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Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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Moose Jaw is a city in south central Saskatchewan, Canada on the Moose Jaw River 71 km west of Regina.

Moose Jaw is probably best known as a retirement and tourist city that serves as a hub to the hundreds of small towns and farms that make up that part of Saskatchewan. A few of the tourist attractions include the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, the Temple Garden Mineral Spa and the Murals of Moose Jaw.

The Warriors are Moose Jaw's hockey team which plays in the Western Hockey League.

It is situated on the Trans Canada Highway

The largest lake in southern Saskatchewan, Old Wives Lake, is located 30 km southwest of the city.

Moose Jaw is the Canadian city with the biggest number of relatively cloudless days. This makes it a good site for training pilots. For years Pilot Officers of the Canadian Forces Air Command were trained here. It is currently the home of 15 Wing and the Snowbirds, the aerobatic team of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Origins of "Moose Jaw"

The origins of the name "Moose Jaw" are vague, though it appears to be of Native Canadian origin. One local legend holds that the Indian word Moosoochapiskanissippi means "the river shaped like the jaw of a moose". The name of the settlement may have come from the creek that flowed through the settlement.

Another legend holds that the name comes from the word Moosoochapiskun which means "the place where the white man mended the cart with the jawbone of the moose."

A third legend explains that the name came from the Cree word moosegaw which means "warm breezes". In the winter, Moose Jaw is often warmer than the surrounding communities.

Media

  • Moose Jaw Times-Herald - daily newspaper - Website (http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/)
  • 800 CHAB - Oldies - Website (http://www.chabradio.com/)
  • 100.7 CILG-FM Country 100 - Website (http://www.country100fm.com/)

External links


North: Davidson
West: Swift Current Moose Jaw East: Regina
South: Assiniboia


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