The name Moose Jaw isn't really the jaw of a moose but comes from a Cree name for the place, moscâstani-sîpiy, meaning “a warm place by the river”. The first two syllables, moscâ-, sound remarkably like “moose jaw”. Or it could refer to the shape of the Moose Jaw river which resembles a moose jaw. Hey I looked it up for this blog post because I didn't know either!
Moose Jaw is a city of about 33,000 and lies 77 km west of my "resting place" of Regina, Saskatchewan. It has turned into quite a little tourist town now that they have "discovered" tunnels that were supposedly used by Al Capone (guess there was a direct railway from Chicago up to Moose Jaw) and also tunnels used by Chinese employees of the local laundrys. These were workers brought over to work on the CPR railway that was completed in 1885. They could not afford the fare to go back to China so sought work around Western Canada. Many came to Moose Jaw. They worked for slave wages, lived and worked underground. Prejudice was so strong against them that it was easier to live underground than go up to face the wrath of the local Moose Jaw residents.
Yesterday I went to do our CVF club walk in Moose Jaw and switch it around a bit. I also set up a new walk highlighting the many murals there. It was quite the day!!! A couple of weeks ago I took my friend Darlene there as well so twice in two weeks...unheard of!!! We did the tunnel tour highlighting the plight of the Chinese - sadly no photography was allowed. However it seemed to be more authentic than the "Chicago" connection.
As I am car free and only rent a vehicle when needed or desparate to drive I took the STC bus which got me there at 8 a.m. and I got the bus back at 4:15. Perfect!!! (my big excitement for last week was discovering they have lowered the seniors discount to 60...not only do I get 25% off but now I qualify for the ten dollar specials that are held from time to time - woohoo - I will be exploring Saskatchewan!!)
First of all I walked in the beautiful Wakamow Valley.
|I added this trail to our walk|
|More of the "new:" trail|
|An old favourite...I love this trail in the valley!|
|Boardwalk leading into the park|
|Such a pleasant walk|
|This cute ceramic turtle has had MANY a behind on it's back posing for a picture - including mine!!!|
|Mural - salute to the settlers|
|Salute to the Air Force - there is a base in Moose Jaw|
|A controversial Metis "hero"|
|Salute to baseball|
|On SaskTel's building...|
|Tribute to fire dept.|
|This was on the side of a fire station needless to say|
|Tribute to railway|
|Tribute to settlers|
|Crescent Park in all it's summer glory|
|Another lovely view of Crescent Park|
A nice respite for the day but much more exploring is on the horizon....