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10th anniversaRy edition
Residents & Visitors Guide
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Welcome to this 10th Anniversary Edition of the Moose Jaw MagaJoan Ritchie zine! With a special effort made by our exceptional journalists, sales team, designer and management, we have endeavored to bring you an exclusive overview of what Moose Jaw and region have to offer; of course we could not possibly include everything worthy of mention in one edition. This is our largest volume to date and although we did not focus on the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, nor the Casino that are often the draw for visitors, this magazine directs you to many other mainstay places to visit and explore. Moose Jaw’s mascot and the renowned world’s largest moose, Mac is worthy of mention within; you can’t miss him just off Hwy #1. This magazine is geared not only to visitors to Moose Jaw, but for our community to enjoy and possibly offer some insight into summer options of things to do. We have also expanded our vision to include much of the region, places to go, people to see and lots to do, for those that want to explore. Most places mentioned can be visited during a day trip from Moose Jaw within a two-hour drive. With much optimism on the horizon that life will possibly be back to a somewhat ‘new normal’, hopefully individuals will have more freedom in their comings and goings. After more than a year into this global pandemic, Saskatchewan has released a plan for a full opening this summer. May we offer some suggestions? • Take a walking tour of the historic murals of Moose Jaw • Who doesn’t love a spa treatment? Moose Jaw offers one of the best – Sahara Spa • Moose Jaw has a vibrant arts and culture scene with many exceptional artisans – shop local • Food? Wine? Numerous options; Moose Jaw has its own local Prairie Bee Meadery. Check it out! • Museums, art galleries, historic downtown, parks for people, dogs, bikers and skateboarders • Golfing all over the region; paintball; trap and skeet? • Make it a day trip; places to go with lots to see and do... • Numerous businesses featured inside this magazine offer specialized products that you may be interested in; take time to drop by and see “Today is not just another day. It’s a new opportunity, another chance, a new beginning. Embrace it.” Anonymous Joan Ritchie
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Editor’s Note What’s Inside? Visitors Information Community Response Committee Mental Health Resource Domestic Violence Service Guide 9. Mac the Moose: World’s Largest Moose CHURCHES 10. Church Listings 12. The Salvation Army in Moose Jaw 14. Moose Jaw’s hidden treasures: looking through stained glass SERVICE CLUBS 16. Service Clubs 17. Moose Jaw Elks Lodge continue to support both locally and provincially Moose Jaw Rotary Clubs continue to serve in pandemic era 18. Moose Jaw Kinsmen continue charitable efforts despite challenges PEOPLE’S CHOICE Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw finding ways to continue to work in tough climate 19. Moose Jaw Health Foundation continues fundraising venture MURALS OF MOOSE JAW 20. Moose Jaw Downtown & Murals Map 21. Tourist Guide: Murals Locations 24. Grand murals depict early life of community 25. Artists eager to learn which murals need fixing this year 26. Take relaxation up a level with a staycation at Sahara Spa this summer SHOP LOCAL 28. Four great places to shop local and handmade in Moose Jaw 29. Antique treasures abound in Moose Jaw area shops 30. “Gifts Galore from Ceiling to Floor”: Past Times Photography & Gifts full of unique decor 32. Catering to your green thumb with plant experts in Moose Jaw 33. Homegrown Farmer’s Market in Moose Jaw back DELICIOUS OPTIONS 34. MooseJawMenus.com 40. Prairie Bee Meadery rolling along with changing times 42. Hub Meat Market: provinding premium protiens in Moose Jaw for over 100 years 45. Kinsmen Cafe a unique place to grab a bite and support inclusion 46. Wandering Market and Cornerstone Bar & Grill offering fresh options for produce and dining ARTS & CULTURE 48. Local artist turns instruments into art with unique painting technique 49. Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery a great way to spend the day Mosaic Art Gallery a great showcase for local artists 50. MJMAG exhibits honoured traditional Aboriginal beadwork projects in 2020 52. Local pottery studio and gallery makes use of historic church 54. Library has lots of materials and services to keep you busy Moose Jaw Geneology Society: helping you research your family history around the world 55. Festival of Words releases details of 25th-Anniversary event this July 56. Three page-turning Moose Jaw-related books hit the shelves this past year
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TOURS 57. The best way to tour the community is by trolley or on foot 58. Self-guided scavenger hunt shows off Moose Jaw’s many downtown attractions 59. Western Development Museum launches virtual escape room 60. Sukanen Village Museum features famous ship and early pioneer life 61. The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre 62. Designing trailers for customers a satisfying experience for Top Gun Trailers PARKS 64. Tourist Guide: Park Locations 65. Dog park, bike park and skateboard park 66. Wakamow Valley is a year-round destination IN A REGULAR YEAR 67. In a regular year, Moose Jaw offers numerous events 68. Local car shows, shines and cruises to keep an eye on in Moose Jaw 70. Easy Care Living Centre: an independently owned business in Moose Jaw 72. Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds are home to livestock shows, events and Burrowing Owl Centre 74. Castle Building Centres: your hometown home store 75. Hotels past and present tied to city’s past 76. Apex Electric helping create a wireless future for homes and businesses GOLF & MORE 78. Tourist Guide: Course Locations 81. Local courses in Moose Jaw offer options for area golfers 82. Deer Ridge Golf Course offering expanded options for players this summer 84. Sage View Golf Course lives up to the nickname “The Hidden Gem of the Prairies” 86. Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame planning for 2022 Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club 87. Prairie Storm Paintball offering combat fun through summer months 88. Moose Jaw Warriors Moose Jaw Miller Express AROUND THE REGION 89. Explore the road trip gems in little towns northwest of Moose Jaw 91. Village of Caronport larger than many towns in Saskatchewan 92. Elbow Sask. offers all the amenities of a summertime lake resort 93. Visit Riverhurst: the village on the edge of Lake Diefenbaker 94. Prime fishing opportunities in south-central Sask. at Lake Diefenbaker and Buffalo Pound 95. History, tourism and nature: Mossbank has a lot in a small package 96. Assiniboia lives up to the “Heart of the Golden South” nickname 97. As the “Home of the Giant”, Willow Bunch goes big with things to do in a small town 98. Gravelbourg is the cultural gem of Saskatchewan 99. Picture-worthy cathedral stands tall in Francophone community of Gravelbourg 100. Village of Avonlea a charming rural community 101. Train tour returns to Ogema after year off due to pandemic 102. Touring Avonlea Badlands like walking a Martian landscape 103. Explore the world’s largest glacial push hills in Saskatchewan Claybank Brick Plant shows visitors area’s early industry 104. Lumsden, Saskatchewan 106. Regina Beach Resort a nice stop on a hot summer day 107. Plenty of shopping, eating and touring adventures available in Outlook 108. Outlook artists organizing first multi-community art tour to highlight rural artists 109. Wood Mountain Regional Park offers host of amenities and activities 110. Town of Eastend nestled in the “Valley of Hidden Secrets” 111. Eastend’s Discovery Centre features World’s Largest T-Rex Skeleton
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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) 691-4100 Scotiabank
303 Main St. N (306) 693-3691
TD Canada Trust Branch 145 Main St. N (306) 691-4610
Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital
NEWS/PUBLICATIONS Moose Jaw Express Publications
Moose Jaw’s Community Newspaper
Locally Owned & Operated 32 Manitoba St. W • www.mjvexpress.com Moose Jaw Today
32 Manitoba St. W www.moosejawtoday.com
COMMUNITY/BUSINESS City of Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce
CLUBS Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Moose Jaw Lions Club
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Moose Jaw’s climate is transitional between semiarid and humid continental Moose Jaw’s winters are long, cold and dry, while its summers are short, but very warm and relatively wet. The coldest month is January, with a mean temperature of −12 °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 11 millimetres (0.43 in) of precipitation falls, while the wettest month is July, which brings an average of 63 millimetres (2.5 in). Annual average precipitation is 365 millimetres (14.4 in).
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AIRLINES Air Canada
West Jet Airlines
Regina has the closest International airport
AIRPORTS Provincial Airways Municipal Airport
Regina Airport Authority
CAR RENTALS Avis Car & Truck Rental
Budget Car & Truck Rental
TAXIS Amils/Diamond Taxi
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Capones’s Hideaway Motel
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1 Main St N Moose Jaw 306-692-6422
Hwy 1 E & Thatcher Dr Moose Jaw 306-693-8888
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1035 Athabasca St E Moose Jaw 306-692-1878
379 Diefenbaker Dr Moose Jaw 306-693-3050
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Community Response Committee Mental Health Resource Domestic Violence Service Guide
TRANSITION HOUSE SERVICES Moose Jaw Transition House Shelter: (306)693-6511 24 hour crisis line - collect calls are accepted, if unable to call text (306)631-0962 www. mj-transitionhouse.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Safe, short term housing and on-going support for women and children fleeing violence.
Ministry of Corrections and Policing: (306) 694-3649 Community Corrections is responsible for the provision of correctional and rehabilitative services to adults and youth in conflict with the law, including the SAFE (Stopping Abuse for Everyone) program for sentenced offenders.
Children Exposed to Violence Worker (306) 693 6848 email@example.com Offers services to children who have been exposed to violence; for ages 5 – 12 years.
Ministry of Social Services: (306) 694-3647 www.saskatchewan.ca/government/ government-structure/ministries/socialservices Child protection, community living; family violence, foster care, income assistance Moose Jaw
Rural Outreach Worker (306) 630 5191 firstname.lastname@example.org Provides support in rural communities (Moose Jaw South Central Sask region) to provide presentations and develop safety planning with individuals and families who are experiencing domestic violence.
Regina Sexual Assault Centre Offers free, confidential, clinical services to anyone age 5+ who is coping with sexual or intimate partner violence, as well as friends and family of survivors 24 hour crisis line 1-844-952-0434 www.reginasexualassaultcentre.ca/home.html
Emergency Outreach Worker (306) 630 9807 EOS.email@example.com Provides non-residential based support to women and families impacted by domestic violence
PACT (Police and Crisis team) helps to respond to people with complex mental health challenges within our communities. (306) 694 7605
Community Outreach Worker (306) 693 6847 firstname.lastname@example.org Offers programming to males and females over the age of 13 who reside in the service area. Programming includes individual short term educational sessions and group work within the community, schools, and workplaces. RESOURCES Canadian Red Cross: (306) 721-1600 www.redcross.ca Prevention education, information training & workshops that promote respect in terms of relationship violence, bullying & child abuse. Kids Help Line: 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca Toll-free, 24-bilingual, confidential and anonymous phone and web counseling, referral and information service for children and youth.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Moose Jaw: (306) 691-4670 Fdivemail@example.com The overall goals are Crime Reduction, Crime Prevention and Safe and Secure Communities. Seniors Neglect and Abuse Response Line: Regina & Area (306) 757-0127 (Mobile Crisis) www.skseniorsmechanism.ca/resources-programs/ seniors-neglect-abuseresponse-line/ 24 hour Crisis - Senior Abuse includes physical/sexual; psychological, emotional, and verbal; financial; neglect; and denial of entitlements protected by law. Victim Services: Moose Jaw & District Coordinator: (306) 694-7621 www.mjpolice.ca/resources/VictimsServices Information, support and referrals for victims of crime and tragic events. Volunteers, (306) 694-7624
John Howard Society: (306) 693-0777 www.johnhoward.ca Helping offenders, victims and families: advocacy, program development, public education, networking and branch support services. 8 2021 ExploreMooseJaw.com
Mac the Moose: World’s Largest Moose
Mac the Moose has gone through a few notable changes in the years, but he continues to be an enduring symbol of the city and an iconic Canadian roadside attraction. Mac’s origin dates back to 1984. The goal was to attract travellers to pull off the highway and stop in the city. The Boost the Moose Committee, helmed by Marge Gudmundson, proposed a large moose sculpture. The initial pitch for Mac was for “the biggest tourist attraction between here and Timbuktu.” The process required plenty of
fundraisers and was also not without controversy. Indeed, the project resulted in a feud with another city over their moose sculpture. The city of Dryden, Ontario was already home to Max the Moose, which had previously been billed as the ‘world’s largest moose’ since his creation in 1957. Eventually, Dryden’s Mayor Tommy Jones conceded defeat and declared that Max would instead be known as “the largest moose in Northern Ontario.” Mac was designed by Don Foulds, who also designed Ernie the turtle in Turtleford, SK and
the Wally the woolly mammoth in Kyle. A naming contest was held and Mac was selected as the winning entry. Gudmundson described it is a “strong, masculine name.” It also honoured late alderman Les “Mac” MacKenzie. Mac’s ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 23, 1984. He was moved to the site of the current Tourism Centre in 2004. In 2018 YouTubers Justin and Greg discovered that Mac had actually lost his title as the “World’s Tallest Moose” to a sculpture in Norway. A public campaign was spearheaded to ensure Mac could once again take his rightful crown as the world’s largest moose. The project and the ensuing war of words with Norway generated headlines around the world. After a visit from Norway’s Linda Otness Henriksen, a truce was eventually declared. Mac eventually received a new, larger set of antlers in October of 2019, helping him regain the title of the World’s Tallest Moose. Shortly thereafter, a new paint job completed Mac’s makeover. Despite all the changes over the years, one thing stays the same — everyone loves Mac. There is no doubt that drivers will be pulling off the highway to see the World’s Largest Moose for years to come.
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Visit one of our Churches this Sunday! CHRISTIAN
Salvation Army Moose Jaw Community Church 2 Wintergreen Drive • 306-694-0045 Worship Service Sundays 11am www.salvationarmymoosejaw.ca
First Baptist Church 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 www.fbcmoosejaw.com
Pastors- Cadets Lester & Almeta Ward
Minto United Church
“Blessed to be a Blessing”
Trinity United Church
1036 7th Ave. NW • 306-693-6148 No Services in July In-person Worship Service Sundays 10:30am Everyone welcome!
Live streamed at https://www.mintounited.ca/sunday-service/ or visit us at Facebook at MintoUnitedChurchMooseJaw
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277 Iroquois St W 306-692-5445
Worship Service Sundays 10:30am No Services in August email@example.com
Visit one of our Churches this Sunday! ROMAN CATHOLIC
Church Of Our Lady
124-1st Ave NE Rev. Dr. Dean Pinter
566 Vaughan St 306-692-2950
Masses: Saturdays 7pm Sundays 10am
For worship information: www.staidan.ca 306-694-5445
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Minister: Rev. Jim Tenford Worship Services Sunday Mornings 10:30am Sunday School, September to June, during Worship services.
St. Andrews Church Welcomes people from all walks of life B y T he
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60 Athabasca Street East Phone: 306-692-0533 firstname.lastname@example.org www.standrewsmoosejaw.ca
THE SALVATION ARMY IN MOOSE JAW The Salvation Army has been at work in Moose Jaw for more than 130 years and is known for its work through the church, community and family services in the city. The Salvation Army exists to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities, and know the love of Jesus. Important program priorities include disaster and relief services, Community Care Ministry in personal care homes, financial trustee services for vulnerable adults, and emergency family services. These programs, operated in Moose Jaw and Assiniboia, are directed by Cadets Lester and Almeta Ward, who are the pastors appointed by The Salvation Army. They are supported by roughly 25 employees and countless volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that the Army is committed to “Giving Hope Today”! The Army has been best known for the operation of its Thrift Stores in Moose Jaw and Assiniboia. This is associated with the Donation and Sorting Centre, where donations of good used items are received from generous citizens of the city and surrounding areas. Profits from the sale of these goods go toward developing and maintaining programs within the Moose Jaw and Assiniboia region. These funds provide food, clothing and practical assistance to individuals who may require assistance. In addition, hundreds of children are sponsored to attend vacation camps at Beaver Creek Camp each year near Saskatoon. Within the church, there are opportunities for Christian worship weekly through Sunday worship services, weekly Bible study programs, children and youth ministries and community service opportunities.
Contact us: Community and Family Services; Emergency and Disaster Services: 175 – 1st Ave. NE, Moose Jaw, S6H 0Y9; Telephone 306-692-5899 Cadet Lester Ward, Director of Community and Family Services / Corps Officer Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) The Salvation Army Thrift Store 175 – 1st Ave. NE, Moose Jaw, S6H 0Y9; Telephone 306-692-8858 Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) The Salvation Army Community Church Sunday services: 11 a.m. 2 Wintergreen Drive, Moose Jaw, S6J 1M9; Telephone 306-694-0045 Cadet Almeta Ward, Corps Officer / Community and Family Services Officer www.salvationarmymoosejaw.ca or www.facebook.com/TheSalvationArmyInMooseJaw The Donation & Sorting Centre 670 High Street West, Moose Jaw, S6H 1T6; Telephone 306-693-0814 Donations of good used items accepted Monday thru Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Assiniboia Thrift Store / Food Bank 204 Centre Street, S0H 0B0; Telephone 306-642-3833 Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays)
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Wondering where to take your vacation this summer? The Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS) hopes to convince part of the Francophone and Anglophone populations of Saskatchewan to explore Fransaskois communities and businesses. For this purpose, the CÉCS has launched a province-wide digital marketing campaign using social media to increase the visibility of Fransaskois tourist attractions. Fransaskois tourism Last summer, the advent of Covid-19 strongly influenced the habits of holiday planners. The lockdown resulted in many Saskatchewan residents opting to vacation within the province instead of exploring more distant destinations. It is in this spirit that the CÉCS set up the #ComeDiscoverUs project, which aims to showcase the attractions of Fransaskois communities in order to promote local tourism. The objective of the digital campaign will be to place attractive ads in front of individuals who are interested in Saskatchewan’s Francophone community and who would like to discover the tourist attractions of one or more of these communities in person. #COMEDISCOVERUS
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Moose Jaw’s hidden treasures: looking through stained glass
Throughout Moose Jaw, many churches house beautiful architecture and ornamentation that draw people in and help prepare their spirits for worship. One element used to create this sense of awe is stained glass windows. Many churches with such windows can be found downtown; the Moose Jaw Public Library also has beautiful stained glass to enhance its architecture.
shaw. This brick and stone-clad building was created in the Gothic-revival style and is reminiscent of rural English churches. It has pointed Gothic windows, buttresses, a crenellated tower and high ceilings. The church is also home to an impressive single set of octave bells. For a tour, call 306-694-5445.
The south window featuring “The Sermon on the Mount” above the choir loft at St. Andrew’s United Church. Toronto company Robert McCausland Company designed, crafted and installed the window. Windows on the west wall of the narthex of St. Aidan Anglican Church, designed in an arts and crafts style movement.
A stained-glass window depicting the Nativity on the north wall of the nave at St. Aidan Anglican Church.
St. Aidan Anglican Church St. Aidan Anglican Church, located at the corner of High Street East and First Avenue Northeast, opened on March 27, 1910. Designed by architects William Reilly and F. Clapman Clemen-
St. Andrew’s United Church St. Andrew’s United Church can be found at 60 Athabasca Street East across from the library. The present Greystone church was constructed in 1912 but was gutted after a fire ripped through the building in 1963. The building was reconstructed, while Toronto-based Robert McCausland Company — which designed the Hockey Hall of Fame — designed, created and installed the stainedglass windows. St. Andrew’s has the largest collection of windows of any church in town. For a tour, call 306-692-0533.
Central Lutheran Church Located at 27 Hochelaga Street West, Central Lutheran Church is the smallest and newest of the four churches on this page. Architect J.B. Stephenson helped design and construct the building in 1929. The church holds many stained-glass windows, with the most impressive one being the Crucifix window on the north end. Two other windows are identical and symmetrically placed in the sanctuary. These windows follow a style that originated with John Ruskin, a British writer and art proponent. For a tour, call 306-694-5575. Zion United Church Methodists founded and constructed Zion United Church — located at 423 Main Street
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The crucifixion window on the north wall of the sanctuary at Central Lutheran Church.
North — in 1906, with the building constructed for $65,000, plus another $6,000 for the acoustically famous Casavant organ. The
The “Good Shepherd” window at Zion United Church, which was also housed in churches in Mount Pleasant and Mortlach.
building’s decoration extends to its stained-glass windows, with the Winnipeg Paint and Glass company providing the first set of windows. The company provided a second set after the building burned down in 1907. All the
windows share the arts and crafts movement style popular at the turn of the 20th century, aside from some memorial windows in the chapel. For a tour, call 306692-3842. Moose Jaw Public Library The Moose Jaw Public Library is a municipal heritage site and was constructed in 1912. It is an Italianate-styled building, the only one in Moose Jaw and a rare design in Saskatchewan. Besides its beautiful ornate exterior stone carvings and finishes on its cornice, light fixtures, Bedford Limestone and Hebron Brick siding, it also has an impressive stainedglass dome. The museum downstairs also features stained-glass styled after the arts and crafts movement. Besides the glass, the building’s main entrance contains a superbly designed rotunda with carved marble brackets, columns and a mosaic tile floor. For a tour, call 306-692-4471.
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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
Beta Sigma Phi
Elks Lodge No. 7
Fraternal Order of Eagles Moose Jaw Kinette Club
Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club
Knights of Columbus
Lions International (Early Bird)
Moose Jaw Masonic Temple
Moose Jaw Shrine Club
The Friendly City Optimist Club
Rotary Club of Moose Jaw
Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59
Moose Jaw Trap And Skeet Club
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Moose Jaw Elks Lodge continue to support both locally and provincially
Like every service club in the pandemic era, the Moose Jaw Elks Lodge are finding ways to raise funds and continue to support their many causes in the community. And like every club, they’re doing so despite having few events to rely on. Recently, one of their main events has been a weekly meat draw and 50/50 draw at the Moose Jaw Legion Lounge, which has helped keep the coffers full for their many commitments. If things do open up in the summer months and things start happening, you’ll see lots of the purple crew around the city. Among their many regular activities include their concession stands at Park Art during the Canada Day weekend and the massive Show and Shine out at 15 Wing, two events that bring plenty of cash to the group on an annual basis. And it all helps — the Elks donate around $20,000 a year to local organizations including the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, Hunger in Moose Jaw, the Salvation Army Christmas Fund and many others. Their annual provincial lottery is also a huge event, with the 2021 Truck and Bucks Lottery once again
looking to raise money for the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehab Centre, or SPARC. You can find more info and buy tickets at trucksandbucks.ca.
The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge serving up deliciousness at one of their pancake breakfasts.
For more information on the Moose Jaw Elks Lodge #7, visit their website at www.moosejawelks.com, their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MooseJawElksLodge, send them an e-mail at elkslodge7@ sasktel.net or by giving them a shout at (306) 6927474. To make a direct donation to the club, you can send a cheque to 325 Fourth Avenue Southwest, Box 315.
Moose Jaw Rotary Clubs continue to serve in pandemic era
It’s been more than a year of pandemic-related difficulty for the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw and Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, but both organizations have continued to find a way to serve their communities and go beyond. For the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw, it’s been a full year of ‘wait, see and hope’ while still finding a way to continue to fulfill their commitments. They’ve held their regular meetings — even gathering in person with social distancing when they could — and continued to conduct business even with a lack of available fundraising activities. That includes their annual scholarships, three of which will be given to local students headed for university next year. They’re looking forward to hopefully seeing the pancake breakfast at the Moose Jawg and annual Christmas Carol Festival return this year, although both remain up in the air. The Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow has continued to hold meetings every two weeks through the Zoom meeting app while finding themselves in much the same situation as their counterparts. They did have some fundraising success this year, though, with their Rotary Christmas Tree Stand
completely selling out of trees and their work with the Downtown Patio bringing in $3,000 from the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce.
The Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow held their annual Christmas tree fundraiser this past winter.
Even with today’s climate, both organizations are looking to brighter days ahead while seeking new members and fuller coffers. For more information on the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw, visit their website at portal.clubrunner.ca/1005 and for the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, visit portal.clubrunner.ca/997 and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mjwakamowrotary.
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Moose Jaw Kinsmen continue charitable efforts despite challenges
The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club might not have had as many activities and fundraisers over the past year due to the pandemic, but their efforts to support the community never waned.
The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club is one of the most prolific community sponsors in the city.
