Saskatchewan Western Development Museum is the museum of social and economic history for the Province of Saskatchewan. It is a network of four exhibit branches in the cities of Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Yorkton, with a headquarters facility, the Curatorial Centre, also in Saskatoon
The History of Transportation WDM
Until the early nineteenth century, the chief means of transporting people and goods across the west was along natural waterways by canoe, or over land by Red River cart, horseback, pack horse or travois. The railway played a crucial role in opening Western Canada, delivering goods and passengers with ease. Later generations experienced the impact of the automobile and the network of roads carved from the land to accommodate it. The journey follows the daring attempts to master the sky, using aircrafts, which were often little more than canvas and wood held together with prayers and prairie ingenuity. Travel the past with us and see how our forefathers dealt with distance.
Hop on board the WDM Shortline narrow gauge railway and tour the track outside the Museum. Steam and rail volunteers operate the train on weekends and holidays May 24th to Labour Day (weather permitting).
Or, how about seeing the Snowbirds Gallery? Our exclusive gallery is the only one in the world to feature Canada’s premier aerobatic team, the 431 Squadron Snowbirds. You will experience the personal side of the team, learn of Canadian military aerobatic flight history, and view behind-the-scenes areas frequented by pilots and crew.
Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop and find a rich array of souvenirs and collectibles, which are transformed into the magical Heritage Christmas Gift Shoppe during the holiday season.
The History of Transportation has more to offer:
Picnic site on Museum Grounds.
Self-guided tour information.
Katherine Fitton, Manager E-mail
History of Transportation
50 Diefenbaker Drive
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 693-5989 Fax: (306) 691-0511
Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum
Located on Highway #2 South
approximately 15km. from Moose Jaw
Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum
The dream of seamen who wanted to go home, the Sukanen ship stands as one of the strangest sights in the Canadian west. A marvel of ingenuity, the ship is a monument to the indomitable human spirit of the Canadian pioneer.
Sure to evoke memories of the golden age of motoring, vehicles such as those pictured here gave the rural residents access to city markets. Although somewhat primitive by today’s standard, there autos proved both strong and enduring; reflecting the qualities of there drivers.
Visit the General Store, the Town Hall, and the Printing Shop on Main Street. Reminisce about your school days in the Schoolhouse.
As you continue to stroll along the wooden boardwalk, discover shops and businesses typical of small-town Saskatchewan. Travel back to the days of the threshing crews; imagine the heat, the aching muscles and how good the food tasted at mealtime.
The equipment and machinery spring to life every year during the annual Threshing Bee, held on Saturday and Sunday following Labour Day. Demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, tractor pulls and quilting are part of the two day event. A parade of cars and tractors starts at 1:00 p.m. on the grounds and a church service is held on Sunday.
Originally from Baildon, Saskatchewan, this station features full furnished living quarters, waiting room, ticket office and storage shed.
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
Location: Crescent Park, downtown Moose Jaw.
Hours of Operation: Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7-9 p.m.
Summer Shop hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Admission Costs: By donation.
Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery where visual art and history meet!
The Norma Lang Gallery features a diversity of visual art exhibits throughout the year.
The Heritage Museum interests locals and visitors alike with its exhibits relating to the authentic history of Moose Jaw and area. The Museum organizes numerous activities and events for the community.
The Discovery Centre provides opportunities to experience heritage and visual arts in a dynamic way with activities that range from archaeology to computers.
The Shop offers a variety of interesting and creative items for yourself or for gift giving.
A highly successful education program for school children is administered by a part-time Education Coordinator. The program provides school tours of an exhibition followed by a related hands-on activity. To book a tour please call 692-4471
A wide variety of programs are offered. Teens may register for the adult classes. Class space is limited to first come basis. Pre-register 10 days prior to the class starting date.
For more information on the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery and the programs they offer please visit their web site at www.mjmag.ca
The Murals of Moose Jaw program gives visitors the opportunity to see Moose Jaw on a grand scale. Scenes depicting Moose Jaw’s early history can be found on the sides and fronts of buildings throughout the downtown core. Click Here to download the Full map and Information guide in PDF format
Remember Old 80
Breaking New Ground
Stormin’ Main Street
The Lady and the Cow
Union Hospital Mural
A Tribute to Lewis Rice
River Street Red
All in a Days Work
The First Run
Hopes and Dreams
The Sisters of Sion
Lest We Forget
Our Ukrainian Heritage
Old Time Threshing Bee
National Light & Power
March to the Pipes
Through the Years
Air Force Blue
The Jewels and the Royals
Tribute to Baseball
Tribute to Victoria School
History of the CPR
Dancing on River Street
The Age of Theatre
Saskatchewan Burrowing Owls
Burrowing Owls have been on the Endangered Species List for Saskatchewan since 1995. Their numbers have been diminishing due to pesticide use, vehicular death, predator strain, the cycle of prey species, migration stress and, most important, the destruction of their home habitat in Saskatchewan … native prairie. Within five years, scientists studying these owls believe that they will no longer exist in the wild in our province.
The Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre (SBOIC) was first opened in 1997 to allow visitors to view owls that nested within the racetrack of the Moose Jaw Exhibition. Visitors from across Canada, the United States and overseas have toured the Centre to find out more about the endangered Burrowing Owl. The Centre’s location provides a rare opportunity for guests to observe these tiny owls in their natural habitat. Since then, the Centre and it’s programming has expanded.
1999 marked the first time SBOIC was open year round. This change was made to accommodate students who would like to learn about these endangered animals in a school setting. During our fall season, September 5 to December 30, my live owl, Luna, and I visited with over 2000 people during in-centre & outreach programming.
While inside the Interpretive Centre, visitors are encouraged to explore the giant burrow, get a closer look at the predators and prey of the owl and ask questions of an interpretive staff member. A visit to the Centre is not complete until you meet an owl! During a visit to the Centre you can be assured to see at least 11 owls. Our 10 captive owls, which will be used for reintroduction projects, live year round at the centre, and of course Luna! From May to September visitors can be assured a chance to spot one of the wild owls in the racetrack beside the Centre.
In the spring of 2000 we will be reclaiming the area around the Centre back to native prairie in hopes of encouraging ground squirrels and burrowing owls. This new area offer the opportunity for visitors to explore and learn about native prairie, experience our butterfly garden and maybe even feed some wildlife by hand.
If you would like to receive our newsletters and hear about “Living with Luna” or our upcoming plans and events, become a member of SBOIC. Membership fees are reasonable and the stories are memorable!
Telephone: (306) 692-8710
Wakamow Valley “the river of turns”
Nestled along the Moose Jaw River, this beautiful treed valley offers natural wonders that please the senses. The valley is home to a wide variety of trees, plants and animals, everything from marsh land to cactus growth, as well as an ideal home to thousands of species of wildlife. Located only minutes away from the centre of Moose Jaw, Western Development Museum, Historical Murals, Crescent Park and adjacent to the Wild Animal Park and River Park Campground, Wakamow Valley offers recreation and respite for all visitors, from weary travellers to city dwellers.
a series of parks, each with their own distinct character – areas of recreation facilities, heritage education, conservation, environmental clean-up and special events. Our primary purpose is to restore and protect the natural beauty of the river valley and create a pleasant park for use by citizens and visitors alike. Established to rejuvenate public lands within a 365 hectare river valley.
recreation facilities for individuals, families and groups, set in a beautiful natural environment. These facilities include picnic sites, barbecues, washrooms, shelter, fire pits and playgrounds.
Throughout River Park, kilometers of paved trail provide a safe and scenic route for walking and cycling. Canoeing and rowing opportunities also abound at Plaxton’s Lake and canoe launch at Connor Park. Nearby camping facilities exist within the river valley.
A variety of special events are presented by Wakamow and various community groups ranging from winter activities to summer theatre programs, from official park openings to community open houses and from education programs to socials. In delivering their events, Wakamow works to promote variety thereby allowing our community spirit to show through.
our parks have come to mean many things to many people. The most striking feature within the park is the way they are being developed to insure that any new improvements enhance the valley’s natural environment. Wakamow strives to stabalize our grasslands and slopes, plant thousands of trees and protect our wildlife populations. To their ends, Wakamow has been generously supported by individuals, community groups such as Kiwanis, Kinsmen and Rotary Clubs, and businesses such as Trans-Canada Pipe Lines, Petro Canada, Clorox and Kalium Chemicals. Support has also been received from foundations such as The Devonion, Wildlife Habitat Canada and wildlife groups like the South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association.
Together we are determined to provide ongoing care and development for all our valley facilities. This will insure that the park will be there for the enjoyment of upcoming generations.
the “turn” in Plains Cree. The name, pronounced WALK-A-MAW. refers to the historic location in Kingsway Park where the river makes an abrupt turn from north to east. Early natives and settlers knew this area as the “elbow” or the “turn” of the Moose Jaw River.
Website Wakamow Valley Authority
P.O. Box 1266
276 Home Street East
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan