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Summer in Moose Jaw

MLA Warren Michelson's column for the week of July 24, 2019
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Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson

A cool and dry spring in Saskatchewan had a lot of people concerned. Very little precipitation in March, April and May delivered drought conditions and worry about the coming crop year. Fortunately, through the better part of June and now into mid-July, we have received much-needed moisture for lawns, gardens and our agriculture sector.

The weather can be unpredictable across the prairies, as we have seen recently. Severe storms can pop up quickly, with little warning, bringing heavy rain, hail, thunder, lightning and damaging winds with potential for funnel clouds and tornadoes.

While rapidly changing weather conditions can present challenges in enjoying ourselves outdoors, I encourage all who are able to get out and enjoy everything our community and region has to offer. From the Hometown Parade and Fair, Sidewalk Days and the Air Show to events like Motif and the Mortlach Berry Festival, Moose Jaw and area has been home to many outdoor events and activities in recent weeks.

For those who enjoy fresh produce or herbs, evening markets have returned to Langdon Crescent and will continue every Saturday morning until early October, and every Wednesday evening through late August. If you don’t feel like cooking, it’s no problem as the market provides hot food that can be taken home or enjoyed in the park. 
 
There are many urban parks in Moose Jaw to enjoy like Crescent Park, and Happy Valley park. Wakamow Valley presents a variety of outdoor activities including trail walks through the park or canoeing and kayaking for those who prefer to be on the water. These are some of the best ways to explore the beautiful river valley and wildlife along the way.  If you don’t have a kayak or canoe, or maybe lack experience and would still like to try it, equipment rentals and guided tours are available by calling 306-630-7525.  
 
If floating on the river is not really your thing, there are other amenities Wakamow Valley has to entertain you during these summer months. You may enjoy bird watching. Over 190 species of birds have been sighted within Wakamow Valley across all seasons of the year. Bird kits including binoculars, a bird book, a check-list of birds and bird seed can be borrowed free of charge from the Wakamow Valley Authority office. Tatawâw Park also has beautiful scenery as well as great walking and biking paths. After a day of adventure and fresh air, the famous Burger Cabin in the heart of Wakamow Valley is another great place to enjoy.

Our Moose Jaw Miller Express baseball team can be found on the field inside Ross Wells Park throughout the summer. The young ball players provide our community with an exciting atmosphere and experience several times a week, and I would recommend taking in a game or two before the season comes to a close.

Brickspo is returning for another display at the Western Development Museum July 27 and 28. I always enjoy attending this event. It amazes me the time put in to the displays and the talent it takes to create such exhibits. If you have a free moment this weekend, I encourage you to round up the family and take in this creative event. 
 
Moose Jaw is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  We have an array of activities taking place throughout the city no matter what season we are in, but especially during the summertime. Whether the festivities are outside or indoors, I encourage you to step out and appreciate all we have in Moose Jaw.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.