Moose Jaw’s Healing Waters
Steam swirls in a hypnotic dance just above the water’s surface. Silhouettes glide through the warm pool as morning sunlight fills the air. And audible exhales roll melodically from the bathers who come to soak in the natural wonder that helped put Moose Jaw on the map.
Officially, it’s the largest therapeutic geo-thermal mineral water indoor/outdoor rooftop pool in Canada. This gem, sparkling among the wheat fields of Saskatchewan, is set in the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort, recently named among the Top 10 Best Spas in the World for Mineral Springs.
Unofficially, it’s a healing haven for weary muscles and sore joints of visitors from around the world. Repeat guests eagerly attest to the water’s health benefits. The geothermal mineral-rich pools, drawn from an ancient sea bed lying deep below the city’s surface, are said to relax muscles, ease joint pain, hydrate skin, and help detoxify the body’s lymphatic system. And now visitors can enjoy an all-inclusive mid-week package at an incredibly affordable price.
Taking the waters
It is not unusual to see the resort’s hallways filled with a sea of comfy, white-robed patrons coming and going from the mineral pools. They ease into the 39C-degree waters inside and float their way outside through the connecting waterway where treetop views of the adjacent park await. Guests are often overheard boasting about ‘taking the waters’ in the crisp, fresh air or under a star-studded sky… even when snow covers the ground.
“When it’s 40 below zero you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a Saskatchewan winter,” says Ranald Rasmussen, general manager of Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort. “The geo-thermal mineral waters have a way of transporting you to another place and you leave more relaxed, rejuvenated and happier than when you arrived.”
The mineral-rich water contains high concentrations of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and Glauber’s salts (sodium sulfate). It also includes trace elements of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, sulfate, boron, bromine, fluoride, silicon and strontium. The chemistry happens to be similar to that of the famous mineral pools in Bath, England. Taking the waters repeatedly over several days is believed to yield the best therapeutic results – what better excuse to spend a week.
A therapeutic stay
Fortuitous chemistry is only part of the therapeutic effect of Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort. A world-class spa treatment facility and beautifully appointed guestrooms also draw visitors year-round to this 4 ½-star luxury resort to relax and get away from it all.
Overnight guests and day trippers alike de-stress with Sun Tree Spa’s facials, massages, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, scrubs or signature treatments. Spa guests can also linger awhile in the mineral waters before or after any treatment.
For guests who want more soothing there are Jacuzzi suites with the geo-thermal water pumped directly into guestroom tubs. For nature lovers, the resort’s skywalk rooms feature terraces that overlook Crescent Park and include locally made signature maple furniture.
Suited for seniors
The Sunday to Thursday All-inclusive Package includes a two night stay, breakfast for two each morning, three course dinner for two each evening, a $75 spa voucher, $40 Casino Moose Jaw voucher, and of course access to the Geo-Thermal Mineral Water Pool. There’s something for guests of all ages at the resort, and a few amenities are especially well-suited for seniors, the resort’s most frequent first-time and returning guests. Catering to early risers, the mineral pools and restaurants open early. Even the swimsuits on sale in the resort’s gift shop (guests on the All-inclusive Package enjoy 20% savings) include a large selection of one-piece and figure-flattering styles.
Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort is located in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw. Direct flights from most major Canadian cities will bring you to Regina, an easy 40-minute drive from Moose Jaw. From Saskatoon, Moose Jaw is 225 km south.
If you go, be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city’s rich historic architecture. This small prairie town has the highest number of tourist attractions per capital in Canada , and most are within walking distance of the resort’s front doors. Rejuvenate in the healing waters of Temple Gardens then set off for adventure!
Visit www.templegardens.sk.ca or call 1-800-718-7727 for more information about Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort and find your way to rest and restoration.