community Players Acting Up During COVID-19

The Moose Jaw Community Players find themselves a bit of a dilemma this spring. While they should be preparing for their one-act cabaret to be shown at the Mae Wilson Theatre during Sidewalk Days, they instead find themselves sidelined like every other group and organization in these days of COVID-19. After staging a pair of wildly successful productions in the last year – The Last Five Years in April of 2019 and Paper Wheat this past November that were both smash hits – it stands to reason their anticipation would be high for whatever the Players were about to put on stage. Be assured, the local theatre group continues to hone their craft. And when they can get back on the stage whenever that

may be, they’ll be putting out the same entertaining literal song and dance.

The Moose Jaw Community Players production of Paper Wheat was an overwhelming success this past fall.

Although the cabaret has been cancelled, Community Players president Jarrod Jeanson has organized a series of Reader’s Theatres that people can do from their home and post the results to the group’s Facebook page. That means even without regular rehearsals and a crowd to perform

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for, acting is still taking place, and folks are refining their craft. Children, adults and whomever wants to take part is welcome to do so. It certainly helps that in a time of social distancing and gatherings being limited to close friends and family for the time being, the Reader’s Theatre offers something else to do. Naturally, there’s no timeline or date for when things can return to some semblance of normalcy, even with Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan allowing larger gatherings of people. But when that time comes, they’ll be ready and able to go, Be sure to keep an eye on the Moose Jaw Community Players on Facebook for their latest updates.


Saskatchewan Lego Users Staying Busy While Stuck at Home from Brickspo

The annual Brickspo exhibition at the Western Development Museum might be something a little different this year, as the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group tentatively postponed their favourite event for the public’s safety. Brickspo usually takes place near the end of July, and features elaborate displays made entirely out of Lego blocks by members of the local Lego builders group.

of time to come up with new and interesting displays in the meantime. The club is made up of Lego enthusiasts from all over Saskatchewan, who meet once a month to talk shop about their current projects. With all the limits on social contact in 2020, SLUG members have been doing their best to stay in touch digitally and through messages. Being at home for so much of the spring has prompted a Lego renaissance for many members of the Saskatchewan group, who have found the extra time to be perfect for diving back into their Lego collections for some new projects. The trick to being a true Lego enthusiast is creativity, agree most members, as the challenge is designing new builds entirely from your own imagination — no instructions included. Lego builders are part of a widespread community that shares tips on builds, sources of rare and unusual bricks, and a love for the challenge of creating something new.

Every year, Brickspo features plenty of cars, planes, and other things that move on display. (file photo)

There’s no limitation on what kind of displays are allowed at Brickspo each year, and the annual showcase is always ripe with pop culture references and impressive builds in both 2D and 3D. SLUG members always go all out for Brickspo, with no limits to their imagination and enthusiasm, but the future of this year’s event remains a bit of a mystery.

SLUG member Nicole Gent has used her extra time to finish this piece, depicting a bustling games room full of tiny Lego figures enjoying each other’s company while the real world avoids doing the same. (supplied by Nicole Gent)

This build by Kevin Lariviere from the 2019 Brickspo show depicts the Battle of Geonosis from the popular Star Wars TV show The Clone Wars, (photo by Randy Palmer)

With all of the concerns regarding large crowds in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers chose to postpone the popular event until potentially later in the year or even to a different format altogether — which leaves SLUG members with plenty

Brickspo is just one of the beloved opportunities that local Lego builders have to get together each year, not only to share their passion for the enjoyment of the public but also to catch up with each other. As the pandemic progresses, SLUG members are hopeful to reschedule Brickspo in the fall to keep up that tradition. Keep up with the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group and the Western Development Museum through their respective Facebook pages.

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Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree Offers Music, Worship and Comedy

The Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree is an inviting place to pull up a chair in the shade of the giant poplars and soak up some entertainment, as jamboree organizers provide music and activities for the whole family. The two-day festival offers Christian music, worship and comedy from July 18 to 19, although you need need to check with them first to make sure that the event is still occurring due to pandemic restrictions. All you need to do is travel 33 kilometres west of Moose Jaw and you will find the place; the beautiful Besant Park and Campground. Complete with a limited amount of electric campsites and nearly unlimited traditional (non-electric) campsites, Besant Park has plenty of room for your weekend getaway. When you drive through the countryside of beautiful Saskatchewan, the first thing you will notice is the sea of yellow canola fields. However, that sea of yellow silk quickly gives way to a flax field that is as blue as a crystal sea. It’s when you look upon them that you realize you are in one of the most beautiful places in all the earth. Here it’s easy to take a step back and relax. It’s easy to find yourself wanting to stop beneath the shade of a tall tree and let the kids play while you relax and

listen to the music surrounding you. Those spacious fields that surround the campground offer a great place for families to spend quality time together playing catch or just having a picnic and enjoying the beautiful scenery. For outdoor lovers, you’ll enjoy getting away to do a little fishing. With so much to do, it’s no wonder that Bill Campbell, owner of Besant Park, reached out to the church community in 2000 to help organize an event where people from all over could come relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and listen to the type of music that moves your soul. Twenty years later Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree is still going strong and drawing visitors from all over Canada and the United States. With a quality sound system and covered tents for shade, Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree has never been rained out in its 20 years of existence. Visitors have come to love the pancake breakfasts and wonderful concessions for both lunch and dinner. A shuttle is provided for those who have trouble walking. But for those who would rather just enjoy the music instead of camping, don’t worry. There are plenty of hotels in Moose Jaw, as well as The Pilgrim Inn in nearby Caronport. For more information, visit the Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree Facebook page.

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Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild Using Quarantine to Prep for 2021 Spring Show at New Venue

The local Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild is making good use of all the time they’ve spent in quarantine, as they prepare for their 16th annual spring quilt show in 2021.

displayed alongside quilters from across Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, and B.C. The show will also feature around 30 vendors, displaying material and other quilting-centric wares, and the guild will be hosting its usual penny parade and quilt raffle, featuring a new quilt made specifically for the show. With the cafe located in the upstairs mezzanine of the curling rink, quilt show attendees will be able to enjoy a full day of quilt browsing without leaving the building. A trunk show is also planned for April 16 at 7 p.m., featuring quilt show judge Deb Barlow who will be showing her collection of work and speaking about her journey as a quilter. Tickets will be required for

A group of Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild members were on hand with a live hand-quilting demonstration at the 2019 spring quilt show.

The biannual Prairie Hearts Quilt Show is set to take place next year on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted at the Ford Curling Centre at Moose Jaw Mosaic Place — a new venue as the show has happily outgrown its previous home at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

The 2019 spring quilt show featured a number of incredible quilts on display.

Plenty of vendors will be returning to the 2021 Prairie Hearts Quilt Show, with all kinds of quilting necessities.

The theme of the 2021 show is “Sew Full of Whimsy,” and organizers are expecting to see even more entries than in previous years. An estimated 250 to 350 quilts are expected to be shown over the weekend, entered in 32 different judged categories to compete for prizes. The show is open to quilters from all over, which means guild members have the delight of seeing their works

this event and become available closer to the show. Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild hosts their spring quilt show every other year, which means they luckily avoided the slew of pandemic cancellations as 2020 was an off-year for the show. Rather, quilters have used that time to set to work on some new projects for the 2021 show, some of which they showed off during a well-received Drive-By Quilt Show in May 2020. The quilt show always draws an impressive crowd to view the incredible workmanship on display, and organizers are looking forward to bringing the show to a newer, larger venue this year. More information about Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild and the 2021 spring quilt show is available at prairieheartsquilters.com as well as on their Facebook page.

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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame Honours Greatest Atheletes and Builders

In the short time the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has existed, it has rapidly become one of the top honours any athlete and builder from the community can receive. New inductees always express their humility and honour to be included among the ranks of the enshrined Wall of Fame, located on the secondfloor mezzanine of Mosaic Place – and for good reason; NHL Hall of Famers. Canadian Olympians. National and World Champions. And a good number of the people who helped get them there. The 2019 class was officially inducted this past October and included a host of elite athletes and builders from years past.

Wayne Cormier played an integral role in the development of Special Olympics powerlifting in Moose Jaw, creating a team that would dominate meets and win titles every time they stepped on the platform. Over 100 athletes passed through his tutelage, winning provincial, national and even international competitions.

with many of his players and teams putting together impressive results at the high school and provincial and even national levels.

Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame board member Ken Bradly and Jana Garinger – accepting on behalf of Bill Johnston – unveil the 2019 class.

Bill Johnston is the legendary builder behind the formation of the Highway Hockey League (mid-60s), Saskatchewan Junior ‘B’ Hockey League (1992) and the man who helped officially form the Western Major Baseball League (2000), in addition to working as a referee both nationally and internationally.

