Don’t take our word for it, hear what real families have to say about being posted to 15 Wing Moose Jaw!
I was born and raised in Alberta, so I really didn’t know anything about Moose Jaw before coming here. When I would tell family and friends that I was moving to Moose Jaw, the two things everyone knew was that there was a spa, and underground tunnels! Both of which, as it turns out, are not the only good things about living here.
I’ve found the city to be really lovely. It’s got all the charm of living in a small town, but it still has the amenities you need. And Regina is only 45 minutes away when you need the bigger city feel! The community is wonderful here. The MFRC is a great hub for meeting people and getting connected. When I was getting settled in, I always felt if I had a question or problem, I could walk down to the MFRC office and someone would be there to help me out.
I’ve been here a year now and it does feel like home. I’ve met some lovely ladies through the Military Wives Choir, and I enjoy attending all the social events on base. To new people I would say: spend time wandering in town and discovering all the hidden gems, join the 15 Wing Facebook groups (they’re a great place to ask for suggestions/recommendations and hear about events happening), and stay connected at the MFRC! Welcome to Moose Jaw 🙂
Jeneva, posted to Moose Jaw March 2017
My husband and I have called Moose Jaw home for almost 7 years. It’s large enough to have all the amenities you need, and yet small enough to feel comfortable and safe (a perk when raising a family). You’ll find your favourite neighbourhood spots, with some fantastic restaurants and lots of events and festivals throughout the year.
I love it now, but didn’t always feel that way! Coming from a large city (Toronto), I was skeptical of this little town in the Prairies called Moose Jaw (I didn’t even think it was a real place). Yet the town, and the people, grew on me, and once I got over the -40 temperatures, I realized what a gem this place was, and will genuinely miss it when we leave.
Darby, posted to Moose Jaw 2011
As you turn off the highway and enter Moose Jaw, the first object you are likely to encounter is a ten ton thirty foot concrete Moose. This character, known as Mac the Moose, stands guard over the city and is a highlight of the area. When I moved to Moose Jaw with my boyfriend as he started Phase II on the Harvard, Mac was my very first impression of the city. I thought it was interesting that Moose Jaw had a mascot, but also that it was a little unusual. Five months later, I have to say that my impression hasn’t changed. Moose Jaw is both an interesting and unusual place with little to hide. So as you pass Mac the Moose, and travel down the Snowbirds Expressway to where the town ends and it’s full on Corner Gas, perhaps you may find a few of these suggestions helpful. Here are my lessons learned in Moose Jaw including my best decision, the best that the city has to offer, as well as my worst decision and the biggest challenge the city has to offer.
The best decision we made was living off base. It has provided us with a better opportunity to settle into the community, and offers him a break from work at the end of the day. We are also a lot closer to the essential amenities and services of town which allows us to be better connected with the culture. The best part of living in Moose Jaw is its recreation and entertainment facilities. The Yara Centre, and Wakamow Valley Park are two great places to go on a Saturday. Moose Jaw also has a variety of restaurants and shops on Main Street, has its own spa, a movie theatre, and mall. If you’re looking for a thriving athletic community to be a part of, the Damebusters are always looking for women to join their roller derby team, and men to referee.
My worst decision here in Moose Jaw was accepting underemployment. It can be very difficult to advance your professional career when you don’t know how long you may be in Moose Jaw or where you may be posted next. I know spouses who have been successful in finding a job in their field, and others who have found it to be an ongoing challenge. My biggest advice is to remain both patient and persistent until you make the right connection. Emails may be easily lost in the Saskatchewan breeze. Your best line of communication is by picking up the phone or, better yet, by showing up in person.
And finally, I wish you good luck on your move and leave you with the advice a stranger once gave me before I moved to Moose Jaw – better invest in a good parka!
Sarah MacGregor, posted to Moose Jaw October 2017