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Saskatchewan’s tourism industry generates over $2.12 billion annually in economic spin-off. The province records about 12.5 million visits per year; 80 per cent of tourism dollars come from Saskatchewan residents.
Moose Jaw boasts one of the highest numbers of tourist attractions per capita in Canada. Tourism contributes over $90 million a year to the local economy, and according Census information Moose Jaw had more overnight, destination and longer stays from points of origin outside Saskatchewan than comparable size cities in the rest of the province.
In June 2015, Tourism Moose Jaw’s Executive Director reported 4,043 tourists visited the Tourist Centre compared to only 2,800 in June 2014, noting an increase in the number of Americans. 28,000 visitors stopped at the Tourist Information Centre in 2013, representing an increase of 15% over numbers recorded in 2012. According to one estimate, in 2012 about 649,000 people visited Moose Jaw spending an estimated $88 million (the latest figures available).
Several hotels have opened or expanded in the past few years increasing the supply of new hotel rooms substantially, increasing local hotel vacancy rates. With the downturn in the provincial economy local hotels may be further impacted as construction project are delayed or cancelled. Local downtown shops depend on a strong tourist trade, and not surprisingly are often the first to feel the downturn in the economy. On a positive note, Moose Jaw’s tourism sector is expected to increase this summer as the low value of the dollar helps attract more American tourists north. The city is already a well-known tourist destination, and tourists see Moose Jaw as a very safe and relaxing place to vacation.
HOTELS Moose Jaw’s newest downtown tourist attraction - the historic Grant Hall Inn – has been transformed into a stunningly elegant boutique hotel with over 20 rooms, fine-dining restaurant, lounge, retail area and spa.
The new Best Western Hotel, with 88 rooms including 36 kitchenette units, opened in December 2012 at 350 Diefenbaker Drive. The new Ramada Hotel at 379 Diefenbaker Drive opened in the fall of 2014. An extended stay hotel, now under construction, will open in 2016. The Comfort Inn Hotel also completed a major hotel expansion and Temple Gardens Mineral Spa (179 room downtown property) is undergoing major renovations.
SPA CAPITAL OF SASKATCHEWAN Temple Gardens Mineral Spa is named one of the ‘Top 100 Spas in North America’ placing 45th and included in the ‘Top 10 Getaways in Canada’. Moose Jaw - the spa capital of Saskatchewan – has several other popular spas operating within the city.
DINING & SHOPPING The downtown area showcases plenty of one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experiences found throughout its many boutiques and cafés offering a personalized brand of customer service. Several newer restaurants are driving Moose Jaw’s dining scene, including Original Joe’s, Boston Pizza, Rock Creek, Browns Social House, the Grant Hall Inn Dining Room, and Harwood’s Dining Room at Temple Gardens Resort. Montana’s opened on Thatcher Drive in late 2015.
MOSAIC PLACE AND YARACENTRE The new 210,000 square-foot downtown facility features an entertainment/sports bowl, 8 sheet curling club, banquet & meeting rooms, and is home to the city’s WHL Warriors and the AAA Generals hockey teams. Mosaic Place continues to attract top performing artists, like Billy Talent, Terri Clark, Mötley Crüe, Back Street Boys, ABBA, Carrie Underwood, and many more. No wonder this facility now attracts over 650,000 turns annually! In 2015 Moose Jaw hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
YaraCentre includes a popular indoor walking track, fitness centre and four indoor soccer pitches attracting many family-oriented sporting events to the city.
HERITAGE TOURISM Moose Jaw certainly recognizes the value of maintaining and restoring historic buildings and creating unique experiences for tourists by “telling its story”. In a bold act of imagination, the city rejuvenated its downtown by tapping into its heritage buildings and rich history. These heritage assets provide the backdrop to many arts and cultural attractions, including the Mae Wilson Performing Arts Theatre, Conexus Cultural Centre, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Tunnels of Moose Jaw, Yvette Moore Gallery, Moose Jaw Trolley Car Tours, Burrowing Owls, Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum, Library and Art Museum, Western Development Museum, etc.
ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVALS Moose Jaw prides itself in being a volunteer capital. Thanks to various non-profit organizations, the city’s residents and visitors enjoy a host of arts and cultural festivals, such as: the Festival of Words, Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival, Music Festival, Motif, Moose Jaw Dance Festival, etc. RuBarb Productions Inc. is a local theatrical production company providing educational opportunities to young people and live theatre year-round at the Mae Wilson Theatre in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.
PARKS Wakamow Valley Authority provides several popular family-oriented parks along the Moose Jaw River and Thunder Creek that wind through the city. These parks have picnic shelters, playgrounds, walking and bicycle trails, and other facilities such as a RV camp-ground and out-door speed-skating oval. The Trans-Canada Trail provides a network of rewarding hiking paths looping through the city. The historic Crescent Park is located in the heart of downtown and is a true hidden gem, with manicured lawns, spectacular flower gardens, water-park, playground, amphitheatre, and a creek making it a popular draw for families.
RECREATION There are numerous indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, including: skating rinks, curling rink, and swimming pools. Buffalo Pound Lake has beaches, boating and ice fishing in the winter; RV camping is available at the Provincial Park conveniently located only a short 15 minute drive north of the city. The park has acclaimed mountain bike trails attracting sports enthusiasts. Moose Jaw Municipal Airport attracts skydivers from across North America to its school.
Tourism Moose Jaw boasts one of the highest numbers of tourist attractions per capita in Canada.
450 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1N2
Toll Free: 1-866-693-8097 Local: 306-693-8097
CONFERENCES, CONCERTS AND EVENTS
Moose Jaw has a full year calendar of events for everyone. www.visitmoosejaw.ca
WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM
The Western Development Museum is the keeper of Saskatchewan’s collective heritage. The Museum shares the province’s unique sense of place with all people for their understanding and enjoyment.
50 Diefenbaker Dr., Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1L9
SASKATCHEWAN BURROWING OWL INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC) is an educational facility dedicated to the conservation of Burrowing Owls and their prairie home.
250 Thatcher Drive East, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1L7
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 306-692-8710
SUKANEN SHIP PIONEER VILLAGE & MUSEUM
Open 7 Days a Week, May to September.
8 miles South of Moose Jaw on Highway #2
Box 2071, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7T2
Phone: 306-693-7315 Email: email@example.com