Larry Tollefson was one of the best players to ever suit up for the legendary Moose Jaw Regals teams of the 1960s. Described as a tough, fiercely competitive athlete who commanded the respect of his teammates and opponents alike, he played 13 years in the Southern Baseball League, leading the Regals to seven league titles while being named the top catcher and a league all-star six times.

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The Terry McGeary senior men’s curling team, which included Clare Ramsay, Don Berglund and Hillis Thompson, won the 1980 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in dramatic fashion, rolling through the round-robin with a 9-2 record, including wins in their final two games, to edge Manitoba for the title. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame have put their nomination evaluations, induction announcement and banquet ceremony on hold meaning there will be no members added to the Hall of Fame for 2020. The 2020 class would have been the sixth in the history of the Hall of Fame, which currently holds 29 members across athlete, builder and team categories, covering 14 different sports. The banquet itself is one of the most highly anticipated events on the fall calendar and annually draws the who’s who of the Moose Jaw sports world to Mosaic Place for an evening of fun and memories. The MDSHF had a solid slate of potential candidates to consider, and those names will remain in the pool for next year when the process is expected to follow much the same pattern as in the past – a nomination call in January, announcement in September and induction ceremony in October. Information on the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame is available on their newly revamped website at mjdshf.com. You can also find bios of all the past inductees dating back to the first class in 2015.


Local Golf Courses Offer Plenty of Options for Those Looking to Hit the Links

When it comes to finding places to golf inside city limits, Moose Jaw players have no shortage of riches with three quality courses to choose from. And making things a little more interesting, each course offers golfers a different view on varying terrain. The Hillcrest Golf Club features a rolling layout through the northeast portion of the city, offering challenging elevation changes from hole to hole that keep players on their toes if they’re looking to shoot low. The par-71 layout covers 5,909 yards from the white tees, 4,386 yards from red and 6,273 yards from the championship tees. Work is currently ongoing on a major expansion to the clubhouse that will include bathrooms and a more spacious seating area. The course also features a full driving range and putting green, with hours of operation and other information available at hillcrestgolf. ca. The Lynbrook Golf Club is the oldest course in Moose Jaw and can be found in the city’s northwest. A friendlier layout for the average golfer, the course covers 5,806 yards at par 71 for men and par 73 for women from the white tees, 5,228 yards and par 73 for women and par 69 for men from the red tees. It

too, has a full range and pro-shop in addition to the popular Ortley’s Lounge offering meals and drinks. More information on the Lynbrook can be found at lynbrookgolf.org. The Deer Ridge Golf Course features a Par-29 layout with 16 par three and two par four holes covering the rolling terrain along Manitoba Street in the city’s east. Billing itself as the perfect course for a quick round after work, for high handicappers or anyone looking for a shorter game, Deer Ridge offers all along with affordable green fees and a full-service clubhouse. Full information on Deer Ridge can be found at deerridgemj.ca. All three courses take regular tournament bookings throughout the summer with the Hillcrest and Lynbrook also offering a wide range of membership packages for those looking to expand their golfing experience. Power and pull carts are also available at pro shops at all three courses. As of May 15th, golf courses throughout Saskatchewan have opened as part of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, a host of stringent measures have been put in place in order to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Disc Golf Course on Par in Wakamow Valley

It’s a game that the entire family can get into because anyone can master the skills of disc golf. And now, disc golf hopefuls and enthusiasts alike can work on their throwing arm at the course in Wakamow Valley.

The disc golf course is already seeing tons of action. (supplied)

The 9-hole course begins in Paashkwow Park East, located in the Churchill area. There is parking available on Wellesley St., which leaves a short walk over to the where the course begins. The maintenance crews keep the trails between the holes groomed and easy to follow, and those looking for a full map can find it on the UDisc app — a GPS-based disc golf directory that keeps players on the right path and can even keep the score during a game. Anyone can grab their frisbee and take the course for a run but Trish German, the event coordinator at Wakamow Valley, recommends using a disc golf set for the true experience of the game. A set includes several weighted discs, which are used in the same manner as golf clubs — a putter, a fairway, a driver. Disc golf sets are available in some stores, and people can also bor-

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row one of the three sets available at the Wakamow Valley office.

The disc golf course is already seeing tons of action. (supplied)

This is the first disc golf course in Moose Jaw, and players seem to be excited. Already the Wakamow Valley Authority has seen lots of players out and enjoying the course. The disc golf course is a project that Wakamow is happy to see come to fruition last fall. For those wanting more information about the course, or just want to keep up with the disc golf community, the Moose Jaw Disc Golf Association Facebook page will have the updates.


Hillcrest Golf Club...SINCE 1913

Welcome to one of the Southern Saskatchewan’s premier golf courses! The Hillcrest Golf Club totals 6,400 yards from the back tees, and is of classic prairie design. Its holes play in and out of the creek valley, providing many challenging elevation changes. The course will test the golfer in many ways, normally requiring the use of every club in a golfer’s bag. If you truly love golf, there is simply no better choice than the Hillcrest Golf Club. This unique setting is the ideal location for local players or golfers who travel from outside the area. The tranquil atmosphere, along with our naturally fed spring creek, rolling hills, lush fairways defined by prairie grass and our poplar trees complete the landscape. As you travel the course, you cannot help but bask in the rich traditions of this 104 year old course.

Our convenient location makes us an ideal choice for corporate outings, charity events or company functions. Just a short 35 minute drive west of Regina on the double lane Highway #1, we are located at the corner of Thatcher and Main St N, with easy access for out of town visitors. Whether it is the back shop, kitchen or pro shop, our friendly and knowledgable staff are sure to please you with the treatment all our members are accustomed to. Our dedication to make your golfing experience a lasting one is our main goal. Come experience golf the Hillcrest Way!

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Moose Jaw Pavers Love to Bike

Riders compete in the Moose Jaw Pavers’ Spring Classic criterium last May. The event was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At first glance, it would appear that cycling and all its related activities would be immune to the effects of COVID-19 – the very nature of the sport expects and creates social distancing, and it stands to reason that would make road or trail riding a perfect activity. And while that remains the case, doing so as a club is something else entirely. Even with some restrictions being lifted as the province moved into Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, the Moose Jaw Pavers cycling

club remains in limbo as bans on club activities and gatherings of more than 15 remain in place as of the end of June. Riders are still out doing their own thing, though, especially with the beautiful spring weather that has been seen around Moose Jaw. So much of being a club depends on group rides, whether it’s on the road or mountain bike. The social aspect where you get together for a coffee before the ride or stopping for a beverage after, it’s just the social part that’s being missed. Much like every sports organization throughout the country, the Pavers have seen their share of lost events. Their annual Learn to Mountain Bike program for children has been at best postponed for the time being, and their annual Spring Classic slated for early May was outright cancelled. That’s on top of groups like the Prairie Pedals women’s morning ride group that was hoping to expand into evening rides this summer.

With Phase One came the opening of provincial parks throughout the province, and that meant trails at Buffalo Pound were good to go. Things seem to be in exceptional shape, and with the nice weather more folks are hitting the trails in Wakamow and going out for solo road rides, as well. There have been a lot of riders, a lot of hikers, people who are just happy to be outside. The Pavers have also been able to keep in touch through riding apps like Trailforks.com, which can track the trails you’ve ridden while recording your time and other information. Some clubs have even gone further and set up virtual racing sessions from riders’ homes. One thing that’s for certain is once this is all said and done with, good times will be had. For more information on the Moose Jaw Pavers, visit their website at moosejawpaver.ca or find them on Facebook for the most up-to-date club news and events.

Cheer Infinity Athletics are one of the local cheerleading clubs.

Members of Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading pause for a photo at a competition.

Cheerleading Clubs Continue to Grow in Moose Jaw

When it comes to cheerleading in the city of Moose Jaw, there are few sports that have a greater embarrassment of riches. Not one, but two clubs to choose from, both with impressive winning pedigrees, and both continuing to grow at a rapid rate as the sport itself continues to take off all over the world. Both Cheer Infinity Athletics and Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading offer a variety of programs – and both carry a similar mission statement in that to them, it’s about the family of cheer as much as it is winning competitions. Can’t go wrong with that. Cheer Infinity Athletics trains out of the Alliance Church on Thatcher Drive and, like Cobra, features a wide selection of programs for different age groups: ranging from

recreational to performance cheer and the top-flight competitive cheerleading teams. They also feature a comprehensive website at cheerinfinity.ca, as well as online cheerleading classes through their Infinity on Demand program, a popular item in the days of COVID-19. They can be contacted at (306) 630-1364 or at info@cheerinfinity.ca for more information. Kinsmen Cobra Cheerleading has their own gym at 3-1350 Caribou St. East, offering a wide range of

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cheer for youngsters of all ages. With nine seasons of competition under their belt, their trophy wall is plenty stacked, joining Cheer Infinity with victories at events all over the province and western Canada – and even some top showings at national level competitions. The latest updates for Cobra can be found on their Facebook page where they can also be directly messaged for more info, or by giving the team a shout at (306) 6302227.