The service club continued to support the many organizations that rely on their annual donations, groups that range from Families for Change to the local Beaver and Cub Scout troops to a long list of local sports leagues and teams that find success on a regular basis due to their help. That translates into $100,000 plus in donations on an annual basis, impressive for a club with around
20 members. The Kinsmen stayed busy with their non-fundraisers too, with one of their most impressive being the annual Santa Claus Parade, which was modified to have Santa tour the city and brought in nearly 7,000 pounds in food donations to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank. Folks have noticed, too — the Kinsmen were named the 2020 Group of the Year in the annual Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce community awards. There were some disappointments, though, with one of the largest being the cancellation of the major fundraiser, the Kinsmen Celebrity Sports Banquet. That loss was the first time in 29 years the event had been cancelled. Fundraising efforts still continued, though, with their weekly Chase the Ace at Cask 82 helping offset their ongoing costs and financial commitments. That event is ongoing, taking place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information on the Kinsmen and how to support their ongoing charitable efforts, visit their Facebook page at www.faceboook.com/mjkinsmen.
Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw finding ways to continue to work in tough climate
The Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw would traditionally be preparing for a very busy summer this time of year. With the many family-friendly events they stage once the nice weather hits, plans would be coming together for all sorts of fun in the sun — from barbecues to their popular carnival at the Western Development Museum and work at large events, it would be as busy as it would be enjoyable. But we’re still in the pandemic era, and as a result, all those fundraising plans are on hold. The Optimists have remained busy, though. They’ve held regular Zoom meetings with their membership, offering a chance to gather virtually, see friendly faces and roll through their regular
business. Folks have shown up, too, with the online gatherings even drawing a few new members into their midst. The good news is things are still in solid shape for the organization’s coffers, too. That’s thanks to a series of raffles that have brought in cash, including their most recent steak pak raffle that drew lots of support from the community. Not having a chance to hold their major events hasn’t stopped their support of Moose Jaw charities. A glance at their Facebook page shows their annual scholarship presentations are still going ahead, along with a handful of other regular commitments and one-off donations. Fortunately, that won’t change any time in the near future, ei-
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ther, as the group continues to hold a decent amount of funds in reserve to fund their ongoing projects.
The Friendly City Optimist Club of Moose Jaw in action during their most recent Zoom meeting. Facebook photo
For more information on the Friendly City Optimists, visit their website at www.moosejawoptimistclub.wordpress.com, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AMSNW13105 or give them a shout at (306) 694-4121.
Moose Jaw Health Foundation continues fundraising venture
Festival of Trees, Family First Radiothon among major events that continue support for local group
Even with a brand new, state-of-the art hospital that opened in 2015, there are always ways to improve health care in the community. For the Friendly City, that’s where the Moose Jaw Health Foundation comes into play. The local charity continues to hold a variety of events in support of the F.H. Wigmore Hospital on an annual basis, enabling the local health care facility to continuously improve their services and update their equipment.
tor and chemotherapy chairs. They’ll be back at it against this fall, looking to add to the $4.1 million raised when the 15th annual Radiothon is again held in September. The 2021 Festival of Trees also proved to be a huge success in spite of going virtual for their annual gala auction. The trees were on display in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre leading up to the event this year, and when it came time for the online auction on Nov. 21, $117,725 was raised for new urology surgical equip-
The Family First Radiothon annual raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Health Foundation.
The annual Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for the local organization.
That they were able to continue to do so despite the ongoing pandemic is testimony to the generosity of the community — even with everything that’s happened over the last year, funds continued to pour in regardless of lockdowns or restrictions that might have been in place. Take their largest fundraiser of the year, for example. The 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon was moved back to September as the pandemic forced a delay from their usual springtime efforts, but still managed to bring in $241,802 for critical care equipment, including new cardiac monitors, a telemetry monitoring system, defibrillator and crash cart, Holter moni-
ment. That brings the total to $4.3 million raised through 29 years of Festivals. Unfortunately, other fun events like the Moose Jaw Charity Road Race, annual Hillcrest Golf Tournament, A Cold Night for Cancer and Little Princess Ball were cancelled, but plans are for all to return to the calendar in 2021. For more information on the Moose Jaw Health Foundation — including a look at their ongoing work and upcoming events — be sure to visit their webpage at www.mjhf.org and follow them on Facebook at MooseJawHealthFoundation.
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Murals Locations 1.
CRUISING MAIN STREET: Behind the Mae Wilson Theatre at 217 Main Street North. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2011. A lively scene of Moose Jaw’s Main Street in the 1920s. since the mural is painted on the back of the Old Capital Theatre Building, some elements from the theatre are incorporated in the design. OPENING DAY PARADE: 82 Manitoba Street, west wall. By Gus Froese, Moose Jaw, 1990. The opening day parade of the 1910 baseball season from railway station up Main Street.
BREAKING NEW GROUND: 80 High Street West, north wall. By Paul Geraghty, Avonlea, 1990. Representing the pioneer’s hopes of a golden future by “proving his land” five acres per year for five years to obtain title of ownership.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 60 Hochelaga Street West. By Marsha Wade Charlebois, Welland, Ont., 1991. This mural pays tribute to Eva Hasell and Winifred Tricehurst, who did missionary work in the district in the 1920s. THE LADY AND THE COW: 602 Main Street North, west wall. By Ernie Bereti, McLean, Sask., 1991. For pioneer women on the prairies a cow was a prized possession. The lady is Mrs. Elizabeth Elliot. A TRIBUTE TO LEWIS RICE: 70 Stadacona Street West (McMaster Studio Building). By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2011. The mural is a tribute to Lewis Rice, an early resident and photographer. Using the equipment of the time, he created valuable historic records of
rural and city life, especially the scenery and buildings. 7. FIRST WATCH: 100 Fairford Street West, east wall. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2009. The mural celebrates the history of the Moose Jaw Fire Department. Moose Jaw’s past, and other communities, contain stories of devastating fires and the effort of firefighters to protect life and property. The gradual changes in equipment and methods are illustrated along with the awareness that the dedication and courage remain the same. 8. SUNDAY OUTING: 105 Ominica Street West, east wall. By Wee Lee, Regina, 1991. A delicately painted view of an engagement party boating on the Moose Jaw River. 9. ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: 80 Stadacona Street West, west wall. By Stefan Csiszar, Santa Fe, N.M., USA., 1991. This unique art form depicts three successful businesses of early Moose Jaw. 10. THE FIRST RUN: 125 Main Street North, north wall. By Brian Volke, Regina, 1991. On Aug. 19, 1911 Moose Jaw’s streetcar took its first run. 11. HOPES AND DREAMS: 21 Fairford Street West, west wall. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 1991. This bas-relief shows a pioneer wagon loaded with all they need to homestead around 1882. 12. LIVING WITH THE LAND: 55 Ominica Street West. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2013. This mural honours the Lakota Sioux, Cree, Assiniboine, Metis, and other Ab or ig ina l people who camped in the Moose Jaw Valley, a natural oasis that provided shelter, wood, water and food, and was mainly used in the winter. The hide painting in the background ties the design together and shows the importance of the horse and buffalo. The Sioux quote is another recognition of traditional Aboriginal connection to nature and their world.
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13. THE SISTERS OF SION: 1236 3rd Avenue Northwest, north wall. By Ernie Bereti, McLean, Sask., 1992. Celebrating the centennial of the founding order, the mural is an open-book format. 14. LEST WE FORGET: 268 High Street West. By Dale Cline, Moose Jaw, 1992. Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, this mural is dedicated to the men who fought in two World Wars and beyond. 15. FOR THE VETERANS: 32 Manitoba Street West, west wall. By David Paul, Moose Jaw, 2006. The mural was created to honour all veterans who fought and are still fighting for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted. The work depicts the profile of a war-era female nurse, a sailor, a soldier, and an airman. Paul based it on old war recruiting posters and meant it to acknowledge all generations of people from Moose Jaw who have been affected by war. 16. OLD TIME THRESTHING BEE: 32 River Street East. By Paul Geraghty, Avonlea, Sask., 1992. A tribute to the farmers who made the prairies the breadbasket of the world. 17. WINTER CARNIVAL: 35 High Street East. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 1992. This mural shows winter carnival events that were popular during the long prairie winters. 18. NATIONAL LIGHT AND POWER CO.: 821 Main Street North. By Gus Froese, Moose Jaw, 1993. This mural sponsored by the Moose Jaw Asphalt Co. and depicts the change that electric lights made to the community. 19. MARCH TO THE PIPES FOREVER: 500 First Avenue N.W., north wall. By Gus Froese, Moose Jaw, 1993. A tribute to the Springs O’Heather All Girls Pipe Band and the Heather Highlanders Dancers. 20. DRIVING THROUGH THE YEARS: 80 Caribou Street West, west wall. By Nikki Howell and Bobbi Romanuk, Moose Jaw, 1994. This ceramic tile mosaic depicts the history of the CAA Saskatchewan Motor Club from 1905 to the present. 21. TEMPLE GARDENS 1921: 24 Fairford Street East, inside spa. By Violet Bechtold, Jo-Anne
Dusel, Dale Cline, Moose Jaw, 1994. This mural of a popular local nightspot was made from about 9,000 pieces of broken china. 22. AIR FORCE BLUE: 112 First Avenue N.E., west wall. By Dale Cline, Moose Jaw, 1994. Sponsored by 15 Wing Moose Jaw and members of Course 9401. It is a tribute to the training of pilots at the base since 1940 to date.
23. DISCOVERY: 83 Ominica Street West. By Rob Froese, Moose Jaw, 1994. Sponsored by SaskTel, it consists of 750 handmade clay tiles, depicting images of advancements in communication. 24. PEACOCK PRESENTS: 145 Ross Street East. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 1994. A bas-relief of Peacock Collegiate aspects, such as academics, art, drama, choral and sports. 25. COLLAGE OF LOST MURALS: 88 Second Avenue N.W. Completed 2017. Remembering our lost murals that were loved and are missed. Remember Old 80 was Moose Jaw’s first mural and was lost when the building was demolished. Another favourite, River Street Red, was destroyed by fire. Lost to demolition were The Incorporation of the City of Moose Jaw and Moose Jaw Union Hospital Mural. Our Ukrainian Heritage was lost to remodelling, while Summer Games was lost to deterioration. Since 2007 murals have been painted on panels, so hopefully no more will be lost. 26. THE JEWELS AND THE ROYALS: 145 Ross Street East, east wall. By Kelly Friesen, Grant McLaughlin, and Michelle Wheatley, Moose Jaw, 1996. A tribute to the excellent women’s baseball teams in Moose Jaw in the ’30s,’40s and ’50s. 27. CLARKE BROS. CIRCA 1902: 37 Main Street north, west wall. By Ruth Hamilton, Moose Jaw, 1999. This mural shows the artist’s father and uncle’s interior of their store operated from 1902-50. 28. ROSS WELLS TRIBUTE TO BASEBALL: Ross Wells Diamond at corner of Ross Crescent and Caribou Street East. By Gus Froese, Moose Jaw, 1999. A tribute to the long history of world-class baseball played in Moose Jaw over the years.
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29. TRIBUTE TO VICTORIA SCHOOL: 175 First Avenue N.E. By Joanne Dusel, Moose Jaw, 2000. Whimsical look at Victoria School on opening day featuring long-time teacher Faye Baker. 30. HISTORY CPR STATION: Free-standing wall, Five Manitoba Street East. Design by Dale Cline, Moose Jaw, 1999. Painted by students in tribute to their teacher Dale Cline, who died in 1999. 31. DANCING ON RIVER STREET: 21 Fairford Street East, north wall. By Brian Romagnoli, Lincoln, Ont., 2002. This mural offers a romantic retrospective glimpse of the exciting nightlife of River Street in the 1920s. 32. TRIBUTE TO THE AGE OF THEATRE: 21 Fairford Street East, west wall. By Brian Romagnoli, Lincoln, Ont., 2002. This mural celebrates the theatres that made Moose Jaw the cultural centre of southern Saskatchewan in the 1920s. 33. FAMILY GATHERING INDOORS: Inside Mosaic Place, 110 First Avenue N.W. McCaig Mezzanine view from the front stairs. By Wei Luan, Edmonton, Alta., 2002. A life-size bronze sculpture of a family of moose. 34. CENTENNIAL MURAL: Crescent Park Band Shell near the library. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2003. A pictorial history of Moose Jaw from 1902 to 2003 on the band shell in Crescent Park. 35. TRIBUTE TO GARY HYLAND: Corner of Home Street and Fourth Avenue SE. By Grant McLaughlin, Moose Jaw, 2012. A tribute to Gary Hyland, a teacher, poet, and arts advocate; was commissioned by the South Hill Community Association and The Riverview Alumni association. The images depict his poetic memories of growing up in the South Hill
area in the ’40s and ’50s. 36. HISTORY OF THE MOOSE JAW EXHIBITION COMPANY: 250 Thatcher Drive, south wall. Shows the many facets of the exhibition company over the years. 37. BATTLE OF THE BOOZE: Tourism Centre on Thatcher Drive East. By Joe Dombowsky.
Prohibition played a major role in the early years of our province. This is particularly true for Moose Jaw, the central point where “The Battle for the Booze” was fought and finally decided. As Saskatchewan’s Chief Prohibition Officer, A.J. Hawke was one of the leading characters in this great cat-and-mouse game known as the prohibition era. VETERINARIAN MURAL: 0 block of Hochelaga Street West on the back wall of Patterson Plaza/Rogers/Shoppers Drug Mart. By Noella Cotnam. A tribute to all the veterinarians who served in Moose Jaw over the years and helped keep pets and animals healthy. A TRIBUTE TO THE METIS COMMUNITY: 0 block of Hochelaga Street West on the back wall of Patterson Plaza/Rogers/Shoppers Drug Mart. By Ray Renooy Winnipeg, Man., 2007. A mural of Louis Riel, the leader of the Metis and founder of Manitoba. THE LAST DAMBUSTER: South wall of 212 Main Street North (view from High Street). By Jon (Bushie) Butterworth, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia 2007. Ken Brown was a Moose Jaw native who flew with the famous Dambuster Squadron during the Second World War and was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. The Dambusters bombed dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty, demanding very low flying and a high degree of skill, courage, and close co-operation with the crews of the aircraft engaged. Flying Officer Robert Alexander Urquhart, DFC, another Moose Jaw native, was also part of the Dambuster mission, but his plane was damaged in the bomb drop, and then shot down on the return to base, killing all on board. CAPITAL THEATRE MURAL: North wall of the cultural centre (view from Fairford Street). By David Butler. A ticket for the theatre in its heyday with a bevy of beauties to grace the stage. RIDING FOR THE BRAND: East wall of Ashdown’s Furniture on 38 High Street West. By Grant McLaughlin. Commissioned by Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association on its 100th anniversary and dedicated past and current cattlemen and women of Saskatchewan. Riding for the Brand is an Old West term for a loyal and dedicated ranch hand, while the mural shows an early scene of driving cattle to the rail yard, with a photo of the original Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ founders in the centre.
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Grand murals depict early life of community
Moose Jaw is the mural capital of North America. This classic collection is painted on the exterior walls of downtown buildings and depict the challenges and excitement of the city’s early years.
The first of Moose Jaw’s murals was painted in grant scale in 1990. Scenes depicting the community’s early history can be found on the sides and fronts of buildings throughout the downtown core. Painting, glassworks and a bas-relief all provide insight into the development of the community.
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 concept. The first mural painted here was “Remember Old 80,” which was promptly followed by “Opening Day Parade.”
Froese painted several murals, such as “National Lights and 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 deterioration. This list includes two beloved murals “Remember Old 80” (demolished in 2009) and “River Street Red” (destroyed by fire in 2014). Not all is lost, though, as you can find a display honouring the city’s lost murals on the McKarr’s Furniture building at 88 Second Avenue Northwest. Meanwhile, the original version of “Town’s Afire” — initially located where “Fire Watch” is now — was re-created by Gus Froese on the third floor of the Hammond Building in 2015. The newest murals have been painted onto panels so they can be saved if the building is scheduled for demolition. For more information about the murals, contact city hall at 306-694-4426.
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Artists eager to learn which murals need fixing this year
After a long winter, artist Grant McLaughlin hopes that he and the murals advisory committee can soon get outside and determine which paintings should be prioritized for repair and touchups. McLaughlin has more than 30 years of experience as a professional artist and has painted more than 11 murals during the last three decades, such as A Tribute to Gary Hyland, the Centennial Mural, Winter Carnival, Living with the Land, and First Watch. He has also been associated with the committee and its activities since it started in 1990. He now advises the committee, which is composed of two new members and a city councillor. It will probably be no earlier than late spring before the committee and McLaughlin can tour the downtown and assess the murals. He will help the members understand more about the murals, while they will decide which ones should be repaired this year. With 42 murals in Moose Jaw, attempting to keep them in good shape can be challenging due to time and limited funding.
McLaughlin pointed out that a few paintings, such as the Opening Day Parade baseball mural, need a protective clear coat to defend them from vandalism and UV rays. Meanwhile, some need minor touch-ups — like the Crescent Park amphitheatre mural — while the colours have dimmed on others like the Sunday School mural at 60 Hochelaga Street West. “I know (Sunday School is) really faded. It’s over 20 years old … ,” he said. “It looks OK from a distance, but when you get close to the brick, a lot of the paint has lifted, and the rest is really faded. It would be nice to get it done and maybe (have) another 20 years out of it.” McLaughlin has maintained many of the murals over the years and is caught up on most of them. Last year he repainted the Opening Day Parade mural that the late Gus Froese created in 1990. This required repainting the mural on panels since the Crushed Can nightclub’s brick wall is 107 years old. He also touched up a mural of a trolley near the TD Bank.
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One favourite mural that McLaughlin painted is the Aboriginal-themed Living on the Land since it has big shapes and colours. Another favourite one is the firefighter-themed First Watch since it has many shapes and is a collage. He has also appreciated all the history-related murals he has painted since they allowed him to learn about those topics. McLaughlin became interested in drawing as a child, as he doodled in his books and helped create backdrops for school plays. “It was one of the things I naturally had a good eye for,” he said, noting his father was also a selftaught naturalist who drew nature and animals. Art school beckoned after high school, and by the time McLaughlin was finished, he had a family, so he became a teacher and used his skills to train others. Being an educator was something he found rewarding. Members of the murals committee have not indicated whether they want McLaughlin to paint a new mural for the community. However, he is working on a personal mural collage that depicts his hometown of Lewvan, Sask. He has wanted to do this for a while, especially for people connected to the ghost town. McLaughlin said that, if he could, he would paint a mural depicting Moose Jaw’s hockey history. He noted that the Canucks were a big part of the community decades ago.
Take relaxation up a level with a staycation at Sahara Spa this summer
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As the premier day spa in Moose Jaw, Sahara Spa offers a list of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments perfect for staying close to home this summer and escaping reality. Guests are welcome to book themselves a self-care session full of pampering, whether that means a refreshing facial, a signature massage or a new colour after a soothing pedicure. Each visit to Sahara Spa ensures guests will emerge feeling soft, clean and more relaxed than ever. Available treatments range from the popular warm stone massage to waxing services, and everything in-between. Certified estheticians are happy to welcome guests with warm towels and gentle hands during any treatments, in addition to their expert advice for follow-up care. As a member of the Leading Spa’s of Canada, Sahara Spa has a wide variety of relaxation and massage therapy options, including a sig-
nature massage using Canadian rosehip oils and a four hands massage featuring two synchronized therapists. The spa is also able to accommodate plans with friends and loved ones, with dedicated spaces for couple’s treatments and plenty of room for groups in the building’s spacious treatment rooms. Sahara Spa has taken care to adhere to all of the current health and safety guidelines in place, using only hospital-grade disinfectants and new fogging machines to diligently clean every inch of the building even more frequently than ever before. “We have had many ups and
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downs, pivots and tears, but we’re so thrilled and thankful to remain open,” said spa director Kim Bowes. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of the people here in Moose Jaw and to our tourists for continuing to support us and our amazing team.” Guests are welcomed into a safe environment at every visit, making Sahara Spa the perfect place to plan a personal vacation without the trip — because everyone deserves a day for themselves. For a full list of treatments available, visit saharaspa.ca for more information and instructions on how to book an appointment. The spa is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 1 (306) 692-1012. To keep up with new announcements and updates, follow Sahara Spa on Facebook.
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Four great places to shop local and handmade in Moose Jaw
The Handmade Shoppe in Moose Jaw is the go-to stop for local products made entirely by local artisans in the Moose Jaw and Regina area — and the storefront on 30 Mackenzie Lane has something for everyone.
The Handmade Shop stocks these soy candles from White Lotus Candle Co., which are made at Buffalo Pound.
The Handmade Shoppe stocks all kinds of items, like these hot cocoa bombs from Farmhouse Sugar.
The store acts as a physical storefront for dozens of local makers, who pay a rental fee for space to display their products in the retail space. Handmade Shoppe carries all kinds of items, from handmade bath products to candles to decor, and everything inbetween. That means shoppers can pick up baked goods, crocheted water balloons and wooden planter boxes all at the same time. Operating hours are currently Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Follow the Handmade Shoppe’s Facebook page for stock updates. Plenty of local vendors also bring their products to the Homegrown Farmer’s Market, an open-air market that sets up on Langdon Crescent, between Athabasca Street E and Cordova
Street in the summer and fall. This year, the farmer’s market will feature all the usual vendors, including fresh produce, flowers, foodstuffs and more, including the continuously popular live music. Organizers anticipate between 20 and 40 vendors on the roster this year.
In addition to the grocery part of the store, the market also carries various handmade products from local vendors as well and regularly delivers produce items to other communities in the province. To learn more about the Wandering Market, visit their website at thewanderingmarket.com or call 1 (306) 648-8067. And as one last must-stop in downtown Moose Jaw, Against the Grain is a new artisan gallery lined with a collection of handmade woodwork products and more from local makers.
The Homegrown Farmer’s Market sets up on Langdon Crescent every Saturday morning.
Markets are set to begin on May 29 and occur every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 9. COVID-19 rules are in place, and customers can learn more at mjhomegrownmarket. com. The third hub for shopping locally in Moose Jaw is the Wandering Market, a unique grocer at 461 Athabasca Street East that carries all kinds of local and organic food products sourced directly from over 180 different Saskatchewan farmers and producers.
Owner Nadine Lee from the Wandering Market, with a selection of preserves available at the store on Athabasca Street E.
The Wandering Market carries all the ingredients needed to stock the fridge, including meats, grains, dairy and other products that follow the storefront’s ethos to connect consumers with fresh and local food.
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A large part of Against the Grain’s store is dedicated to hand-carved furniture from Harlen Woodcraft.
The storefront is located at 220 Main Street North and carries plenty of rustic but sweet home decor items, like hanging macramé, signs with quirky sayings, carved wood statues and decorative cattle skulls lined with flowers. Also on the shelves are products like handmade soaps shaped like gemstones and soy candles made locally, and the front area of the shop has several furniture pieces on display from Harlen Woodcraft — benches, chairs, tables and unique display pieces. Against the Grain is also home to artist Alana Rempel of LaLa Tattoos, with a tattoo studio space in the rear of the store. Against the Grain is open on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Keep up with new item stocks by following the store on Facebook or Instagram.
Antique treasures abound in Moose Jaw area shops
Moose Jaw and area is filled with history, so if you want to take home a piece of that heritage to display on your mantle or wall, there are several antique shops that you can visit that are filled with unique items. In operation for more than 35 years, The Antique Yard is adjacent to the A&W restaurant on the north service road near Highway 1 and Ninth Avenue Northwest. The yard has the largest selection of antiques in the community. With 5,000 square feet of space and 14 buildings to visit, there is enough space to physically distance during your visit to the venue. The business has complete selections of heritage items, glass, furniture, collectibles, vehicles, and even tractors, wagon wheels and buggies. Every item on display is for sale. For more information about hours, call Bill Reisman at 306681-7635 or Sylvia at 306-6310587. Player’s Collectibles acquires many of its items from estate sales and then re-sells the materials to the public. Many pieces are of high quality, with a focus on silver, crystal, glass, china, small furniture, plus odd items such as wall-mounted candlesticks and mini-glass figures. There is also a large focus on carrying Moorcroft pieces from England.
