Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hat to the Park A Virtual Trip






Hi Marston

report # 49 1851

I am finaly here. I don't know whether to jump in the lake or run into the Mineral spa pool. Either one will do as people come from all over the world to jump in either. What impresses me is the fact that it is clean. Not like the Great Salt lake or the Dead Sea which have sand flies and smell incredibley bad.

While I'm bobbing around in the water, I'll fill you in on the history and back ground of this place because its facinating.

Long before the place was founded by the Europeans in 1906 the natives knew this place was different and known for its special healing powers.

The Norwegian settlers saw it only as good homesteading land and built sod huts and called it "Mandal" after their home town. IN 1906, the rail engineers came through to survey for the Grand Trunk railway. They found a place suitable for railway yards and decided thats where the town should be They also changed the name because they were trying to list the towns alphabeticaly, but in reality the general manager of the Grand Trunk had the middle name of Watrous ( Frank Watrous Morse) and the letter they needed at that moment for the map was " W' so guess what the town was called?

It must have helped because the town went into "Boom" streak which extended all the way up to the 80's when the population reached just under 2000

Another thing that kept it hoping was a dance hall that became famous because the floor was constructed especially to accomodate dancing. The floor was suspended on a huge pillow of horse hair, and called " Dance Land" It became internationaly famous as well.

Today the main attractions are

1/ The world famous Mineral spa

2/ MAnitou Beach Golf Club

3/ The Jubilee Drive - in ( one of the lst in the country)

4/Camp Easter Seal

5/ Anglican Church with Stained Glass Wndow

6/ DanceLand

7/ The Beach where you can float high in the water of Magnesium, Carbonate, Sulphate, Potassium and mineral salts.

I'm going to be here for a while so I''l send the next report as chapter 2

Catch you later

Doug G

Thanks Doug

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