First stop: Moose, Chicken and Ducks
Until today, I had a certain preconception about the term chicken outfit. That was until I visited the Déjà Vu Café in downtown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Local folks had told me that if I liked chicken (which, I don’t mind telling you, I REALLY do), then I should check the place out. So I did – twice!
Déjà vu serves up somewhere in the vicinity of 60 flavours of wings or strips, with or without breading (calculator required for number of chicken permutations!). The chicken did not disappoint; I will return one day soon with my equally chicken-loving son.
Spent some quality time in the many parks that are situated in Wakamow Valley. They’ve done an awesome job of creating trails, boardwalks, play areas, picnic areas - seriously, awesome place for a picnic. Access to the valley is just a minute or two from downtown Moose Jaw. You can camp, rent canoes or kayaks, take a river boat tour, or get some great food at the Burger Cabin.
Funny how this story keeps reverting back to food. The Burger Cabin is built on the site of the old Swing Inn KFC, of which a former Moose Jaw youngster like myself has fond memories. Local folks tipped me off that the same family that had at one time run the Swing Inn built a replica of an old restaurant (the original Burger Cabin) that had been in the valley years ago.
Well, I checked it out and watched as a steady stream of customers picked up their food and headed to the adjacent picnic area. The food is not only surprisingly good, it arrived unexpectedly fast – not surprising I suppose in a place like Moose Jaw.
Just literally steps away from Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort is Crescent Park, right downtown. What an awesome place to chill out: river, flowers, trees, swimming pool, library, art gallery. Oh, and ducks. I confess I became rather obsessed with the ducks, just paddling around, getting attention and food, basking in the sun – sounds like my kind of summer!
Great architecture, murals, and some amazing restored buildings downtown, and lots of folks walking the sidewalks and checking things out. Moose Jaw had done a great job of keeping the downtown vibrant – a challenge for a lot of places. Downtown is also where you’ll find some of the best Thai food in the province (if not Western Canada): Nits. I dug into some pud see-euw and a kind of lime-y, porky rice sausage. Dang, that was good!
Food of the Day: Nit’s Thai Food Restaurant, Main Street
Cleanest bathroom: Town and Country Mall, Main Street north by the Civic Centre. Honoruable Mention: Art Gallery in Crescent Park.
Oversized Things Spotted: Mac, of course!
Traveller Tip o’ the Day: Sunscreen, people! I don’t know if it actually is, but I find the spray-on stuff less greasy.
Injury of the Day: Hint – cactus and sandals don’t mix.
Obsession of the Day: ducks. I love ducks, apparently.
WAY MORE to come on Moose Jaw – video, stories and photos. Check back to learn more about the 'Jaw.
Next Stop: Lake Diefenbaker
More About Summer Tour 2009
You know SaskSecrets as Tourism Saskatchewan’s monthly newsletter, full of great Saskatchewan vacation ideas. This summer, SaskSecrets is all that and more, as we hit the road to provide you with a travellers’ eye view of great Saskatchewan travel spots.
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