Player’s Collectibles is located at 308 Main Street North and can be reached at 306-693-7111. Located at 26 Main Street North, Past Times Old Time Photography and Gifts is the place to go for Olde Tyme pictures 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, fudge
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and more. The business serves tourists with souvenirs and offers special gift items that are hard to find elsewhere. For more information visit the company’s Facebook page or call 306-692-9955. If you can’t find that special antique in Moose Jaw, then east on Highway 1 in Regina you will find eight other shops that sell similarly historic and antique materials that could tickle your fancy. The Cat and the Fiddle Antiques is located at 3128-13th Avenue in a 1912 heritage house and is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Within a five-block radius you will find seven antique shops, including YQR Vintage Market at 1279 Osler Street (306581-7408), Krave Antiques and Collectibles at 1246 Broad Street (306-539-8363), Centennial Collectors’ Market at 1230 Broad Street (306-559-7500), Antique Warehouse Art Gallery at Sixth Avenue and Hamilton Street (306-591-1218), Centennial Market Antique Warehouse at Sixth Avenue and Hamilton Street (306-533-8429), the Antique Mall at 1175 Rose Street (306-525-9688), and Antiques from A to Z also at 1175 Rose Street (306-352-7450).
“Gifts galore from ceiling to floor”: Past Times Photography & Gifts full of unique decor
Tucked near the end of Main Street, right beside the famous Moose Jaw tunnels, Past Times Photography & Gifts is a muststop for Moose Jaw locals and visitors alike.
According to its slogan, Past Times has “gifts galore from ceiling to floor” and it’s hardly an exaggeration. One step through the front door will have visitors craning their necks to take in everything the store has on display. The fullness of the store is entirely part of its charm, and owner Mike Thul has been filling Past Times with giftwares, collectibles and decor for over twenty years. He looks to find the most unique items possible to include in the collection.
From decorative signs to postcards to artwork to mugs with funny sayings, Past Times carries a little something for everyone. Whether your taste runs towards shiny and crystal, or rustic and country, this gift shop likely has what you’re looking for and more. 30
Decor makes up the largest part of the offering at Past Times, and garden wares are big in the summer, with lots of things like decorative yard spikes and windspinners on display. The store also carries several lines of handmade products, stocked by local makers. One of the store’s most popular features is the refinished furniture it regularly stocks. From dressers to cabinets to repurposed doors, furniture is one of Past Time’s most interesting offers. Each piece is individual and one-of-a-kind, which means customers are unlikely to encounter the same item twice. Although Past Times has the word “antiques” on its sign outside, the store doesn’t carry as many old collectible items as it used to — but there are some historical gems scattered throughout the shelves for customers to stumble across like a scavenger hunt. Items like old comic books, serving dishes, luggage sets and even vintage toys are ready to be discovered by the right eyes. The most “antique” offering at Past Times is its photography service — but only because it allows customers to take a step into the past themselves.
The studio on the left-hand side of the store specializes in oldtimey photos, where customers can choose from a variety of costumes and settings to immerse themselves in the past for a unique memento. Past Times 2021 ExploreMooseJaw.com
Photography is able to do photos set in the Old West era, the roaring ‘20s or the Victorian era, with costumes to fit a range of sizes. Past Times is also the official supplier of Chocolate Moose candy and fudge, a Moose Jaw staple that makes for a perfect shopping treat. The shop also carries a whole selection of other old-fashioned candies, like Cracker Jacks and Lucky Elephant popcorn. Scrappin’ with T is another local business that partners with Past Times, with a display of scrapbooking products tucked into one corner of the gift shop. Items like decorative paper, stamps, punches and more can be found here.
Thul purposely stocks his store with things people aren’t likely to find in any other gift shops in Moose Jaw, and he hears often that every visit to Past Times is like a whole new experience because there’s always something new to see. Past Times is a great experience for a first-time visitor, but regular customers also find the store is “surprisingly unexpected” every time they stop by — which is actually the city of Moose Jaw’s logo these days. The store is located at 26 Main Street North, open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on available products, check out the Past Times Antiques Facebook page or visit pasttimesphotos.com.
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When wandering through historical downtown Moose Jaw, take a stop at Past Times; you won’t regret it! We have a wide variety of stock ranging from home décor, garden, cabin, vintage, candy, Moose Jaw’s official supplier of Chocolate Moose Candy Products and Spices, refurbished home decor and one of a kind gifts. Lights, camera, action! We also have a wonderful photography studio. There are several eras including the fabulous 20’s, western and Victorian, costume pictures, ready in minutes. Our friendly service matches the wonderful atmosphere. We have gifts galore from ceiling to floor! We are the store where memories are made.
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Catering to your green thumb with plant experts in Moose Jaw
Warmer weather always brings with it a spark of excitement for green thumbs, and the best way to get the best out of this year’s growing season is to visit one — or all — of Moose Jaw’s local plant hotspots. Keon Garden Centre has been stocking greenery and outdoor decor for over 40 years, with a large selection of seeds, plants, trees and shrubs, and Saskatchewan-grown perennials. The garden centre also carries indoor and outdoor decor, gardening accessories and landscaping supplies.
decor, some made by local artisans, and can create custom plant arrangements on request. Dream Drop Shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact the store by calling 1 (306) 691-2727 or follow them on Facebook for updates. Windmill Greenhouse, located at 1640 Ominica Street E, is a seasonal greenhouse that stocks vegetables, herbs, flowers and more every spring for local green thumbs. With a historical locale featuring an antique windmill on-site, the greenhouse also stocks unique decor and giftwares.
cals and succulents that prove popular. The Clement Farms greenhouse in Moose Jaw is usually set up in the Town n’ Country Mall parking lot at 1235 Main Street North from May through August. Cornell Design & Landscape is located about 10 kilometres south of Moose Jaw on Highway 2, and offers three greenhouses full of plants, a tree nursery and landscaping options for customers to check out.
Cornell Design & Landscape has a new greenhouse this year, filled with tropical houseplants. Keon Garden Centre has been Moose Jaw’s premier greenhouse for over 40 years.
Keon’s is located at 1645 Stadacona Street W, open daily beginning in May. Hours vary by season, and curbside pickup is available this summer. Contact the garden centre at 1 (306) 693-6771 or visit keongardencentre.ca. Dream Drop Shop & Terrarium, located at 50 Stadacona Street W, is a locally owned store specializing in houseplants and terrarium supplies. The shop is filled to the brim with tropicals, succulents, and everything needed for colourful plant displays. Dream Drop also carries a selection of
Dream Drop Shoppe & Terrarium is the go-to place for indoor plants and succulents in Moose Jaw.
Windmill Greenhouses calls a unique location home, with plenty of selection for curious visitors. Plant enthusiasts in Moose Jaw have a great selection of tools and plants to fill their green spaces.
Plenty of colourful annual and perennial flowers are stocked at the various greenhouses in Moose Jaw.
Windmill Greenhouse is typically open in May and June, with updates on operating hours available on their Facebook page or by calling 1 (306) 692-1663. Clement Farms travels all the way from its home base outside of Saskatoon to set up a temporary greenhouse in the mall parking lot each summer, usually carries the usual fanfare: annuals and perennials, select vegetables and herbs, and even some tropi-
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Cornell Design is open Monday through Saturday during the summer months, with hours varying through the season. Contact the greenhouse at 1 (306) 6938733 or head online to cornelltrees.com for updates. 4 Plants Indoor Plant Supply is the place to stop by for any indoor gardening needs, as the store at 123 High Street W has everything needed to grow plants of all types indoors — including nutrients and fertilizers, pest control, irrigation systems, lighting and more. 4 Plants is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be contacted at 1 (306) 972-4769.
Homegrown Farmer’s Market in Moose Jaw back
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The Homegrown Farmer’s Market is back in action this summer with another season of COVID-safe shopping, featuring plenty of interesting local vendors offering their wares. The outdoor market returned to its place on the 400 block of Langdon Crescent, beginning on May 29, occurring weekly until Oct. 9. Saturday morning markets are open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. weekly,
and evening markets are on hold for this season due to a decrease in interest last year. As usual, the Homegrown Farmer’s Market will be set up on the crescent between Athabasca Street E and Cordova Street, with entrances open to foot traffic on both sides. Live music performances will also be returning, with buskers and musicians welcome to join the event. The market expects to have around 30 vendors again this year, offering all kinds of interesting goods like fresh produce, baking, crafts, artisan wares and preserves. Several familiar faces will be returning, as well as some new ones. All of the COVID-19 safety regulations that governed last year’s market will once again be in place this summer until further notice, including no eating in the market area and one-way traffic down the stalls. Customers are also asked not to bring reusable bags again this year, and to respect the physical distancing guidelines recommended by public health. Details about vendors and the market will be shared on the Homegrown Farmer’s Market Facebook page throughout the summer.
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Prairie Bee Meadery rolling along with changing times
New storefront in Grant Hall just one interesting aspect as local business aims to take advantage of post-pandemic era
In been a time of change for Prairie Bee Meadery due to the ongoing pandemic and a positive eye focused on the future; the local mead and honey-wine producer continues to create new and exciting offerings for their loyal customer base.
Crystal Milburn with some of Prairie Bee Meadery’s award-winning product in their new Grant Hall location.
Previously situated at 23 Main Street North, Prairie Bee recently completed a move down the street into the Grant Hall Hotel at 401 Main St. N. In a smaller space that works really well, optimism is sparking at the new partnership working with the Grant Hall. Back to business as usual for Prairie Bee Meadery includes selling their delicious selection of meads and honey wines. The old favourites like Traditional Bee, Melon Mist and Strawberry Splash are still there and popular as ever, with some new future favourites coming down the line in the coming weeks. That includes their new limitedrun saskatoon and haskamp berry mead as well as a special bochet — mead made with caramelized honey — that has an extra interesting connection. It’s a dark wine with really rich, caramelly flavours, then aged in bourbon barrels so it has some nice, rich bourbon notes in it as well, Milburn said in describing the unique offering, which will carry the name Bourbon Bochet. The libation was developed this
past summer as part of the CityTV television show Flat Out Food, which featured host Jenn Sharp going through the process of creating mead with Prairie Bee, including the creation of Bourbon Bochet. That whole experience was featured in a MooseJawToday.com article, which you can read at https://tinyurl.com/ydndmfur. Owner Crystal Milburn says she loves the idea of eating what is grown right here and certainly when we’re talking about honey, Saskatchewan has some of the best honey in the world and we have a lot of it, so there’s no reason that it shouldn’t be featured. As delicious as the new stuff will be, Prairie Bee has no plans to stop offering the amazing creations that help build them into what they are today.
Honey bees are where Prairie Bee Meadery’s product all starts. Getty Images
There are also the old favourites, like blueberry (Blueberry Bliss), haskap (Haskap Haven) and with the growth of sour cherries there will always be there (Cherry Charm), although she admits that it is fun to play around with flavours and see what might come out of it. Prairie Bee sources their fruit as locally as possible: either growing it themselves, finding a local vendor they can buy from or going through a Canadian fruit broker if all else fails. And speaking of their locally grown fruit, Prairie Bee plans to once again start offering tours of
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Some of the many meads and honey wines for sale at Prairie Bee Meadery.
their Grandpa’s Garden farm and winery on May 1, offering a complete look at the entire process that creates their delicious goods. A lot of people don’t know what mead is and don’t know what to expect, so a lot of what the meadery does is educational. “People can come out and we’ll talk about bees and what they do to make honey and the importance of caring for the bee population; we’ll talk a bit about the history of mead and how long people have been drinking it and then about the operation itself and how we turn honey into something notso-sweet but lovely and drinkable,” said Milburn. Those looking to purchase Praire Bee’s offerings can do so at one of the 80 Saskatchewan stores offering their libations or do so through their website at prairiebeemeadery.ca. There, you’ll also find plenty of information on their products as well as lots of answers to any questions you may have. As for the further future for Prairie Bee Meadery, it’s all a matter of keeping-on, keeping-on and looking forward to what happens once the pandemic has waned. The hopes are for tourism to pick up with the opportunity to meet face-to-face and taste the product sometime in the future, but please drop by the store located at the Grant Hall hotel, 401 Main St. N or by calling 306.692.6323 for current information.
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Hub Meat Market: providing premium proteins in Moose Jaw for over 100 years
Hub Meat Market is one of the longest continually running businesses in Moose Jaw, first opening in 1904, and although time has changed a lot of things about the local butcher shop, the dedication to oldfashioned friendly service hasn’t swayed an inch. Located at 75 3rd Avenue NW, Hub Meats is a second-generation family-owned business specializing in providing premium-cut proteins with a personal touch. The Downey family purchased the business in 1978 from founding owners Harvey and Cecile Woode, continuing to run the familiar market with great success.
er it’s a blank-slate protein or something already seasoned and marinated, Hub Meats is the place to go. Hub Meat Market has a large retail space, stocked with plenty of options from kebabs to rib-eye steaks, as well as a deli service behind the counter ready to slice fresh meats on request. The market can also take custom processing orders, including handling wild game, and it carries a large selection of seafood options. All of the proteins in the storefront are chosen for their high quality, with many sourced locally from around Saskatchewan, and the market stocks exclusively AAA Canadian beef. Hub Meats carries some of the best grade products in Moose Jaw, including top-tier steaks, and the well-stocked coolers have plenty of cuts you won’t see in just any grocers.
Hub Meat Market is located on the corner of River Street West and 3rd Avenue Northwest.
Today, Hub Meats is still known as an “old-fashioned market where everyone knows your name,” a description that co-owners Gene Dupuis and the Downey family are proud to claim. The entire staff is dedicated to offering a personal experience to every customer who walks through the door, following the core values of the family business.
Only AAA Canadian beef graces the shelves at Hub Meats, including plenty of top-grade steaks.
Since opening more than a century ago, the market has transitioned to be more than just a butcher’s shop. The market’s motto is “Eat well, live well,” and it offers plenty of options for customers looking for the perfect meat option for their next meal. Wheth-
An in-house smoker means that Hub Meats makes its own smoked sausages regularly, like these fresh jalapeno and cheese smokies.
Popular items include the market’s famous jerky and its large selection of beef burgers — with 10 different varieties of patties available. The in-house smoked sausages are also a fan-favourite, offered in flavours like garlic or jalapeno and cheddar, and the selection of seasoned and prepared kebabs are like no other. With an industrial smoker available on site, Hub Meats is currently working on launching more new, house-made products to include next to tried-andtrue brands currently on shelves. The market has debuted a new logo that will soon be featured on all of its in-house products, so customers know they’re shopping locally made. Hub Meats is also a unique meat market because it’s a one-stop shop for putting together a meal, as inventory has expanded to offer items other than just meats and proteins. There’s plenty of options for sides, sauces and even desserts to pair with whatever cut of meat is on the block, including house-made stuffed mushrooms caps, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, veggie kabobs and
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more. Hub Meats also has frozen options, for customers looking to pick up something for later, as well as ready-made meals with a quick preparation time that sacrifices none of their good taste — like the cherry bacon and chicken alfredo.
port and loyalty customers have shown — and continue to show — over the many years the market has been serving Moose Jaw and area.
The storefront has a large selection of products, from fresh-cuts meats to pre-made meals. The Hub Meat Market has more meal options than just premium meats, including these ready-made meals.
In addition to the rest of its wide services, Hub Meats is also a prime stop for smoker enthusiasts. As a Yoder smoker distributor, the market offers expert knowledge on smokers, including tips on which cuts of meat best suit the method as well as products already primed for smoking. It also carries a selection of prep necessities like meat rubs, pellets and marinades. At Hub Meats, everyone who walks into the store is greeted with a welcoming atmosphere and staff who take the time to say hello and offer their help with whatever meal idea is in the works. As a local family business that’s been around for over a century, Hub Meats puts time and care into the products and services it offers customers. It also places a lot of value on supporting the community, working with non-profits like the food bank and Riverside Mission to help with food security, as well as offering a hand to local fundraisers and events. The Downey family expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire Hub Meats team for the continued sup-
Hub Meats is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on holidays. The market currently offers curbside pickup for customer orders, as well as delivery service within Moose Jaw for orders over $100. For updates on Hub Meats and its products, visit its Facebook page to stay in the loop or give the market a call at 1 (306) 692-4026.
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Kinsmen Cafe a unique place to grab a bite and support inclusion
Tucked up on South Hill, the Kinsmen Cafe is a unique spot where customers can stop in to enjoy both great food and the knowledge that they are supporting an employment program that provides inclusive work opportunities to folks of varying disabilities. The Kinsmen Cafe is part of the Imagine Employment initiative from Moose Jaw Families for Change — a community centre located just down the street from the cafe at the Kinsmen Inclusion Centre. Imagine Employment is a program that offers work opportunities to individuals who utilize the MJFFC’s services and are interested in getting out into the workforce.
The Kinsmen Cafe is one of two locations offering work experience through the program and the cafe employs a dozen individuals on its staff, where they handle everything from food prep to serving tables to greeting custom-
ers at the door with menus. Program coordinators work hard to make sure the program is inclusive and motivational for its members, while also offering a great experience for customers. The goal of Imagine Employment is to fulfil a need and empower individuals in the program, as often they can have a tough time finding work despite having an interest. The Kinsmen Cafe offers an opportunity to build some work experience and grow their skillsets. Everyone in the program is placed according to their interests
salads. And, as it is a cafe, there’s also coffee and baked goods always available. The menu does occasionally change, meaning there’s usually something new to try at every visit, and it’s a great spot to grab an early bird breakfast before starting the day. The cafe also just recently began a new frozen meal program, where staff are making full meals available for ordering and delivery. The menu of meal options changes
and skillsets, and one visit to the cafe is all that’s needed to know the staff is always friendly and excited to serve customers. The Kinsmen Cafe serves a variety of tasty homestyle treats in its sunny dining room, with a rotating lunch special offering something new every day. There’s also plenty of regular menu options, like breakfast sandwiches, chilli in a bread bowl, waffles, and other lunch favourites like wraps, soup, and
regularly, and the program has been a huge hit so far, selling out fast every time a new batch of meals is ready. Staff also do the deliveries, which offers a chance for safe social interaction and smiles on customers’ doorsteps. The Kinsmen Cafe is located at 431 4th Ave Southwest and is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu updates are shared via the cafe’s Facebook page.
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Wandering Market and Cornerstone Bar and Grill offering fresh options for produce and dining
Focus on local producers, seasonal offerings and fresh ingredients keep to ongoing success for local store and restaurant
Wandering Market Nadine Lee and Michael Neuman decided to base the premise of a business on shopping organic and on the enjoyment of offering produce from farmer’s markets and the such. That idea grew and evolved into the founding of The Wandering Market in Moose Jaw in 2018 and with the rapid success there, the takeover of the Cornerstone Bar and Grill this past October. It’s made for busy times for both businesses as they continue to build on their fresh and organic ethos, even through these difficult times. Although they considered starting their venture in a larger centre, they have been glad that they chose Moose Jaw, feeling like this community was very unserved in this capacity. “It can be hard for local people to connect with farmers, and for farmers to connect with them too on an ongoing basis,” said Lee. When Lee says ‘farmers’ she means that The Wandering Market works with over 180 different producers in Saskatchewan, help-
ing to store, market and distribute their products. The Market itself — located at 461 Athabasca St. E.
Some of the fresh flour and other offerings up for sale at Wandering Market.
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Local artist turns instruments into art with unique painting technique
Most people would look at an unuseable guitar as a bit of junk to get rid of, but local graphic artist Henry Buitrago sees it as an entirely unique canvas perfect for custom artwork.
Henry Buitrago began creating custom guitars a few years ago, using airbrushing techniques to turn instruments into artwork. (supplied)
trago. He’s done plenty of commission work for clients, custom-designing their vision in his own distinct style on the instrument of their choice — including guitar bodies for display and working guitars for local musicians. Each piece is unique, offering a special kind of connection between art and client, especially for those with an emotional tie to the guitar boasting the art. Much of Buitrago’s work reflects his personal interest in classic horror movies, especially as clients with similar tastes gravitate towards his sample work, but he’s also done a number of pieces catering to specific client requests.
Buitrago has been using an airbrush technique to create custom artwork on the bodies of guitars — both broken and functional. With an interest in art for most of his life and over two decades of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator, his most recent passion has been exploring airbrushing as a medium.
One of Buitrago’s favourite pieces, the centre features an eye that actually lights up and appears to follow you as you move around the room. (supplied)
A sample of Buitrago’s work from his portfolio, featuring the villain from the classic horror franchise Friday the 13th. (supplied)
His interest in guitar art began a few years ago, with a personal project to repair an old bass back to working condition. That journey prompted Buitrago to get into airbrushing, as a way to achieve the look he was going for with the custom instrument. After bringing the completed guitar with him to a jam session with his band at the time, a bandmate immediately offered to buy the piece and Buitrago realized there was likely plenty of people who might be interested in custom work of their own. From there, airbrushing became a passion for Bui-
But he welcomes the challenge that comes with creating the perfect custom design for whatever ideas clients bring to his table, while still offering his own interpretation and style. There’s a lot of planning and consideration that goes into designing art for a guitar top, especially if it’s an instrument that will be put to work onstage. Buitrago has to consider things like the shape of the body and the placement of images, making sure to avoid putting important images in high-scratch areas or in places where the art may be blocked from sight by the musician’s hands or other equipment while they perform. Painting custom art on guitars is something very few people in Saskatchewan are doing, said Buitrago, and using airbrushing as a medium is even less common since it can be a tough method to work with. A portfolio of Buitrago’s work is available on at salmonstudio.ca, and he can be reached directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery a great way to spend the day
The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG) is a top-of-the-line facility that has much to offer both art lovers and history buffs. The art gallery regularly features exhibits showcasing both well established and up-and-coming artists. The gallery itself is a warm and inviting space that can be easily adapted to display all types of artworks. Exhibits are changed regularly throughout the year, so there is always something to new to discover. On occasion, items from the MJMAG’s permanent collection are displayed. The Heritage Museum tells the story of Moose Jaw and area and its people through unique displays that make use of the MJMAG’s collection of artifacts. Temporary exhibits expand on the established collection. One such exhibit includes Like a Falling
Leaf: The 1954 Plane Collision Over Moose Jaw. Due to pandemic restrictions, the MJMAG has adapted and has spent the past year offering education videos, virtual tours, and online programming. Indeed, education is a key component of the MJMAG. Art classes help artists of all skills levels hone their skills; classes are offered throughout the year for all groups in many different mediums. The MJMAG also hosts presentation in the theatre adjacent to the art gallery and the library. This includes the popular Noon Hour Slides series in which local photographers take guests on a tour around the world. Don’t forget to stop by the MJMAG’s gift shop, where you will find beautiful pieces from Canadian artists. You will no doubt find the perfect gift! Can’t make it to the shop? You can always browse and shop online. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is certainly one of the community’s top attractions. Notably, in the spring of 2021, the MJMAG was shortlisted for an organizational leadership award from the Saskatchewan Arts Awards. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is located in Crescent Park. Admission is by donation. The MJMAG is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 306-692-4471 or visit www.mjmag.ca.
Mosaic Art Gallery a great showcase for local artists
Narrative: Three Artists, Many Stories featured pieces from artists Jess Zoerb, Laura Hamilton and Chris Wikman in spring 2021.
The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is not only a great venue to watch concerts, plays, and other on-stage entertainment, it is also home to an art gallery. The Mosaic Art Gallery, located off the Cultural Centre’s lobby on the main floor, showcases ever-
changing art displays. The works you will find in the gallery have a particular focus on Moose Jaw and area artists and artworks. The art itself is varied, often showcasing many different mediums. You can expect to see
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paintings, ceramics, sculptures, mixed-media creations, and more. Displays are changed approximately every six weeks. When possible, the gallery often hosts an official opening reception, with the artist(s) in attendance. You can access the Mosaic Art Gallery year round. It is open to the public whenever the box office is open. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. There is no charge to visit the Mosaic Art Gallery. For more information about the Cultural Centre and the Mosaic Gallery, visit www.moosejawculture.ca.
