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Break in weather gives Moose Mountain success with Canada Day events

Break in weather gives Moose Mountain success with Canada Day events

Moose Mountain Provincial Park had a good Canada Day weekend, with plenty of visitors coming to camp out and take part in the various events around the campsite.

There was some worry that rain and thunder could disrupt the events, but two systems managed to part right on July 1, giving park-goers clear skies to enjoy the day.

Kim Brown, the Park Manager, sent out a release on just how well the park did.

“Canada Day at Moose Mountain turned out to be a great day with great weather,” said Brown, “Moose Mountain Provincial Park had roughly 500 people attend the Main Beach activities.”

On July 1, park interpreters saw a good turnout for all of their early to mid-afternoon programs, with 246 people turning out for events like Trivia, Lantern Making, and a Floaty Race.

They also held some other activities on the main beach including two slip and slides, music playing throughout the afternoon, and lots of self-use beach games, such as spike ball, ladder golf, and bocce ball.

Brown thanked some of the organizations around the park who helped with the day – that includes Kenosee Lake Bible camp which donated their time and rock-climbing wall.

As well Club 19, Kenosee Inn, and Carlyle Co-op all either offered discounts or gave free food to people.

In the end, the Visitor Centre had 300 people come through over the weekend, with the local campgrounds at 95% capacity through the weekend.

Their Big Moose Baseball tournament over the weekend was also a success and had a great turnout.

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Algoma U to host Moose Hide Campaign Day events

Algoma U to host Moose Hide Campaign Day events

The events will be held virtually and in person in Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton

Algoma University, along with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, will be hosting events on all three of its campuses in honour of Moose Hide Campaign Day on May 12.

Moose Hide Campaign Day is when all Canadians are called to join together to take a stand against violence towards women and children and to take practical steps for the collective journey of reconciliation.

The events will be held in Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, both virtually and in person.

In a press release, the university said Moose Hide Campaign Day, which began 11 years ago with a small gathering of men and boys intent on raising awareness of the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and children, has now become a national ceremony.

The university’s manager of Indigenous community relations, training and development, Paul Sayers, is urging the community to wear a Moose Hide pin on May 12 and inviting them to join one of three Algoma University campuses for activities scheduled to commemorate the day.

“Your support signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to speak out against domestic and gender-based violence,” said Sayers.

A full schedule of events taking place on each campus will be shared in the coming days on the Algoma University website calendar and Facebook event.

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Visit Moose Jaw Sees Events Returning

Visit Moose Jaw Sees Events Returning

The lifting of COVID – 19 mandates and restrictions has had a positive effect on the number of events coming to Moose Jaw.

The lifting of COVID – 19 mandates and restrictions has had a positive effect on the number of events coming to Moose Jaw and it is something noticeable to Visit Moose Jaw.

The six member organization – comprised of the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company, Grant Hall Hotel, Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn and Mosaic Place – has seen a rebounding number of events approved for grants.

“Compared to last couple of years we are way ahead, right now we are on par with pre-COVID numbers,” George Fowler said about a report to the Moose Jaw Exhibition members on Tuesday evening.

The six members of Visit Moose Jaw assess a one percent destination market charge which they then award to qualifying events in the city. The purpose of the grant is to help with events which put people into hotel rooms and restaurants.

It fits the finding that Moose Jaw does not have a service industry based on tourism but rather it is an event based economy with people visiting to attend or participate in events.

The events so far approved for Visit Moose Jaw funding are:

  • Basketball Sask April 22 – 24

  • Dance Inspirations May 5 – 9

  • Minor Girls Fastball Tournament May 13 – 15 and May 27 – 29

  • Moose Jaw Spartans Baseball Tournament May 20 – 22

  • South Saskatchewan Working Equestrian June 3 – 5

  • Brett Kissel Concert (tickets for packages) June 4

  • MJ Rugby Exhibition Game June 4

  • Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Show June 10 – 12

  • VW Bug Rally Car Show June 18

  • MJ Lacrosse Provincials June 7 – 12

  • Highway To Heroes Car Show July 16

  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words July 14 – 17

  • Shinedown Concert (tickets for packages) July 17

  • Sask Barrel Racing Provincial Finals August 15 – 18

  • Snowbirds Anniversary Reunion (an event postponed from 2020) October 20 – 23