Trolley manager Michelle Blakley sweeps the trolley bus parked at Tourism Moose Jaw. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu
Trolley tours start up again for the season
Ghost trolley tours have a touch of murder this year.
“Ghost tours this year are going to be ghost tours and tales of murder,” said Michelle Blakley, Moose Jaw Trolley Company manager with Tourism Moose Jaw. “We haven’t taken too much of the ghost stories away but we did change the route. Ghost tours this year are starting at the Rosedale Cemetery. So that’s where everyone’s going to meet. They’re going to gather there.”
Afterward, people will get on the trolley and learn about Moose Jaw hauntings and murders. This is the sixth season for ghost tours.
Ghost tours and daytime tours are up and running this year aboard the 34-seat trolley, which is a replica 1911 electric streetcar.
The mysterious and surreal ghost tours mixed with murder portray Moose Jaw in a “different light.”
“It is done at night time so the city does look a little bit different,” said Blakley. “It’s nice to get out and explore the city at night as well … It’s definitely exciting.”
The daytime tours, on the other hand, offer facts about Moose Jaw in a positive manner.
“The daytime tours, it’s great to brag about our city, what’s going on, some of the history,” said Blakley. “A lot of people from Moose Jaw don’t know why a building is called what it’s called or how Moose Jaw got its name and we can give it to them. We’ll educate people from Moose Jaw and anybody that’s not from town.”
Last year, the shop and go initiative was added to the daytime tours. It is happening again this year too.
Individuals can get on the first tour leaving the Visitors’ Centre at 1 p.m. to go downtown and then spend some time downtown. People can get back to the centre by getting on the 2:45 p.m. tour leaving from downtown at Java Express.
“People often asked us at the Visitor’s Centre, ‘Well, how do we get downtown with our big RV?’” said Blakley. “(People can) spend some money in town, fall in love with the businesses and decide to stay a little longer.”
In May and June, the ghost tours run on Saturday nights at 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. The daytime tour times are available by calling Tourism Moose Jaw. It departs from Tourism Moose Jaw.
In July and August, the daytime tour departs seven days a week at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Tourism Moose Jaw. Downtown pickup is at Java Express at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
The ghost tours run Friday and Saturday nights at 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Advance booking for ghost tours is recommended as they are “highly popular,” said Blakley.
Daytime tours cost $13 for adults aged 19 to 65, $11 for seniors over 65, $11 for youth aged 13 to 18, $7 for children aged six to 12 and children under five are free. A family consisting of two adults and between one and four dependents is $35.
Ghost tours are $15 for all ages. Private groups and charter bookings are also available. The trolley can be booked for family reunions, staff parties, weddings, school groups, bus tour groups and conventions.
For more information on the trolley or to get tickets, call Tourism Moose Jaw at 306-693-8097.
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