MJMAG exhibits honoured traditional Aboriginal beadwork projects in 2020
The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery hosted two unique cultural exhibits curated by local Cree traditional artist Barb Frazer in 2020, showcasing the hard work and cultural connections of Aboriginal women from the area. Both of the exhibitions mentioned below can be viewed in an online gallery by visiting mjmag.ca/ community-exhibits.
down from woman to woman. Some individuals spent months completing their capes, many of which were featured in the gallery exhibition.
Bernice La Rose’s work (L) is displayed alongside Maryanne Machiskinic’s cape (R). (photo by Larissa Kurz)
Curator and traditional Cree artist Barb Frazer, wearing her own cape featuring a recreated design that mirrors the one on her grandmother’s moccasins, organized both beading projects. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
Women’s Cape Project: In partnership with the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association and Sask Culture, Frazer facilitated a beadwork class with a group of women interested in exploring the traditional practice. Wonda Alton’s cape features red and white roses, and Jazenta Saultier’s beadwork features dragonflies and flowers for her family, both past and present. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
Artist Ashley Young with a guest at the Cape Project opening, talking about her Tree of Life-inspired cape design. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
During the nine-week class, each woman began creating a handmade beaded cape that represented their family or history in some way. The beaded cape is traditionally a ceremonial item in most Indigenous cultures, worn at the highest ceremonies, and the knowledge of craft is something that is passed
Artist Mavis Olson took the time to bead her fringe in an intricate pattern.
The WACA Women’s Cape Project was on display at the MJMAG from Feb. 7 to Aug. 30, 2020 and featured works from eight local Aboriginal artists.
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“Rina” by Bernice LaRose, “Ashley” by Karen Young, and “Ralph” by Mavis Olsen. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
“Self Portrait” by Emily Perreault, a Regina teacher who shared how the project helped her connect with her culture. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
Dancing Spirit in Isolation: Following the interest in the previous beadwork project and a request to provide an activity of ancestral practice during the spring lockdown, another traditional beadwork project debuted at the MJMAG later in 2020. This project, titled Dancing Spirit in Isolation, was a healing project to address the isolation of the pandemic. More than 30 women designed a beadwork medallion using the figure of the Jingle Dress dancer as a template, traditionally an image of healing, to show how their spirit danced in isolation during the lockdown.
“Wild Moon Child” by Jazenta Saultier, dedicated to all of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
Additionally, spring is traditionally the time when individual cultural projects are completed, making it a natural time to embark on this project. Dancing Spirit in Isolation was on display at the MJMAG from Oct. 9 to Nov. 15, 2020 and featured works from 12 local Aboriginal artists.
“Fleur” by Karen Anderson. (photo by Larissa Kurz)
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Local pottery studio and gallery makes 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.
located outside on the property.
Handsculpted monster jars such as this one are a trademark of Wendy Parsons’ work.
L-R: Zach Dietrich, Devon Dietrich, and Wendy Parsons, the creative hands and minds behind Parsons Dietrich Pottery.
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.
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.
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.
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. Down in the studio, all of the bisque pieces are stored just above the area where Parsons and Dietrich hand mix all of their own glazes.
One of Wendy Parsons’ favourite things about the studio space is the wonderful view of the Wakamow Valley she has from her spinning wheel.
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
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.
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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
The gallery is located at 1200 Lakeview Service Road. Operating hours may vary due to the pandemic, so be sure to check parsons-dietrich-pottery.com or call 1 (306) 693-4212 to confirm before visiting.
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Library has lots of materials and services to keep you busy
Book lovers will find lots of great resources at the Moose Jaw Public Library.
The library offers a large collection of books, eBooks, magazines, and reference materials, along with graphic novels, DVDs, CDs, and even video games. If the library doesn’t have an item you are interested in, you can still borrow it, thanks to the provincewide library system. Of course, digital resources are very popular, and MJPL has you covered. You can download books, music, and movies through the Hoopla app. All you
need is your library card. There is a limit on how many items you can borrow each month. Looking for more content? The library offers Kanopy, a streaming service that provides access to even more films and documentaries. Anyone looking to learn a new skill should try Lynda.com, a service that offers courses in design, photography, business, technology, and more.
Don’t want to stop into the library to grab you items? You can always use the curbside pickup option. Simply request your items online or by contacting the library directly and then pick them up when they are ready.
Meanwhile, the library also offers computer access to those who need it and you can even access Ancestry.com to research your family tree. The library’s archives contain a treasure trove of old newspaper articles, Henderson Directories, photos, and other resources that highlight Moose Jaw and area’s colourful past. Throughout the year, the library offers programs for kids, teens, and adults. There is always something to do! Want to start a book club? The library offers book club kits that will help you get started. The best part is this all offered free of charge! All you need is a library card. To get started, stop by the library, located in Crescent Park, or visit www.moosejawlibrary.ca/ for more information.
Moose Jaw Geneology Society: helping you research your family history around the world
The Moose Jaw Genealogy Society has been helping people learn more about their family history and preserve their heritage since 1970 — and with an ongoing pandemic, it’s a great time to conduct research.
The group is one of 16 branches in Saskatchewan and is a member of the Saskatchewan Genealogy
Society (SGS), which has existed since 1969 and provides expertise to residents to understand and participate in their family history, and helps collect, preserve and deliver Saskatchewan-specific genealogical records and materials. Over the years, the Moose Jaw branch has worked with the City of Moose Jaw cemetery office to obtain the records of all people buried in the city. City hall sends the branch a list of deaths every December, while executive members then photograph the headstones so the pictures can be uploaded to the branch’s website. Visit http://moosejawgenealogy. com/index.htm to see some of the branch’s activities and its efforts to preserve the community’s heritage. The Moose Jaw SGS branch nor-
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mally meets every fourth Tuesday of the month — except for July, August, and December — at the Moose Jaw Public Library on the second floor. However, with an ongoing pandemic, members have been meeting by Zoom every Wednesday at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending a meeting, contact president Marge Cleave at 306-779-2004 or email email@example.com. A membership with Moose Jaw is $10, while a membership with the provincial SGS is $70. Visit www.saskgenealogy.com to learn more about the organization, search through its databases, or take out a membership. Family history records may also be found online at FamilySearch. org, Ancestry.ca, or the SGS website.
Festival of Words releases details of 25th-anniversary event this july ers a more visceral feel of what attending an in-person festival is like.
For 25 years, the Festival of Words has welcomed authors and literature enthusiasts to a weekend of events, readings and workshops that celebrate Canadian literature — and this year’s event is set to continue the tradition. For the second year in a row, the Festival of Words will be taking place virtually instead of in person, with a full slate of big literary names ready to talk shop.
The 2021 festival is set for July 15-18, with a full schedule of panels, readings and workshops that make the Festival of Words famous. Organizers have fifteen separate events on the calendar over the weekend. The Saskatchewan Festival of Words has finalized its schedule of events for this year’s event and the team is excited to share what they have planned for the 25th anniversary of the popular literary festival. The 2021 Festival of Words will be another virtual event, confirmed interim director Amanda Farnel, but the organizing team has some exciting new features this year that will help boost excitement. For starters, the 2021 Festival will be taking place on its own individual website, with live events streaming by video. Each live event will begin by showing off its “venue” — with a video tour of a Moose Jaw venue to give view-
There will be other additional features on the website for festival patrons to enjoy, like open chat and video messaging boards where guests can interact with one another and story highlights from past festivals to celebrate the event’s history. More features, like an online trivia section and bookstore, and additional content like prerecorded panels with Festival guests and walking tours of local attractions like Crescent Park will also be available.
Farnel also said that the festival is working to offer a chance for local guests to view the Festival in person, with a live-stream viewing option for sessions available at the Mae Wilson Theatre for a limited audience, provided public health orders allow. Festival passes are available on a pay-what-you-can model this year, as organizers wanted the event to stay as accessible as possible while still providing support for future events. The official schedule, available in full online, is packed with 15 events over the span of July 1518, including author readings, panels, and workshops for guests
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to attend. Farnel said there’s plenty of great things to attend, including panels on subverting genres, fantasy writing, and the ins and outs of publicity marketing. The popular Kids Ink Workshop is back, run by hometown YA author Melanie MacFarlane, and the Great Big Book Club will be discussing Jael Richardson’s new dystopian release, Gutter Child. The annual Festival concert will be taking place on the Saturday night of the schedule, with the performers yet to be announced. Farnel said the show will look a lot like last year, with a livestream happening online and a select number of in-person tickets available to guests in Moose Jaw. All of the reading sessions have been put together based on a theme this year, bringing together authors with similar genres or topics, as the sessions will be more like a moderated Q&A discussion. Farnel also highlighted the incredible lineup of guest authors this year, which includes fantasy author C.L Polk who was recently featured on Canada Reads, author Dorothy Ellen Palmer who is currently writing one of the newest Sherlock Holmes books and Saskatchewan’s Youth Poet Laureate Peace Akintade. Moose Jaw will also have some hometown representation with authors Melanie MacFarlane and Angie Abdou, who originally hail from the Friendly City, in attendance. Registration for the Festival of Words will open on June 1, with further announcements about the event still yet to come. Full details about the 2021 Saskatchewan Festival of Words can be found online at festivalofwords.com/schedule.
Three page-turning Moose Jaw-related books hit the shelves this past year
With a rich history in literature, it’s no surprise that three new titles with big ties back to Moose Jaw and area made their debut on bookshelves this past year, and they’re all worth adding to your reading list. Angie Abdou, a Friendly City ex-pat now living out in the lush wilderness of Fernie, B.C., released a new memoir earlier this year titled This One Wild Life, following the extended success of her debut memoir about following her son on the minor hockey circuit.
Bishop’s famous Moose Jaw-set novel, Tunnels of Time.
Finders Keepers by Melanie McFarlane. (supplied) This One Wild Life by Angie Abdou. (supplied)
As both a partner and a continuation of that journey, This One Wild Life is about the summer that Abdou and her nine-year-old daughter pledged to hike “a peak a week” in the picturesque mountains surrounding their home. The lofty mother-daughter bonding goal came about after Abdou realized her daughter had developed a serious shyness she hadn’t noticed while busy with her son’s hockey. In addition to her own personal journey in This One Wild Life, Abdou also dives into the topics of young girls and confidence, mother-daughter relationships and the effects of leaving behind the online world to spend more time outdoors. Finders Keepers, the latest from local author Melanie McFarlane, also features a mother-daughter relationship although it’s one with a little more conflict. The fiction novel, aimed at middle-school-age youth, is a story about a 12-year-old girl named Macy who lives at Buffalo Pound Lake with her mom and little brother. When her mom takes a job as a police officer and a move to the city threatens to change the life Macy loves so much, she sets out with the goal of scouring the beach for a treasure big enough to convince her mother to stay — and she finds it in the form of a lost mermaid who needs to get home to the Pacific Ocean. And speaking of being lost far from home, beloved heroine Andrea Talbot was re-introduced to readers this year with an updated reprint of Mary Harelkin
The national best-selling young adult novel tells the tale of 13-year-old Andrea, who finds herself flung back in time during a family trip to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and suddenly confronted with the prohibition era and the city’s biggest baddie: Al Capone. Originally published in 2000 by now-defunct Coteau Books, the best-selling novel has been picked up by Regina publisher DriverWorks Ink for a revival in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Tunnels of Time by Mary Harelkin Bishop. (supplied)
The new edition of Tunnels of Time will tell the same beloved story as the original version, but with a few new features — including an updated representation of the prohibition era and Al Capone, more realistic descriptions about Moose Jaw locales, historical notes, a new Q&A section for educators and a new cover and illustrations. All three of these Moose Jaw titles are currently available to purchase from major book retailers, and can also be ordered from Post Horizon Booksellers in Moose Jaw, located at 57 High Street West.
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The best way to tour the community is by trolley or on foot
If you’re unsure about where to start touring, Tourism Moose Jaw has put together several trips you can take if they want to see the community by either trolley or by foot. There are three trolley tours available: daytime tours, ghost tours and true crime tours. The historic daytime trolley tour is full of stories of the people and places that have made Moose Jaw notoriously awesome. Learn about the infamous characters, the founding citizens and some wonderful people who have contributed to our history. This is a one-hour tour on an open-air trolley, so dress for the weather. Costs for this tour are: Adults (19–65) $14.50, Seniors (over 65) $12.50, Youths (13-18) $12.50, Children (six to 12) $8, under five $2, and Family $40 (two adults and one to four dependents). Often known as The Friendly City, Tourism Moose Jaw wants to share the community’s darker, more frightening side with the
ghost trolley tour. Tales of mystery and murder will take you on a late-night tour of Moose Jaw’s mostly true ghost stories and most dramatic endings to some very interesting people. This is not recommended for children under eight. Please book at your own discretion, as some stories do include gruesome details and loud noises. All seats are $17. On the True Crime Tour, you will learn about the darkest side of Moose Jaw’s history. This tour tells the true stories of Moose Jaw’s most notorious residents. From pioneers and thieves to doctors and lawyers, you will hear stories that will make you sleep with one eye open. This tour is for people who are older than age 16. Please book at your own discretion, as some stories do include gruesome details and loud noises. All seats are $17. If you’d prefer to see the community up close and on foot, then
you should book a tour. To do so, visit Tourism Moose Jaw’s website at www.tourismmoosejaw. com. Besides trolley tours, the organization also offers tours of the city’s historic cemetery. From now until the end of September, one-hour treks are being offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. When October arrives, the tours will take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Anyone interested in taking a trek is encouraged to register online. You can also call the tourism office at 306-693-8097 or visit the office to have staff help you register. Tours cost $7.50 and a maximum of 10 people can be taken at one time. The outing starts at the main gates of the cemetery, located at 1000 Caribou Street East. Some stories on which the tours will focus include a Chinese man from the early 1900s who was considered one of Moose Jaw’s greatest entrepreneurs. Another story will look at Tasinaskawin Brule, the wife of Chief Black Bull, who is the only Aboriginal person buried in the cemetery. Tourism Moose Jaw is located at 450 Diefenbaker Drive, just off Thatcher Drive East and near the entrance to Highway 1. For more information call 306-693-8097.
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Self-Guided scavenger hunt shows off Moose Jaw’s many downtown attractions
A unique twist on the traditional escape room is offering out-of-town visitors and local residents alike a unique way of exploring Moose Jaw’s businesses and attractions with a touch of adventure. Moose Jaw Mysteries, a locally owned business that launched in 2018, offers a variety of “outdoor escape rooms” that allow participants to solve clues while seeing the city’s downtown sights at the same time. The app-based adventure games are designed like a self-guided scavenger hunt, where players work their way through clues and riddles while on a scenic walking tour of Moose Jaw’s downtown. Booking a game is as easy as visiting the website and selecting the adventure of choice, purchasing a game session, and downloading the specialized app on a smartphone to begin playing. All three of Moose Jaw Mysteries games are designed to be played in the daytime and have no time limit, which means players are free to explore any shops and restaurants that catch their eye. There is also no limit on how many people may join a game, which makes these tours perfect for both adventurous dates in the afternoon as well as with groups of friends and family. With three different adventures now available,
Moose Jaw Mysteries has something intriguing for players of all ages and interests. For those looking for a challenge, Capone’s Interview plays like an escape room adventure that covers local businesses and murals around the core of the city. For the whole family, Scavenger Hunt in Crescent Park offers a lovely exploration of Moose Jaw’s favourite downtown attraction. The newest addition, Moose Jaw Trivia Tour, is designed as a driving tour that hits all the local sights and offers an interesting look at the city’s history — such as how Moose Jaw got the moniker the Friendly City. All of the tours from Moose Jaw Mysteries are social distance approved, as the games are self-guided, largely outdoors, and take place using a smartphone, making them perfect to fill a summer day with something fun that includes the bright city of Moose Jaw. More information about booking tour from Moose Jaw Mysteries can be found online at moosejawmysteries.com. Tours are available each year from May 15 to October 15.
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Western Development Museum launches virtual escape room
Event staged out of North Battleford location, Moose Jaw planning similar project for near future
The North Battleford Western Development Museum will be hosting a virtual escape room involving the buildings on it’s frontier townsite. WDM photo
The various Western Development Museum locations in the province have faced a bit of a dilemma throughout the ongoing pandemic. They are located in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, North Battleford and Yorkton. How do you remain in the public eye and offer a look at history when few, if any, visitors are allowed through your doors? The answer? Simple. You bring the museum to them, and in a unique format at that. The North Battleford branch of the WDM is currently running a virtual escape room featuring their on-site Heritage Farm and
Village, offering a look at their different exhibits while bringing a bit of a challenge to the process. Entitled ‘The Last Key’, participants will virtually enter the various buildings found in the village and farm, looking to solve puzzles and find six keys that will allow them to ‘escape’ the facility. This is the very first WDM Virtual escape room for everyone to be able to explore the Heritage Farm and Village, especially those who don’t live in North Battleford. The escape room is loads of fun and you will be able to visit some of the exhibits in the Heritage Farm and Village, virtually of course.
Moose Jaw’s WDM counterpart, Karla Rasmussen, is all for the project given how it expands the WDM’s various local offerings province-wide. Sentiments are that it’s a nice way to give folks that maybe haven’t been to a different location a snapshot of what each has to offer, because all the WDMs in the province are all so very different. Each one has their own theme, but each one of those is different as well. There’s some overlap in some areas, but each have their own really unique exhibits that everyone should have a chance to see. The escape room is a pilot project, with the other three WDM location aiming to follow suit in their own way. A mystery theme of sorts is being considered but whatever direction it will take, it will surely be a fun way view to the museum gallery through the eyes of a story. The North Battleford escape room runs until Aug. 31. The cost for WDM members and volunteers is $22.50, non-members $25. You can learn more about ‘The Last Key’ and embark on your quest by visiting www.wdm. ca/escaperoom.
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Sukanen Village Museum features famous ship and early pioneer life
It’s not every day you see an ocean-going ship beached in the middle of the Prairies, but that’s what you’ll find when you visit the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum.
The village have been in operation on a 40-acre site since 1969, with the goal of promoting the area’s early pioneer history and showcasing the buildings and equipment pioneers used from the 1890s to 1930s.
As the story goes, Sukanen was unable to move his ship up the Saskatchewan River, float it sideways through shallow areas, then sail up the Churchill River to Hudson Bay and onward to Finland. Neighbours in the Finnish communities of Lucky Lake Macrorie reported him to police and Mounties had him institutionalized, where he later died.
tractor collections, and replica International Harvester Company dealership and machinery collection. The village streets feature a church, one-room schoolhouse, general store, hardware store, blacksmith shop, municipal office, service station, newspaper/ print shop, CN railway station, pharmacy and carriage house. A farm barn and seven vintage houses form a collection that includes an 1890s ranch house, two pioneer shacks and one-and-ahalf storey farmhouse.
Since the museum’s founding more than 50 years ago, it has grown to include 40 buildings and more than 200 cars, trucks and tractors. Some highlights include a 1913 grain elevator, former prime minister John Diefenbaker’s homestead, a fire hall,
Volunteers moved the Sukanen Ship there in 1974 to recognize the work of Finnish pioneer Tom Sukanen, who built the vessel by hand with tools he made. His body was re-buried next to his vessel and the museum was renamed in honour of him.
Sukanen Village is located south of Moose Jaw on Highway 2 and is normally open seven days a week from May 8 to Sept. 9. Hours are usually 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. With an ongoing pandemic, call 306-630-5727 or 306-693-7315 or visit sukanenshipmuseum.ca for more information.
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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. During a regular year, visitors have the option of taking a self-guided tour or taking a tour that centre staff lead but during this time undergoing the pandemic, it is recommended to call in advance for information. 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. 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 306-692-8710 or 306-692-2762, or visit www. skburrowingowl.ca.
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Designing trailers for customers a satisfying experience for Top Gun Trailers
One question Dan Tremblay usually asks customers when they approach Top Gun Trailers is how they plan to use their trailer since that answer can help him design a top-notch machine.
Co-owner Dan Tremblay shows off the inside of an enclosed Agassiz trailer. Photo by Jason G. Antonio
When selling a trailer, the work is really satisfying, says Tremblay, because it’s not just a run-of-the mill thing; it’s designed to the specific needs of the individual. Dan has owned Top Gun Trailers with his wife, Judy, for the past 10 years. The two main products they sell are flat-deck Precision trailers and enclosed Agassiz trailers, both of which can be specially designed to carry loads or vehicles of various sizes. The business designs trailers and a shop in Manitoba builds them. The company also sells equipment and attachments for hobby, farm, and light and heavy industrial machines. This includes Baumalight light industrial equipment and generators, Maratatch attachments, GB equipment and brush cutters, Wallenstein log splitters and chippers, Wifo farm equipment and NM excavator/payloader attachments and Buckets. Top Gun Trailers sells great
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products, Tremblay said, and he wouldn’t have it any other way since he’s a “fussy guy” who wants things just right. He went into business years ago after receiving poor customer service from a company during his trailer project. Designing a nice trailer for customers is satisfying for Tremblay since buyers are usually “150-percent happy” with what he creates. Therefore, he considers this more a hobby than a job. He admits that a lot of friends have been made along the way because his company gives them the best product Top Gun is capable of making and the clients are more than satisfied; the trailers are not only functional but many are beautiful too.
Several trailers sit in a field adjacent to Ninth Avenue Southwest. Top Gun Trailers is located near 15 Wing Air Base. Photo by Jason G. Antonio
Tremblay has been building things since he was a child — he constructed his first tricycle — and has acquired plenty of mechanical experience since then. Hauling equipment is practically a way of life for Tremblay, who towed many items in extreme conditions during his career. For example, he performed plenty of survey work in Nunavut, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, over ground that was frozen or muskeg and that made hauling an adventure. So over the years, learning from people and experience have fashioned Tremblay into the consummate professional that he is, but he admits there’s always more to learn. The main question customers usually ask is how much a trailer
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will cost. That can be tricky to answer, Tremblay said, since each part of the hauler is different, whether it’s axles, wiring, floors, ramps, electronic tilts, or suspensions. “There’s so many combinations … I didn’t know it all when I started, but I researched all my stuff pretty deep,” he continued. People from age 16 to 95 have purchased Top Gun trailers, from farmers to young people with quads and snowmobiles to hotshots in the oil patch to people with restored or hobby cars. Others even use the trailers as concessions or kitchens. Top Gun has also sold trailers to Hutterite communities, especially ones starting new colonies and need a trailer for a portable carpentry shop, said Tremblay. He can design such devices to be insulated and heated if customers require them. It can be difficult for Top Gun to stock trailers, especially when customers want custom-built ones. Tremblay pointed out that some people want a trailer built in a week, but it can take anywhere from five weeks to six months for a hauler to be built because of the pandemic and disruption in supply chains. Still, the wait can be satisfying. “They always say a good meal takes a long time to prepare … ,” Tremblay chuckled. “We could have a thousand trailers on the lot and we’d never have the right one.” Top Gun has some examples in the yard, which allow the Tremblays to show customers what to expect with their purchase. These allow customers to leave knowing more about their prospective items and the many differences with each one. Call 306-691-0199 for more information about Top Gun’s trailers and other implements.
