Moose Jaw is definitely a city that should be on your bucket list. From historic character buildings, to a depth of exciting history (think roaring 20’s), incredible arts, culture, and museums to a giant Moose statue, underground tunnel tours to the trolley experience, relaxing at the spa or heart pounding adrenaline paintballing with your friends, Moose Jaw offers some incredible experiences that you’ll talk about for years to come.
Here are 15 reasons why you should plan visit or atleast a layover for a day or two at Moose Jaw, if you are driving the Trans Canada Highway.
The Tunnels Of Moose Jaw
Chances are, if you live in Saskatchewan, you’ve probably heard of the famous Tunnels Of Moose Jaw in some capacity. In fact, even if you’re not from around here, you may have heard about the underground tunnels that wind their way beneath the city. Arguably the best part of Moose Jaw, and a huge tourist draw, are the tours of these incredible historical tunnels that run year round. Two different tours are offered, which will take you back through time with real life actors who make the experience an unforgettable one. If you only have time to do one tour, the Chicago Connection is a BLAST!
Moose Jaw Trolley Company
Take to the streets for the unique trolley car experience. The tours, offered from May to September, let you take in all Moose Jaw has to offer. From historical architecture, heritage buildings, and of course, the incredible murals, the trolley tour is your best bet to see it all! If spooky things gets your blood pumping, be sure to check out the Ghost Tours & Tales of Murder tour, an hour long ride that lets you in on all the blood curdling ghost stories! (Advance ticket purchase is recommended.)
Western Development Museum
The WDM in Moose Jaw really embodies the spirit of technology and innovation. It’s not your average museum. Instead, you can get up close and personal with planes, antique cars, and vehicles that truly have come from another era. Learn how transportation and machinery have changed over the years. The collection truly is fabulous and even a little awe inspiring. There is so much to see and do, it will definitely take you a few hours to walk through.
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park
Only twenty minutes north east of Moose Jaw, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park has it all. Hiking and biking trails, a boardwalk for wildlife observation, beautiful beaches, cool waters, excellent fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and a beautiful campground. Come for an afternoon of fun in the sun or plan a family vacation. The scenic, rolling hills offer an unforgettable experience.
The Murals Of Moose Jaw
While you’re out and about, see how many of the amazing murals you can spot, or make a destination trip just to take in all the forty-six incredible works of art. Painted largely on the shops, stores, and other incredible heritage buildings (yes- the architecture in Moose Jaw is a must see as well!), the murals are rich in culture and history.
Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum
If you find yourself in the Moose Jaw area from May to September, the Sukanen Ship is definitely a can’t miss experience. Located just eight miles out of the city, the museum is a fascinating adventure. Self-guided tours are available, or walk through at your own pace. The website suggests about three to four hours for a thorough walkthrough. The museum houses an impressive hundred thousand artifacts including old tractors and cars and even a century old grain elevator, but that’s not even the most fascinating part. You’ll learn all about Tom Sukanen, born in the late 1800’s, who decided to build a ship in the middle of the land locked prairies to sail home. The museum also offers special events, so be sure to check out the website to plan your visit.
Yvette Moore Gallery
Moose Jaw is a hotbed of creativity and the best place to view Moose Jaw creativity is at the Yvette Moore Gallery. See the breathtaking and detailed art of Yvette Moore along with extensive collections of handcrafted pottery, jewelry, sculptures, glassworks and gifts of local artisans. After your tour, enjoy a cuppa and healthy, fresh, homemade, local, wholesome food at the Gallery Café.
Casino Moose Jaw
Located in the heart of downtown and attached to Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, is the vibrant Casino Moose Jaw. If you’re looking for a fun getaway, a stay and play or even a bussed in trip, they have you covered. If you’re not really into gambling, no problem! The Casino also offers great shows and spectacular entertainment. Be sure to check their events calendar, as there is always something going on!
The incredible Wakamow Valley is situated just minutes from downtown Moose Jaw, and offers over 500 acres of parkland and over 20km of trails. The park is great for year round adventure. Canoe, kayak the Moose Jaw River, or camp in the summer or get out the snowshoes or cross country skis in the winter. The area is home to some incredible wildlife including over 190 species of birds. If you’re a nature enthusiast, you’ll want to check out the many different plants and wildflowers in the area as well. If you’re coming with the littles, the park also offers four different playgrounds and the campground is beautiful, so plan to stay for a while!
Free To Be Me Animal Sanctuary
This wonderful non-profit sanctuary was created to give unwanted, abused, rescued, or surrendered farm animals a safe place to call home. These animals learn about love, compassion, and kindness, some for the first time in their lives. The sanctuary is entirely donation funded and is located just on the edge of Moose Jaw. The sanctuary does offer educational tours (check the Facebook page for more information). Make sure you visit the sanctuary, especially if you are is open when you happen to be in town, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre
Located on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, the non-profit Centre is an excellent resource to learn all about the fascinating (and extremely cute!) Burrowing Owls. It’s a wealth of information about the ecosystem and conservation as well. Visit from the May long weekend to the September long weekend. The Centre has something for families, individuals, or even full classes. Not only does the centre have permanent resident owls, in the neighboring field, you might get lucky enough to spot all sorts of different wildlife.
Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
If you’re into the arts, you won’t want to miss the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre. Located downtown right on main street, the Centre is home to the Mae Wilson Theatre, as well as arts studios and a visual arts gallery. Be sure to check the website calendar of events for the many exciting events throughout the year.
Mac The Moose
No trip to Moose Jaw would be complete without stopping in to see the iconic Mac The Moose statue. If you’re there with a buddy, take full advantage and have them take a photo, as selfies with the giant statue might be a little difficult. Though it’s been heavily debated in the past few months, Mac The Moose currently holds the title for world’s largest moose again.
Prairie Storm Paintball
Located between Regina and Moose Jaw, right off the Trans-Canada Highway, is the Prairie Storm Paintball. With programming for all ages (literally, they have programming starting for children ages four and up), paintball is an activity the whole family can enjoy. From low impact shooting or indoor courses for the littles to heart pounding, adrenaline inducing full outdoor courses, the whole family will be able to find something!
Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa
People of all ages flock to Moose Jaw for the renowned Temple Gardens. The hotel itself is impressive. The rooms are beautiful, the food is amazing, and the services are incredible. Come for a day or a weekend of pampering. Massages, facials, reflexology, body treatments, manicures- you need a little me time- the spa definitely has you covered. Of course, the geothermal pool is one of those experiences you won’t soon forget. You can visit this incredible pool year round and let the warm mineral waters wash your cares away.