Five facts you didn’t know about Wakamow Valley

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This year, the Wakamow Valley Authority is introducing free historical walking tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. The tours are enriched with history about the valley, ranging from 40 BC through the 1930’s, all the way to present day.

Wakamow Valley is now offering two free walking tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., which will focus on the history of the park. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

The tours are separated into two, one focusing on the northern part of the valley with the second focusing on the southern part. They both run about 30 to 45 minutes long.

We’ve compiled some fun and interesting facts about the park, but they don’t even scratch the surface or what can be learned.

To learn more about Wakamow Valley, book a free walking tour, by calling (306) 692-2717.

-Wakamow Valley was formed by two glaciers, each a mile in height that collided together.

-Rotary Park used to be the meeting place for the local KKK.

-In 1906, Maryland Park was known as the Moose Jaw Nursery, and was the only tree nursery in Saskatchewan. It used to house 250,000 cottonwoods, 100,000 Manitoba maples and ash trees and 100,000 cabbage and celery plants.

-Kiwanis River Park used to be known as the River Park Beach and was a hotspot for locals and tourists from the 1930s to 1960s. Swimmers and sunbathers would flock to the beach every summer to swim or canoe. Unfortunately, by the 1960s the pollution in the water was so bad it had to be shut down and the city of Moose Jaw decided instead to build an outdoor swimming pool in 1967, which is now known today as the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool.

-In the 1920s and early 1930s, the marshy area on the other side of Kiwanis River used to be a Hobo Jungle. Times were tough and the depression, drought and poor economy led to men leaving their families.

They would ride the rails to find work and would stop at Hobo Jungle because of the water supply. They would come into town and steal vegetables from locals’ gardens. Sometimes there were 100 men staying at any given time. Hobo Jungle even received a four-star rating in the Hobo Gazette, an actual newsletter that was passed around in hangouts across Canada.

@Tagline:Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes.

Organizations: KKK, Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool, Hobo Gazette

Geographic location: Wakamow Valley, Kiwanis River, Rotary Park Maryland Park Saskatchewan Manitoba River Park Beach Moose Jaw Canada

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