Moose Jaw Warriors Looking to Continue on Rebuilding Road

The Moose Jaw Warriors are beyond question and without a doubt Moose Jaw’s team of choice. Fans this past season might not have had the greatest number of wins to cheer for, but there’s also little question the future is as bright as can be for the chief tenant of Mosaic Place – the 4,500-seat jewel of the prairies found in the city’s downtown core. After three-straight 40-win-plus seasons, the Warriors finished the COVID-19-abbreviated 2019-20 campaign with a 16-44-4-0 record, last in the East Division and second last in the Eastern Conference. It was a record general manager Alan Millar told fans was coming at the annual general meeting, and that dividends would most certainly be seen down

round pick Eric Alarie, 16, (7-14-21) plenty of time to develop their game through the season. Defenceman Daemon Hunt, 17, (0-15-15) is expected to be a high National Hockey League draft pick this summer despite suffering a skate-blade cut to his arm that cost him two months of the season. Overage forward Owen Hardy (22-13-35) served as the team’s captain, with Korczak, Hunt and 19-yearold forward Tate Popple (11-3-14) serving as assistants. Defenceman Chase Hartje (5-17-22) and Carson Sass (1-4-5) were the club’s other 20-year-olds. Millar wasn’t afraid to do what he could to improve the team for the future, either, and made a host of deals and call-ups that saw a total of 46 play-

Moose Jaw Warriors Ryder Korczak and Eric Alarie celebrate a goal with Owen Hardy.

Moose Jaw Warriors Ryder Korczak and Eric Alarie celebrate a goal with Owen Hardy.

the road. With that in mind, Millar would end up building the youngest team in the Canadian Hockey League, with their average age at the end of the season hovering around the high 16-years-old to low 17-yearsold range. That means the future was on full display, giving players like team leading scorer Ryder Korczak, 17, (18-49-67) and 2018 WHL Bantam Draft first-

ers come through the Warriors line-up through the season. That included the blockbuster trade of the season at the WHL trading deadline, when NHL first-round draft pick Brayden Tracey and standout goaltender Adam Evanoff were sent to the Victoria Royals in exchange for Moose Jaw product defenceman Nolan Jones along with goaltender Brock Gould and forward Logan Doust. The regular season was officially postponed on Mar. 13 when Hockey Canada announced the cancellation of all playoffs and national championships.

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Miller Express Offers Elite Baseball to Moose Jaw Fans

Baseball fans in Moose Jaw can be excused if they feel a little spoiled on those warm summer days that turn into a perfect night at the ballpark. Because when you have one of the best collegiate baseball leagues in the country to check out on an almost nightly basis while cheering for Moose Jaw’s most popular summer team, what’s not to like? The Moose Jaw Miller Express was expected to kick off a new Western Canadian Baseball League campaign this June but has officially decided to cancel the 2020 season.

Rich Sorenson will be returning as head coach of the Miller Express this season.

Michael Borst delivers a pitch against Melville this past season.

In the league, top college and university players from all over the U.S. and Canada suit up for the Miller Express and teams throughout the WCBL; the quality of baseball is often what one would see from a solid NCAA program, with top-flight pitching and impressive hitting a hallmark of most nights. The nature of the WCBL often sees college teams dictating where and how much their players play that often leads to last minute decisions as college seasons end. Finding top players is always in the realm of possibility for general manager Cory Olafson. One just has to look at 2019 team MVP Michael

Borst, who hit a league-fourth-best .382 to go along with six home runs and 32 RBI while also emerging as a one of the top pitchers in the league, posting a 3-1 record and a 4.31 ERA. Ross Wells Park, one of the true baseball jewels of Saskatchewan, is one of the most popular places to play in the province given the ambience and gameto-game experience – and that goes double for when the Miller Express take over it’s friendly confines. With no games played there this season, that means there will be plenty of time to spruce things up for when the WCBL returns in 2021. There’s no question Ross Wells Park is old. Originally built in the 1920s, it’s naturally seen plenty of improvements over the years but shows its age in other areas. The stands have largely been rebuilt and replaced over the last decade, for example, and constant refurbishment has taken place. Now, that work can begin in earnest. For more information visit their website at mjmillerexpress.com.

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Kinsmen Moose Jaw Speedskating Club Offers Launching Point for Elite Skaters

The Kinsmen Moose Jaw Speedskating Club has for decades produced top-level skaters at all levels of competition – but this past winter took things to a whole new level. Once Moose Jaw’s Graeme Fish started doing his thing on the World Cup stage, everyone now knows just how far someone from Moose Jaw can go in the sport. The 23-year-old long-track distance specialist set a world record in the 10,000 metres on his way to winning world championship gold this past December in Salt Lake City. The stunning performance was the highpoint of a season filled with medal performances and plenty of globetrotting for the now Canadian Olympic medal hopeful. Fish – like fellow current and former provincial record holders Olivia Moyse, Gabrielle Sanson, Dylan Barker and Tara and Lindy Kergan – cut his teeth at the Kinsmen Sportsplex arena and the the Wakamow Oval, both of which act as regular training venues for the local club. For only $40 a year, skaters receive regular training from highlevel certified coaches, ranging from their Learn to Skate program to the competitive longtrack and short-track programs. The season begins in late Sep-

Graeme Fish racing at a World Cup event this past winter.

tember and runs through the early spring depending on how far skaters intend to take their training and competition. Skaters are affiliated with the Saskatchewan Speed Skating Association and participate in meets throughout western Canada, including their own annual short track meet held every March at the Sportsplex. Along the way, they learn to take the ice in the safest manner possible, with the MJKSSC following guidelines to make safety their highest priority: skaters have to wear helmets and protective safety gear at all times when practicing and competing.

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Those looking to get involved in the sport for the first time can go through the aforementioned Learn to Skate for ages four and up. Fall and winter sessions are held every season and give youngsters a chance to learn the basics of speedskating before putting on the blades for the first time. For more information on the Kinsmen Moose Jaw Speed Skating Club, be sure to check out their website at moosejawspeedskatingclub.wildapricot.org/ or contact the club at mjspeedskating@gmail.com.


Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins Offer Elite Training for Local Swimmers

From learn to swim to national level competition, the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins offer no shortage of options for anyone looking to refine their skills in the pool. Swimming out of the Kinsmen Sportsplex, the local club features a wide range of programs designed to teach youngsters at all levels of ability – from little ones as young as four in their Learn to Swim programs right through to regional, provincial and national levels of competition. It all starts with Swim Quest, a pre-competitive program featuring two 13-week sessions beginning in September and running through April. This is where the youngest first learn the basics, all in a fun, friendly and safe environment. They progress through four levels of skill until graduating to the competitive programs. And if you want to learn how to swim and win, the Flying Fins have you covered. No shortage of elite swimmers have come through the program through the years, naturally led by Moose Jaw District Sports Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Canadian Olympian Mike Mintenko. More recently, it was the likes of Cadence Johns and Austin Lins lighting-up the pool at the Western Canada Summer Games, part of a Saskatchewan team that dominated the medal podium. Competitive swimmers travel throughout the country depending on their level of ability, with the team leaders regularly seeing action at the prestigious Manitoba and Saskatchewan championships in early March. The competitive program runs from September through June, with elite swimmers continuing through August. The Fins also host their own meets at the Sportsplex, including the Short Course (25 metre pool) Junior Provincials on an annual basis every winter as well as the long course (50-m Olympic pool) Mike Mintenko Summerfest Invitational in June at

A member of the Flying Fins in action.

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins gather for a team photo. (Flying Fins photo)

the Phyllis Dewar outdoor pool. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins can be found in Facebook and Instagram, with their website at teamunify.com/About.jsp?team=canmjkff also offering a full rundown of information, including how to register.

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Moose Jaw Canoe and Kayak Club Offers Chance to Take to the Water

Head down into Wakamow Valley on any nice summer’s day and there’s a good chance you’ll see a kayaker or canoeist or two taking advantage of the languid waters of the Moose Jaw River and Plaxton’s Lake. And thanks to the Moose Jaw Canoe and Kayak Club, that could be you! The club in its current form came into existence in 1999 and has been growing ever since, currently floating between 50 and 150 members on an annual basis.

Local kayakers and canoeists take advantage of a beautiful day on the Moose Jaw River.

