Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022
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Sinking impossible

Little Lake Manitou has a specific gravity that’s 10 percent higher than regular water, thanks to an abundance of dissolved salts and minerals. Your cuts and scratches may sting a little, but you can float to your heart’s content without moving a muscle. Nearby the lakeshore community of Manitou Beach is the town of Watrous, which boasts such curiosities as 72-year-old Danceland, “Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair,” a very popular dancehall which still holds old-time nightly dances. Big skies, green hills, changing cloudscapes and the natural beauty of the long thin salty lake are some of the reasons why locals call it “the hidden gem of Saskatchewan.”

For an affordable stay in Manitou Beach, try The Salty Surf Inn ($59 to $82 per night), with its own massage and day spa, clean rooms each with its own kitchenette, and a private beach on the lake. When it comes to temperature, Little Lake Manitou and the Dead Sea part ways. The lake is deliciously cool and swimmable in July and August. The rest of the year, you may opt to go down the road to the Manitou Springs Resort to enjoy their cozy though somewhat dated set of three heated mineral springs (customer reviews don’t recommend the rooms).

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