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Tourist Guide Park Locations
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 (^) 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
Nature lovers and those looking for a bit of fresh air can take advantage of Moose Jaw’s many beautiful green spaces. Of course, these areas offer lots for kids to do, too. Moose Jaw’s most notable park is Crescent Park, located in the heart of the city’s downtown. The park’s serene beauty and walking paths are a great attraction. It is also home to the Moose Jaw Public Library and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. The park includes a splash park, playground, and the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool. Crescent Park is a perfect spot for a picnic. Don’t forget to feed the ducks! There are lots of neighbourhood parks scattered across the city. Many of these parks include playground equipment that will keep kids of all ages busy. Some of these parks also feature skating rinks in the winter. There are four spray parks in Moose Jaw, which you can find at Crescent Park, Elgin Park just off Eighth Avenue NW, East End Park on Ninth and Ominica St. East, and the 1996 Summer Games Park on 16th Avenue SW. 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. There are other types of “parks” that offer fun activities. This includes the Bike Skills Park, located on the 1200 block of High St. West, next to YaraCentre, and the skateboard park on McDonald Street just off Ninth Avenue NW. All users must wear a helmet at the Bike Skills Park, which is not supervised. The park is closed at dusk each day. The lights at the skateboard park are on from 7 to 10:30 p.m. each day. The skateboard park is also unsupervised; children under 10 should be accompanied by a parent. Looking to get your pooch a bit of exercise? Please note that some parks, like Crescent Park and Elgin Park, do not allow dogs. You can, however, take your furry friends to the city’s dog park (located along the 1500 block of High St. West, just off Thatcher Drive). There is a separate area for large and small dogs. The park is open year round. Running water is available from approximately late May to early September, depending on the weather. However you want to enjoy the great outdoors, there are lots of parks and playgrounds to keep you busy! NOTE: Parks that have a paddling pool or spray park are marked with an asterisk (*). Parks without a playground are marked with a carat (^). 64 2021 ExploreMooseJaw.com
Dog park, bike park and skateboard park
Whether you have fur babies or human babies, Moose Jaw has several parks in which your children can burn off energy by running around or by riding around on their bikes and skateboards. Dog park There is an off-leash dog park located on the corner of 16th Avenue Southwest and Manitoba Street — on the west end of Hamilton Flats — that caters to both small dogs and big dogs. Dogs less than 18 inches in height should use the small dog park while dogs taller than 18 inches are expected to use the big dog park. There is a dog house entrance that pets can go through to determine in which field they should play. There are also dog stations, garbage cans and tunnels for dogs to run through and play in. Accessible pathways have been made available for people with
disabilities. The City of Moose Jaw reminds dog owners, however, that all pets must be licensed. This means you must obtain an animal licence from city hall before your dog can use the park. Bike park
Moose Jaw is host to a great mountain bike skills park that is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan. Close to one acre in size, this site is located near a major city thoroughfare — 1220 High Street West — and is adjacent to the Yara Centre, a sports fieldhouse and soccer centre.
The area is a very visible central node and recreation location for the community, with opportunities to connect with local municipal trails for walking and hiking. This bike park caters to riders of all skill levels and abilities while also providing natural obstacles and engineered features. Skateboard park Moose Jaw’s multipurpose skate park is located near the corner of Ninth Avenue Northwest and MacDonald Street West. The lights are on from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. The current design of the park consists of an asphalt surface of 30 metres by 34 metres with five concrete structures. These include a banked wall, spine, transitioned wall, fun box with handrails and a pyramid in the centre. This accommodates skateboards, inline blades and BMX enthusiasts.
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Wakamow Valley is a year-round destination
No matter the time of year, Wakamow Valley is a great place to enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer. There is roughly 500 acres for you to experience. Wakamow is an urban park that is home to 20 km of wellmaintained trails. It is even part of the Trans Canada Trail system. These trails can be enjoyed throughout the year. Don’t forget to bring some seed or pine nuts, as you may have the opportunity to hand feed bids like chickadees and nuthatches. In fact, bird watching is a popular activity in the valley and you will find a variety of species in the area throughout the year. If you want to get started, you can borrow a bird watching kit with everything you need from the Wakamow office. In the winter months you can cross country ski throughout the river valley and there are designated trails to help you find your way. You can also grab a pair of skates and spend the day at the popular outdoor skating oval located in Kiwanis River Park. You can even borrow snowshoes from the Wakamow office to help you explore the park. Are the kids looking for something to do? Wakamow has four separate playground areas. This includes accessible playgrounds in the Rotary and KinsmenWellesley Park areas, as well as one in Kiwanis River Park and a
challenge course in Connor Park. Pack a lunch! There are also several picnic spots with briquette barbecues located in Lions River Park and there are four pavilions available to rent. During the summer you can even rent canoes and kayaks and paddle the river. If you want to get active, don’t forget about the popular disc golf course. You can rent everything you need from the Wakamow Valley office. There are 18 holes to keep you busy and the course is open year round. Want to unplug and relax? Wakamow’s River Park Campground is a popular destination. There are 60 sites available. The campground is open from May to September/October. Amenities include picnic tables, flush toilets, a concession, free on-site showers, and more. The Wakamow Valley Authority office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be contacted at 1 (306) 6922717 for more information. Visit www.wakamow.ca for more information. Summer 2021 Activities A few new events have been added to this calendar year for residents to enjoy safely during the pandemic. The newest event in the valley will be a farmer’s market, which will take place every Saturday morning beginning on May 29
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and ending in October. The Farmer’s Market will set up in the Kiwanis Park pavilion from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with local vendors in attendance for visitors to peruse. Washrooms and picnic tables in the pavilion will be available, to encourage visitors to stop by for a visit. A few night markets will be added as well, running on Saturdays. Food trucks have also been invited to join the festivities. In addition to the new markets, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the valley this summer. The many walking trails are open and groomed, and canoe and kayak rentals are available in the Kiwanis pavilion again this year. The Wakamow Valley disc golf course will once again be open for use, with 18 holes located around the park for visitors to enjoy. The valley will even be hosting summer disc golf camps for youth this year, after success at the end of last summer with a similar program. The camps will likely take place in July and August, with details yet to be confirmed and further details about sign-ups will be shared on Facebook, alongside any other updates about the valley. The Mosaic Food Farm has a green light once again as well, with staff working on a staggered planting later this spring. The instruction is for people to stay respectful of other visitors when in the valley, as well as the valley itself — and if you see any vandalism or concerning incidents happening, to help out by reporting to the proper authorities like the police or fire department. To stay updated with what’s going on in Wakamow Valley, check out its Facebook page.
In a regular year, Moose Jaw offers numerous events
In a typical year, there are lots of events that entertain and keep Moose Javians busy and draw visitors to the Friendly City. Below is a listing of some of these events. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Unfortunately because of the COVID pandemic, most annual events have been either cancelled or rescheduled to 2022. Certain others have worked through the logistics of restrictions to offer the event via zoom or some other format. January • Citizen and Group of the Year Awards February • Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Banquet • Warriors & Legends Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Hall of Fame game • Winter GAX, presented by the Moose Jaw Gamers Association March • The Sukanen Museum’s Antiques and Collectibles Show • Tintamarre • Thunder Creek Model Railroad Show • PRISM Awards, presented by the Business Women of Moose Jaw April • Moose Jaw Business Excellence (MJBEX) Awards • Moose Jaw Music Festival • Dance Carnival May • Moose Jaw Band & Choral Festival • Moose Jaw Festival of Dance June • Concerts in the Park series begins • Moose Jaw Hometown Fair and Parade • Sukanen Museum’s Spring Fling • Bent Wrench Show and Shine July • Canada Day festivities, including fireworks • Moose Jawg • ParkArt
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Sidewalk Days Saskatchewan Festival of Words Brickspo Moose Jaw Warriors Alumni Golf Tournament • Summer GAX event, hosted by the Moose Jaw Gamers Association • Moose Jaw Show and Shine • MOTIF, presented by the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council August • Soapbox Derby September • Journey to Hope • Sukanen Museum Threshing Bee October • Haunted Museum at the Sukanen • Whistlestop Christmas Craft Sale • Moostletoe Artists Studio Tour • Christmas in October November • Festival of Trees • Moose Jaw & District Sports Hall of Fame banquet • Kids’ Secret Shopping Day and Shortwave to Santa at the Western Development Museum • Moose Jaw Community Players’ annual winter production December • Santa Claus Parade • Rotary Carol Festival Other events you will find throughout the year include charity runs, farmer’s markets, golf tournaments, trade and craft shows, various fundraisers, and concerts and other special events at Mosaic Place or the Cultural Centre. There are also lots of programs offered through the Moose Jaw Public Library, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, the Western Development Museum, and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words.
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Local car shows, shines and cruises to keep an eye on in Moose Jaw
There’s no shortage of enthusiasm for shiny chrome and impressive restorations in Moose Jaw, and the car enthusiast community in southern Saskatchewan never misses an opportunity to get together and admire.
planned for June 19 at 7 p.m., in place of the usual show.
based club available on its Facebook page. The Moose Jaw Legion Show & Shine typically happens in June, but organizers have not yet announced whether the event will be happening this year.
Lots of car clubs took to doing organized cruises last summer, due to shows being unable to happen
The Southern Cruisers Show & Shine in Assiniboia.
A large number of car clubs have had to suspend their usual activities due to the pandemic, but there are a few annual events that take place that will be worth watching out for, both this year and in years to come.
Sukanen Ship Museum is tentatively planning its annual Spring Fling Car & Truck Show on June 6, pending cooperation from public health regulations. Updates on the show’s status will be shared on the museum’s website at sukanenshipmuseum.ca.
The Moose Jaw Show & Shine in Happy Valley is a huge event. The annual Run to Besant car show sees lots of different types of cars.
The Bent Wrench Run from Those Guys Car Club is taking a low-key approach in 2021, with a no-contact cruise in Moose Jaw
A handful of other annual shows in the area have been cancelled for 2021, but are worth keeping tabs on for future summers. The Majestics Car Club has cancelled its annual spring show, which usually takes place in April, with updates from the Regina-
The Moose Jaw Show & Shine is another big show that takes place in Happy Valley in Moose Jaw, attracting more than 200 vehicles each July. It’s a fan-favourite event in the city, and organizers post updates in a Facebook group named after the show. No decision has yet been made about the 2021 event. The Run to Besant show, hosted at the Besant Campground just outside Moose Jaw on Highway 1, also typically occurs in July. Organizers are not currently planning a show for 2021, due to public health restrictions. To finish out the season, the Assiniboia Southern Cruisers usually hold a car show in September. The event is cancelled this year, but it’s very likely to return in the future.
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Easy Care Living Centre: an independently owned business in Moose Jaw
“We service everything we sell & deal directly with manufacturers for the best pricing!” We at Easy Care Living Centre have been serving Saskatchewan since 1989. As a supplier for personal care products and mobility aids, we are dedicated to dealing with vendors who can offer you the quality and reasonable pricing you deserve. We’ve always been a locally owned and run company with strong ties to Moose Jaw. We are also excited to currently supply products available at Northern Lights Adaptations in Melfort, Pioneer Co-op in Swift Current, Jolly’s Medical & Athletic Supplies in Regina, Hillcrest Co-op Pharmacy in Moose Jaw, to better serve the customers of those regions. To us, knowledge is key! We will spend time educating you about your options and once you decide on an item, we will make sure you understand how to safely use it. We also spend the time required at the numerous facilities we deal with across the province, making sure their staff understand how to use the equipment we provide them properly. We also put on our own yearly show so we can let our customers know what’s new and exciting and provide some education. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that we understand how products work and how to repair any issues that might occur. We can do repairs in-store or at your place, and we can usually get any problems solved in a day, without having to ship your much-needed equipment away. We deal with all the major companies, so we have access to a whole lot more than we display in our store. We always tell people that if we don’t have it, we can get it, and if for some reason we can’t, we will assist you in finding out where you can get it. We are always getting new products in-store. Our motto is: “Honesty and Integrity.” To us, this
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Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds are home to livestock shows, events and Burrowing Owl Centre
Located at 250 Thatcher Drive East, The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company is home to numerous functions and agricultural events throughout the year. At the north end of the spacious grounds, the Golden Mile Arena and outdoor show rings house horse shows, cattle and bull shows, dog agility training and shows, and many other events.
The grounds also host two convention/meeting centres. The Convention Centre offers banquet space and on-site caterers and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Meanwhile, the Golden Nugget Centre offers a more intimate setting with a seating capacity of up to 230 persons, complete with a bar and dance floor. The exhibition grounds also house the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC), home to the endangered burrowing owl species. Opened in 1997, the interpretive centre is dedicated to raising public awareness about the Canadian Prairies’ endangered species, particularly the burrowing owl and its habitat. Schools from across the city and province visit the centre annually to view the resident owls and take an educational tour. Every summer, the Moose Jaw Hometown Fair brings days of excitement to The Friendly City. This event is a playground of fun for children — and adults too! The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company entertains more than 90,000 visitors every year during its many events and activities. If you are interested in more information or rental prices, visit the website at moosejawex.ca or call 306-692-2723.
The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company offers one of the city’s largest convention centres Convention venues The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company offers several different options for your event, with buildings able to host up to 1,000 people. Please contact the exhibition company office for more information. Equine stables Permanent and temporary stabling available. The arena is relatively new and has free shows nearly every weekend. Burrowing Owl Centre The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre was created to help promote conservation of the burrowing owl and its native prairie habitat through education, eco-tourism and stewardship. The centre is a non-profit organization, which the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company operates, and relies solely on grants and donations to operate.
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Castle Building Centres: your hometown home store
Castle Building Centres is your one-stop shop for any type of building material you might need if you’re taking on a DIY project, whether it’s a deck or a farm building. Located at the corner of High Street West and Fifth Avenue Northwest, the business sells deck materials, gardening equipment, doors, windows, siding and roofing materials, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, home décor, sheds, Cloverdale paint, paint-matching technology, buildings, sheds, and lighting both classic and modern. What makes this hardware store stand out from others is it offers more than just products. When customers walk through the doors, they are greeted with a smile and an offer for assistance by knowledgeable employees.
Customers will also find items that are not available in big box stores. Owner Ray Toews treats everyone he encounters in the store just like family, whether customers or employees. With more than 50 years of experience in the lumber world, he is a hands-on owner who is always around in the store. He believes in his team, listens to his staff, values their input and acts on their suggestions, such as improving efficiencies and customer satisfaction. Castle Building Centres has an impressive kitchen display featuring cabinetry, countertops and storage, all in a variety of configurations. The business has the exclusive contract to provide KitchenCraft cabinets in Moose Jaw, too. Long-time employee Don Swet-
likoff can give expert advice for kitchen renovations and will even visit customers’ homes to take measurements. He invites everyone to come see what is available in store. While sales are important, for Ray, the customer always comes first. He and his staff will do everything they can to make sure that clients are satisfied through and through. They will provide special orders, delivery, and expert advice. They also give back to the community through donations, sponsorships and customer appreciation events. For more information, call 306693-0211 or visit the store at at 506 High Street West.
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Hotels past and present tied to city’s past
Moose Jaw has been a tourist destination for many years now, but even before attractions like the spa, Tunnels, and murals, the city was a popular destination for travellers. As a major rail hub on the prairies, Moose Jaw greeted many guests in its early days. Of course, these individuals needed a place to stay and that is why several of Moose Jaw’s most beloved heritage buildings were once hotels. The Moose Hotel is one such example. Located on the corner of Main and High, it was built in 1883 as a destination for weary travellers. In 1885 it was converted into military hospital for soldiers of the North-West Rebellion. It also served as a private dwelling and as grocery and general store. It was eventually moved to the corner of Fairford West and Third Avenue and abandoned.
Another early hotel was the Windsor Hotel, located at 23 River St. East. Constructed in 1893, it operated as a boarding house known as Aberdeen House. In September of 1895, the CPR Library Association rented two rooms at Aberdeen House for a library and reading room. Over time, the building changed hands was renamed the Windsor Hotel. It was once a popular spot with travelling entertainers, but by 1937 it was vacant and derelict. Two noteworthy hotels are still standing and are still located across the street from the CPR station. First, there is the Cornerstone, which was previously known as the Maple Leaf Hotel. Next, there is the Royal George Hotel, now known as the Park Hotel. At one point, the Royal George was one of Moose Jaw’s most luxurious hotels.
The Brunswick Hotel, which was torn down in 2009, was another notable hotel from the city’s past. In fact, the Brunswick played a large role in Moose Jaw’s past — documents incorporating Moose Jaw a city were signed at the Brunswick on Nov. 20 1903. The Grant Hall was once the city’s swankiest hotel. It was designed by architect Richard Bunyard, who designed several of Moose Jaw’s cherished buildings. It was built in 1927 and operated until it was closed in 1989. The building fell into disrepair. After a lengthy restoration from Verna Alford and her brothers, Alvin and Ervin Beug, it was re-opened to the public in late 2013. Hotels have always been a part of Moose Jaw’s story and there is no doubt that will continue for as long as travellers continue to visit “Canada’s Most Notorious City.”
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Apex Electric helping create a wireless future for homes and businesses
Owner James Benn stands in the showroom with a display board that helps customers visualize what a wireless home could look like. Photo by Jason G. Antonio
Apex Electric is helping to create a future where homes and businesses are outfitted with Smart technology that connects everything wirelessly and can be controlled with just a smartphone.
The Smart services the electrical company installs include lighting controls, audio and sound systems, security cameras, thermostats, doorbells, smoke alarms, TVs, blinds, and streaming and
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WiFi services. So, whether it’s Nest thermostats or booming Sonos speakers, customers can fill their homes with technology that requires next to no wires. The amount of Smart wireless technology that fills a home varies depending upon the person, explained Apex owner James Benn. Most homes have something wireless, from one to two light switches to everything being fully automated. Wireless light controls appear to be the future, but since everything is connected somehow, appliances, switches and devices will likely come together as part of the Internet of Everything. In Apex Electric’s front office at 1-75 Highland Road is a display board that shows customers how their Smart home can look. A floor layout shows the lights that
can be installed in rooms and the switches that can control them. There are also other devices connected to the display like smoke alarms and speakers. “It’s there for customers so that they can try it out and see if they like it (and) play with all the features,” said Benn. “Some are overwhelmed, and a lot of people … (can) grasp the whole concept and see how it works for them. So most people think it’s pretty cool.” Most customers don’t realize that Apex Electric sells Smart technology or that there are devices in stock in the showroom to review. This includes Mars Hydro lights and tents for customers who want to grow plants in a cost-efficient way. “Basically, we try to make everything in your house that you would buy that uses electricity available to you,” said Benn. “So that includes the grow tech and LED lights and everything else.
“We want people to have proper installation and proper advice when they’re installing this kind of stuff in their houses … . Rather than letting people do it themselves and start fires, we like to give advice and help people along.” Benn is originally from Calgary, Alta., and began his electrical career in Medicine Hat in 2004. In 2009 he moved to Moose Jaw to pursue his own company with a business partner — and because his then-girlfriend and now-wife was also from The Friendly City. This past year has been incredibly busy for the company and work has not slowed down, said Benn. He was unsure why that is but thinks many people have extra money in their pockets since they have not travelled during the pandemic. Apex Electric offers many services to the Moose Jaw area, including for residential, commercial and farm customers. Some of its
recent projects have included the Best Western Hotel and Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and ongoing work with both school divisions in Moose Jaw. Commercially, the company can perform lighting retrofits and upgrades, assist with new construction, install generators, add data cabling, install security cameras, help with repairs and maintenance, work with farmers and ranchers, and add solar or wind energy. On the residential side, Apex Electric can help with new home construction, provide service upgrades, install surge protection, perform home evaluations, install generators, and help with repairs and maintenance. “We have been around for 12 years now,” Benn said. “We like to supply good equipment for fair prices.” For more information, call 306691-2001 or email apexwiring@ gmail.com.
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Course Locations From wide-open, rolling prairie links to tree-lined, sand-trap filled layouts, there’s no shortage of interesting golf courses to bring a challenge in southern Saskatchewan. You can make it a day trip and check out one of the many small-town courses that offer a change from the ordinary, or make it all a weekend excursion and spent time at a regional park or resort. And the really adventurous can even make it two or three stops in a day, finding a wildly different round each time. Here’s a look at some of the golf courses you’ll find in our area and what to expect when you head out: 1.
Sage View Golf Course
Located: One and a half hours northwest via Highway 202 north to Highway 42, northwest to River-
hurst, 11 minutes west. Course type: Nine holes, grass greens, 2998 yards from blue tees, 2298 yards from red tees, par 36. Green fees: Nine holes $28, 18 holes $41, full memberships available. Amenities: Full proshop and clubhouse with 4,000 square foot banquet hall for rent. Driving range, cart rental, club rentals, pull carts available. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 353-2065. Website: www.sageviewgolfcourse.ca Craik and District Community Golf Course 4. Elmwood Golf Course Located: One Located: Swift hour northwest Current, one via Highway 202 hour 40 minnorth to Chamutes west on berlain, HighTrans Canada way 11 northHighway. west to Craik. Course Type: 18 Course Type: holes, grass greens, 6842 yards from black tees, Nine holes, grass greens, 2959 yards from blue 5139 yards from green tees, par 72 tees, 2519 yards from red tees, men’s par 35, Green fees: Nine holes $34, 18 holes $59, full women’s par 36. memberships available. Green fees: Nine holes $18.90, 18 holes $28.35. Amenities: Full proshop and clubhouse, drivGreen fee packs and memberships available. ing range, cart rentals, club rentals, winter seaAmenities: Full clubhouse. Golf carts. Play and son hitting facility. Stay where a receipt from a visit to Craik ReContact (info, tee times): (306) 778-4653. gional Park earns free cart rental. Website: elmwoodgc.com Contact (info, tee times): (306) 734-2364. 5. Assiniboia Regional Park Golf Course Website: craikgolf.com Located: One Harbor Golf Club and Resort hour south via Located: One Highway 2, five and a half hours minutes south northwest via of Assiniboia. Highway 202 Course Type: north to HighNine holes, way 42, northgrass greens, west on Highways 42, 367 and 19 to Elbow. 2768 yards from men’s tees, 2548 yards from Course Type: 18 holes, grass greens, 6297 ladies tees. Par 36. yards from blue tees, 5133 yards from yellow Green fees: Nine holes $23, 18 holes $36, full tees, par 71 memberships available. Green fees: Adult 18 holes $44 weekly, $52 Amenities: Full proshop, equipment and powweekends and holidays. Full memberships er cart rentals, licensed clubhouse with food available. service. Amenities: Full pro shop and clubhouse with Contact (info, tee times): (306) 267-3300. resort restaurant on site, RV park, golf lessons, Website: www.facebook.com/assiniboiagolf. cart rental, multiple leagues and tournaments. 6. Long Creek Golf and Country Club Contact (info, tee times): (306) 854-2300. Located: Avonlea, one hour southeast via Website: harborgolfclub.com Highway 39 to Highway 339 turnoff, south 78 2021 ExploreMooseJaw.com
and east on Highway 339 to Avonlea, five minutes east. Course Type: 18 holes, grass greens, 6419 yards from blue tees, 5877 from white tees, 5192 from red tees, par 72 Green fees: 18 holes weekdays $37.14, weekends and holidays $47.62, reduced fees through day, punch passes and memberships available. Amenities: Modern 11,000 foot clubhouse, full proshop, driving range, cart and club rentals, leagues and regular tournaments. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 868-4432. Website: www.long-creek.ca Thomson Lake Regional Park Golf Course Located: One and a half hours southwest via Highway 2 to Highway 43, west to Gravelbourg, south on Highway 58 to Thomson Lake Regional Park. Course type: Nine holes, grass greens, 5953 yards, par 71 Green fees: Nine holes $27, 18 holes $41, green fee season passes, punch cards available. Amenities: Clubhouse and proshop, cart rentals and storage, club rentals, driving range, part of Thomson Lake Regional Park. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 472-5686. Website: www.thomsonlake.com Willow Bunch Golf Course Located: One and a half hours to Willow Bunch south via Highway 2 and Highway 36, five minutes south west to Jean Louis Legare Regional Park. Course type: Nine holes, grass greens, 2927 yards from back tees, 2726 yards from middle tees, 2412 yards from forward tees, par 36. Green fees: Nine hole $26, 18 hole $38, green fee passes and memberships available. Amenities: Proshop and clubhouse, cart rentals, proximity to Jean Louis Legare Regional Park, regular tournaments and fun nights. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 473-2852. Website: www.willowbunch.ca/golf/home Royal Regina Golf Club Located: Regina. 45 minutes east via Trans-
Canada Highway, north on Highway 11 to Pinkie Road, east on 13th Avenue, north on Campbell St. to
11th Ave. Course type: 18 holes, grass greens, 6455 yards from gold tees, 6187 from black tees, 2947 from silver tees, 2667 from bronze tees, 2014 from ruby tees. Par 72 men, par 71 women, par 68 ruby. Green fees: Public player $110, guest of member 18 holes $80, guest of member nine holes $50, wide range of memberships available. Amenities: semi-private course, 18,000 square foot clubhouse and proshop, lessons, driving range with season passes, full membership service. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 757-3558. Website: www.royalregina.com 10. Joanne Goulet Golf Club Located: Regina. 50 minutes east via Trans-Canada Highway, north on Highway 11, east on Ninth Ave North, south on Fairway Road. Course type: 18 holes, grass greens, 4875 yards from white tees, 4,527 yards from green tees, 4078 from gold tees, par 64. Green fees: Nine hole during week $26.25, 18 hole during week $37.50, nine holes weekend $31, 18-hole weekend $44. Unrestricted season passes and punch cards also available. Amenities: Proshop, driving range, food and beverage services, club and cart rentals, instruction and lessons program. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 777-7600. Website: www.lakelandgolfmanagement.com/ our-golf-courses/joanne-goulet 11. Tor Hill Golf Course Located: Regina. One hour east via TransCanada Highway and Ring Road to McDonald Street, north on Tower Road. Course type: 18 holes, grass greens, 6499 yards from blue tees, 6132 from white tees, 5470 from yellow tees, par 71 men, par 70 women. Green fees: Nine hole $37.75, 18 hole $54,
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season passes with dual play for Murray Golf Course also available. Amenities: proshop, driving range, food and beverage services, power carts, club and cart rentals, lesson programs. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 777-7100. Website: www.lakelandgolfmanagement.com/ our-golf-courses/tor-hill 12. Murray Golf Course Located: Regina. One hour 15 minutes east via Trans-Canada Highway and Ring Road to McDonald Street, north on Tower Road to Inland Drive, east to course.