Part of the attraction, naturally, is the natural confines of Wakamow Valley. Featuring the slow-moving river and calm waters of the lake, combined with the beautiful valley scenery, and you have the perfect environment

not only for experienced paddlers looking for a bit of exercise, but also those learning the ropes for the very first time. And that’s where their various programs come into play, including their popular Youth Paddling Program, where youngsters can learn water safety, acquire recreational paddling skills, try out sprint canoe, kayaking and even delve into a bit of war canoe. It’s all designed to offer kids a chance to take to the water in a safe and fun environment filled with games and activities. Adults are more than welcome to come out and try things, too, simply by contacting the club and meeting down at their facility. The club – sponsored by the ACT / UCT Travellers — is located in the Wakamow Valley campground across the road from the speedskating oval and across the river from the Burger Cabin. What you’ll find there is a wide selection of paddling implements, including kayaks and canoes of varying sizes and all the gear you need for a fun day on the water. Prospective members or anyone looking for more information can check out their Facebook page, find the necessary forms at www.mjpaddle.ca, send an e-mail to mjpaddle@hotmail.com or simply drop in at the storage facility in Wakamow Valley.

Inner-War Tattoos & Piercings COSMETIC PERMANENT MAKE UP ARTIST ON SITE

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Inner-War Tattoos and Piercings Brings Their High-quality Brand of Artwork to Moose Jaw

You don’t have to chat with James Foster from Inner-War Tattoos and Piercings very long to get a feel for his passion for the business and love of the artform. And since they first opened shop at 20 River Street East last July, that devotion has translated into an impressive array of clientele, many of whom have become repeat customers after the whole experience. COVID-19 might have put a damper on business during the spring months, but things are expected to pick up where they left off once things are fully open again, just like they did when their doors first opened.

James Foster is the manager of the Moose Jaw location of Inner-War Tattoos.

“It’s actually been really good; my boss immediately started getting clients in and we’ve been booked up pretty much constantly,” Foster said. “I’ve only been working here for a few months as the manager, but in the time I’ve been here at Inner-War it’s been extremely, extremely busy.” It certainly doesn’t hurt to have the kind of reputation Inner-War has built over the last two decades – to the point that they’ve become one of the only franchise tattoo outlets in the country, with their main shop in Regina and another in Fort Qu’Appelle. And that’s all thanks to the brilliant work of Armand ‘Woody’ Pelletier, who for 29 years has been plying

his trade as an artist and developing a sterling reputation. “We have people coming from different provinces getting tattoos from him; people sometimes will even come up from the States,” Foster said with a tone of admiration. “He’s been in magazines, he has been offered to teach in school and things like that. He’s just a phenomenal artist himself and he has a pretty amazing following… it’s just incredible the skill he has and the work he does.” With so many people coming through his doors to be worked on, expansion seemed like a natural fit. “I know he wanted to own multiple different shops and tattooing was his thing,” Foster said. “He loves it and the more he put into it, it was just more of a ‘success’ feeling for him. He’s been through some stuff in his life, so this is kind of way for him to do something positive and just gain a footing in life for himself. “I know he’d lost a family member when he was just trying to start to build Inner-War here in Moose Jaw, and so a lot of the pain and emotion he was feeling from the family loss was put into the shop.” Foster himself has spent more than a year working with Woody to hone his craft, carrying on from his days in visual arts classes in high school and the wide variety of courses and classes he’s taken to further develop his skills. “It was online courses and courses I could take in shops with hyperrealism, abstract painting, colouring, all kinds of different kinds of artwork and styles,” Foster said, adding that he also dabbles in music and music production. “So art is just my thing.” One aspect of tattoo artwork InnerWar takes pride in is literally that – their artwork. Unless the customer specifically requests a per-

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fect reproduction, they’ll add their own flourishes to enhance the final piece. And they’re more than willing to pull something together out of the ether if their client has little idea of what they want.

A sampling of James Foster’s recent artwork.

“One thing [Woody] taught me and I learned even before I came here is there’s a difference between a tattooist and a tattoo artist,” Foster explained. “A tattooist that someone will take a picture someone comes in with and will make the tattoo look identical to that, with few differences. With a tattoo artist, it comes from our own imagination and our own ideas. We’ve had lots of people come in here with ideas and say ‘I don’t know what I want,’ and we just immediately start throwing ideas out them, and most people say ‘sounds great, you’re the artist, let’s do this… We prefer it that way, it keeps us artists and that’s what we enjoy the most.” Take that idea, combine with an absolute love of what you do, and that’s what Inner-War Tattoos is all about. “That’s one reason I got into tattooing, I just love being able to draw on people all day and create beautiful things that they walk around with and are proud of,” Foster said.


Significant Changes to Camping Season at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

located in the park will be closed to the public. This includes all public areas that would normally be home to picnic tables, benches, and rest areas along the many hiking and mountain biking trails. Public showers are also unavailable this year, as well as all public beach access, the swimming pool, and the playground. Camp Easy sites, usually a hit with campers who like to travel light, are unavailable to book.

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park will have a number of changes this summer, but the park remains open for campers and visitors willing to overlook the limited services.

Campers headed out to enjoy the scenic views at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park will still be able to do exactly that this year, but they will also have to respect some extensive restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Nicolle Flats Nature Area, featuring a scenic trail hike up to the Nicolle homestead site, is still available to visit, although hikers are asked not to use the public sitting area.

Setting out on Buffalo Pound Lake is one thing not limited this year, which means fishing is a perfect way to enjoy the summer.

Buffalo Pound opened to campers beginning June 1, with the park booking only to 50 per cent capacity in order to maintain proper social distance between sites. Park staff will be working to ensure that the flushable washrooms are operational for visitors, in a restricted capacity, but many of the other services

All of the usual in-person educational programming put on by park staff will also be cancelled this year, as well as any events hosted in public spaces at Buffalo Pound, but the beauty of nature is still available to fill the gap. The boat launch, which offers access to fishing and boating in Buffalo Pound Lake, is open as usual, and groups of hikers are welcome to explore the scenic trails that weave in and out of the park. All of the trails now have directional arrows to help keep hikers on the safest path possible. Some of the narrower trails have been reduced to oneway traffic, to further ensure social safety. There will be signage all over the park to help inform visitors about all the closures this year, and park staff will be working hard to keep people updated with all of the new regulations. Available only to Saskatchewan residents this summer, to book a site at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, head over to saskparks.com to get started. For more information about the park’s new regulations, feel free to contact the park office at (306) 694-3229.

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Park West of Moose Jaw Always a Special Place

Besant Park, located 20 minutes west of Moose Jaw, is one of the best-kept secrets in the region. The sign just off the Trans-Canada Highway leads down a narrow paved road among prairie grass and sage then is flanked by rows of spruce and poplar trees to the valley bottom.

The park is built along the meandering Sandy Creek with plenty of picnic turnouts, parking and open spaces for the kids to run and play. Barbecues are installed all over the

park. A natural outdoor swimming hole, now closed for COVID-19 quarantine, is set behind the park office. About 100 campsites, many with long term campers, sit among the trees and sand hills on the west end of the 300acre park. Three events scheduled for the park this year – July 1 celebrations, a car show and the renewed Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree —have been cancelled during the lockdown. Besant has been a special place for centuries. Located along the Red Deer Trail, early settlers used it to travel from Moose Jaw to the Red Deer River forks on the Alberta border. Actually the trail was used for hundreds of years by the First Nations who camped in the valley and hills for water, firewood and shelter. Trail ruts can be seen near a historical marker.

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Birders enjoy the park, often seeing great horned owls, northern flickers, gray catbirds and swallows. Besant Park was built by district residents around a picnic spot on Sandy Creek with planting of trees, enlarging the water hole, bridges and grass. The park then became a provincialregional park. In the 1990s, the deficit-cutting government planned to close it. Local farmer Bill Campbell and his family came to the rescue with successful negotiations to lease the place. Thirty years later the park is as exceptional as ever. Nearby on private land, archaeological digs in the sand hills discovered a midden with evidence of 13 layers of campsites by different cultures during the last 3,000 years — showing that Besant is indeed a special place. The park is now open following COVID-19 regulations.


Town of Chaplin a Worthwhile Stop for Southern Saskatchewan Roadtrips

As you drive down the TransCanada Highway past Chaplin, Saskatchewan, the town sign proclaims the little village to be “the salt of the Earth” — which is true in the most literal sense. The Village of Chaplin is home to a sodium sulphate deposit at Chaplin Lake, which covers about 18 square miles of the area around the village and is the largest deposit in North America. Curious highway drivers can actually see and smell the flat expanse of the lake on one side of the highway and the white piles of raw mineral on the other side, as the plant extracts the sodium sulphate from the bottom of the saline lake. The sodium sulphate found here was deposited in the area thousands of years ago, when seawater covering the prairies began to evaporate and sea salt deposits were left in its place. The mineral is used in products like powder detergents, glass making, textiles, mineral feeds for livestock and more. It’s also an important part of the natural ecosystem of the area. The fruits of the alkaline Chaplin Lake may be the most recognizable thing about the little village nestled in between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, but the sodium sulphate production isn’t the only thing about the lake that draws visitors. Chaplin Lake is also a fruitful spot for avid birdwatchers, specifically those looking for shorebirds during their summer migration patterns in May and August. As the only Canadian part of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, the Chaplin Lake area is one of the most important inland sites for migratory birds in North America. Over 100,000 birds migrate

through the area each spring, as the saline lake provides a perfect rest stop and an all-you-can-eat buffet of tiny brine shrimp, before the birds continue on their north and south journeys. Birdwatchers can expect to see a range of species during a visit to the Chaplin shorebird reserve, including sanderlings, sandpipers and even American avocets, among many others. The area is also an important nesting site for the piping plover and is home to one of the largest provincial populations of the endangered species. The Chaplin Nature Centre, located along the highway, serves as an information centre for those curious about the shorebirds, the lake habitat and the sodium sulphate industry. Over 5,000 visitors stop by the centre each year, many of which also attend the annual Chaplin Lake Shorebird Festival held in

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the spring to support continued habitat conservation in the area. The Chaplin Nature Centre also offers shuttle bus tours of the lake area, where guests are taken along the network of roadways through the habitat area in order to see up close how the birds and the mineral harvesting operation co-exist on the shores of Chaplin Lake. For more information about tours and operating hours, contact the Chaplin Nature Centre at (306) 395-2770 or by email at chaplintourism@sasktel.net. For more information about the Chaplin Lake area, visit Tourism Chaplin’s website at chaplintourism.com.


