Manitou Lake

The Manitou Loft is unavailable for bookings from June 2017 until further notice.

Little Manitou Lake is a small saltwater inland sea about 100 kilometres South-East of Saskatoon. The lake was formed by receding glaciers during the most recent ice age. It is fed by underground springs, and has a mineral content high in sodium, magnesium and potassium salts. The salt content of the watergives it a density about halfway to that of the Dead Sea, allowing bathers to float easily.

Since the 19th century, native people have been bringing sick people to the lake they named after the spirit Manitou. The earliest known practice of using this water to heal was when some Assiniboine people were afflicted with smallpox were cured after drinking and submerging themselves in the water.

Since the turn of the 20th century and the depression of the 1930s, Manitou has been a popular tourist resort due to its salty waters. Since the late 1980s, the health benefits and the buoyancy of the water have once again made it a tourist destination.

Manitou Beach has spawned an Arts Community, made evident by the founding of an Artists’ Collective called “Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail”. The Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail consists of an open studio/gallery weekend tour including artists/artisans from the localities of Allan, Meacham, Watrous and Manitou Beach.

Enjoy the Beach from your haven, the Manitou Loft

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