Murals Of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

October 23, 2022
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A mural featuring a lively scene from Main Street, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the 1920s.
The historic downtown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, features giant outdoor murals

Moose Jaw is a small Canadian city located in south-central Saskatchewan with a number of tourist attractions. Its walkable downtown boasts historic buildings and colourful murals. A collection of 47 giant outdoor murals depict Moose Jaw’s early history.

I enjoyed seeing the murals when I visited the city. I’m showcasing a few of the murals in this post. To see the full collection and where they can be found, visit the Murals of Moose Jaw website.

Note that many of the murals are located on the sides or backs of buildings.

A mural featuring a lively scene from Main Street, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the 1920s.
Cruising Main Street

Painted by Grant McLaughlin in 2011, Cruising Main Street on the back of the Old Capital Theatre Building at 217 Main Street North features a lively scene from 1920s Moose Jaw.

Mural depicting farmer breaking ground pulled by a team of four cattle
Breaking New Ground

Painted by Paul Geraghty in 1990, Breaking New Ground at 80 High Street West represents the pioneer’s hopes of a golden future. The settler had to “prove his land” by breaking five acres per year for five years.

Mural showing a portrait of Louis Riel and a quote from him: Our people will sleep for a hundred years - but they awake, it will be the artists who bring back their culture.
Tribute to the Métis Community

Painted by Ray Renooy in 2007, Tribute to Louis Riel on Hochelaga Street West on the back wall of Patterson Plaza/Rogers/Shoppers Drug Mart features a painting of Métis leader Louis Riel and a quote from him. Louis Riel played a key role in the history of Saskatchewan and in my home province of Manitoba. I’ve written more about Louis Riel and places to explore his history in my home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the post Discovering Louis Riel in Winnipeg, Canada.

Mural showing a street scene from the 1880s as a prairie storm is on the way with darkening sky, dirt street, wooden buildings lining the street, and men in horses racing down the street
Stormin’ Main Street – 1883

Painted by Dale Cline in 1991, Stormin’ Main Street – 1883 on the east wall of 44 Fairford Street West depicts Main Street as a prairie storm is on the way.

A mural in shades of red and blue showing a 1911 scene when Moose Jaw street car took its first run
The First Run

Painted by Brian Volke in 1991, The First Run at 125 Main Street North on the north wall showcases the first run of the Moose Jaw street car on August 19, 1911.

A mural honouring past and present veterinarians
Veterinarian Mural

Painted by Noella Cotnam, Veterinarian Mural on Hochelaga Street West on the back wall of Patterson Plaza/Rogers/Shoppers Drug Mart honours past and present veterinarians.

Painted by Grant McLaughlin in 2009, Fire Watch celebrates the history of the Moose Jaw Fire Department. Gradual changes in equipment and methods are illustrated in a series of panels that cover the long east wall at 100 Fairford Street West.

Mural showing an old time threshing bee
Old Time Threshing Bee

Painted by Paul Geraghty in 1992, Old Time Threshing Bee at 32 River Street East is a tribute to farmers.

A mural that is a pixelated painting of the inside of a store in 1902
Clarke Bros. Circa 1902

Painted by Ruth Hamilton in 1999, Clarke Bros. Circa 1902 on the west wall of 37 Main Street North shows the interior of the store operated by the artist’s father and uncle from 1902 to 1950.

Mural showing an old ticket to a show at the Capitol Theatre
Capitol Theatre Mural

Painted by David Butler, the Capitol Theatre Mural on the north wall of the Cultural Centre depicts a ticket for the theatre during its heyday.

Mural shows 1920s dancing couple with a collage of instruments and party items in the background
Dancing on River Street

Painted by Brian Romagnoli in 2002, Dancing on River Street on the north wall of 21 Fairford Street East. offers a glimpse of the exciting nightlife of River Street in the 1920s.

Mural shows a 1920s Sunday School group is sepia tones and a couple of women in front of 1920s era blue car
Sunday School

Painted by Marsha Wade Charlebois in 1991, Sunday School at 60 Hochlega Street West pays tribute to Eva Hasell and Winifred Tricehurst who did missionary work in the 1920s.

I thought the above painting by Carly Jaye in 2021 was a clever way to decorate/hide a utility box at the side of a building.

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    Ken Dowell
    October 24, 2022 at 6:18 am

    Murals are pretty popular these days but I don’t ever remember seeing a town that had a collection of murals like these that show the history and the character of the town. Wouldn’t it be great if this became a trend and lots of towns starting turning their buildings into public history museums.

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      Donna Janke
      October 25, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Ken, it would great indeed.

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