Moose Jaw Tunnels Unveil New ‘Bunker 24’ Attraction –

It was a big day Friday for the Moose Jaw Tunnels as they held a grand opening of their new “Bunker 24” attraction.

Members of the media, Lt. Governor Russ Mirasty, Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Johnathon Potts, and honored guests from 15 Wing Moose Jaw toured the new tunnel.

Bunker 24 takes people back in time to show them what life was like in the 1950s and how Canada grew after the Great Depression and World War II, before the Cold War kicked in. They take you back in 1958 in their 1950s Cold War bunker.

Kelly Carty, director of business development for Moose Jaw Tunnels, says the response to Bunker 24 has been tremendous.

“We are very happy that our military partners have approved of what we have done, and we have done our homework well and we present a true story of what the Canadian army was like in the 1950s and get people to have a insight into what life was like in the 1950s,” says Carty.

Carty adds that it took some time to piece together the tour material for historical accuracy, as some things were borrowed from 15 Wing Moose Jaw, while others were obtained from various avenues.

“We keep them alive for them, if they’re stuck in a room somewhere no one sees them and no one understands them. It brings the story to life. »

15 Wing Moose Jaw, local historians and extensive research was done to ensure historical accuracy was correct on the tour.

Moose Jaw’s close ties to the military inspired the creation of Bunker 24 and laid the foundation for the story throughout the tour.

“It has always been a military town. We are the home of the Snowbirds, we had the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). »

Moose Jaw Tunnels quickly built and renovated Bunker 24’s 12,000 square foot space.

“It took a few years to finish the build, write the scripts, collect and put together all the set pieces as they came from all over. I would say two years from conception to completion.

Like most players in the tourism industry, COVID-19 has hampered their business, but it has also given them time to add or restructure any of their existing tours.

“We just reopened Passage to Forture this week, the visitor space is awesome. We tell it now from the perspective of Chinese immigrants. We wanted to give power to the history of the Chinese.

Carty wanted to remind those wishing to embark on one of the three tunnels that tickets can be purchased on their websiteby calling 306-693-5261, or at their box office.

Keith P. Plain