How to spend 48 hours in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw Saskatchewan has become one of my favourite short weekend getaways. Before I visited the small prairie city last year, I paid little attention to it. However I’ve since made two more trips specifically to spend more time enjoying its obscure and whimsical aspects.

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This time ’round, my hubs Chris and I were doing our best not to do too much. I am the kind of person who likes to fill my days while Chris prefers taking it easy. So this 48 hours in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan has a blend of relaxing and doing. This post is meant to inspire you to try something different the next time you’re in town.


Take an afternoon nap at Temple Gardens

It’s been a two hour drive, so spread out and melt into the king size bed after the trip. Once rested, change into your pool gear and head for a soak and tan in the top-floor mineral spa.

Temple Gardens is a three star hotel that’s connected to the Moose Jaw Casino. If the $200 per night price tag is too much, stay elsewhere and pay admission to swim.

Pro Tip: Adult night takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 to midnight.

Do some day drinking over at Rosie’s on River Street

Tchotchkes abound in this hole-in-the-wall pub. With an array of items like 8-tracks, cards, plaster heads, and more stuck to the walls, you’ll discover something new on display every time you visit. Choose a nostalgic song from the jukebox while you sip their sangria for a berry thirst-quenching taste.

Walk the Queen’s Canadian Rose Garden

Crescent Park is located across the street from Temple Gardens, so you can roll on over when the mood strikes.

At approximately twenty-eight acres, the city park has a lot to offer year-round. With tons of trees, a stream, manicured gardens, lawn bowling, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, and a playground – there’s a lot to do and see.

Pro tip: Remember to bring your mosquito repellent.


Hit up the cocktail lounge that’s for mature adults only

Once you’ve seen all there is to see at Crescent Park, head over to Manitoba Street. Serving the 24+ crowd, Cask 82 is located in the renovated basement of a sports bar.

Try the selection of craft beer and two of their appetizers: Vegas Fries and Italian Ribs. The former is an elevated buffalo blue cheese concoction and the latter is dry ribs smothered in a creamy Italian dressing. We were lucky to enjoy some live music while getting our late-night munchies fix.


Wake up slow and grab a light breakfast at the Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday morning throughout the summer, you’ll find local producers selling their goods on Langdon Crescent which is kitty-corner to Crescent Park. We picked up fresh roasted coffee and cherry-almond scones from Chrysalis, Apple Pie Moonshine from Smooth 42 Craft Distillery and a bottle of rhubarb syrup.

Funny story: The Casino’s roving street team asked us to draw a Queen of Diamonds for a chance to win $100 cash. As luck would have it, my husband Chris drew the right card. We’re not gamblers, but Moose Jaw is known for its first-class gaming and entertainment.


Stop for a late lunch at Yvette Moore Gallery and Cafe

This stop makes it onto my list for nearly every weekend trip to Moose Jaw. Their fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads are reason enough to add them to regular rotation. Plus, tons of local art and crafts in their gallery on your way in and out.

Experience your choice of unique entertainment attractions and city culture

Moose Jaw Saskatchewan is known for its historic ties to Chicago. I’ve discussed several cultural events and tourist centres tied to this theme in past posts. This time around, we spent time at the Hometown Fair on the exhibition grounds.

If you want something different to do, plan to check out the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre.


Pretend you’re in the old country at Bobby’s Place

You definitely shouldn’t judge this spot by its exterior. Step inside this “old world” tavern and you’ll find stained glass windows, dart boards, church pew benches, and red brick walls which makes this spot a unique place to visit on the prairies. I ordered Yorkshire pudding for dinner and got a ginormous portion with mashed potatoes and roast beef.

Hear about local murders and hauntings on the Trolley Ghost Tour

We stopped for a selfie by Mac The Moose before boarding the sold out nighttime trolley (book your tickets in advance). Surprisingly, the small city has plenty of passionate killings and mysterious disappearances in its history books.  Some stories were graphic and vivid, so it may be best to leave the little ones at home. The guide couldn’t point out every location because people are still living in the haunted homes.