Course type: 18 hole, grass greens, 6802 yards from blue tees, 6527 yards from white tees, 5534 yards from forward tees, par 72 men, par 73 women. Green fees: Nine hole $37.75, 18 hole $54, season passes with dual play for Murray Golf Course also available. Amenities: driving range, food and beverage services, power cars, club and cart rentals, lesson programs. Contact (info, tee times): (306) 777-7739. Website: www.lakelandgolfmanagement.com/ our-golf-courses/murray
Harbor Golf Club & Resort
Opened in 1988 to the public, this 18 hole championship course is situated on the bluffs overlooking the scenic Lake Diefenbaker at Harbor Recreational Site in Elbow, Saskatchewan. Feast your eyes on the panoramic view of miles of sandy beaches, the lake, the sailboats and our spectacular golf course. Browse the well-stocked pro-shop, take time to enjoy the beauty of the harbor or relax around a natural fireplace with friends and family. Our clubhouse, with its outdoor patio, dining area and licensed lounge, provides enjoyment for golfers, sailors and sightseers alike. We also have a concession open during pro shop hours.
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Local courses in Moose Jaw offer options for area golfers
Hillcrest Sports Centre, Lynbrook Golf Club, Deer Ridge Golf Club bring different looks for those looking to hit the links
The times are strange, but all three local golf courses continue to soldier on through the ongoing pandemic while offering a chance for players to get some fresh air and exercise in as safe an environment as possible. Things opened a month later last year, tee times were staggered and preventative measures against COVID-19 were everywhere, but all three 18-hole layouts were busy throughout the summer and fall months last summer — a testament to how a little bit of normalcy and fun are important to folks even in these times. Each course has something slightly different to offer, too, from the Hillcrest’s rolling hills and elevation changes to the Lynbrook’s shorter and friendlier layout and Deer Ridge’s Par-3 executive set-up allowing a quick round.
The full-range pro-shop can take care of all your pre-game needs, and Ortley’s Lounge is always a popular stop for a drink or burger after the game. Check out lynbrookgolf.org or call (306) 692-2838 for more on the course and all they have to offer.
Hillcrest Golf Club The Hillcrest Golf Club features a par-71 layout located in the northeast of the city, covering 5,909 yards from the white tees, 4,386 yards from the red and 6,273 yards from the championship tees. Work was completed last summer on an expansion to the clubhouse, now including a larger bar area and full kitchen and bathroom facilities. More information, including fees, memberships and other information can be found at hillcrestgolf.ca or by calling (306) 693-1921.
Sun sets on the Lynbrook Golf Course.
Deer Ridge Golf Course The Deer Ridge Golf Course is perfectly set up for a quick game after work or when you’re pressed for time but still want to swing the clubs. A par-56 layout featuring 16 par three holes and two par fours, the course can be found on the city’s southeast side just off Manitoba Street. Like the other courses, Deer Ridge has a full-service clubhouse and proshop, as well as a popular driving range that is often full all hours of the day. You can go to deerridgemj.ca for a look at more, including their nine-hole and 18-hole green and punch-card fees, or call (306) 693-4653. The Hillcrest and Lynbrook both feature extensive membership packages for those looking to expand their golfing experience, while power and pull carts are available at all three courses.
A look down into the green on the seventh hole at the Hillcrest Golf Club.
Lynbrook Golf Club The Lynbrook Golf Club is in the city’s northwest and offers an easier challenge 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.
A look down to the green on the 13th hole at Deer Ridge Golf Course.
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Deer Ridge Golf Course offering expanded options for players this summer
Course and driving range memberships now available for local Par-3 18-hole layout
Where your round at the Deer Ridge Golf Course will begin.
The Deer Ridge Golf Course finds itself in a rather unique position as they prepare to welcome players for the upcoming season. Not only have they managed to
weather the storm that was the late start and unusual pandemic-affected season last summer, they’re actually expanding their offerings to give regular patrons
of their 18-hole par-three layout more options to play. In addition to their regular green fees, punch cards and range buckets, the course will now offer full nine-hole and 18-hole memberships as well as driving range memberships — meaning you can now golf Deer Ridge without having to worry about how many rounds you have left on your card before you run out. “That’s something we felt would be good to introduce because lots of people couldn’t get on other courses where they played regularly and there were people who played here regularly enough that having a membership made sense,” said Denise Corrin with Deer Ridge, adding that most
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courses in Saskatoon have gone to a similar system. “Your average person that only plays once or twice a week will still just buy their punch card, but the person who plays four or five times a week will buy a membership. You end up with your weekend golfers and your retired golf-every-day golfers so it works out well.”
If it means more friendly faces on the course on a regular basis, all the better — and especially with how things are shaping up for the new campaign. Deer Ridge — located just south off Manitoba Street on the way to the Trans-Canada Highway — has long been a popular stop for players looking to take advantage of their short layout for a quick nine or 18-hole round. And quick is what it’s all about: the course comes in at 3,034 yards for men and 2,737 yards for women, featuring 16 par threes ranging in length from just under 100 yards to 185 yards. The final two holes are the only par fours, coming in at just under 250 yards each. All told, the course plays at par 56 and 18 holes can be played through in around two hours. The driving range opened on Apr. 2 and was a popular stop until the spring snowstorm hit and shut things down for 10 days. Things have picked up since, with workers in action uncovering the final greens on April 23 and the course officially opening for the season during the week of April 26. Corrin expects things to be very busy, very quickly right from the first tee times. ‘I think people now are just happy to get out and golf because there are so many limitations to what we can do right now,” she said. “It’s very limited, in sports especially. At least they’re allowing golf, where baseball and everything else can’t start and for those sports, they didn’t even start until July last year. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen again in this coming year, either, so we’re just happy to be able to give everyone something to do.” Restrictions will still be in place, of course. Masks must be worn in the clubhouse, social distancing is in place, sanitizing is a regular occurrence, all the regular precautions that were in place last year are back again this time around. That includes staggered tee times, only now they’re
down to around eight minutes each. That’s all fine and well, though, if it means players can at least play. “Even when we started late last year, people were happy to be outdoors, happy to be able to see their friends and just be happy to do something with their families,” Corrin said. “It was one of the few things we were allowed, people were excited to be doing something, and we’re hoping they’ll feel the same this year after a long winter.”
The Deer Ridge offers some impressive golf views in the mid-summer months.
Now, the family-owned course is just looking forward to another good season, regardless of how things shake out on the pandemic front. “We’ve been a family owned and family-run business every since we’ve opened and we’ve dealt with whatever we’ve had to every year,” Corrin said. “We’ve dealt with floods, we’ve dealt with COVID, drought, we deal with whatever Mother Nature dishes out and that’s all you can do.”
The driving range at Deer Ridge Golf Course is invariably busy.
For more information on the Deer Ridge Golf Course, including prices for green fees, punch cards and everything else involving the course, you can visit their website at www.deerridgemj.ca. For the latest information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/deerridgemj.ca and to book a tee time or for anything else you’d like to know, give them a shout at (306) 693-4653.
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Sage View Golf Course lives up to the nickname “The Hidden Gem of the Prairies”
Impressive nine-hole layout on the shores of Lake Diefenbaker features challenging layout combined with spectacular views
The Sage View Golf Course clubhouse is a popular stop for players after rounds and for special events throughout the summer.
Sage View Golf Course owner Mike Penner’s official slogan ‘The Hidden Gem of the Prairies’ for this impressive nine-hole links layout on the shores of Lake Die-
fenbaker is a perfect moniker. . And for good reason. Get a look at the course and have a chance to play it and you’ll see exactly why the nickname fits.
“I love that saying, and it’s like I say to my wife (fellow owner Shauna), we should use that more often… ‘The Hidden Gem’,” Penner said during a recent interview. “It’s a pretty cool name.” Sage View is located in Palliser Regional Park just west of Riverhust, an hour and a half northwest of Moose Jaw on Highway 42. The course has become wellknown for its unique layout, but also for its impressive condition. The rolling fairways and greens traditionally resemble something you’d see at a year-round summer course in the southern U.S., something that’s a product of plenty of hard work from Penner and son Kyle throughout the
Sitting on the shores of Saskatchewan’s Lake Diefenbaker in central Saskatchewan, Sage View Golf Course offers both a challenge and fantastic scenery for golfers and sightseers alike. The fairways offer elevation changes and bunkers make a statement against the stereotypical “Saskatchewan” flat lands. The rolling greens are challenging while each hole layout offers sagebrush and lake side views, challenging golfers of all handicaps. Escape the prairie flats and come to enjoy the spectacular views and challenge of a course that is truly unique.
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spring and summer months. The Penners are heading into their sixth season as Sage View’s owners, with Michael having worked as a greenskeeper the past 10 years. That experience has given him a good feel for keeping things in immaculate shape.
work one year… just keep switching things around to keep people looking and wanting to come back,” Penner said. Like every golf course, Sage View got off to a late start last year due to the pandemic. That had a hidden bonus, though, as the extra time under irrigation with no players made things even better when it came to the ‘greenness’ quality of the fairways and greens.
Sage View Golf Course’s seventh hole is one of the truly spectacular golf holes in Saskatchewan.
The course itself plays at a decently challenging 2,998 yards from the blue tees, 2,841 from the white and 2,298 from the ladies tees. You’ll find fairways that are rarely flat and greens with undulations that’ll force skilled and focussed putts to score well. And the scenery is fantastic! How many golf courses in Saskatchewan have a hole where even non-golfers will stop for pictures? That would be Number 7 at Sage View, with its drop off a literal cliff looking far down to a backwards-L shaped green. The views are amazing, overlooking the course and across the lake to the west. The course also has a popular 4,000-plus square foot clubhouse and banquet room, featuring all the amenities of a larger course, and a popular stop for players post-round. Sage View doesn’t remain static, either. Mike and Kyle are constantly making subtle adjustments to keep things interesting for new and old patrons alike. “One year we put up a row of birdhouses, another a whole bunch of new trees, a whole bunch of stone-
Sage View Golf Course is exceptionally well maintained, earning the title ‘The Hidden Gem of the Prairies.’
This year, they plan to open almost right on time, with a May 15 projected date. Penner reports the course has wintered well and should be more than ready to go in three weeks time. “We’re excited for the season for sure, once the irrigation is turned on, we’re away,” he said. “It’ll be great to have tournaments back and we’re hoping things will pick up all around once we get into the summer months. We’re hoping it’ll be a really good year and everyone will want to check out what we have out here.” For more on the Sage View Golf Course, visit their website at www.sageviewgolfcourse.ca and for the latest updates on their happenings, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SageViewGolfCourse.
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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame planning for 2022 Induction of three classes in works after pandemic cancels 2020 and 2021 events
The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame will be going extremely big when they are finally able to hold another induction ceremony in 2022. The local organization — which honours athletes, builders and teams from Moose Jaw and area who have had a major impact on sports in the community or forged legendary careers of their own — announced in mid-March that their induction ceremony originally slated for October of this year will once again be postponed due to COVID-19. They also revealed their plans for the future, and they’re extensive. With a large group of nominees in the hands of the selection committee, plans are to announce induction classes for 2020 and 2021 in September of this year, followed by the regular nomination process and induction announcement in June 2022. Then, a huge ceremony involving up to 20 athletes and builders from the past three years will be held in October 2022. Currently, the Hall of Fame features 29 members across the three categories, covering 14 different sports. The Hall is physically located on the secondfloor concourse in Mosaic Place, featuring photos and information on each inductee.
The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame was to induct three classes in the fall of 2021 but cancelled.
The most recent class to be inducted was in 2019 and included powerlifter Wayne Cormier, teach and coach Roy Thiessen, referee and builder Bill Johnston, baseball player Larry Tollefson and the Terry McGeary senior men’s curling team. Traditionally, the call for nominations takes place in January followed by the class announcement in September and induction banquet in October. The banquet itself is traditionally one of the highlights of the fall sports calendar, drawing in not just the new Hall members themselves, but hundreds of friends, family and supporters for an evening of fun and reminiscing. For more information on the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame and the whole nomination process, visit www.mjdshf.com.
Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club
If you’re looking to refine your target-shooting skills or just want to blow off some shells in a safe environment, the Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is where you’ll want to go. The club – located across the Trans-Canada Highway at the end of Thatcher Drive – features stations for both variations of the shotgun sport and are now open for the warm-weather months. Participants can head out to
the club on Thursday evenings around 6:00 p.m.; the range is open until dark. Sunday afternoons the range opens at 1:00 p.m. The range is fairly busy with around 20 shooters per day currently and increasing as the summer progresses. Membership in the club is $35 and $5 for a round of 25 targets. Shooters can bring their own shells, pay $75 for a flat of 10 boxes at the club or $8 per box, which lasts a round of shooting. The two sports involve different tactics and shooting angles: in trap, targets move away from the shooter, with five shots per post and five posts per round. Three different ‘game’ types are available – single shot, double shot and handicap, which sees shooters at different yardages from the
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trap house. Skeet sees a high house and low house, with eight stations around. Shooters will shoot high, low and then a pair or just a high and a low, depending on which station they’re at. Competitors of all skills are welcome, with some members of the club even opting to try their hand at provincial and national level events. There is one caveat for the range – it’s shotgun-only, no rifles allowed, in order to keep things safe as possible for everyone in the area. Visit The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/MooseJawTrapAndSkeet/
Prairie Storm Paintball offering combat fun through summer months
There are few facilities in the province that can offer the kind of paintball experience you’ll find at Prairie Storm Paintball, located just outside of Moose Jaw on the Trans-Canada Highway. The sprawling facility is unmistakable as you make your way east — the battle tank sitting just off the highway marks the entrance to their fields — and the fun you’ll have if you take part in what they have to offer is just as unmissable. Prairie Storm offers a variety of map options to get your faux-combat on, with all featuring plenty of hidden nooks and crannies to set up ambushes as well as open spaces to take part in crazy open-field battles if you so wish.
rently taking bookings. All safety procedures are followed, including sanitization of equipment and gear, as well as social distancing as much as possible when indoors. For those looking to get in a game, Prairie Storm offers complete equipment rental packages, which include the paintball marker, mask, unlimited air refills and access to all amenities on site. Packages start at $20, with additional paintballs available for purchase should you run out of ammo.
The Prairie Storm Paintball D-Day map remains one of their most popular. Players in the field during the 2019 D-Day re-enactment at Prairie Storm Paintball.
You just have to look at the wildly popular D-Day reenactment that takes place each summer for a sample of how much fun can be had. The Joe’s Place fundraiser annually attracts hundreds of players from all over western Canada for a day of wargames competition covering many of the largest battles of the Second World War. With its outdoor setting, Prairie Storm Paintball has been able to work around the ongoing pandemic, having opened for the season in early April and cur-
Memberships are also available for those who plan to plan to play on a weekly or more basis. Prairie Storm also includes a popular mini golf layout that’s currently open, and are looking at expanding their game offerings this summer. That includes a battle royale last-man-standing format similar to Fortnite or Call of Duty Warzone planned for the beginning of May, and ideas are also in the works for the installation of a dune buggy track in the near future. For more information and to book a game, be sure to visit their expansive website at www.prairiestormpainball.com or give them a shout at (306) 807-7700.
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Moose Jaw Warriors
The Moose Jaw Warriors were one of the lucky ones when it came to playing games during the COVID-19 pandemic. The only question now is just how
much that same luck will extend into next fall. The Warriors were one of seven Western Hockey League teams who saw action in the East Division Hub, a plan that saw all the teams in the division joined by the Swift Current Broncos for a 24-game mini-season in Regina. Games took place at the Brandt Centre, players and staff were housed in the University of Regina dormitories. Things went off without a hitch — the East Division was the only one to get through their full slate of games, with each of the other three divisions having teams hit
by the pandemic and games cancelled. Now the question is what happens next. The Warriors will theoretically return to the ice for training camp at the end of August and break camp two weeks later before taking the ice for a series of exhibition games through September. Their 68-game regular-season home opener would be slated for late September, with the regular season ending in April. All contingent on how things turn out with the pandemic in the coming months.
Moose Jaw Miller Express
Of all the major sports organizations in Moose Jaw, few have been hit harder by the pandemic than the Moose Jaw Miller Express. The Western Canadian Baseball League squad saw their 2020 campaign cancelled on May 28 after months of speculation with regards to COVID-19 and how
the pandemic was affecting Alberta and Saskatchewan. Hope remained eternal, though, and the team went full steam on recruiting in the off-season, signing players from all over the United States and even bringing in a handful with NCAA Division I experience and potential. Then came the announcement on May 26. The WCBL decided to go with only Canadian players for the 2021 season due to difficulties with U.S. talent crossing the international border, and given the lack of time for recruiting and preparation for such a scenario,
the Miller Express decided to opt out of the campaign. They weren’t alone — the other three Saskatchewan teams took the same route, with the WCBL eventually finding themselves with four Alberta teams playing a modified season. Now, the Millers turn their eye to 2022. Fortunately, that just means more time to get Ross Wells Park renovations even further along, with the goal of offering a vastly improved fan experience at the ballpark next summer.
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Explore the road trip gems in little towns northwest of Moose Jaw
Summer is approaching which means the itch to get out on the road is here, and the good news is there’s plenty of interesting road trip stops to the west and northwest of Moose Jaw that can be reached in no time at all. On any regular year you can be assured that business is as usual but as we continue to go through the pandemic this year 2021, the road trip will be a great adventure in itself but due to social restrictions, there may be some venues and events that won’t be open or are cancelled. You may want to call in advance to see if a stop will be available for a tour or visit. For the full experience, here’s a weekend route that loops all the way through six small prairie towns that may surprise you with their interesting amenities, events, artists and tourism spots. First, head west from Moose Jaw on Highway 1 to the first stop on the tour: Mortlach. This little village, located about 30 minutes from the city, has a bustling downtown food and shopping atmosphere worth a visit. The Mortlach Museum offers the opportunity to take a photo inside the town’s original jail cell and provides a great history of the area — where the first archaeological dig in Saskatchewan in 1954 took place.
Continuing west for another 30 minutes, head over to the village of Chaplin for more touristy attractions. With a municipal campground, public outdoor pool and designated dog park, Chaplin makes for a great rest stop along Highway 1.
The Chaplin Nature Centre offers birdwatching opportunities and tours through the Chaplin Lake nature area.
It’s also known for its prime birdwatching opportunities, as the village is home to the Chaplin Shorebird Reserve and Chaplin Nature Centre. Chaplin Lake is a very important part of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network and sees over 100,000 shorebirds migrate through the area per year, with May and August the prime times for birdwatching. Turning northwards at Chaplin on Highway 19, continue on for 30 minutes down the road to Central Butte — the amenities hub in the area.
The Saskatoon Berry Festival in Mortlach is a wildly popular event.
The village is also famous for its annual Saskatoon Berry Festival, typically held in June, which draws enormous crowds to enjoy music, activities and delicious pies. Juno-Award-winning singer-songwriter Megan Nash also hails from the Mortlach area and often performs at the festival and other nearby events.
Chaplin also has an outdoor swimming pool.
The Lett’s Splash Play Park is a popular spot in Central Butte during the summer.
With two restaurants, a grocery store, pharmacy, several banks and the Palliser Plains Co-op gas station, convenience store and lumber yard, Central Butte is the place to stop for a bite to eat or to refuel. On really hot days, you can also cool off with a visit to the Lett’s Play Splash Park, or take a break from the car by playing a few holes on the town’s 9-hole disc golf course, which offers a nice walk throughout the community. Artist Bill Philpott, known for his acrylic paintings of prairie landscapes and ranch life, also calls Central Butte home, with a gallery of his work available to tour by appointment located in his home. From Central Butte at the junction of Highway 19
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Artist Bill Philpott and his home gallery are located in Central Butte.
and Highway 42, travellers can head west towards Riverhurst and Lake Diefenbaker, or turn east and head for the village of Eyebrow, just 20 minutes down the road.
Artist Joan Foulston is best known for her intricate acrylic paintings done on slate rock and other natural objects.
tivities in the area, including things like local garden tours and archery lessons, and the town has Continuing down Highway 42 from Eyebrow, things wrap in Brownlee with one final stop to celebrate the successful road trip: Smooth 43 Distillery.
Tugaske Library is the library with the little yellow door on Main Street.
Eyebrow’s Hometown Fair features all the traditional fair activities, including a horse show.
Eyebrow is best known for its annual Hometown Fair in July, the only one of its kind still running in the area. Festivities always include a horse show, children’s rodeo events, slow-pitch tournament and pie contest. The fair also holds a household arts display contest and silent auction, and wraps the day up with an evening dance and fireworks show. Maunders Greenhouse is also located just outside of Smooth 42 Distillery in Brownlee is one of SaskatchEyebrow, with a locally grown selection of flowers ewan’s many local distilleries. and plants best visited in the spring. The locally-owned business is located inside the tiny As a little detour, it’s also worth considering heading village’s old skating rink and is known across Canaten minutes north from Eyebrow on Highway 367 to da for its unique Crea8 Vodka, featuring on the hit stop in the tiny village of Tugaske. show Dragon’s Den in the 2020 season. The distillery Artist Joan Foulston, an acrylic painter best known offers tours and tastings regularly throughout the for her nature-inspired work on stones, lives just week, as well as an offsale stocked with its products. outside the village. Foulston occasionally offers priIt’s also a great place to do cheers to a great roadtrip, vate tours of her studio and yard space by request. and the next step is to continue down to Highway Tugaske is also home to well-known luthier David 2 before looping back home to the Friendly City — Freeman, who custom-builds beautiful string inafter travelling 240 kilometres for some small-town struments like guitar. adventures. Tugaske Regional Library also organizes lots of ac90 2021 ExploreMooseJaw.com
Village of Caronport larger than many towns in Saskatchewan
The Village of Caronport is a community of 1,000 people, but according to a recent census, by population, it’s the largest official village in Saskatchewan and even larger than many towns. Caronport is also known for two things: being the site of a former Second World War airbase and having a college and seminary that swells the community’s population for eight to 10 months of the year. The village owes its existence to the Second World War and the establishment of a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan airport in the nearby hamlet of Caron — hence the name of Caronport. The No. 33 Royal Air Force airbase ran from Dec. 17, 1941 to Jan. 14, 1944 and operated on 81 hectares (200 acres) of land that the federal government took from broke farmers in the 1930s. The airbase turned out 1,837 graduates during its existence, with those airmen part of a larger cohort of 131,553 aircrews whom the training plan produced in Canada during the war. While few of the airbase’s buildings remain, the ones that still stand have been included in a self-guided walking tour put together by local author Joel From. From created a booklet of the former airbase. On the front is a
picture of a Tiger Moth trainer, while attached are five pages containing 17 locations to tour. Also attached are maps of the base, runway system, and an additional tour of the Caron cemetery, where 10 RAF airmen are buried. The tour takes 45 to 60 minutes to complete, and since there 17 stops, visitors should consider driving from location to location. Walking is always an option as well. The tour package costs $9.99 plus tax, although if you stay at The Pilgrim Inn, you will receive the tour booklet and map for free. Call 1-877-355-5002 to book a room or purchase a package. Another attraction in the community is the educational campus that houses Briercrest College
and Seminary, Briercrest Christian Academy and Caronport Elementary School. There is a bookstore on campus, while it is possible to tour the buildings. Other interesting amenities include a spray park on Third Avenue, which is open from June to August from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Appleby Park, which has a big open grass area, picnic tables, a covered eating area with tables, and a wooden train play structure; an athletic field on the Briercrest campus; the Barkman Arena; and an outdoor rink. If you’re interested in staying at a bed and breakfast, contact Dan and Loree Buck at 306-756-2515. Costs are $30 per night for singles, $40 per night for couples and $50 per night for families.
