Danceland is one of those tucked away secrets in the heart of Saskatchewan ….and its claim to fame is that it has one of the best dance floors in the world; one that’s built upon horse hair! I know what you’re thinking …..are there any other horse parts under it? Was it the site of some glue factory way back when, and they shovelled the equestrian remains under the carpet so to speak? No and no. The horse hair was used as an absorber of sorts, so any pressure (dancing for example) placed on the floor is soaked up by the hair – essentially turning the floor into something forgiving on the legs/feet, allowing one to dance for hours without the worry of the strain normally felt on other hardwood floors. That’s the selling feature at least, so I’m told, and I’d give you a ‘yay or nay’ on the matter if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t dance. I did shuffle some equipment along it however, but it didn’t make my equipment any lighter lol …so again, I can’t offer any personal perspective on it, but I hear it’s da bomb.
They other thing about Danceland (built in 1928 btw) is that it’s located on the shores of Canada’s only saltwater/mineral lake. It’s Manitou Lake, a mini Dead Sea if you will, and it brings troves of tourists in for its acclaimed medicinal/healing properties. I tasted the water ….it wasn’t as salty as an ocean in my opinion, but there was salt. It may be less concentrated than it was in the old days however as the last decade of moisture in the province has kinda saturated the thing. The water levels are at an unprecedented high, and they installed manmade berms along the shoreline last year or so to keep the water’s edge from swallowing things up. Hopefully it’ll dry out a little down there, but if not I fear Danceland may become a horse hair filled wadding pool. That would suck to dance on I’d think …let alone wade in.
Anyway ….the trip was business related as the Wedding Crashers played a gig on the Sunday, and it was situated perfectly for me to venture out to Tisdale from (see last post) as a little mid-summer R&R. Two birds in one stone as they say – and it was all good. It was kind of a busy trip at times, but fun too. I saw the family, I saw the mini Dead Sea, and I saw the famous horse hair filled dance floor that makes Danceland one of the country’s hidden gems. Oh, and did I mention Elvis Presley was rumoured to have played there (maybe even danced!?) It’s true! Although, I think he may have left the building a long time ago.
*Thank you, thank you very much*