1 ACTIVITIES GUIDE . 2017/18. Free for distribution 1 1 Welcome 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE Welcome 2015/16 Watrous and Manitou Beach Visitor GUIDE 1. Hwy #2 East Watrous , SK. We make deals happen! . 1-800-667-0490 | 306-946-3336 | 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE GREETINGS FROM THE MAYORS. Watrous . On Behalf of Town Council and our residents, I would like to welcome you to our community! Watrous is a growing community whose main industries include agriculture, potash, tourism, and a strong retail and small business sector. We are continually working to improve the quality life through town infrastructure, recreation facilities, health care, and our educational institutions.
2 We have new lots ready for development and welcome anyone to call our community home you won't be disappointed. Together with the Resort Village of Manitou Beach, we offer an abundance of natural, cultural, and historical attractions for everyone to enjoy. We are especially proud of our diverse business sector we offer residents and our guests. If you need it, you'll find it here in Watrous - Manitou . We are excited to welcome home past residents and guests to our Watrous Manitou Homecoming 2017 this Canada Day weekend! We hope you join us in celebrating our community but also Canada's 150th birthday. Enjoy your stay with us and experience all Unsinkable Watrous and Manitou Beach have to offer. We hope to see you again soon.
3 Mayor Ed Collins RESORT VILLAGE OF Manitou BEACH. On behalf of myself, council, staff, and our residents, welcome to Manitou Beach. I invite you to relax and enjoy our unique resort and all that we have to offer. Once you arrive and settle in at one our many places to stay - whether it be at the beautiful hotel and heated spa, charming motels and cabins, or at our award-winning campground - you will see that there is much to see and do in Manitou . Take a peaceful stroll over foot bridges through our quaint Wellington Park, or experience our walking trails and meander your way through our entire village. Challenge your skills at our 9 hole golf course situated on lush greens and rolling hills, or discover some local history while you work your way through our 18 hole mini golf.
4 Soothe your soul with an afternoon out on the lake with sailing, boating, kayaking, or paddle boarding, or treat your senses to one of our magnificent sunsets. Spoil yourself with a massage or manicure, or heal your body and mind with the help of our holistic health community. The Village, Recreation Board, Communities in Bloom, and our artist community hold a number of events throughout the summer season too, so there is always something to do for everyone. We invite you to vacation with us, or make the Resort Village of Manitou Beach your summer or permanent home. Mayor Gerald Worobec 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE Welcome 3. CONTENTS. 5 Legend of the Lake of the Healing Waters 6 Attractions 23 Maps 29 Where to Stay 33 Where to Eat 36 Where to Meet 39 History 40 Community 45 The Water 48 Contacts 4 Welcome 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE LEGEND OF.
5 THE LAKE OF. THE HEALING. WATERS. Long before white settlers emigrated to Canada and the western territories, Saskatchewan was designated as part of the Great Plains of western Canada. A variety of Canadian First Nations tribes traveled throughout the land, utilizing the available resources for their survival while still respecting the land from which it came. The arrival of the European settlers impacted the tribes in a variety of ways. One of the most devastating effects settlers had upon the First Nations people was the introduction of foreign diseases such as small pox. The Cree people who populated the land area known as Saskatchewan were exposed to small pox and suffered devastating losses.
6 When traditional medicines and remedies proved ineffective against this new disease, the Cree did the only thing they believed they could, move away from the site of death and destruction. According to legend, some young braves fell ill during their tribe's move. Fortunately the tribe's choice of camp was in the vicinity of what is now known as Little Manitou Lake. The braves were too weak to continue the journey so the tribe built a shelter for them before continuing on. It is said the afflicted were overcome with fever and dehydration and crawled their way to the lakeshore where they slaked their thirst and immersed themselves in the cool water. Spent from their efforts, they remained on the beach overnight.
7 In the morning, the braves experienced some relief from their symptoms. They attributed the respite to the water and remained on site, consuming and immersing themselves in the liquid medicine. Within days of their arrival at the lake, the braves regained their health and continued on their tribe's journey. Upon reuniting with their tribe, tribe members were astounded by the braves' seemingly miraculous return to health. So was born the legend of the healing waters of Manitou Lake. Medicine men named the lake Manitou in reference to the Great Spirit, which is the European equivalent of God. As word of the legend of the lake with healing powers spread First Nations tribes later followed. Settlers, and visitors from all parts of the world traveled to the Lake of the Healing Waters to experience relief from a number of maladies.
8 An entire industry of healing and therapeutic products sprang up from the lake resources, an industry that is still strong and vibrant today. How effective the healing waters are can only be determined through first-hand experience! Experience the Legend of Manitou for yourself! 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE Welcome 5. ATTRACTIONS. The communities of Watrous and Manitou Beach offer visitors the perfect playground for a variety of holiday adventures. From the high-energy guest who likes to engage in physical activity to those looking for a more restful respite from the daily grind, Watrous and Manitou Beach caters to all. Perfect for individuals, couples and families, you'll always find something new to explore in our community.
9 WHAT'S NEW TO SEE AND DO AT Manitou . The Resort Village of Manitou Beach Manitou Beach now has a 2nd beach to has been working to make your visit a enjoy the healing waters! From the spa, memorable one. Follow Lake Avenue past head west along MacLachlan Avenue Danceland and you'll find the new Marina where you'll find our new beach and and boat launch to accommodate all restored playground! kinds of watercraft. Whether it's a canoe, As you walk around our village be sure kayak, motor boat, or sail boat, all are to stop and see the many wood carvings welcome on our lake! and sculptures that are placed around the Try our new walking trails (trail map on community! Can you find them all? pg 24-26).
10 The trail head begins at the Community Hall and loops around the community through beautiful vistas over- looking the lake into the hidden valley of Wellington Park. Looking for more of a challenge, feel free to use the exercise equipment along the trail! 6 See & Do 2017/18 Watrous and Manitou Beach ACTIVITIES GUIDE CAMPING AT THE. REGIONAL PARK. Camp at one of Saskatchewan's most popular campgrounds - Manitou & District Regional Park. You will find over 230 sites from non-electric to service from which campers may choose the perfect spot. Each site includes a picnic table and pole barbeque and there are two camp kitchens with a 50-person capacity available free to registered campers - ideal for hosting reunions or your next gathering.