Claybank Brick Plant Allows Experience of Early Industry

One of Saskatchewan’s earliest industrial factories remains for visitors to view much as it was more than 100 years ago. The Claybank Brick Plant, located 25 minutes southeast of Moose Jaw, is a national heritage site. The plant made bricks out of clay from nearby deposits between 1914 to 1989 when the American owner closed the operation, leaving the collection of buildings, equipment and kilns as they were — in operating condition. The Claybank Historical Society took over the site, did restoration and has operated the site in the summer months with self-guided tours. The last Sunday in June is normally scheduled as Heritage Day with tours, guides, food, entertainment, wagon rides and jigger rides on the rail track but has been cancelled this year. Heritage officials consider the

Claybank site one of the best preserved early industrial factories in North America. Bricks from Claybank were used on the rocket launch pads in Florida by NASA, line ships’ boilers during the war, and make up the face of many important buildings from Saskatchewan to Ontario. Visitors can explore the Mossold canyons which supplied clay for the factory.

The site was discovered by Briercrest homesteader Tom McWilliams when he went to the foot of the Blue Hills southwest of Moose Jaw near Avonlea to pick berries to preserve for winter food. Prairie fire had destroyed the berry trees but McWilliams found outcrops of interesting whitemud clay which he sent to Ottawa for analysis. On learning of the industrialgrade deposit’s value, McWilliams worked hard almost to obsession to raise funds for a brick factory. The heritage site remains connected to its discovery on a berry picking trip through the saskatoon berry pie served on site. If planning a visit phone ahead to (306) 868-4474 or go to the website at claybankbrick.ca.

World Class Art Gallery Located in Small Farm Centre

To some visitors, the Town of Assiniboia is located in the middle of nowhere, but this agricultural centre boasts one of the most interesting art galleries in Saskatchewan, if not the Prairies. It’s not that the folks in Assiniboia are one huge artistic community, although a number of artists live in the region, particularly members of The Group of Seven. Art work by the photography group is regularly exhibited at the gallery along with other local and regional art. Core to the gallery is a collection of art collected over 50 years on global business assignments by founder Bill Shurniak. Posted on the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Shurniak used his spare time hunting for art. His focus was artists showing promise for the future.

The gallery displays, mostly paintings and some sculptures, which are rotated to let the public see it all. Among the Canadian artists in the collection are Alan C. Col-

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lier, Nicholas de Grandmaison, James Henderson, Doris McCarthy, Franklin Arbuckle, Yehouda Chaki, and Allen. The 8,000 square foot gallery has become a significant tourist attraction for the town, drawing bus tours from afar as well as individual vehicles. The gallery was built in Assiniboia when Shurniak retired from his career with Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa. He built the gallery to recognize the town where his financial career started as a teller for the Royal Bank. Shurniak grew up in the nearby Limerick district, kept the home farm and restored an Eaton’s house on the farm for a guest house. Visitors can linger over a cup of coffee and dainties at the Fresh Start Cafe on site.


District Museums Tell Interesting Stories About Communities

By preserving local history, people in the Moose Jaw district have built interesting museums to tell the story of their communities. Located in a former CNR station, the Avonlea Heritage Museum is packed with pioneer lifestyle items. A second building focuses on displays of old-time businesses, farm equipment and local archeology. A diorama pictures the buffalo. The museum conducts tours of the nearby Avonlea badlands on weekends. For information on museum hours or the tours call (306) 8682101. On the way to Avonlea, you will drive by Briercrest. Pop in and see the Briercrest and District Museum, located in the old school. The museum chose heritage themes for rooms in the school with a general store, school, ice cream parlour, doctor’s office, farm implements, military and household rooms. The tiny home of poet Edna Jacques is next to the museum.

The cafe sells home-made pie and ice cream on the annual Heritage Day.

For more information on hours call (306) 799-4951 or hoterrafarms@ sasktel.net. The Mossbank and District Museum Ambroz blacksmith shop is the only heritage blacksmith shop on its original site. The shop is next to the Ambroz cottage, which is full of household items that Ambroz hand built, and other artifacts. Adjacent buildings display pioneer life, the wartime RCAF training school and farm equipment. For more information call (306)

345-2811 The Mortlach Museum is located in the old fire hall that once served as the town jail and court house. The cell is one of few town jails still existing in Saskatchewan. Have your photo taken in jail. The museum displays art from well-known artist Casey Jones who painted various chiefs, as well as arrowheads and a mural. Among the upstairs artifacts, visitors can see the bar separating the judge and others in the court room. For information call (306) 3552319. The FT Hill Museum at Riverhurst takes up half the old school with displays of local fossils and rocks, pioneer items like the bed with a rope mattress, tools, and copies of FT Hill’s weekly newspaper. A highlight is the extensive gun collection also featuring firearms made by a local pioneer gunsmith. For information call (306) 3532112.

Visiting Grasslands National Park East Block Like Time Travel

The awing sweep of wilderness the first pioneers must have felt comes to mind when driving into the east block of Grasslands National Park. Developed from ranch lands in the 1980s, this wilderness park offers visitors less of the usual home comforts but with the challenge of outdoor hiking. The park has several short hikes around the ranch house turned into park office, plus longer hikes such as the one to Zahursky’s Point from which you can see far into the Killdeer Badlands. The first dinosaur fossil found in Western Canada was dug up in the Killdeer Badlands. Fossil digs still happen every year with the fossil dig becoming the theme of an annual mid-August festival in the east block. Visitors can stay at the campsite, one of the two teepees or the wood66

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The route allows visitors to stop and see the spectacular sights without hiking for miles. The east bloc is about two hours drive south of Moose Jaw on Highway Two, west on Highway13 to Limerick and south on Highway 18. For information about hours call ahead to (306) 476-2018.


St. Victor Petroglyphs a Window into the Province’s Past

There are more than 300 carvings at St. Victor Petroglyphs Provincial Park and they are one of Saskatchewan’s great mysteries. It is not known who carved the petroglyphs, why, or even when. The carvings do, however, provide clues about the people who lived in the province hundreds of years ago.

The provincial park is located near the Village of St. Victor in the Big Muddy Badlands of southcentral Saskatchewan. The petroglyphs were carved into horizontal sandstone at the top of a cliff. They include representations of animal, bird and human tracks — footprints and handprints — as well as several symbols, and a few human and animal figures. The drawings were carved between 500 A.D. and 1700 A.D., and given that some of the glyphs have been carved on top of one another, it is assumed they were carved by many different people over several years. Due to the time and effort it would have required to complete the petroglyphs, it is surmised that this was a site of great importance to the Aboriginal people who created them. The carvings are unique in that they are the only

petroglyphs carved upon a horizontal surface on the Canadian Plains. One of the largest, most prominent and perhaps newest of the glyphs is a face that seems similar to those observed in artifacts from northern plains burial mounds. The mounds are believed to be 300 to 600 years old. To preserve the petroglyphs and for public safety, access to the cliff edge has been restricted. However, there is a lookout point where visitors can look down on the glyphs. The best time to view the drawings is on a clear day, either early in the morning or close to sunset, where shadows cast on the faint carvings and give them more definition. Interpretive panels and reproductions of some of the glyphs are available for visitors to examine, while a picnic area

and pit toilet are available. The petroglyphs are open year-round; admission is free; there are guided tours and self-guided tours, and wildlife and bird viewing are possible. For more information call 1-800-205-7070 or (306) 694-3229, or email buffalopound@gov.sk.ca. The petroglyphs are two kilometres south of the Village of St. Victor. Watch for signs.

