Bust the Chicago Connection

Beneath the streets of Moose Jaw lie a labyrinth of tunnels with a sordid history. Originally built by frightened Chinese workers to hide from CPR railway ruffians, the tunnels were repurposed in the 1920’s as a bootlegger supply line during prohibition. Gangsters like Al Capone paid regular visits to the city, roaming freely and protected by a corrupt police chief. Officials denied the tunnels until well into the 1970’s. Today, it’s re-enactors share the tall tales of this fascinating underworld of Canadian history.

Overview

Length of Trip : The Chicago Connection and Passage to Fortune tours last 50 minutes each.

Cost : There are two tours offered in the Moose Jaw Tunnels: The Chicago Connection and the Passage to Fortune. A single tour costs $15 for adults, $12 for senior. Both tours: $25 for adult, $18.90 for seniors. Click here to the latest tour prices.

Best time to go : Open year-round, every day except Christmas Day.

Wheelchair friendly : Limited wheelchair access.

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : There are plenty of restaurants nearby. Click here for a list of options for dining on Main St, Moose Jaw.

Official Site : Tunnels of Moose Jaw Official Site

Where to Stay : In keeping with the theme, literally, Capone’s Hideaway Hotel is just the sort of place for shady dealers. It also has a website that looks like it was designed in 1986. For other accommodation options in Moose Jaw, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw have provided a handy list.

Getting There : The Tunnels of Moose Jaw are located on 18 Main Street. Moose Jaw is about a 40-minute drive from Regina.

Note from Robin : When prohibition was lifted, rumrunners became established families of power and wealth – the Kennedy’s, the Bronfmans. Al Capone was not so lucky, but considering he wasn’t gunned down by a Tommy gun, he was luckier than others. The tunnels are a fascinating glimpse into our recent shady past. I wonder, will tourists be visiting marijuana grow-ops in the not-to-distant future?

Gallery

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Welcome to the tunnels

al capone

The Notorious Al Capone

gangster light

Gangsters below the streets

explaining weapons

Remember, nobody know nuthin.

weapons

The Weapons Room

sign on wall

Info about The Chicago Connection

motel

Gangster Paradise

Map

Further Reading

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