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Elbow Sask. offers all the amenities of a summertime lake resort
Elbow is one of many bustling communities on the shores of Lake Diefenbaker.
The village of Elbow is just one of the many communities in southern Saskatchewan offering tons of great amenities and services to those looking for some close-tohome vacation fun this summer. Elbow is located about 120 kilometres northwest of Moose Jaw on Highway 19, situated beside a stretch of protected wildlife land and right along the shores of Lake Diefenbaker.
The sod shack in Elbow is a unique part of the Elbow Museum & Historical Society, as it’s a rebuilt house from the early 1900s. (file photo)
The village offers lots of amenities, including the Elbow Hotel which houses a restaurant, bar, and accommodations. Visitors can also book a stay at Lakeview Lodge Motel, or take advantage of one of the many camping opportunities in the area. Douglas Provincial Park and Danielson Provincial Park are both popular camping spots with lake access and other amenities, as well as Elbow Sunset Suites & RV Park and Tuft’s Bay Campground inside the village itself. Coyote Springs Campground, located just four kilometres outside of Elbow, also provides full-service sites for campers as well as cabin rentals, and the chance to
rub noses with the campground’s donkey. For those looking to peruse Elbow’s downtown, there’s plenty to see and shop for. When looking for family fun in the area, Harbor Lights Mini Golf is a popular favourite as is candy heaven Jelly Bean Shoppe. Elbow’s Urban Orchard is also worth visiting, with five acres of groomed trees with a walking path and an original Joe Fafard sculpture. The village is also big on pickleball, with summer and winter leagues running all the time. From May to October, pickleball is available every day of the week except Wednesdays and Fridays at the Civic Centre. Harbour Golf Club & Resort features an 18-hole course to enjoy as well as a restaurant in it’s clubhouse, while the next-door Lakeside Marina is the place to enjoy Lake Diefenbaker. As a full-service marina, Lakeside offers a boat launch, bait shop and boat rentals of all types — including pontoons and sailboats, which Elbow is known for.
Harbour Golf Club & Resort is a popular destination for golfers and those looking for a relaxing afternoon. (Tourism Sask.)
The village also has public beach access, for those looking to enjoy an afternoon splashing in Lake Diefenbaker and the marina is the meeting point for several private fishing and boating tour companies in the area. Elbow Museum & Historical Society is a must-see, as it offers tours of a replica authentic sod
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house that was rebuilt in 2000 and furnished with period pieces for a unique glimpse into prairie life in the early 1900s. Visitors can also see the Mistaseni Cairn, located beside the golf course and marina. The cairn is a monument to a 400-ton glacier boulder that was destroyed during the construction of Gardiner Dam, and it contains pieces of the original rock.
The Douglas Park Sand Dunes are a unique feature just outside of Elbow, with maintained hiking trails and an interpretive centre to visit. (Tourism Sask.)
For hiking enthusiasts, the village is situated along the TransCanada Trail, including Elbow Trail and further hiking spots in Douglas and Danielson Provincial Parks. The Douglas Park Sand Dunes are another unique spot for those seeking an outdoor adventure. Several kilometres of hiking trails, which begin at the sand dunes interpretive centre, take visitors to the unusual geographical feature in the Saskatchewan prairie. There’s a few summer events in Elbow to put on the calendar. Local non-profit groups put on a spectacular fireworks show every year on Canada Day, usually paired with a street dance. The Lakeshore Stampede is an annual event that draws crowds to the village in July, offering all the typical rodeo events like bull riding, roping and more. Harbour Golf Club & Resort also hosts the Lett’s Charity Golf Tournament each year in June. For more information on the village of Elbow, visit villageofelbow.com or call the town office at 1 (306) 854-2277.
Visit Riverhurst: the village on the edge of Lake Diefenbaker
The village of Riverhurst, located about 125 kilometres northwest of Moose Jaw, is settled on the shores of Lake Diefenbaker and right next door to Palliser Regional Park, where both destinations have plenty to offer the summer traveller. Visitors can stop for gas and groceries at J N Millers Service, the one-stop service station just off Highway 42. The village also has a playground in Kitely Park for outdoor enjoyment, as well as a unique shopping opportunity at The Barn Owl Boutique, located on 2nd Ave E. The locally owned boutique is inside a turn-of-thecentury livery barn, now filled with clothing, decor and handmade items.
brary that offers full internet services open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as the F.T. Hill Museum, which is offering tours by appointment at this time. A farmer’s market takes place every Saturday in Kitely Park in July and August from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 3rd annual Bean Festival is taking place on July 24, and the village typically hosts a community slow-pitch tournament and cabaret over the July long weekend.
The annual Bean Festival also features a youth rodeo event from the Thunder Creek 4-H club. (supplied)
Kitely Park is right on the main drag of the village. (supplied)
For those seeking a place to stay in the area, there’s plenty of options. Riverside Inn on Main Street features hotel accommodations, as well as a restaurant and bar located just next door. Hutton House B&B provides a bed and breakfast experience through AirBnB, and the Riverhurst municipal campground offers fullservice campsites from May 1 until Sept. 30. The Mainstay Inn & Restaurant, located just inside of Palliser Park, also offers standard hotel rooms as well as rental cabins for guests, in addition to a firstclass dining room and restaurant known for its scenic view and tasty menu. Riverhurst also has a public li-
A short trip over to Palliser Park promises more fun, as the provincial park has lots more to offer. In addition to the camping opportunities, the park is home to a heated swimming pool that offers lessons and public swim times, and a seasonal concession complete with ice cream and meal options on the menu. There is also access to several public beaches on the shores of Lake Diefenbaker, for swimming or playing on the beach. The local Lions Club hosts pancake breakfasts at the park’s camp kitchen every Sunday morning during the summer months, which are currently on hold due to pandemic restrictions. The camp kitchen is also the site for other park events and children’s activities. For the outdoorsy types, the park also maintains the Eric Kurz Memorial Nature Trail, which of-
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fers an easy hiking experience in the valley, with a scenic lookout point at the peak. Sage View Golf Course is located inside the park, with an impressive 18-hole course, clubhouse and driving range for golfers to enjoy. Golfers can rent a cart or walk the scenic greens with great, overlooking views of the lake. Also inside the park is Rusty’s Coulee Marina, where anglers can visit the bait shop or utilize the boat launch to hit the lake for some fishing.
Rusty’s Coulee Marina is one of three located on Lake Diefenbaker.
The marina offers boat rentals, with a variety of options for people to get out and enjoy Lake Diefenbaker. It is also the launch spot for the annual Riverhurst Walleye Classic fishing tournament, set this year for June 19-20. Riverhurst is also home to the Riverhurst Ferry that travels back and forth across Lake Diefenbaker every half hour. The ferry operates seasonally from spring until fall, and in winter an ice road is open pending conditions. For more information about events and businesses in Riverhurst, visit riverhurst.ca or contact the town office at 1 (306) 353-2220. To book campsites or learn more about amenities in Palliser Regional Park, visit palliserregionalpark.com or call the office at 1 (306) 353-4604.
Prime fishing opportunities in south-central Sask. at Lake Diefenbaker and Buffalo Pound
Anglers hitting the water, whether in the summer or the winter, can expect to have a great time on either Lake Diefenbaker or Buffalo Pound Lake, the two closest fishing hot spots to the Friendly City.
Lakeside Marina is a full-service marina on Lake Diefenbaker. (Tourism Sask.)
This year’s fishing season in the central zone runs from May 5, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Check the Angler’s Guide online for updated catch limits and license details. Free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan is on July 10-11, 2021. Lake Diefenbaker is a man-made reservoir lake formed by Gardiner Dam and the Qu’Appelle River Dam, with about 800 kilometres of shoreline and a max depth of over 200 feet in places. The body of water is located northwest of Moose Jaw and boasts some of the best sport fishing in the southern part of the province, with options for boat and shore fishing alike. Diefenbaker is best known for its trophy-sized rainbow trout, impressive walleye fishing and monster-sized northern pike — with the current world record rainbow trout actually caught in this lake.
It’s also home to a number of other popular species, including yellow perch, goldeye, lake trout, suckers, brown trout, burbot, sauger and lake whitefish. Anglers with the required special permit can also try their hook at catching lake sturgeon in the depths of the lake. The largest fishing tournaments that take place each year are the Lake Diefenbaker Walleye Classic on the last weekend in May, the Riverhurst Walleye Classic on Father’s Day weekend in June and the Saskatchewan Landing International in July.
Lake Diefenbaker is well-known for its prime rainbow trout opportunities, and anglers have plenty of luck in both summer and winter.
With three marinas located at Riverhurst, Elbow and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and numerous smaller boat launches located all along the shore, access to Lake Diefenbaker is plenty. The large lake is also great for other activities like watersports, camping and beach trips for the whole family. Visit lakediefenbakertourism.ca for more information on fishing and other recreational activities. Located a little closer to Moose Jaw, Buffalo Pound Lake is another fishing option that offers anglers a chance to get their hooks wet just twenty minutes north of Moose Jaw. Buffalo Pound is home to plenty of perch, as well as walleye, sauger, burbot, lake whitefish and
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Buffalo Pound Lake has a fishing dock, located at Maple Vale Beach inside the provincial park.
northern pike. The lake also has a no-barrier trout pond, stocked annually with species like rainbow trout from the provincial fishery, which experts agree is a great place to practice fly fishing. Boat launch access is located inside of Buffalo Pound Provincial Park at Loney’s Point, and there are plenty of shore fishing locations all around the shoreline. Anglers are asked to remember there is a motor restriction for boats on the lake.
Buffalo Pound Lake has several species of fish in its waters, including yellow perch, pictured here.
Annual tournaments at Buffalo Pound include the Walleye Challenge in June and the Youth and Family Ice Fishing Tournament in the winter, both hosted by the Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation. With the fishing opportunities and the amenities of the provincial park, Buffalo Pound Lake is also a great spot for camping, canoeing or kayaking, and beach lounging in addition to fishing.
History, tourism and nature: Mossbank has a lot in a small package
The Town of Mossbank as seen from the air.
It doesn’t take very long to realize just how much the Town of Mossbank has going on for tourists and visitors to their community. And it isn’t just one or two things that make the place a must-see for anyone interested in the history of Saskatchewan or the nature that lives here -- you could easily spend a weekend in the community of 360 located 45 minutes south of Moose Jaw and find lots to see and do. You could start in the town itself and stop off at the Mossbank and District Museum. Just don’t expect your run-of-the-mill smalltown gathering of tchotchkes and old-timey photos. No, the museum is well-known throughout the province for what it has to offer, beginning with the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence. Designated a provincial heritage property, the shop was built in 1920 and remains the only
blacksmith on its original site in Saskatchewan with most of its original tools in working condition. It’s the home of the annual Blacksmith Days festival every Canada Day.
The Mossbank and District Museum includes the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence Provincial Heritage Property.
The museum also looks at the No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, which trained pilots for four years during the Second World War and includes a host of artifacts and displays from that era. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the season, though confirmation during the
pandemic can be made by calling (306) 354-2811. The town proper includes a host of amenities, including an outdoor pool, hockey rink, library and the venerable and popular Bent Nail Cafe. If you’re looking for a place to stay during your adventures, the Dream Away Bed and Breakfast (306-354-2312) has you covered, or you could settle into the Mossbank RV campground for a night or two. The latter might be attractive if you’re an outdoorsy type, which is another reason to visit the Mossbank area. The town is nicknamed the Gateway to Old Wives Lake, with Saskatchewan’s only salt-water lake located a few kilometres north of the community. There, you’ll find all sorts of nature activities in the unique environment. From birdwatching on the shore and wandering the interpretive trails, just taking in the vast amount of wildlife in the area can make for a fun excursion all on its own. For more on what Mossbank has to offer, be sure to visit their website at www.mossbank.ca, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Town-of-Mossbank, fire off an e-mail to email@example.com or given them a shout during business hours at (306) 354-2294.
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Assiniboia lives up to the “Heart of the Golden South” nickname
Assiniboia’s Main Street maintains that small-town feel while the community offers a whole lot more.
The Town of Assiniboia might not have the population of some larger centres in Saskatchewan, but what the Heart of the Golden South has to offer its residents and visitors is noteworthy.
The Shurniak Art Gallery.
Located an hour south of Moose Jaw on Highway 2, the community of 2,389 features first-rate recreational and cultural facilities along with outdoor activities aplenty while maintaining an overall relaxing, small-town feel. One of the first stops anyone visiting Assiniboia should make is at the Shurniak Art Gallery. Named after art collector William Shurniak — who grew up near the community in Limerick — the gallery houses his extensive, world-class art collection to go along with brilliant architecture to show off the pieces. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s not the end of the community’s artistic pursuits, either, as the Assiniboia and District Art Museum also houses an impres-
you have no shortage of camping options, with an on-site pool that even offers lessons as well as a new splash park. The Assiniboia Regional Golf Course is also right near by, offering a rolling nine-hole layout for anyone looking to get a quick round in. The winter months are also busy, with every activity imaginable taking place.
sive series of displays, including an extensive antique car collection. The Assiniboia Prince of Wales Cultural and Recreational Centre.
The Shurniak Art Gallery even includes a Joe Fafard sculpture on its grounds.
The Prince of Wales Cultural and Recreation Centre serves as one of the hubs of the community, featuring a 62,000 square foot facility that includes the Assiniboia and District Public Library, Southeast Regional College Campus, the Assiniboia Curling Club and even the single screen Olympia Movie Theatre. Affectionately nicknamed the POW, the facility also had plenty of meeting rooms and halls for public events. Check out http://www.powassiniboia.ca for the latest on what’s happening. If you’re more of an outdoorsy type, Assiniboia still has you covered. Beginning with Assiniboia Regional Park, located in the south of the community on Highway 2,
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The Assiniboia Southern Rebels Junior ‘B’ hockey team is one of the main attractions, with the perennial Prairie Junior Hockey League contenders playing out of a packed Civic Centre on most nights. But not for very much longer. Plans are in place for the construction of a brand new recreational complex in the coming years, featuring a brand new hockey rink, walking track and host of other amenities. As one might expect, there are also lots of the regular businesses and operations you’d find in any town of its size: grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and motels, plenty of playground and outdoor tracks, just about anything a visitor would need for a pleasant stay. For a look at all that Assiniboia has to offer — and we’ve only touched on the highlights here — be sure to check out their website at www.assiniboia.net or their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/AssiniboiaTown for the latest updates on things that are coming up!
As the “Home of the Giant”, Willow Bunch goes big with things to do in a small town
An aerial view of Willow Bunch.
When you have the nickname Home of the Giant, you better have an outsized reputation for offering interesting things to see and do in your community.
other than Édoard Beaupré, the legend who at 8-foot-3 is still the fifth-tallest person to ever live. Born in Willow Bunch in 1881, he travelled the world showing off his height and strength, bringing fame to his small hometown and Saskatchewan in general.
The Willow Bunch Museum has become a popular attraction since opening in 1985.
The statue of Edouard Beaupre -one of history’s tallest men — outside of the museum.
Fortunately for the Town of Willow Bunch, that’s exactly how it is. The Giant in this case is none
You can learn more about Beaupré in one of Willow Bunch’s main attractions, the stylish and impressively designed Willow Bunch Museum. Built in the former Sisters of the Cross Convent, the museum features two full floors of artifacts donated over the years, covering a host of history dating back to the town’s founding. The museum is open May 15 through Sept. 15, seven days a week from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. You can call Nichole at 306-6407785 for more information or offseason inquiries.
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That’s just one attraction Willow Bunch — a town of 286 located an hour and 15 minutes south of Moose Jaw on Highway 36 — has to offer. Jean Louis Légaré Regional Park is located two kilometres south of the community and features a full range of camping and fun outdoor activity options, including hikes through the coulees of the Big Muddy Valley. Be sure to bring the golf clubs, too, as the Willow Bunch Golf Course is a nifty little nine-hole layout that offers scenic views and plenty of challenge. If you’re looking to stay in town, the Jolly Giant Pub and Motel is a prime option (306-473-2345 or jollygiantpubandmotel.com) and you can get some delicious eats at the Break.ery restaurant (306473-3330). The community itself has all the amenities one would expect, including a library and wellness centre, curling and skating rink, plenty of parks and their wildly popular outdoor swimming pool — a venue so enjoyed by the community that over $500,000 was raised in order to upgrade it. Willow Bunch is also happy to promote nearby attractions, including the St. Victor Petroglyphs and Castle Butte, both located about a half hour drive away. This is also a historic year for the community — Willow Bunch was founded in 1870 and plans to celebrate their 150th anniversary during the July 30 weekend. For more information on Willow Bunch and all they have to offer, visit their website at www.willowbunch.ca, send an e-mail off to willowbunch.town@sasktel. net or give them a call at (306) 473-2450.
Gravelbourg is the cultural gem of Saskatchewan
The Town of Gravelbourg is the cultural gem of Saskatchewan, as it brings a touch of Europe to the Prairies through its remarkable bilingual heritage, regal architecture and rich culture. The town is located 120 kilometres southwest of Moose Jaw and has a population of roughly 1,100 people. Beginning in 1906, pioneers of several ethnic groups with vastly different backgrounds settled in the town and rural municipality of Gravelbourg. Pioneers came from other Canadian provinces, the United States, and Europe, bringing many languages, religions, and traditions. French Catholic clergy played an important role in developing French settlements across the province, including Gravelbourg. The parish and the cathedral provided a foundation for the growth of the Fransaskois community, working to preserve the French language, which were linked to the survival of the Catholic faith. The clergy was also instrumental in developing institutions such as Collège Mathieu, the convent schools, public radio and various publications. The rich soil of the region has spawned a bountiful agriculture sector here. Before the Great Depression, Gravelbourg once had nine grain elevators, which
The courthouse is one historic point in Gravelbourg.
attested to the community’s prosperity. The Depression hit many elevators hard, though, leaving only one Prairie Sentinel standing there today. Visitors can take a walking tour of the town, which features 12 sites of historical significance, including Soucy House, the statue of Father Gravel, the post office building, the cathedral and the Renaissance Gaiety Theatre. Guided tours of Gravelbourg’s historic sites are provided in both official languages seven days a week from June through August. Tours leave from the Gravelbourg & District Museum located at 300 Main Street. To book an appointment, call (306) 648-2332. The museum contains a collection of early pioneer memorabilia, including extensive artifacts from Gravelbourg’s earliest
residents. People profiled include Monsignor Charles Maillard, Dr. J. A. Soucy and Father Pierre Gravel. The Centre Culturel Maillard is a testament to Gravelbourg’s vibrant Francophone community. It was built in 1985 to assure the preservation of the French language and culture for future generations. It is also the home of the Association Communautaire Fransaskoise de Gravelbourg and the Association Culturelle FrancoCanadienne de la Saskatchewan. Please contact (306) 648-3103 for more information. Besides the many businesses, restaurants, and shops to shop, visitors can swim at Thomson Lake or golf at a local course. Visit www.gravelbourg.ca for more information.
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Picture-worthy cathedral stands tall in Francophone community of Gravelbourg
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 for $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, chose 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 to this work, from 1921-31. The church was originally called St. Philomena and was made a cathedral on July 27, 1930. This was 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,
Our Lady of the Assumption co-cathedral, with its European-inspired architecture, is one stop on the walking tour.
merging it with the Archdiocese of Regina, reflecting 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 comprises a steel frame with outside walls made of fireproof brick, light tan with a 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 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 welcoming. There are stores and craft shops on the main street, and 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 hosts yearly festivals. For more information about the cathedral, call (306) 648-3322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Village of Avonlea a charming rural community
Nestled between the picturesque Avonlea Creek Valley and Dirt Hills and situated in the heart of a rich agricultural area, the Village of Avonlea is a delightful and charming rural community. Located 50 minutes southeast of Moose Jaw, the community is named after the novel “Anne of Avonlea,” written by the famous Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Avonlea lives up to its charming name by boasting relaxed and friendly rural living, with residents enjoying complete community services, exciting recreation venues and a vibrant business sector. Several recreation opportunities are available to attract just about anyone to this idyllic rural spot. Cradled in the hills of southern Saskatchewan, there exists a splendid example of early 20thcentury industrialism. The Clay-
bank Brick Plant remains frozen in time, virtually unchanged from the day it opened in 1914. Brick manufactured at the plant graces the façade of many prestigious buildings across Saskatchewan and in other provinces. Face brick was produced until the 1960s and adorns such prominent buildings as the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. The beautiful Gravelbourg Cathedral is also faced entirely of Claybank brick, as are several courthouses and other public buildings. Dunnet Regional Park has more than just camping; it also has a new heated outdoor swimming pool, a mini-golf course, an 18-hole Long Creek Golf and Country Club, a 600-acre water playground to boat and fish, and a fantastic nature trail to hike. The community also has the Avonlea Heritage Museum
and Avonlea Badlands Tours. Housed in a 1912 CN train station, the Avonlea Heritage Museum features various themed rooms that depict an old-time Main Street. Additional buildings include CN Cook Car, St. David’s Anglican Church and the Pioneer Display Building. Be sure to take in the museum’s Market Day and barbecue. Check out the large murals of historic scenes by local artist Paul Geraghty. For more information, call 306868-2101. Whether you are looking for the ideal vacation spot or to relocate to a community with an easier way of life, take the road to Avonlea and experience the charm and romance of this unique community.
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Train tour returns to Ogema after year off due to pandemic
The train waits at the platform. Photo courtesy Southern Prairie Railway.
Train enthusiasts eager to ride the rails and participate in an authentic Prairie pioneer experience will soon be in luck, as Ogema-based Southern Prairie Railway (SPR) plans to return this summer. SPR suspended services last summer due to the pandemic, but its board decided recently to operate in 2021 for a ninth year even though it will not be a profitable season, according to the group’s Facebook page. The season opens on Saturday, July 3 and runs every weekend during the summer. Formed in 2010 as part of the Ogema Heritage Society, Southern Prairie Railway is Saskatchewan’s first full-sized tourist railway. Located near Weyburn, SPR travels east and west to the towns of Pangman and Horizon, respectively. Guests travel on a 1925 Passenger car, pulled by a General Electric 44-ton switcher locomotive. Other area attractions include the Ogema Regional Park, Solo Italia Fine Pasta Inc. and Bud’s BBQ, Long Creek Golf & Country Club and Willow Bunch Golf Club, and Castle Butte and Big Muddy cave tours. The association has cut back on the types of train
tours it offers, the number of tours it usually runs, and how many people can ride, she pointed out. The organization has also enacted more cleaning procedures and physical distancing measures. Seventy-three visitors normally ride during one train tour, but the association has reduced that number to 32 people. It has also reduced the tours it offers from five to three: the Heritage Train Ride, the Prairie Pitchfork Fondue Train Ride and the Settlers’ Supper Train Ride. A couple of small private gatherings have already been booked, but SPR hopes to offer more opportunities once pandemic restrictions are lifted, Peterson said. Many people want to celebrate special occasions and riding a train gives them that chance. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect when taking the Heritage Train Ride. Visitors will leave Ogema to see Horizon and will tour a 1923 grain elevator. They will learn what happened when farmers brought their grain to the building and how that material was loaded onto trains. On returning to Ogema, visitors will hear about the awards the town has won and its ongoing activities, including the construction of a new pool in the regional park. This ticket also allows tourists to visit the Deep South Pioneer Museum and its early pioneer buildings. Saskatchewanians should take a train trip since it’s a novel activity, it’s a history lesson, and it’s a slower pace that allows people to see the landscape differently than when driving on the highway, Peterson added. Riding a train could be a new experience for many people since transportation has changed over the last 60 years and few ride passenger trains today. To book a tour, visit www.southernprairierailway. ca.