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Francophone Community of Gravelbourg Offers Historic and Picture-worthy Cathedral

Located in southwest Saskatchewan, the Town of Gravelbourg has one of the province’s most historic attractions: Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral, built in the styles of Romanesque Revival and Italian Renaissance. Construction began in 1918 and finished in 1919 at a cost of $287,515. When it opened, the building measured 55 metres (180 feet) long, 26 metres (85 feet) wide, and 20 metres (65 feet) high, with two immense spires that are 53 metres (175 feet) in height. The Most Rev. O.E. Mathieu, Archbishop of Regina, presided at the blessing ceremony on Nov. 5, 1919. The architect, Joseph-Ernest Fortin of Montreal, had chosen a style that combined the Romanesque and Italian Renaissance. The interior decoration was entirely from the hand of Msgr. Charles Maillard, pastor of Gravelbourg. He had dedicated 10 years of his life from 1921-31 to this work. The church was originally called St. Philomena and was made a cathedral on July 27, 1930. This is also when the francophone Roman Catholic Diocese of Gravelbourg was formed. The building was later renamed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in 1965. On Sept. 14, 1998, Pope John Paul II suppressed the diocese, merging it with the Archdiocese of Regina — a reflection of the steady depopulation of rural Saskatchewan. Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral

was then designated a co-cathedral of the archdiocese. A stained glass window depicting the Assumption of Our Lady illuminates the façade and has twin towers crowned with cupolas flanking the window. The building is composed of a streel frame with outside walls made of fireproof brick, light tan in colour with trim of Indiana stone. The four bells are alternately engraved with the names Philomène, Pierre, Charles, and Joseph-Émilienne, and were donated by parishioners. The cathedral offers tours of the building, where visitors can learn about some of the many painted murals that line the walls. Expert guides are knowledgeable and know almost every detail of the building and surrounding property. The town is also in good shape and its people are friendly and welcome outside visitors. There are stores and craft shops on the main street, restaurants, and a park near the co-cathedral. There is also a Catholic convent and college that are great landmarks in this unique town. Café Paris is a special place for snacks, breakfast, lunch and a variety of specialty coffees. The cathedral hosts several religious and cultural events throughout the year, while the town also hosts yearly festivals. For more information about the cathedral, call (306) 648-3322 or email ourlady.gravelbourg@sasktel. net.

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Southern Prairie Railway Provides Authentic Pioneer Experience

Train lovers should get a kick out of Southern Prairie Railway’s Ogema-based tours, which take travellers on a ride using a General Electric 44-ton switcher locomotive pulling a 1925 passenger car. Southern Prairie Railway (SPR) is Saskatchewan’s first full-sized tourist railway. Formed in 2010, its goal is to provide an authentic prairie pioneer experience. SPR travels east and west to the towns of Pangman and Horizon, respectively, taking passengers through picturesque fields of the prairies and past an abundance of wildlife.

There are 10 trips passengers can take with Southern Prairie Railway. Some trips include: • Heritage train ride: Travellers can discover heritage as they ride through the open prairies with a guide who shares historical facts. The tour leaves Ogema Train Station and goes to Horizon, Sask, where passengers receive an exclusive tour of a 1922 Federal Grain Elevator. • Kids’ fun train: The train departs Ogema for a couple of hours of fun. Balloon animals, face painting, lunch, cake and plenty of festivities, as well as the train tour to Pangman, ensure the kids have a day full of memories. • Morning robbery train ride: Take the train to Pangman if you dare! Local outlaws will rob the train during the trip. When you arrive,

there will be a farmer’s market with goods such as fresh vegetables, baked goods, homemade crafts, and more. All money stolen will go to STARS Air Ambulance and the Saskatchewan Cancer Society. Prairie pitchfork fondue train ride: This is a Western steak oil fry where pitchforks are used. This tour includes a pitchfork fondue supper featuring a fondue-cooked 10 oz. ribeye Canadian AAA steak, roasted potatoes, creamy Caesar salad, pasta salad, veggies, assorted desserts, a non-alcoholic beverage, museum entry and the train trip to Horizon and back. 1920s rum runner train ride: Designed to be an interactive 1920s history lesson, passengers are encouraged to come dressed in period costume and see a Bonnie and Clyde-like duo who will rob the train. The trip to Horizon will include an Italian meal of lasagna, Ceasar salad, garlic toast, and dessert. Once in Horizon, you are transported to the speakeasy to eat your meal. The entertainment is honky-tonk and Dixie-land jazz provided by Judy K Duo.

Other train rides focus on pioneer travel, a thanksgiving dinner trip, a craft beer ride, Christmas in September and an afternoon train robbery. For more information visit southernprairierailway. ca or call (306) 459-7808.

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Explore Mossbank and Area During Annual Old Wives Lake Festival

The town of Mossbank is located less than an hour south of Moose Jaw and is home to a number of historical and natural landmarks worth visiting for a fun afternoon, and there’s no better time to visit than during the annual Old Wives Lake Festival every July. This year’s festival is expected to go on in the community from July 17-19, in partnership with the Mossbank Golf Club’s annual golf tournament and barbecue on July 17 to kick things off. Visitors at the Old Wives Lake Festival will once again be able to enjoy a farmer’s market of local vendors, children’s activities including a bouncy house, a pancake breakfast, and an evening cabaret that will feature the AC/DC tribute band Live Voltage. The Justinsane Barbie Car Club will be back with their annual Show n’ Shine on July 18, for all the car enthusiasts, and there will be swimming available at the local pool to cut the July heat. And for all the nature enthusiasts, Old Wives Lake just outside of Mossbank is a national bird sanctuary that is home to many different species of birds. Old Wives Lake Nature Area is the perfect place to spend the day exploring the walking trails and interpretive signs, checking out the birdwatching deck, and relaxing in the gazebo. Mossbank Museum will also be giving free bus tours during the festival, beginning at the museum. The tour will hit all the interesting historic sites in the area, including the Bisphoric salt plant and the old RCAF No. 2 Bombing & Gunnery Station that was an important site for training pilots during the Second World War, as well as the nearby ghost town of Ardill and the Old Wives Nature Area. Mossbank Museum also showcases its provincial heritage site every year during the Festival with blacksmith demonstrations at the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop — the only blacksmith in Saskatchewan that remains on its original site with most of its original tools. Old Wives Lake Festival is a busy weekend worth seeing, with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy while out in Mossbank. Admission to the festival’s activities is free, with the exception of the golf tournament and evening cabaret. Although the pandemic has been ongoing, these events are still expected to be held this summer in Mossbank but it would be a good idea to check in advance. More information on the festival or any of the sites mentioned above can be found at mossbank.ca, and more details about the Old Wives Lake Festival will be shared on the event’s Facebook page.

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Craft Breweries and Small Distilleries Finding a Home in Saskatchewan

There are no shortage of craft breweries and distillers in Saskatchewan, so get out there and give them a try! (Getty Images).

There’s nothing like sitting on the deck on a beautiful summer’s day and cracking a brew, having a glass of wine or enjoying a snifter of whisky after a long day of work. And given the growing craft brewing and distilling scene in Saskatchewan, you can now do so with any number of unique and delicious tastes, put together right down the street or just around the corner. It wasn’t that long ago – only back to the turn of the century or even the past decade where the province didn’t have much of anything when it came to beers and spirits grown right here in Saskatchewan. That’s all changed! Not only do you have crazy concoctions like mango-flavoured beer and cucumber vodka now on shelves of liquor stores and offsales throughout the province, they’re flying off the shelves. That’s seen a virtual explosion of success for those

willing to take the plunge in the last few years. Take Rebellion Brewing Company: a once smalltime outfit based out of Regina cracked the million pint mark in sales in 2019, only six years after opening their doors. Or the likes of Radouga Distilleries: they run their shop on the family farm near Blaine Lake and have won international awards for their Provincial vodkas ever since the product first hit the shelves. And even right here in Moose Jaw: Prairie Bee Meadery turns out an impressive array of awardwinning mead and wines and have increased in popularity to the point they’ve actually outgrown their former sole supplier of honey and fruit. It all comes down to just a little something different. While conventional major breweries and distillers might offer regular brands and familiar palates, the opportunity to branch out into more unique flavour profiles is something few are willing to take a risk on. That’s an opening that works perfectly for craft brewers and distillers, who are more than happy to take a chance on a dill pickle vodka, apple pie moonshine or rhubarb beer on the off-chance it becomes a massive hit—and yes, you can find all three flavours on local liquor store shelves. Sometimes they even knock it out of the park, creating something as tasty as it is different, unique as it is delicious. On the following pages of Moose Jaw Magazine, you’ll find a host of options from a wide range of brewers and distillers from Moose Jaw and all over the province. Be sure to check them out, you never know what new tastes you might discover!

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Prairie Bee Meadery offering wide selection of honey-based beverages

What started as a way to make use of extra honey from a local pick-your-own farm has become a unique and award-winning Saskatchewan producer of top-quality meads and wines. Prairie Bee Meadery – which first opened its doors in June of 2016—offers a wide range of products through their storefront and online sales. Since then, the business has taken off.