Brunch at any one of the local cafes in town

But only after you’ve went for one last dip in the mineral spa.

Use Pokemon GO! to learn the background of the Moose Jaw Murals

The app’s interface has much more information about each mural than the map and guide brochure you’ll find around town.

Sip tasting flights at Prairie Bee Meadery

We stumbled on this gem while looking for a kettle sour craft beer and ended up sampling at least five different flavours of mead. 

Taste your way through the array of products. The owner started as a U-Pick near Moose Jaw and evolved into Saskatchewan’s first craft meadery. The sweet nectar is a blend of fermented honey and Canadian fruits.

My favourite flavour: Huckleberry

Moose Jaw Saskatchewan is close enough to escape to for a quick weekend trip, yet far enough to satisfy your travel bug. We wanted a balance of relaxing and doing because Chris wants to do less and I want to do more. In between the ideas listed here, we spent most of our spare time in the mineral spa. There’s always something new happening, so it’s worth more than one visit.

Which spots do you recommend in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan?

Order Ceasars that eat like an epic meal at this Martensville spot

Mealzer at the Caesar Mill

If your drink of choice is the Canadian-invented Caesar, you’ll love this new local spot dedicated to the spicy cocktail.

When you order a “mealzer” from The Caesar Mill in Martensville, you’ll get a glass loaded to the brim with flavour. Take a look at what’s been catching my attention:

You can bet they’ll whip up all the usual pub-grub staples every day of the week, but what’s caught my eye is the variety of enormous mason jar concoctions hitting the menu every Monday.

The mountainous mealzer is only $15 on Mondays which is a smoking hot deal if you ask me (it comes with a side of your choice). Make a date of it and hit the highway to the bedroom community of Martensville this week!

The Caesar Mill Mealzer

Address: 1-323 Centennial Dr.
Phone: (306) 249-1581

2 Luxurious Winter Road Trips from Saskatoon You Can Take on a Budget

Luxurious winter road trips to take this winter from Saskatoon

In Saskatchewan, winter brings months of snow, cold, and dreary skies. You can pack your bags and deplete your savings account for a trip to Mexico,  sit around the house waiting for the weather to warm up, or make the most of it with these winter road trips from Saskatoon!

I’m giving you a couple of options to help you plan a few memorable winter road trips from Saskatoon: Moose Jaw and Waskesiu. They aren’t too far from home, but just far enough that you’ll feel like you actually got away from it all.

Did you know that Do Sask began back in January 2017 with the sole purpose to improve my outlook on living in Saskatchewan? Now that it’s December, I can honestly say that choosing to spend more time thinking positively about my home province has led to some great adventures here. Read about two of my favourite ones in this post about winter road trips from Saskatoon.

But first, what’s the number one thing to do before you take winter road trips from Saskatoon?

Check the weather. It’s going to be your biggest consideration before taking off on a spontaneous winter getaway.

Icy roads can be dangerous to maneuver if you don’t have a whip with 4 by 4 – especially when you drive a coupe like me. So before planning a trip make sure you check the highway road conditions and the weather in your destination. It’s probably worth getting a tune-up and topping up the air in your tires, too.

Winter Road Trip 1: Moose Jaw is for lovers of everything Great Gatsby

Head south for the magnificent 1920s murals, underground tunnels of time, and luxurious mineral waters. Moose Jaw is a nice choice for a weekend road trip. And it’s totally walk-able!

My mom and I surprised my grandma for her 80th birthday with a one-night stay at Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa this September. According to their website, it’s “one of the world’s top 10 spas for mineral springs”. We packed our overnight bags and checked out the city for a day.

On the way to Moose Jaw with Grandma and Mom

Either we planned the trip on the perfect weekend, or Moose Jaw’s tourism industry is on point because it was an action-packed 24 hours. We left at around 9:00 AM from Saskatoon and arrived in Moose Jaw just before our lunch reservation.

Lunch at Yvette Moore Gallery

We had the most delicious meal of our trip at their Gallery Café. Grandma and I both ordered the chicken salad sandwich with no regrets.

