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Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Home of the Snowbirds, Al Capone & Mac the Moose

  • Author: Angie, Head Prairie Traveler
  • Date Posted: Jul 26, 2013
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  • Address: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

An unexpected name for an unexpected place, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is another city in Saskatchewan shrouded in mystery and dark history. And with 1940s gangsters running amok, high-flying acrobats in the sky and luxurious geothermal springs under your feet, you’re sure to fall in love with this fun and interesting city.

History of Moose Jaw

If you’re wondering how this interesting city got its name, you’re not alone. Even locals often wonder how it came to be known by “Moose Jaw”. Some believe it’s because the Cree name for the area (which means “a warm place by the river” or “warm breezes”) sounds much like Moose Jaw. Others believe it’s because the Moose Jaw River looks like the jaw of a moose. And the controversy surrounding this city doesn’t stop there.

Originally settled as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway line in 1881 because of its abundance of water, Moose Jaw officially became a city in 1903. Things in the area would remain relatively quiet until it was discovered that tunnels under the city were being used for smuggling alcohol and Chinese immigrants.

Today, however, the city is a bit more fun, and a lot more legal. You’ll find tons of things to see and do at the casino. You can relax in the healing waters of the natural geothermal spa, be delighted by the Snowbirds or learn more about the area through the many giant murals located on the external walls of downtown businesses.

Interesting Facts About Moose Jaw

  • It’s the home of Brent Everett, the award winning gay porn actor, and Ken Mitchell, member of the Order of Canada.
  • If you hear planes overhead, it could be the Snowbirds or students of the famous NATO Flight School practising.
  • The city has a famous fictional Quidditch team known as the Moose Jaw Meteorites. The story of this world-famous team was told in the Harry Potter series.
  • In 1917, a group of local residents banded together in an attempt to start an automobile manufacturing plant in the area. They only made 25 cars before they ran out of buyers and the idea died.
  • Mac the Moose stands just outside Moose Jaw. He is 32 feet high and weighs 10 tons. Interestingly, he was the city’s first tourist attraction when he was completed in 1984.
  • Locals are called “Moose Javians”.

Moose Jaw Amenities

Arts & Culture

  • Western Development Museum
  • Mac the Moose
  • Murals of Moose Jaw
  • Emerald Glass and Gallery
  • IMC Potash Gallery
  • Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
  • Claybank Brick Plant

Mac the moose

Photo Credit : Nobodeez Business


  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words
  • The Snowbirds
  • Annual Threshing Bee
  • Hometown Fair and Rodeo
  • Moose Jaw Highland Gathering

Historic Sites

  • Tunnels of Moose Jaw
  • Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum
  • Moose Jaw City Hall
  • St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church
  • Gert Elder Interiors & Home Furnishings (Old Masonic Temple)
  • CN & CPR Train Stations


Restaurants & Bars

  • Deja Vu Cafe
  • Bobby’s Place
  • Cornerstone Inn Pub & Eatery
  • Veroba’s Family Restaurant
  • Original Joe’s
  • Burger Cabin


  • River Park Campground
  • Temple Garden Mineral Spa Resort
  • Wakamow Heights Bed & Breakfast
  • Comfort Inns & Suites
  • Dreamweavers Bed and Breakfast
  • Redland Cottage Bed and Breakfast
  • Thriftlodge Moose Jaw
  • Comfort Inn