There was a time, not that long ago, where Prairie Bee could produce and supply everything they needed to create their tasty libations right there at Grandpa’s Garden, the large farm located just outside of Caron. That’s not possible any more. And for good reason. “We’re doing a lot more wine production that we can possibly provide fruit for,” explained Crystal Milburn with Prairie Bee Meadery. “So it depends; we still have sour cherries and raspberries and we have a machine that harvests them. That’s fairly easy for us to get a fairly decent harvest, but it’s not enough. So we have to supplement our fruits from elsewhere and as much as we can, we try and use local growers.” As an example, their haskap berry production is currently limited to around 100 young plants that have limited production. Enter Northern Lights Orchards near St. Louis, Sask., who are now their main supplier of the tart and tangy berry outside of what they can produce themselves. An on-site apiary takes care of much of the aforementioned honey production, which comes from their many fruit and vegetable blossoms along with clover, alfalfa and wildflowers. From honey wines flavoured with cherries, rhubarb, cranberries, raspberries and even chocolate, their

line includes a half-dozen award-winning products from the international Drink Outside the Grape contest, in addition to new flavours showing up on a regular basis. Prairie Bee Meadery is able to produce their products year-round, largely due to the way they go about things – honey keeps indefinitely, and they freeze all their fruits in order to help break them down. That means summer wines in winter are always a possibility. “Our limiting factor has been wanting to use natural products instead of flavouring, and we’re committed to using fruits you can find in Canada,” Milburn said. “So you won’t find us making a pineapple mead any time soon, for example. It’s what can we get that’s Canadian grown. A key part of their business is their comprehensive website at prairiebeemeadery.ca, which offers plenty of information on their product line as well as online shopping options for their dozen-plus honey wines currently available. For those who prefer a more personal touch, Prairie Bee sells their meads and wines at liquor stores all over Saskatchewan, including their Moose Jaw storefront located at 23B Main Street North, across from the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. And if you’re looking for a more in-depth look into how mead and honey wine is produced, Prairie Bee is currently in the midst of building an hour-long

Prairie Bee Meadery proprietor Crystal Milburn in their Main Street storefront.

tour that takes patrons from hive to tank to bottle, running through every step of production along the way. That will be up and running this summer and promises to be a must-stop for anyone interested in large-scale mead and winemaking. For more information, stop in at Prairie Bee Meadery any time during business hours, visit their website, check them out on Facebook, give them a shout at (306) 692-MEAD (6323) or e-mail at inquiries@ prairiebeemeadery.ca.

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Crossmount Cider Company Could be the Apple of Your Eye

Crossmount Cider Company might be in the early stages of growth and development, but for a cidery that has only had product on the shelves since spring of 2016, there’s little question they’re off to a fantastic start. Located six minutes south of Saskatoon on Lorne Avenue, Crossmount came into existence in 2014 and soon after began planting the first apple trees for their orchard. As those trees took root and matured, trucking runs to the Okanagan brought back the first bushels for their fermentation tanks, and in 2016 their first blends were launched. Flatlander Gold, Flatlander Dry and Flatlander Crisp set the whole thing in motion, and it wasn’t long after Crossmount was off and running. Their ciders are produced using a largely hands-on process, from the selection and crushing of the apples to the use of a traditional rack and cloth press to collect the juice that will later

become their tasty libations. Their orchard continues to develop and now features 1,500 trees filled with apples bred on the Prairies. That includes cultivars developed exclusively for them by the University of Sas-

From pineapple blends to winter spice, a Saskatoon cidery is taking taste in a new direction

katchewan and Norkent apples found throughout the province. They’ve recently branched out into a series of unique flavours, including a

Rosé with strawberries and rose hips, Pina Loca with pineapple and coconut, their Cider & Black with blackcurrants and even a seasonal Winter Spice. Crossmount additionally has plans in place to expand their orchard to include pears and apples designed for ice cider. Crossmount Cider Company includes a unique tasting room where their wares can be sampled and is open afternoons and early evenings Wednesday through Sunday. Their product can be found in liquor stores and offsales throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, and their website at crossmountcidercompany. ca features plenty of information on where to order in addition to a host of other information on what they have to offer and what they’re all about. For more information find them on Facebook and Instagram, send off an email to cidery@crossmount.ca or give them a shout at (306) 374-9884.

Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery offers Impressive slate of Fruit Wines

Whenever one thinks of a decent bottle of wine, massive vineyards in California, an impressive French hillside or maybe even Chilean or Argentinian vineyards come to mind as the prime place of origin. But the rolling hills of southwest Saskatchewan? Since 2004, Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery – located in the Cypress Hills near Maple Creek – has been the source of some of the best fruit wines you’ll find in the province and beyond. It was 16 years ago that owners Marty and Marie Bohnet decided to take advantage of the naturally growing chokecherries and Saskatoon berries found on their cattle ranch, using their experience as amateur winemakers to launch their current venture. Their products have only grown in popularity since, featuring a line of seven wines with a wide range of dry and sweet profiles, including cherry,

rhubarb, black currant and honey and even a honey mead. And if you’re wondering just how good Cypress Hills wines are, the All Canadian Wine Championship has you covered – the Bohnets won double gold for their mead in 2016, double gold for their cherry wine in 2015 and double gold for their spring wine in 2014. Their growth as a business has been steady, eventually reaching the point in 2016 that saw the winery itself moving into full manufacturing mode and no longer available for public tours. Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery has their products available in liquors stores and off-sales throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, and all can be purchased on their website at cypresshillswinery.com.

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The Cypress Hill Vineyard and Winery, located near Maple Creek.

A sampling of some of the wines on sale through the Cypress Hill Winery.


Rebellion Brewery Continues to see Rapid Growth

Rebellion Brewery continues to be the little brewer that could. With more than one million pints of their line of craft beer sold in 2019, Rebellion CEO Mark Heise and crew have come a long way from the days of literally brewing on stove tops just for fun. From their original IPA, stout and

A look at Rebellion Brewing’s always-growing line up of beers.

amber ales, Rebellion has grown their line to include 16 different beers of all types and flavours, ranging from a mango sour to

their Michelada spiced beer and even a brew concocted from Saskatchewan-grown hemp. It was back in 2013 that Reginabased Rebellion first came into existence, quickly establishing themselves with their unique and flavourful pints. They can now be found at liquor stores and offsales throughout the province – with no less than 275 locations in 60 Saskatchewan communities. Their growth led Rebellion to create their own taproom, which evolved into a popular post-work watering hole pre-COVID-19 and continues to offer canned and kegged beer to go Tuesdays through Saturdays. They also have a whole host of t-shirts and other merchandise for sale. Rebellion was also quick to do their part during the pandemic outbreak, joining other brewers

and distillers in producing hand sanitizer. Their website features a cornu-

The Rebellion Brewing tap room was a popular stop before COVID-19 and will almost certainly be again.

copia of information on their business and products and can be found at rebellionbrewing. ca. Be sure to also catch them on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, send them an e-mail at info@rebellionbrewing.ca or give them a shout at (306) 522-4666. Their products can also be found on the Untapped delivery service.

Black Bridge Brewery a Major Player on Province’s Craft Beer Scene

Black Bridge Brewery is proof positive that if you brew a solid line of beers and aren’t afraid to have a bit of a fun with your brand and design, great things can happen. Known almost as much for their colourful and creative cans as their delicious libations, the Swift Currentbased brewery has seen steady and continuous growth since first opening to the public in 2014. And in only those short six years, Clayton and Kari Stenson have seen their small basement homebrew operation started way back in 2002 turn into a province-wide behemoth that sells product in almost every liquor store and offsale in the Saskatchewan. It all starts with their main line of beers, including four flagship products – Pseudo Lager, Milk Stout, IPA! and Wheat Burst – that helped turn Black Bridge into what they are today. Offering wildly different tastes and flavour

profiles, their products gave a little bit of something for everyone, and that led to a rapid increase in popularity. It certainly doesn’t hurt that their can artwork is some of the more unique you’ll find on liquor store shelves to-

The Black Bridge Brewery taphouse with a selection of their many delicious beers.

day, especially when it comes to their seasonal beers, which include their Robust Porter, Cold Pressed Cream Ale and Yard Work Gose.

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Black Bridge itself is named for a popular photo and tourist spot in Swift Current, with the steel span structure the subject of myths, hauntings and all sort of cool stories and tales – just the kind of thing one would enjoy chatting about over a cold beverage. Black Bridge Brewery also features a comprehensive website that covers their complete product line as well as plenty more information on who they are and what they’re about, all available at blackbridgebrewery.ca. They also offer tours as available, in addition to featuring a taproom where samples of their award-winning product can be tasted on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, be sure to check out their website, find Black Bridge on social media and the Untapped buying app, or simply give them a shout at (306) 773-4404.


