Chemistry / Benefits of Water

Arthritis Benefits From Our Therapeutic Mineral Water

  • The warm and soothing mineral waters of Manitou Springs have proven to significantly reduce arthritis pain in most cases.
  • One in six Canadians report having arthritis.
  • 56% of Canadians with arthritis are under 65 years of age.
  • Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa is a proud partner of the Canadian Arthritis Society


5 Minute Video on our Therapeutic Waters and Resort
Video – Therapeutic Properties of our Mineral Water

Chemistry of Water

The following are the results of the study completed by Dr. William Last, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba, 1997.

Magnesium 9,505.0 milligrams/litre

An essential mineral with 70 percent of the body’s supply located in the bones and 30 percent in the soft tissues and body fluids such as the lymphatics. Magnesium helps to maintain water balance in the cells and regulates the acid/alkaline (PH) necessary for proper functioning of the nerves and muscles. It also helps to regulate the body’s temperature. Magnesium is a natural skin toner, tightener, refresher, allergy fighter and moisture retainer.

Carbonate 180.0 milligrams/litre

Sulphate 39,577.0 milligrams/litre

Helps to maintain the body’s balance, meaning it regulates the distribution of fluid on either side of the cell walls. It works with potassium to preserve the alkalinity of the body’s fluid and aids in keeping the skin healthy. It also maintains health of the nervous system, muscular system, blood and lymph systems. Sodium is a natural cleanser and rehydrater.

Potassium 430.0 milligrams/litre

Preserves the proper alkalinity of body fluids and aids in keeping the skin healthy. Potassium is a mineral salt used for its antibacterial and astringent effect in natural deodorants and antiperspirants.

Mineral Salts

Natural ingredients that stimulate the skin to perform functions such as oil production and hydration. As the skin sags with age, mineral salts help bring blood and oil to the skin’s surface. Mineral salts aid hydration which helps firm the skin by balancing moisture beneath the surface. It keeps mucous membranes moist and increases cell regeneration, giving skin greater elasticity. In addition, mineral salts boost the immune system by penetrating into the skin, strengthening blood vessel walls.

Sodium (Table Salt) 6,138.0 milligrams/litre

Chloride 8,969.0 milligrams/litre

Calcium 480.0 milligrams/litre

Used in the treatment and prevention of sunburn in addition to providing protection against the effects of sun damage such as redness and subsequent peeling. It also protects against sun-caused skin cancers and helps skin to remain healthy. The combination of Vitamin A and calcium are good protection for the skin. Calcium is a natural antiallergen. Oxide of Iron and Aluminum 4.0 milligrams/litre Iron is necessary for hemoglobin and myoglobin formation. A deficiency of iron results in paleness of the skin. Aluminum is used in foil, deodorants, and baking powder as an emulsifier, in some processed cheeses and as a bleaching agent to whiten flour. There are no known beneficial effects of aluminum.

Silica 9.9 milligrams/litre

Plays an important part in the formation of bones, nails, teeth and connective tissue. Some of the highest levels of silica are found in cartilage, tendons, and blood vessels. Silica is a natural skin toner and tightener.


Often called “Nature’s Beauty Mineral” because it keeps the hair smooth and glossy and the complexion clear and youthful. Sulphur is stored in every cell with the highest concentration found in the joints, hair, skin and nails. It is reabsorbed by the skin and hair and stabilizes a too-strong sebaceous gland. It has the ability to alleviate itching and plays a part in tissue respiration. Sulphur is necessary for collagen synthesis and naturally eases aching joints.

Specific Gravity 1.06

The specific gravity of tap water is 1.0. When you add minerals, the minerals dissolve in the water and make it more buoyant.

NOTE: Unlimited FREE swimming is included for all registered hotel guests. Come and float in our warm and therapeutic mineral pool for an experience you will never forget!!

Number One Spa in Saskatchewan for Six Years!

Our next maintenance shutdown date for the pool, Serenity, and pool café will be from Monday Nov. 22-Dec. 15 (Reopen Thursday Dec. 16th) in 2021.