Moose Jaw
By Libby Wilke

Speculation surrounds the origins of the name of Saskatchewan's fourth largest city.  But whether Moose Jaw was named for the moose jaw shaped bend in its river, or the native Cree term "moscâstani-sîpiy", meaning “a warm place by the river,”  the city of 35,000 Moose Javians makes for a worth-while stop along the Trans-Canada Highway. More than just somewhere you pass through, Moose Jaw offers visitors beauty, history and the chance to relax. encourages you to make the trip to Moose Jaw, and experience the friendly city for yourself.  Visitors flying in will find Regina International Airport (YQR) in Regina, the province's capitol city 70 km away.  Let help you find excellent deals on flights by clicking the link ( can also help you find great rates on hotels! Just follow this link (, and start your search for great rates on hotels in Moose Jaw!

First, recommends taking a tour of the Moose Jaw Tunnels, which tell the story of the city's chillingly fascinating history. Moose Jaw gained notoriety in the 1920s prohibition period as a capitol for bootleg liquor distribution into the United States via the Soo Line Railroad. Gangsters from the US up in Moose Jaw on "business" utilized the tunnels built below the city linking buildings together, originally as means for engineers monitoring the town's heating systems to avoid the harsh winter weather. The tunnels became overrun by brothels, speakeasies and other illegal activities, and ultimately earning Moose Jaw the nickname of "Little Chicago." Today, visitors are treated to interactive theatrical tour led by one of Al Capone's goons!

Can't get enough history? Moose Jaw also has some excellent museums that are sure to entertain.  One of a network of four museums dedicated to preserving a different part of Saskatchewan's history and culture, the Western Development Museum of Moose Jaw focuses on Transportation.  The largest attraction here is the aviation exhibit, which is dedicated to the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force, locally known as the Snowbirds.  Art lovers will appreciate the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, which features art by local, provincial, national and international artists. Exhibits here consist of anything from paintings to human artifacts, with a strong emphasis on Moose Jaw and Canada.

Finally, we here at can think of no better way to wrap up your trip to Moose Jaw, than a relaxing trip to Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort. You don't have to be an overnight guest to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mineral rich geo-thermal water that makes its way from a hot-spring located 1350 meters underground. Guests can also take advantage of other spa treatments, including facials and massages, and some fun at the adjoining casino!

The town's incredibly fitting tourism motto is "surprisingly unexpected!" Although it may not sound like it would have much to offer,  Moose Jaw is one city you simply cannot miss on your next Canadian vacation. So what are you waiting for? is here to help you get your trip started! Just check out the links above!


  • 1. Tunnels of Moose Jaw
  • 2. Mac the Moose
  • 3. The Moose Jaw Trolley
  • 4. The Western Development Museum
  • 5. Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort
  • 6. Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum
  • 7. Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
  • 8. Captain Jack's River Boat Tour
  • 9. Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
  • 10. Labyrinth of Peace


  • 1. Moose Jaw Music Festival - March
  • 2. Moose Jaw Dance Festival - May
  • 3. Moose Jaw Band & Choral Festival - May
  • 4. Canada Day - July
  • 5. Festival of Words - July
  • 6. Freedom Fest - July
  • 7. Motif Moose Jaw Multicultural Festival -July
  • 8. Moose Jaw Summer Festival - August