Manitou & District

Park Info

Season:
May 1 - Thanksgiving
Park Entry:
3 day visitor pass $5, Week pass $10.
Payment Information:
Cash, Cheque, Interac, and Visa & MasterCard accepted.
GPS:
51.71568 -105.45143
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Park Description

The park includes a campground, golf course and beach area, just a short distance away. The mineral waters of Little Manitou Lake are unique for their chemical composition. The Village of Manitou Beach is well suited to take advantage of this natural bonanza, as it caters to the many visitors with restful parks, spas, drive-in movies, mini golf, golf and Danceland.

Driving Directions:
From Hwy 16 East (Manitoba or Eastern SK) - Turn south on Hwy 668 for 30 km, then right on Hwy 365 for 6 km.

From Hwy 16 West (Edmonton, Alberta, Saskatoon or Western Sask) - Turn south at Hwy 2 for 60km, turn left on Hwy 365 at Watrous for 8km.

From Hwy 1 East (Southern Sask, Regina) - Turn NW on Hwy 11 at Regina and travel 65 km, turn north on Hwy 2 until Watrous, turn right on Hwy 365 for 8 km.

From Hwy 1 West (Calgary, Swift Current or Southern Sask) - Turn north on Hwy 2 at Moose Jaw until Watrous, turn right on Hwy 365 for 8 km.


Local Services

The Village of Manitou and the Town of Watrous supplies essential service but the park does have campgrounds particularly suited to the recreation vehicle. The parks has an outstanding golf course and a beach area which provides access to the lake. Wireless internet is available at the campground. This service is free, but access can be limited, especially at busy times. Ask at the office for the wifi password. The village offers many other recreational activities such as mini golf, weekly farmer's and flea markets, weekly bingo and the world famous Manitou Springs Mineral Spa.

One of the last remaining drive in theaters in the province is adjacent to the campgrounds. Danceland dance hall has a wooden floor cushioned with coils of horsehair. Walking in the area will provide sightings of the many shore birds that inhabit the area, and the National Wildlife Area of Last Mountain Lake is only a half hour away where the family can partake in the only public access bird banding station in the province.


Park / Area History

Manitou and District Regional Park is located near the shores of the unique and famous Little Manitou Lake, which is highly saline and deeply set in an old glacial spillway. The Cree word manitou means "great spirit" and medicine men brought sick people to the lake to be healed. Patients were treated either by drinking the water or by using it in sweat lodges. Folklore tells that the waters healed even those who suffered from small pox. The homesteaders also respected the healing powers of the lake and would take mineral water to their homes in barrels. From 1910 into the 1940s, Manitou Beach thrived as a boomtown resort.

The Winnipeg based Manitou Mineral Water Company bottled and shipped its waters all over North America. Hotels, bathhouses, spas and pools sprung up, along with sanatoriums and health clinics. Dance halls were also popular, including the famous Danceland. In 1931, Manitou was known as Little Manitou Provincial Park; it became a regional park in 1962. Historical sites include the natural fieldstone chalet and buildings erected by the provincial government in the 1930s and originally used as a commercial tourist hotel. The chalet was changed to Camp Easter Seal in the 1950s.


Barrier Free Access

One totally accessible wheelchair washroom in the campground. This is shown on our map as W #4.

Policies

Underage – Persons camping in the park must be 19 years of age or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fees – All camping fees must be paid in full at the time of check-in.  No refunds will be given if you leave early.  If all nights are not paid, the unpaid nights will not be held and are subject to bookings by others.  Alcohol and pet policy in place.  Pets – Please make note of the Pet Policy as if may affect you plans.  Pets are allowed in the park but cannot be left in a camper or a site unattended.  There is a maximum of 3 pets allowed per site plans.  If you leave the park, so must the pet.  Barking dogs will not be tolerated.  All dogs must be secured by a leash and must be controlled by a person capable of restraining the animal.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach.  Contact the office for local kennel availability. Burning wood from outside the campground is not permitted. We are unable to give out any information regarding campers staying in the park according to Canada’s Privacy Act.

