There and back again: A Torontonian's tale

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The first thing I learned about Moose Jaw was exactly where in Saskatchewan it was and that was courtesy of Google maps.

Samantha Emann

By Samantha Emann

Special to the Times-Herald

I will admit my knowledge of the city and even the province was pretty minimal. But I had just been offered a job half way across the country and all I knew was living in Moose Jaw was going to very different from life in downtown Toronto.

A couple of weeks later I got off the plane and got on a bus from Regina.

It was the first time I had gone somewhere so far, by myself, with nothing but a suitcase and my purse. I was nervous, a little terrified and very excited.

I have lived in a number of different places in my home province and I have learned that first impressions are very important. I am no stranger to moving, having done it about eight times in my 23 years. But this was the biggest and farthest move I had ever done. The feeling of knowing no one, not knowing where anything is or what to do first, threatened to be a little overwhelming.

The people of Moose Jaw definitely made this transition easier.

I found that most people I encountered were very friendly and patient with my questions. I give no small credit to my co-workers who made me feel at home by patiently indulging my curious nature and helping this city slicker out with adjusting to Saskatchewan life. And I will say, the abundance of handsome men in cowboy hats is a definite selling point.

The first thing I remember was trying to get a cab when I got off the bus. There was no waving my arm to hail a cab. It took a long time to come. A very long time.

The first thing I remember was trying to get a cab when I got off the bus. There was no waving my arm to hail a cab. It took a long time to come. A very long time.

It was in that moment I realized just how much of a big city person I am and how much that was going to have to change.

I quickly learned there were many other Ontarians, not to mention people from all over the world, here for work and family and they all have their own set of stories and experiences and I am interested in hearing as many as I can.

Whether you are from a different province or different continent, everyone has a different story to tell and experiences to share and advice to impart about moving to this lovely little town… I mean city.

What makes cities like Toronto so amazing is the multitude of different cultures that reside in its limits. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Moose Jaw is much the same on a smaller scale.

My first year in Moose Jaw has not been easy for this born and bred Torontonian but I can definitely say that it has been an adventure. There may not be any clubs, legitimate malls or quick cab service but I am quickly finding I am completely OK with that.

There are great restaurants, great people and friendly cab drivers. All-in-all, I am looking forward to all the other adventures this city, job and life still have in store. At the very least I will have lots of stories to tell when I go home for a visit.

If you have any stories to tell about your journey to and experiences living in Moose Jaw, you can email me at

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Toronto, Regina Saskatchewan

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