Canada’s Okanagan Valley is home to a lake like no other. Its dazzling dots are caused by high levels of minerals. For centuries, Spotted Lake has been a sacred site for the First Nations (Canadian native people), who harnessed the healing properties of its mix of minerals.
First Nations people used the lake’s mud and water to treat aches, pains, and other medical problems. Legend has it that two warring tribes signed a truce so both groups could treat
their injured warriors with the waters. In 2001 the Okanagan First Nations bought the site in order to protect it from development.