The Tunnels of Moose Jaw

Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
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Trip End Aug 28, 2011


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Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Our day in Moose Jaw was a very relaxing one. We had a small drive just under four hours, that Craig and I split up. We were both very surprised when we passed the "Welcome to Saskatchewan" sign so quickly out of Medicine Hat. After a very quick stop, pull over to the side of the highway, and perhaps even a reverse along the side of the highway, we pulled in to a roadside area with the Saskatchewan sign. Two provincial signs down, at least four, possibly five (if we get one for BC) more to go!

We continued along to Moose Jaw, and found a campsite that was recommended to us by a couple in Medicine Hat that we had met the previous night. The campsite boasted water slides and a pool, and since Craig and I were fairly certain that we weren't going to find a nice lake to swim in, we thought this might be our best bet. After checking in, the lady directed us on the map to the "tenting area," consisting of a "field" with some picnic tables scattered around. Princess Jenny took one look at the site, looked at Craig, and we quickly went in and got a refund.

We continued on to the visitor info centre, where they told us about another campground that we could check out. We did, and are now happily set up at Riverpark Campground. We also got directions to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, something that Craig and I were both very excited about seeing.

We drove to the Tunnels, which starts in a building on Main Street in heritage Moose Jaw. We were told at the desk that we could park at any metres downtown, and since we have BC license plates, we get to park for free! Out of province and country visitors get free parking!

Our tunnel tour was great. We decided to take the Al Capone tour, instead of the Chinese immigrant one. Craig and I were both expecting a historical tour of the tunnels that lead under Moose Jaw's streets, but were happily surprised to go on a tour of the tunnels that was led in a theatrical way. Everyone on the tour was a bootlegger, coming to get some of the whiskey that Capone sold in Moose Jaw during the prohibition (Craig and I have gotten into breaking the law since drinking in Banff). It was really fun and interesting, and lucky Craig was pulled out of the group to help with some of the tour...another man on the tour whispered to me "I'm glad she can't remember my name," and I responded with "Craig shouldn't have worn his red shirt today." 

After the tour we walked around historical Moose Jaw, and found an air conditioned coffee shop that offered wireless internet - perfect.
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