Located on the Moose Jaw River within south-central Saskatchewan is the city of Moose Jaw. The people of the city fondly refer to themselves as Moose Javians. To the east of the city, approximately 77 kilometers away, is Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan. Regina is easily accessible by the Trans-Canada Highway, which conveniently runs right through Moose Jaw. The municipality of Moose Jaw is well known as being tourist and retirement friendly.
During the year 1857, the municipality was initially named "Moose Jaw Bone Creek" by John Palliser. There are some theories as to how the name was decided. The first theory is that, when looking at a map, the shape of the Moose Jaw River resembles the jaw of a moose. The second is that the name is derived from the Plains Cree name "moscastani-sipiy", that means a "a warm place by the river." The Coteau Range protects the river valley from the weather conditions. The Plains Cree word Moose Jaw means "warm breezes".
Although the city of Moose Jaw is mainly an industrial centre, Canada's military air show flight demonstration team, the Snowbirds, is located within the municipality. The business district is known for its attractive historical murals that are painted on the exterior of some buildings. Moose Jaw also serves as a railway junction for the area's agricultural produce. Some of the small grain elevators that previously lined the highway are being replaced by big capacity concrete grain terminals. Since the technology becomes more advanced within the fields of road construction, harvest and transport, huge inland terminals have become more economically viable. Because of the cities proximity to the Trans-Canada Highway. some meat-processing plants, potash, salt, anhydrous ammonia, urea fertilizer and ethanol producers can be located in close proximity to Moose Jaw.
In the city of Moose Jaw, there are some major places of interest, such as the Temple Garden's Mineral Spa, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and the History of Transportation Western Development Museum. Trolley tours of the city are still offered by Moose Jaw Trolley Company, that has been in business ever since the year 1912. Just outside of the municipality are the roadside attractions of Mac the Moose, Capone's car and Moose family. Other highlights of the municipality are CFB Moose Jaw, that is a NATO flight training school, and the geothermal spa.
Moose Jaw No. 161 is the governing body of the city of Moose Jaw. Roughly 1,228 inhabitants, including individuals from the neighboring Canadian Forces Base, depend on their services.
The municipality has just one indoor shopping centre known as the Town 'N' Country Mall. Them mall supports some independent retailers and grocery stores, like for instance Co-Op, the Real Canadian Superstore, Giant Tiger, Safeway Inc., Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, The Brick, Sobeys, MKarr's Furniture, Staples, Shoppers Drug Mart, Mark's Work Warehouse, PartSource, London Drugs, Liquidation World, Dollar Giant, Peavey Mart, Home hardware, Western Lumber, Castle Building Centres Group, and Liquidation World.