War­ren Michel­son

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News -

When I stand at the cor­ner of High Street and Main and look around, I ap­pre­ci­ate what a unique city we have. Our his­toric down­town is the core of our vi­brant tourism in­dus­try. Be it the arts, her­itage, na­ture, or sports, there is some­thing go­ing on for ev­ery­one, tourists and lo­cals alike. Moose Jaw has so much to en­joy year-round, but this is es­pe­cially true dur­ing the sum­mer months. The Saskatchew­an Fes­ti­val of Words is a high-pro­file event in the lit­er­ary world. It is listed as one of the 40 Best Arts and Cul­tural Fes­ti­vals in North Amer­ica in 2018 by FlightNet­work, North Amer­ica’s lead­ing travel agency. The Fes­ti­val of Words brings award-win­ning au­thors, and those who love to read or write, from across Canada, for four days of work­shops, con­certs, film, panel dis­cus­sions, in­ter­views, mu­sic, theatre, and even a slam poetry com­pe­ti­tion.

Moose Jaw has cul­tural events for ev­ery taste. RuBarb Pro­duc­tions has per­for­mances of three dif­fer­ent shows go­ing on through­out the sum­mer. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening all sum­mer long you can en­joy ‘Con­cert in the Park’ a weekly out­door con­cert which is free to the public. This year Cres­cent Park will be the venue for an out­door rock ‘n roll arts fes­ti­val, Band City Fest Arts and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Au­gust 25th. Be­sant Park west of Moose Jaw hosts the Sandy Creek Gospel Jam­boree from July 20 to 22.

Clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts around Moose Jaw know that I rarely miss a “Show and Shine”. There are sev­eral in the area over the sea­son. The 15 Wing High­way to He­roes Air/Con­cert & Car Show prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar event on July 15. Par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing is that an im­pres­sive air dis­play in­clud­ing the Snow­birds will be part of it this year.

Our top-notch lo­cal mu­se­ums con­nect us to our her­itage, and are a lot of fun to visit, with in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, and in­ter­est­ing events. The West­ern De­vel­op­ment Mu­seum, the Moose Jaw Mu­seum & Art Gallery, Suka­nen Ship Mu­seum, the Tun­nels of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Trol­ley all il­lus­trate an in­ter­est­ing twist of our his­tory. For na­ture buffs, Wakamow Val­ley and Buf­falo Pound Pro­vin­cial Park pro­vides camp­ing, hik­ing trails, bird watch­ing and wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties that con­nect us to na­ture. Wakamow Val­ley will host a Kid’s Day on July 12th. Buf­falo Pound also has a va­ri­ety of pro­grams of­fered daily dur­ing sum­mer.

Tourism Moose Jaw show­cases our unique at­trac­tions, events, and pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to at­tract peo­ple to Moose Jaw. It is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing both tourism-re­lated busi­nesses and those ser­vice busi­nesses that rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of tourism in the com­mu­nity. Tourism ben­e­fits all of Moose Jaw as vis­i­tors sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses, which adds to our econ­omy.

The tourism in­dus­try con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to the en­tire Saskatchew­an econ­omy. In 2017, travel ex­pen­di­tures reached $2.37 bil­lion. More than 67,000 Saskatchew­an res­i­dents are em­ployed in tourism or tourism-re­lated jobs. Ap­prox­i­mately 3,200 tourism or­ga­ni­za­tions and op­er­a­tors of­fer more than 4,000 prod­ucts and ex­pe­ri­ences.

Tourism thrives in Moose Jaw be­cause of the ded­i­cated staff at our at­trac­tions and busi­nesses. Many of these venues and events de­pend on vol­un­teers as well. I know I will en­joy many of our spe­cial events this sum­mer, and I would like to thank those in­di­vid­u­als who make them hap­pen.

Whether you are a res­i­dent in the area, or tour­ing through Moose Jaw, you’re sure to en­joy the unique­ness of events and venues for an ac­tive and in­ter­est­ing sum­mer here in Moose Jaw.

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