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The Spirit of Minnewanka: Healing Waters for Captain Christine

Captain Christine Davidson spends her winters working her body hard. As a top-level ski instructor in Banff, she's pushing every day—physically and mentally. Come early summer, her body is ready to take a rest.

Captain Christine heads to the waters of mighty Minnewanka—the largest lake in Banff National Park - for quieter times. From the simple pleasures of boat bounces to the more contemplative moments at the backer edges of the lake, Minnewanka is a place of renewal for her. And connecting with guests as they experience a truly wild and spectacular place heightens her sense of good fortune.

For more than 100 centuries, First Nations people hunted and camped along the original shores of Lake Minnewanka. The Stoney people called it “Minn-waki” or “Lake of the Spirits”. Although the lake has seen many changes over the centuries, it's mysterious and restorative powers remain.

"I associate this place with healing. That's what it's been for me," Captain Christine says.

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