It was the summer of 2007 (wow… that is a long time ago). My husband and I were moving from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta, which was over 2,000 km of driving. Along the way we made the routine pit stops for coffee and fast food, but there was one special stopover in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan that was one of the best vacations I have ever had.
We spent 3 days in Moose Jaw as a vacation from all the stress of moving, and as a last hurrah before settling into our new jobs and life in Edmonton.
Not only is Moose Jaw famous for Mac the Moose, there are a number of great attractions. We stayed at the Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa. Its claim to fame is a geothermal mineral pool, which was divine. Sometimes I think that the healing and relaxation powers of water are just a hoax, but after taking a dip in the pool I am a believer!
We also booked two tours for the Tunnels of Moose Jaw attraction, which is a network of historic tunnels beneath the streets of Moose Jaw. The first was the “Chicago Connection”, which was an underground tour of the bootlegging operation during prohibition. The second was “Passage to Fortune”, which was the story of Chinese immigrants and the hardships and conditions they had to endure to survive. The stories were very compelling and it still amazes me how we started each tour in one location and ended up in a completely different location on the same street!
A (Prairie) Walk to Remember!
One of my fondest memories of this trip was a walk we took after dinner one night to Crescent Park. It was a perfect summer’s night with a soft breeze and beautiful sunset. A local folk band was playing in the amphitheatre, and there was an array of couples dancing and having a great time in front of the stage. It was just so magical and romantic; it felt like it was right from a Hallmark movie!
After this welcome vacation we continued on our trek to more adventures in Alberta!
What are some amazing places in Canada that have left a lasting impression on you?
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