Bylaws

Manitou & District Bylaws

Manitou & District Constitution

 Camping Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
15 Amp Daily $27.00
30 Amp and Water Daily $28.00
30 Amp Full Service Daily $30.00
Non Serviced Daily $24.00
Pull Thru Large Sites – 30 Amp, Water & Sewer Daily $35.00
Pull Thru Side by Side Sites – 30 Amp, Water & Sewer Daily $33.00
Seasonal sites Seasonally $2000.00

Rentals/Other Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
Firewood Per Bundle $5.00

 

 

  • Barrier Free Areas (Wheelchair Accessible)
  • Camping (Electrical Sites)
  • Camping (Non-Electrical)
  • Concession
  • Golf Course 9 Hole Grass Greens
  • Golf Course Pro Shop
  • Group Camping (Electrical Sites)
  • Hall and/or Shelter Rental
  • Licensed Establishment
  • Playground
  • Racquet Sports (Tennis, Badminton)
  • Sewer Dump Station
  • Washrooms (Modern / Running Water)
  • Beach Area
  • Camping (Electricity and Water)
  • Camping Seasonal
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Course Club House (Food Service)
  • Group Camping
  • Group Camping (Non-Electrical Sites)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pet Friendly
  • Potable Water
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Camp Kitchen / Picnic Shelter
  • Camping (Electricity, Water, Sewer)
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Fire Wood
  • Golf Course Club House (Licensed)
  • Group Camping (Electric, Water, Sewer)
  • Group Camping with Hall and/or Kitchen
  • Internet and/or Wifi Service
  • Picnic Tables
  • Quiet Time Enforced
  • Security
  • Swimming Area

Camping

The campground is suited for large motorhomes or trailers as it features more electrified sites than non electrified and 29 sites designated as seasonal.  The pull thru and other larger sites have graveled pads to park the RV on with a grass lawn beside. There is a trailer dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There are two camp kitchens available. There are four newly renovated shower/washroom facilities in the campground.  One washroom is wheelchair accessible and all the washrooms have free showers. Firewood is available for sale. Burning wood from outside the campground is not permitted. Water service is by central tap and is reverse osmosis municipal water.


Group Camping

We have over 200 sites and can accommodate large groups! Our two enclosed camp kitchens are no charge for groups of 4 or more and they hold about 50 people. The structures are equipped with electrical outlets, a fridge and 8 picnic tables. They are not equipped with a stove or other cooking appliances. These must be booked in advance.  A Liquor permit is required to book the kitchen if alcohol will be present.

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Golf

A nine hole, grass green golf course and driving range is just a short walk from the park gates. It is a 3000 yard par 36 course. The course has elevated tees, bunkered greens and a fully licensed clubhouse with a pro shop.  A golf and camping promo is available to save $15 off the cost of both camping an golfing, this is valid on week days only.  Contact office for details.  Mini golf nearby.

  • 9 Hole Grass Greens
  • Yardage Markers
  • Clubhouse with Dining Facilities
  • Snack Bar
  • Pro Shop
  • Club Rentals
  • Cart Rentals
  • Marshall
  • Soft Spikes
  • Licensed Lounge / Beverage Cart
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Tee Times and Rain Checks

Swimming

The lake is very salty, with a specific gravity similar to seawater, and much more buoyant than fresh water. Floating is no problem. Swimming lessons are offered in Watrous. Freshwater showers are available at the main beach to wash the salt off.

Playground/Recreation Activities

In 2014 extensive structures were added to our existing playground in the campground to provide hours of enjoyment for all ages.

Boating and Fishing

Sailing and boating are popular pastimes and a boat launch is available.  There is no fishing in the salty water. Rentals are available for canoe, kayaks and paddleboards.

Hiking/Nature Trails

A bike trail wanders the length of the beach to allow hiking or biking in this scenic area and is well graveled.  The nature trail starts at the back of the campground and ends up at Wellington Park Manitou Beach (a 20 – 30 minute walk).

Mini Golf

Not within the regional park, but privately owned. Very nice and adjacent to the park. Easy to walk to from the campground, next to it along the highway. Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.