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Touring Avonlea Badlands like walking a Martian landscape
Thousands of years of erosion have formed incredible depressions called badlands in semi-arid plains stretching from southern Canada to Mexico.
Saskatchewan is lucky to have a collection of scenic badlands, with this site located about 50 minutes southeast of Moose Jaw just outside the Village of Avonlea.
For several years, the Avonlea Heritage Museum has conducted tours of this natural phenomenon. These badlands are small, just over a square mile, and contain some fascinating views of cathedral-like formations called hoodoos. Visitors to the Avonlea badlands have said these hoodoos are just as beautiful as the famous Drumheller badlands in Alberta. The Avonlea Badlands are truly a remarkable and unique environment. It is interesting to see how the
seasons, weather, and time of day change this unique habitat. Visitors are treated to a variety of bird songs early in the morning. Meanwhile, the shadows of the evenings are a photographer’s dream. The stifling heat of the high noon is astounding on a hot day as you drop into a desert-like bottom. June is a great time to tour, as plant and bird life abound, but anytime is great. The museum offers walking tours that cross Prairie pastures to the white clay-bottom land containing bits of vegetation scattered throughout the area. Visitors can climb a hoodoo with a hole in it, which eerily looks like an eye. Guides lead you through hoodoos and points of interest in what some describe as a Martian landscape. Below the badlands’ rim, the tour passes castle-style pillars and formations that look similar to giant organ pipes carved into the wall by eons of erosion. Tours of the site are offered by the museum only on weekends and only if weather permits. A small amount of rain turns the clay-bottom land into a slippery, soupy, greasy surface. The Avonlea Badlands are a wonderful place to explore, and many hikers, photographers, naturalists, geologists and paleontologists enjoy the beauty of the diverse ecosystems that make up the area. Besides the badlands, self-guided tours are also available of the rolling Dirt Hills. Learn about the history of this area as you travel from place to place. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairies at the Ridgeway Man Effigy. The Avonlea Heritage Museum is in the former 1912 CN Rail Station. It is open from mid-May to September and daily from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. It displays artifacts of pioneers who homesteaded in the area in the early 1900s. It also depicts a history of the area, its occupations and archaeological findings. For more information call 306-868-2101.
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Explore the world’s largest glacial push hills in Saskatchewan
When the glaciers moved north nearly 12,000 years ago, they left behind massive chunks of ice and piles of dirt that eventually formed some of the highest glacial push hills in the world. These hills run from the Village of Avonlea’s Blue Hills west to the Cactus Hills near Briercrest and south to the Dirt Hills around Spring Valley. The hills are considered “ice-shoved” because the moving glacier folded and thrust the ground underneath into the hills found there today. The hills reach heights of 880 metres in altitude and the entire area encompasses almost 1,000 square kilometres. The Dirt Hills region is laced with interesting sights from the ridges and hills to deep coulees and wildlife. The first ranches in the area popped up in the 1880s
and early 1900s. Frequent clumps of trees witness the efforts of the homesteaders to build a life in the Dirt Hills area. This area has important historic sites relating to Aboriginal culture, the Wood Mountain and Fort Qu’Appelle Trails, Oro Lake — which is saltier than the Dead Sea because of its sodium sulphate deposits — and the routes the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) took while hauling supplies from Eastern Canada to their headquarters in Fort McLeod, Alta., in 1874. Federal surveyors in the late 1800s identified the Dirt Hills as the highest point in a line between Cypress Hills and the hills in Ontario. Several years ago, some Dirt Hills residents realized the significance of the hills and understood the
connection of the natural setting and culture. They founded the Spring Valley and District Interpretive Centre with headquarters in the old Artesian School in the Hamlet of Spring Valley. Members of the centre welcome and conduct guided tours of the Dirt Hills, explaining the area’s many features and history. The tour includes panoramic views, a trip to Oro Lake, and a visit to a bison jump and early pioneer’s stone house. Be prepared for a full day. Visitors will also view the 100-year-old Roman Catholic Church with its unique plaster Stations of the Cross. The centre is open from May 15 to Sept. 15 by appointment. To arrange a tour of the area, call 306-475-2542 or 306-630-6060.
Claybank Brick Plant shows visitors area’s 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 and 1989 before the American owners closed the operation, leaving a collection of buildings, equipment and kilns as they were — in operating condition. The Claybank Historical Society was formed and took over the site, performing restorations and providing self-guided tours in the summer. 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. Heritage officials consider the
Claybank site one of the bestpreserved early industrial factors in North America. NASA used bricks from the plant on the rocket launch pads in Florida, the navy used bricks to line ships’ boilers during the First World War, while the material makes up the face of many important buildings in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Visitors can also explore the Mossold clay canyons that supplied the clay for the factory. Briercrest homesteader Tom McWilliams discovered the site in 1886 after travelling by foot to the Blue Hills near Avonlea to pick berries to preserve for winter food. Prairie fires had destroyed the berry trees, but McWilliams found outcrops of rare and rich deposits of white mud clay that he sent to Ottawa for analysis.
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Upon learning of the value of the industrial-grade deposit, he worked hard during the next several decades — almost to obsession — to raise funds for a brick factory. McWilliams later entered into a formal agreement with the Moose Jaw Fire Brick and Pottery Company shortly after that firm was established in 1904. Besides the brick plant, other attractions in the area include Aboriginal ceremonial sites, Dunnet Regional Park, Long Creek Golf Course, Briercrest Museum, Avonlea Heritage House Museum and the Town of Gravelbourg. To ensure the Claybank Brick Plant is open, call 306-868,4474 or go to claybankbrick.ca.
Less than an hour’s drive via Saskatchewan’s Hwy of Heroes/Trans-Canada Hwy/Sk 1 E and Sk-641 N, Lumsden is a town in the Qu’Appelle Valley in south central Saskatchewan that functions as both a farming community and a suburb of Regina with a population of approximately 2000. For the size of the community, it boasts a number of special things to do according to trip advisor. Of special mention is Last Mountain Distillery that is family-owned and operated. They have received numerous awards for their high quality handcrafted spirits. The signature products include Saskatchewan’s best-selling naturally infused dill pickle vodka, naturally infused organic cherry whisky, apple pie moonshine and many others. Due to pandemic restrictions, distillery tours and tastings are currently not available, although the business is available for private functions by calling for details to 306.731.3930.
interest to those looking for past history in Saskatchewan. The museum itself consists of numerous building that have been relocated to this site for visitation and would make a noteworthy adventure to experience going down memory lane. There is also a special exhibition of antique John Deere tractors on site. Admission is by donation. The Lumsden Historical Society can be contacted at 306.731.2905. For those that love dining, Over the Hill Orchards offers dinner events with guest chefs from Regina, as well as enjoying a glass of their wine. Owners Dean and Sylvia Kreutzer endeavour to grow delectable fruits, suited for the climate here on the prairies. The same principles as Okanagan growers have embraced have been applied to this special orchard offering, linking fruit growing with tourism. They say it is “very gratifying to be able to offer customers products created with so much passion and common sense principles behind them such as using Certified Organic fruit, low sugar recipes, and even Gluten Free alternatives. Partnering with local chefs throughout the season, from April 30th to Thanksgiving, different local chefs will create a multi-course supper using mainly ingredients from local farms and the orchard.
Last Mountain Distillery has evolved into an award-winning distillery in less than a decade.
Fenek Farms is open year round and hosts small farms tours, educational outings and birthday parties, as well as large events such as weddings or special events. They also offer camping with opportunities to enjoy “endless prairie skies, starry nights, and breathtaking sunsets, moon rises, and sunrises.” Call in advance for an appointment at 306.209.7205. Group bookings are in effect as well as of March 28th, 2021 with guidelines establishing limited group sizes. Bookings need to be made in advance and all venues are outdoors with no use of washroom facilities allowed on site. The Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site boasts 15 km of trails for all kinds of abilities and activities. Bird-watching is also something that is featured, as well as the opportunity to possibly encounter local wildlife on the trails. All trails are marked and washrooms are also available at the site’s trailhead. No motorized vehicles allowed. Call 306.725.5200 or 1.800.205.7070 for more information or visit their website at firstname.lastname@example.org Although Lumsden Historical Museum is not opening this year because of COVID-19, it is of
Current COVID rules require that customers must wear masks until seated, in groups of 4, with individual groups seated apart from other groups. The reduced seating capacity is at 32 presently. For group sizes not a multiple of 4, Over the Hill Orchards will endeavor to do everything in their power to help accommodate. Please call Sylvia at (306)535-1278. Doors open at 5:30, and supper begins at 6:30, starting off on the outdoor patio (weather permitting) where you can enjoy a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, and enjoy the outdoors and beautiful view of the valley. 20 minutes prior to supper, you are brought into the winery and assigned seating. Once everyone is seated, Dean and Sylvia introduce themselves, briefly discussing the history of the orchard, as well as an introduction to the chef(s) for the evening. The chef(s) discuss what is on the menu, and proceed with serving the 1st course. After finishing the 2nd course, weather permitting, a 30 minute
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tour of the orchard is facilitated showing the fruit varieties and methods of growing. Typically the evening ends around 8:30-9:00pm. Supper costs $70/person. Individual glasses of wine (5 oz glass) is $7, and non-alcoholic beverages (Cherry Spritzer/ Coffee) are available for $3.50. There is also a winepairing option (Each course is paired with 2oz of one of our wines) with a cost of $25/pp.
Deer Valley Golf Club is located 15 minutes northwest of Regina, nestled in the scenic Qu’Appelle Valley and is recognized as one of the finest golf courses in Saskatchewan. With 5 sets of tees available, players of all skill levels can enjoy golf on a course that is consistently maintained in championship condition.” Call 306.731.1445 for more information or bookings.
Private suppers for friends or colleagues can also be booked by calling Sylvia. The lineup for upcoming dinner chefs for the season is available for review online at www.overthehillorchards.ca/supper-inthe-orchard/. Paintball Paradise, located by Lumsden, north of Regina off of Hwy 6 is open all winter for bookings, weather permitting. It’s a great way to spend a day! You can contact them at 306.775.2022. www.paintballparadise.ca.
Beaver Creek Ranch & Horse Centre is a working cattle ranch and training facility in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, 25 minutes from Regina. They offer Leadership Development programs including Equine Assisted Learning (Harness Your Horsepower) as well as riding lessons and horse training with a large range of products and services available. For more information contact Barry and Brenda Clemens at 306.731.7100 or beavercreekranch.ca@ gmail.com
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Regina Beach Resort a nice stop on a hot summer day
If you are looking for a fun summer destination, be sure to stop by Regina Beach. Regina Beach offers a popular resort area. It is about a one hour drive northeast of Moose Jaw, located on Highway 54 along Last Mountain Lake. It is just 50 km outside of Regina. Families will have lots of fun in the water and along the beach. Don’t forget to try out the popular inflatable water park! Did you forget to bring your gear with you? You can rent everything you need, from paddleboards to kayaks. The recreation site has lots of amenities to offer, includ-
ing picnic spots, a boat launch, a fish filleting building, playground area, and beach volleyball courts. There are other activities to keep you busy, too. This includes the Lakeside Heritage Museum, which is open from May to September on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. Visitors will also want to stop at the various shops in the area or grab a meal or a tasty treat at one of the local restaurants. Looking to hit the links? The Regina Beach Golf Club offers nine holes with a full-service restaurant. Some special events are planned
throughout the year. This includes the Summer Kick-Off Event planned for June 19 in Lions Park. The annual Lake Swim event is scheduled for July 17. Other events throughout the year include a Winter Festival and ice fishing competition, as well as the Christmas Community Light Up. Of course, these events may or may not be affected by the ongoing pandemic. Be sure to check the Town of Regina Beach Facebook page for updates. If you have never been to Regina Beach, now it is the time to make the drive and visit!
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Plenty of shopping, eating and touring adventures available in Outlook
The town of Outlook. (supplied)
Outlook, Sask. is a bustling village with the moniker of “Irrigation Capital of Saskatchewan,” but there’s far more going on in town than just that. Located on the south banks of the Saskatchewan River and about a two-hour drive from Moose Jaw, Outlook is home to plenty of opportunities for a fun weekend trip for the whole family.
Elbow hosts a big Canada Day celebration each year, including fireworks and family activities.
Accommodation options include a number of options from Inns, Beds & Breakfasts to Motels and Hotels. For those going a little more rustic, booking a campsite is easy with Outlook & District Regional Park and Danielson Provincial Park also in the area. There’s no shortage of places to grab a bite either, with restaurants offering varied cuisine. Nearby is also the Terrace Dining Room, a steakhouse in Broderick located inside a character building originally used as an army barrack and then as a theatre. Outlook has a great shopping scene, with unique local spots to stop and spend an afternoon perusing for giftware, local artisan creations, natural health products and general shopping. .
Or, for those seeking more adventure than shopping, visit the Outlook Reel Theatre to catch a movie or head over to Spring Creek Greenhouse to enjoy some greenery. Other interesting stops include the Outlook & District Heritage Museum, the Outlook Art Gallery, and local artist Susan Robertson’s Gallery and Gift. The rec board also operates the Van Raay and Community outdoor swimming pool, as well as the Jim Kook RecPlex, which offers activities including hockey, curling and bowling. The bowling alley is currently open to the public, with pre-booking required and safety regulations in place. This summer, activities are being planned at the pool for National Drowning Prevention week from July 18-24, and the town recreation department will be offering its free-of-charge Kinsmen Park day program for kids. Outdoor sports courts are painted for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, pickleball, soccer and shuffleboard, with plans to offer a skill development basketball camp later in the summer. The Outlook Stock Car Association is also planning a busy summer, with a schedule of stock car races given the green light to go ahead on the weekends from May to October. Outlook also has plenty to do outside of town limits. Outdoorsy types can take a hike down the Outlook & District Regional Park Trails, or visit the big orange bridge. The Gardiner Dam spillway is a popular tourist stop, especially in the spring when the dam is open and flowing. The dam is one of the world’s largest earthfilled dams and is approximately 40 kilometres south of Outlook. The Gardiner Dam Interpretive Centre, located inside Danielson Provincial Park, offers more information on the structure and is open from May long weekend until Labour Day in September. Visitors can also hit the greens at Riverview Golf Club, open May 1, or take a relaxing tour of the new Wolf Willow Winery. Located north of Outlook, the winery offers a restaurant and camping options for guests to enjoy. The inaugural River & Rail Art Trail is also taking place on June 26-27, featuring a multi-community art tour throughout Outlook and the nearby area that is free of charge. For more information on the town of Outlook, visit townofoutlook.ca or contact recreation director Megan Anthony at email@example.com to learn more about rec opportunities.
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Outlook artists organizing first multi-community art tour to highlight rural artist
Art communities across Saskatchewan organize studio tours as a way to connect people with their local artists and this year, Outlook and area will be joining the tradition with the first-ever River & Rail Art Trail on June 26 and 27.
The River & Rail Art Trail is a self-guided tour that will take art enthusiasts on a road-trip-style adventure to Outlook and surrounding communities to visit artists, studios, galleries and even business locations.
The tour will include stops inOutlook, Broderick, Macrorie, Loreburn, Elbow, Davidson, Hawarden, Riverhurst, Central Butte and Tugaske, with more than 20 different artists, galleries and groups opening their doors to visitors. Artists already confirmed on the tour will showcase a range of mediums and art forms, including fabric artist Sally Laidlaw, woodburning artist Willie Schachtel,
luthier David Freeman metal sculptor Dale Hicks, antler carver Philip Murie and woodturner Keith Hampton. For those fascinated with acrylic paintings, artists Shirley Pringle, Bill Frerichs, Julie Williams, Anne Simmie, Edie Marshall and Lois Kurp are also participating. Co-organizers Janet Akre, acrylic painter, and Susan Robertson, potter, will also be included on the tour, both located just outside of Outlook.
Macrorie succulents and charcuterie and Wolf Willow Winery. The tour is entirely free for its inaugural year, and a map of tour stops will be available closer to the event. Signage will also be in place to help direct visitors during the tour.
Several studios and art groups are also excited to take part, such as A Single Strand Fibre Arts Studio, the Elbow Art Society, the Outlook Quilting Guild, and Happy Chance Treasures — a new art gallery located in the village of Hawarden.
But the tour’s sights aren’t just set on art — it will also feature some other unique stops, like at local honey experts Lee’s Bees apiary, the Outlook Museum Society,
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Tour stops will be open on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 27 from noon to 6 p.m. The River & Rail Art Trail is a new project for the area, and entirely unique in the way it involves multiple small communities on its must-see destination map. Organizers envision the event as a way to showcase and promote the blooming artistic scenes in smalltown Saskatchewan. For more information on the upcoming River & Rail Art Trail, feel free to visit riverandrailarttrail.ca, or follow the tour on Facebook for updates.
Wood Mountain Regional Park offers host of amenities and activities
deo facility located right next to the park entrance. You can also play 500-Up or throw together a sandlot game on their ball diamond, play a game or two of horseshoes and have the youngsters enjoy themselves in the covered sand pit. Full shower and laundry facilities are on-site, as well as a concession and summer kitchen for those looking to pick up small items or do a bit of non-campfire cooking.
A look at the Wood Mountain campground area.
From swimming pool to rodeo museum and every outdoor activity imaginable, plenty to see and do for those looking to get away Anyone looking for a getaway from the city life in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Saskatchewan will find few places better than Wood Mountain Regional Park. Part of the Saskatchewan Regional Parks system, the facility — located eight kilometres south of Wood Mountain, two hours southwest of Moose Jaw on highway 18 — features just about everything one could want for a wilderness escape while still offering amenities to keep comfortable during your time away from it all. It all starts, of course, with the campsites. Wood Mountain features 30 full-service and 20 electrical sites throughout their complex along with 60 non-electrical sites. That’s on top of tent camping, playgrounds and picnic areas found throughout the facility. Firewood and ice are available for purchase for those warm summer nights next to a campfire. And that’s only the beginning of what’s available. The large, wheelchair-accessible heated swimming pool is always a hit, with swimming les-
The pool at Wood Mountain Regional Park. Saskregionalparks.ca photo
sons even available July through August. Public swimming takes place every afternoon and evening, seven days a week. Once you’re done with the water, you can head right next door and check out the Rodeo Ranch Museum, featuring over 1,200 historical photos and 2,000 artifacts while also serving as the info centre for Grasslands National Park.
The Rodeo Ranch Museum and office area for Wood Mountain Regional Park.
Speaking of rodeos, the Wood Mountain Stampede is an annual event taking place on the second weekend in July in their large ro-
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The pool at Wood Mountain Regional Park. Saskregionalparks.ca photo
Prices start at $20 per day for a tent site, $25 per day for a 15 amp site and $35 per day for a A day pass for the park costs $10, with non-serviced sites costing $25 per day, 15-amp power sites $30 and 30-amp power and water sites $40. Reservations open May 1 and will be available online at www.woodmountainpark.ca or through letscamp.ca/camps/wood-mountain. For more information, follow them on Facebook or give them a call at (306) 640-7275.
Town of Eastend nestled in the “Valley of Hidden Secrets”
Established in 1914, the Town of Eastend is a jewel nestled in the historic Frenchman River Valley, better known as the “Valley of Hidden Secrets.” Eastend is located on one of Western Canada’s oldest trails — the Red Coat Trail (Highway 13). This was the original route the North West Mounted Police took on their historic march west in 1874. They set up a satellite police detachment near here, calling it East End, as it was the east end of their patrol from Fort Walsh, Alta., 160 kilometres to the west. On the hilltops, you can see the last vestiges of the western frontier — Teepee stones, gathering circles, homesteader shacks, wagon wheels and crumbling log corrals. One can envision the massive bison herds that once roamed oceans of waving grasses. There are many attractions in and near the community. Camping is available along the banks of the Frenchman River. There are 42 sites, including 17 full service, 24 partial service, and one with no service. Tents can be added to family sites for $5/night. In the valley is the beautifully treed, watered and manicured Streambank Golf Course, a picturesque 9-hole course that sits beside the meandering Frenchman River. Ladies face a 2,090-yard course and men face a 2,308-yard course. The course is open May 1 to Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to twilight. If the family wants to relax on a hot day, visit the swimming pool and splash park. The venue is at 402 Pottery Street and opens seasonally. For more information, call 306-295-3358.
The Eastend Historical Museum preserves and promotes the community’s history. The building also serves as a tourist centre and as a community resource for cultural activities. See what life was like on the southwest Prairies at the museum. Walk around the “Tie Rail Ranch Log House,” the best log house in the West that resident Donald Corry built in 1909. The town moved the building to the museum in 1987 and refurbished it with artifacts. The museum also includes a schoolroom, medical room, and valuable collections on different topics important to the area, such as the Wilkinson Telescope, hand-built by a resident. For more information, call 306-295-3375. If telescopes are your thing, then visit the Wilkinson Memorial Observatory. Named after amateur astronomer and blacksmith Jack Wilkinson, the observatory is one of Western Canada’s finest. See the amazing rings of planet Saturn and follow the space station as it soars in silence through outer space. The Wilkinson Memorial Observatory is located south of Eastend on Highway 13. You will have to book an appointment, so call 306-295-3323. Other places to visit around Eastend include a ninehole Raptor Rounds mini-golf course, Pine Cree Regional Park, Chimney Coulee, Chocolate Peak Hill, and the famous Jones’ Peak that offers a breathtaking panorama of the river valley and rangelands below. Eastend is three hours’ southwest of Moose Jaw off Highway 1.
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Eastend’s Discovery Centre features world’s largest T-Rex Skeleton
If you’re interested in learning more about the creatures that roamed southwest Saskatchewan millions of years ago, then the T-Rex Discovery Centre near the Town of Eastend is your dinosaur destination. The palaeontological centre — an hour away from the scenic Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park — is a world-class venue that opened in 2001. This natural history museum showcases the rich fossil record of the Frenchman River Valley and Cypress Hills, including “Scotty,” the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Scotty’s skeleton is one of the most complete in the world at 75 per cent. The skeleton is almost always being studied in a fossil and paleontological laboratory on-site, but a replica is also housed in the museum where visitors can see all the bones that have been discovered so far. Originally discovered by a Royal Saskatchewan Museum research team in Saskatchewan’s Frenchman River Valley on Aug. 16, 1991, the fossilized remains of Scotty were painstakingly removed — almost completely by hand — over two decades from the
rock in which they were embedded. The skeleton was finally revealed in 2011. Admission to the Discovery Centre includes a 30-minute documentary called “The Dinosaur Hunters,” which details the discovery and excavation of Scotty in the nearby hills. Guided tours of the building are offered at no extra charge, but visitors are also welcomed to wander its halls on their own, where they can learn about the rich fossil history of this area of Saskatchewan. Another exhibit, “Saskatchewan After the Dinosaurs,” contains a full-scale diorama that displays the animals and environments that would have been found in the immediate area about 60 million years ago, right after the expected extinction of the dinosaurs. The exhibit includes a six-foot-long Borealosuchus, or northern crocodile; a five-foot Champsosaurus, or fish-eating reptile; and Ptilodus, a small mammal known as a multituberculate. A Cretaceous Gallery explores the geologic sediments deposited to create the Bearpaw Formation and the Frenchman Formation and their fossils. This includes invertebrates from the Bearpaw Formation like ammonite and baculite, fish, shark, turtles and marine reptiles, and fossils from the Frenchman Formation like Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Hadrosaurus. Hands-on learning activities, children’s activities, prehistoric mammal galleries, a 98-seat theatre, a fossil lab, natural history-themed gift shop and tourist information are all available. The T-Rex Discovery Centre is located at 1 T-Rex Drive in the Town of Eastend. The venue will open to the public on May 22 and closes the Labour Day long weekend in September. For more information, call 306-295-4009.
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