Last Mountain Distillery Continues to Offer List of Award Winning Product

They’re one of the first, and they’re still one of the best. When Last Mountain Distillery came into being in the summer of 2010, founders Colin and Meredith Schmidt hoped to create a ‘unique Saskatchewan spirit’ through their micro-distillery located in Lumsden. From humble beginnings in the family garage to a brand-new facility opened in 2014, Last Mountain grew at an exceptional pace with their offerings of flavoured vodkas and whiskies. And it wasn’t long after they moved into their new building that they’d develop the recipe for what’s become their most popular – and famous – product: LMD Dill Pickle Vodka. Add in their version of Apple Pie Moonshine the following year, Granny’s Gin in 2016, Saskatoon

Berry Vodka in 2018 and a steady stream of products since, you have the makings of a small family distiller turned into one of the most popular brands of its kind in Saskatchewan.

Last Mountain Distillery has evolved into an award-winning distillery in less than a decade.

It was also in 2018 that Last Mountain won three medals at the Canadian Whisky Awards, taking gold for their cask-strength rye, as

well as bronze for their cherry and Canadian whiskies. One year later, Last Mountain was named the Micro Distillery of the Year at the same awards. So how do they do it? Through a process that uses locally sourced and natural ingredients as much as possible. Add in a willingness to experiment and come up with new creations on a regular basis, and you have the template for something deliciously intoxicating. For more information on all of their products and to even book a tour of their brand new and expanded facility, check Last Mountain Distillery out at lastmountaindistillery.com, find them on Facebook and Twitter, shoot them an e-mail at info@dillpicklevodka or give them a shout at (306) 731-3930.

Black Fox Distillery Brings Unique Approach to Products

You won’t find many distilleries in Saskatchewan with a more unique approach to their product than Black Fox Farm and Distillery near Saskatoon.

Black Fox Distillery in Saskatoon is one of the province’s more unique distillers.

Founders John Cote and Barb Stefanshyn-Cote have used their decades of agriculture experience to create a unique single-batch distillery focussing on gin and flavoured liqueurs – with almost all of the products used in their libations coming from their very own farm. Led by their award-winning Black Fox Oaked Gin, their product line

is influenced by what is growing in their fields at the time, with each batch simply numbered due to the unique combinations produced. Like Black Fox Gin #7, a grouping of cucumbers and caraway, or Gin #10, with mustard and spice.

Spirits age in specially designed barrels at Black Fox Distillery.

Those flavour profiles carry into their line of liqueurs, featuring raspberry, sour cherry and even a honey-ginger combo. Of mention are Black Fox’s farming practices. As award-winning third-generation farmers, they focus on using the most efficient and sustainable

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methods as possible, from state-ofthe-art drip irrigation to geo-thermal heating and cooling systems and the re-use of 95 per cent of their water. That’s led to Black Fox also featuring one of the largest cut-flower farms in western Canada. Tours are a major part of their operations and feature a popular distillery tasting room for those wishing to sample before they buy. While tour plans may change due to COVID-19, they are available in summer Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and in winter Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check b l a c k f o x f a r m a n d d i s t i l l e r y. com, find them on social media, send them an email at hello@ blackfoxfarmanddistillery.com or give them a shout at (306) 9554645.


Smooth 42 Distillery Offers Range of Unique Products

Apple Pie Moonshine is one of the unique products produced by Smooth 42 Distillery.

What started as a plan and an old curling rink in Brownlee has evolved into a distillery offering some of the more unique offerings you can find on Moose Jaw liquor store shelves. Smooth 42 Craft Distillery opened for business in 2018, a year after owners Adam Dombowsky, Daniel Dombowsky and Sacha Elez bought and renovated the old Brownlee curling rink. It took nearly a year and half to do the work

themselves, but upon opening, it didn’t take long for their stock of interesting alcoholic beverages to take centre stage. On top of their popular Apple Pie Moonshine, Smooth 42 – named as a rib on the once nigh-impassable Highway 42 that ran past Brownlee – also offers a selection of flavoured vodkas, rums and liqueurs ranging in flavour from their habanero-andgarlic infused vodka to a green coconut rum-flavoured liqueur.

Smooth 42 also recently came out with CRE8 Eco Vodka, a 90 percent alcohol vodka sold in a fillable bottle so purchasers can flavour the beverage however they like. Having the equipment on hand to make that product offered Smooth 42 a unique opportunity when the COVID-19 outbreak hit and hand sanitizer stocks began to run low. Smooth 42 quickly shifted production to creating their own hand sanitizer, producing such a volume that they were able to supply 25 communities in Saskatchewan with product, free of charge. Smooth 42 products can be found at liquor stores and off-sales throughout the province, and for more information you can find them at online at smooth42.ca, on Facebook or give them a shout at (306) 630-7468.

Radouga Distilleries Continues to Produce Award Winning Products

‘Smooth Like No Other Vodka’ might seem like just another marketing phrase, but for Radouga Distilleries, it’s one they take to heart. And they have the awards to prove it.

Radouga Distilleries continues to produce award winning vodkas and liquiers

It all starts with their Provincial vodka, which started cleaning up at competitions shortly after it was first released in 2015, win-

ning silver at the New York World Wine and Spirits competition, followed with a gold in 2016. A year later, it won another silver medal, this time at the San Francisco World Spirits competition, and 2018 saw one of their highest honours yet, a platinum medal at the 2018 California Spirits International Prestige awards. Last year, both Provincial vodka and Provincial spiced vodka were honoured with Consumer Choice Awards at SIP, with their spiced product also claiming double gold at the PROOF awards. Founded in 2014 by Paul Riben on his family farm near Blaine Lake, Radouga uses an on-site spring found deep beneath their distillery for their water, which gives their Provincial vodkas and apple pie and blueberry liqueurs their unique and smooth taste. All

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are produced in small batches and rigorously observed and tested throughout the distilling process in order to create the best product possible. Radouga’s line of libations can be found at liquor stores and offsales throughout the province or at the many festivals and expos they participate in on an annual basis. They also feature a comprehensive website that offers a complete rundown of their product line, along with a host of delicious recipes to try with their vodkas and liqueurs. For more information on Radouga Distilleries and what they offer, be sure to check out their website at radougadistilleries.com, check out their social media pages and feel free to ask them a question through their on-website contact form.


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Purposed Financial Corp. Offers Expertise to Individual Clients with Care

Aaron Ruston has been serving Moose Jaw as a financial advisor for 36 years, working within the community to provide expert advice tailored for each and every client. The beginnings of Ruston’s interest in the world of finance sprouted as a teenager, after witnessing his parents receive poor advice during a land sale that had a negative impact on their future finances. “I thought even way back then that I was going to do something, moving forward, that would help keep that type of things happening again in the lives of business people and the lives of farmers,” said Ruston. And now, as the CEO of Purposed Financial Corp., Ruston works alongside a world-class network of partners from all over Canada to build strategic and specialized financial profiles for each individual client to help them achieve their financial goals with purpose. “We do a full analysis, full background, on everyone and we will design a plan and a strategy specifically for that person, family, or corporation,” said Ruston. “And we don’t fly any corporate banners except our own, so that brings us to a position where we’re not locked-in to any one investment company or banking system.” Ruston is able to offer his expertise to clients of all shapes and sizes, from young couples to large business corporations and everything in-between. He also provides his services globally. “We have everything, from the young couple starting out right up to the high net-worth private wealth management people, not only in Canada but also the U S.,” said Ruston. Purposed Financial offers services surrounding individual financial strategies, business planning, investments, retirement and pension planning, tax preparation, mortgage investments, navigating benefits and insurance packages and more. Ruston and his partners also have access to nationally accredited banks and insurance providers to help arrange long-term savings and retirement plans, can provide full-chartered bank services, and set up insurance policies including travel, life, auto, house and farm needs.

Aaron Ruston, CEO and lead financial advisor at Purposed Financial Corp. (supplied)

Ruston has worked with all types of clients with all types of needs, from farmers to families to business people. Operating out of Moose Jaw, Ruston takes great care to offer the absolute best services possible to all of his clients. As both a finance expert and an entrepreneur himself, Ruston knows what a crucial role good financial advice plays in every client’s situation. “We’re addressing some of the most important things in people’s lives, which is their finances, and in addressing those, we’re helping them face tomorrow in a positive way, as well as helping their family and generations to come,” said Ruston. Ruston has been nominated as one of the top five financial advisors in Canada at the Wealth Professional Awards by Key Media for the last five years in a row, proving that he takes his work very seriously every day. “[I think that] shows that we actually do have professionalism in Moose Jaw, because the people of Moose Jaw and surrounding area deserve to have the best,” said Ruston. To inquire about services from financial expert Aaron Ruston at Purposed Financial Corp., visit the website at purposedfinancial.com or contact the office a (306) 691-5433 to book a consulting appointment. Purposed Financial Corp. can also be found on Facebook for more information.

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