The old-school façade of this gallery compliments the artwork with its copper fittings. You could spend hours looking at all the pretty things on display. The local arts and crafts selection is one of a kind. I found a cute teal and gold glass pumpkin and some Barefoot Venus hand cream. 

Afternoon at Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum

(This spot isn’t open in the winter, but it’s worth checking out. You can swap it for a trip to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw which a wrote about here.)

Sukanen Ship Threshing Bee Car show 2017

Sukanen Ship’s Threshing Bee weekend was the perfect time to go. The vintage farm equipment was running, there were old-fashioned lemonade stands, and many souped-up hot rods on display. My mom, grandma, and I couldn’t believe what we had found! It was like we were right back in the 1920s. Grandma said the thresher looked like the same one from her childhood on the farm in Quebec.

Dinner at Hopkins Dining Parlour

For grandma’s birthday dinner, we met up with one of my mom’s old friends at Hopkins. The restaurant that used to be a very large house is rumoured to be haunted, but I felt comfortable and ghost-free. I ordered the ribs and chicken. Grandma even got a complimentary slice of cheesecake for her birthday, so everyone was happy.

Relax in the Pool

During the wintertime, Temple Gardens mineral springs is as close to beach resort relaxation as you’ll get in Saskatchewan. It has an indoor/outdoor heated pool all year round that draws water from an ancient underground seabed. Soak in the healing waters outdoors during a snowfall if you want!

Grandma and I woke up early Sunday to try the pool yoga. It was fun to try a new activity before driving back home to Saskatoon.

Next up, my partner’s surprise birthday winter road trip to Waskesiu. 

Winter Road Trip 2: Disconnect from the noise of everyday life at Elk Ridge Resort

The rooms at this golfing resort are comparable in price to an average hotel room because winter is their off season. Plus, with fewer guests the quiet was an added bonus.

My partner Chris is usually pretty easy to please when it comes to gifts. He isn’t big on crowds and commotion. And spending a lot of money on material things doesn’t really do it for him either. So when time was running out to get him a birthday gift this year, Elk Ridge Resort helped me knock it out of the park.

Elk Ridge Resort Ice Sculpture

We left Saskatoon at around 9:00 AM Saturday morning and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel. I chose the chicken salad sandwich (again) and Chris had the Elk Burger with fries. Afterwards, we put on our snow pants and tried some of the free winter activities on the resort.

Get outside to make snow fun again!

No one likes to be stuck inside for 6 months a year just because there’s a little white stuff on the ground. You won’t be bored with options like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, curling, tobogganing, and snowmobiling. Elk Ridge also has an indoor pool with a water slide and hot tub, but we kept fairly busy exploring the outdoors.

Chris and I walked for over 5 kilometers in snowshoes, so we were ready for something to eat (and my hips were sore!). I remembered my friend Elle had mentioned how amazing the nachos at Walleye’s Pub were when she went this summer, so I had to get an order for Chris and I to share.

Eat nachos and drink beer at Walleye’s Pub

The server let us know that the nachos with added chicken would be enough for a meal. As you can see in the picture, they are layered with cheese and meat.

The best nachos in Saskatchewan at Walleye's Pub

Walleye’s definitely didn’t go chintzy like most pubs these days. (They even added free guac!) You can get a pitcher of Coors Banquet and a mound of the good stuff for under $40.

Brunch like a boss

Chicken and waffles, anyone? How Elk Ridge knew to put my favourite meal ever on the menu, I’ll never know.

Wish I was eating this for lunch again today… #chickennwaffles #latergram

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This version has bacon jam in-between a stack of two waffles. It’s the best brunch I’ve had in ions. Chris wanted to swap me his omelette. I declined, but let him have one of the two waffles instead.

Give the tobogganing hill your top priority

We rounded out our stay with a trip to the tobogganing hill and regretted not spending more of our time there. I had so much fun that I forgot to take a picture!

At the top of the hill, they had inner tubes ready to go and a warm-up shack complete with a nice wood stove. Flying down the hill and trying to avoid the snow ramp was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

I can’t express in words how much I want to do it again tomorrow, but I’ll have to wait until we can go back again…

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