Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Polka on Down in Saskatchewan on a Horsehair Dance Floor
I've never been to Manitou Beach, nor have I danced on a horsehair dance floor! So all the more reason to return to Saskatchewan and stop in at Danceland. Described as the Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair, Danceland was constructed in 1928. At one time, there were three dance halls on Manitou Beach open seven days a week.
Today, it's just Danceland, the 5,000-sq.ft. dance hall located next to Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa, Canada's largest indoor mineral spa. Manitou Beach is a resort village on the shores of Little Manitou Lake, approximately 100 km east of Saskatoon and 5 km north of Watrous. Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Canada's oldest bird sanctuary, is about 30 minutes away.
Danceland is open year-round, featuring dancing seven nights a week, with Spring Polkafest May 6-8. The three-day event features a Sunday Polka Mass at 11 AM, followed by brunch and dancing. Motorhome parking on site.
The tour begins at the CPR Steamship Terminal Building, located across the street from the BC Parliament Buildings pictured here. ©SueFrause...
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