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“Surprise Information” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tunnels of Moose Jaw

Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Moose Jaw
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Owner description: The Tunnels is a year-round attraction where guests are entertained with unique theatrical presentations of Canadian history. Beneath the streets you relive Al Capone's bootlegging days on the Chicago Connection and experience first-hand the hardships of early Chinese immigrants on the Passage to Fortune. At the Tunnels we have intrigue and history all rolled into one fabulous time. For an unforgettable experience bring all the family to relive the past at The Tunnels of Moose Jaw.
Regina, Canada
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Surprise Information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you visit Moose Jaw, you should see the "Tunnels" There are actually 2 different tunnels discovered a few years ago when the City was ripping up some downtown infrastructure. This is my understanding of why the tunnels exist.
The first tunnel is the Chicago experience. You go underground to see what was actually happening back in the roaring twenties. The second was constructed by Chinese who due to discrimination felt it safer to move between buildings by tunnel instead of being a potential target above ground. Each tour has a guide who will explain the whys, etc.
Good entertainment for the whole family.

Visited May 2013
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Kootenays, BC
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“Passage to Fortune”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is the second time we have taken a tour in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. A couple of years ago we took the tour that referenced Al Capone. Today, we took the tour that involved looking at the harsh realities and blatant racism that Chinese immigrants faced when coming to this country. This tour was interesting and informative and I would highly recommend it.

Visited October 2013
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Olds, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The unexpected history of Moose Jaw”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed the 'Little Chicago' tour. Only wish it could have been a little more rich in historical facts and less of a skit. Truly interesting to walk in the tunnels once used by Al Capone. Sometimes the tour guides/actors are hard to understand.

Visited October 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Down under and declining further”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Visitors don’t know what to expect, and should be informed that you’re expected to be an “interactive” part of a hokey skit. Though both tours are $25, time constraints allowed for only the “Chicago Connection”. This one details Al Capone’s rum running days. (When the US government prohibits a substance, nefarious people profit from the increased price, and Uncle Sam loses tax revenue. Marijuana prohibition equates to non-use in the US, right?) The concept of the tour is to educate about the times when Capone smuggled alcohol in one building but exited from others that authorities weren’t aware. This I learned from Google searches. Starting with someone speaking in a horrendous Southern accent, guests are instructed how they should act: no questions, no photos. Then they’re expected to participate in a mawkish and melodramatic skits as though accidentally being caught backstage. Thing is, dagnabbit, this Southerner couldn’t understand a dang word the guide spoke. It’s not explained why someone from Chicago warbles like a hillbilly. Apparently, the purpose of this setup is to keep guests moving through the tour bowels—if you get my meaning.

If y’all are in Moose Jaw, definitely take in the tours, though sudden loud noises and tour “goons” dictating what to do may not be appropriate for children. I don’t consider the tour educational as the only thing I recall is from the male guide “Gus” is: “He suffers from an airborne illness—bullets.” In all fairness, this is only a job for the guides. They’re instructed how to conduct the tours, not be creative. “Gus” engaged us after the tour asking for feedback. He genuinely wants to perfect technique.

Visited August 2013
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Oshawa, Canada
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“Awsome Tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Took both tours at the Tunnels of Moose Jaw - both were absolutely amazing! A little history of Al Capone and his time in Saskatchewan - actors were amazing!!!! and the History of the Chinese Immigration to Canada and how Chinese people lived underground for many years, working for little to no money as it all went to pay back the brokers that they borrowed money from to get to Canada. A definite must for both tours!

Visited August 2013
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