I was surprised to find out there was a mineral spa in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a notably flat prairie province, so I had to go and check it out. Temple Gardens is Canada’s largest therapeutic geo-thermal mineral spa drawing water from ancient sea beds. It was discovered in 1910 and thanks to a team effort from the people of Moose Jaw the spa is now a world class destination.
We didn’t have a reservation but were happy to find out there was a room available. We booked a room with evening meal and breakfast included for about 300.00 per night. The room was across the road from the spa and main building.
We were grateful for the bathrobes which were included with the room, so we could just stroll across the pedway in our bathing suits. If you go in the winter it is a good idea to bring flip flops. Winter boots are hard to put back on after you come out of the spa and look pretty silly when you are wearing a bathrobe. I wasn’t the only one who made the walk across in this funny outfit.
To get to the mineral pool you walk by the café and spa facilities. There are locker rooms for men and women with showers and washrooms as well as towels, lotion and hair dryers.
The mineral pool is kept at 37 degrees Celsius indoors and 38 degrees outside. The pool is huge and never felt crowded. People of all ages were relaxing in the waters or hanging out by the jets. My favourite place was outside. I love being in a spa and feeling the warm water swirling around me while the outside air is cold enough to freeze my eyelashes and hair. Everyone had white frost covered hair after a little while outside. In the evening with the glow of the lights it was beautiful.
We had a wonderful meal at the restaurant that evening and a great breakfast the next morning. I think the breakfast buffet is popular with locals on the weekends so it is best to arrive early if you are in a hurry. We were not. Temple Gardens has a late check out.
The Casino and Tunnels of Moose Jaw are also highly praised, but I couldn’t get out of the water long enough to check them out.
Photos property of Temple Gardens.