The spotted lake of Osoyoos: One of the most magical places in Canada

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The wonderful diversity of natural features that exist in various parts of the earth has always entice nature lovers. Unique terrain of mountains, gigantic glaciers, plateaus, valleys and forests; undoubtedly, we live in a beautiful world and a lifetime will not be enough to fully contemplate all of Mother Nature’s greatest hits.

The blue planet overflows with natural wonders and Canada has been blessed with several of them. Easily one of the most untamed beauty of Canada, the spotted lake, or Kliluk, is located between the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys in British Columbia’s desert.

The science behind the spotted lake

The spotted lake seems more striking than any other lakes due to its spots of different size and as an added bonus, they are of different colors. This wonder takes place during summer only.  During the hot season, water evaporates from the lake that contains a large number of minerals such as magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium sulfates, including traces of silver and titanium. This variety of minerals form spots of different colors ranging from blue to green to yellow.

History of the spotted lake

It is said that during the World War I, tons of these minerals were extracted by Chinese labourers daily, and shipped to eastern Canada to make explosives. Today, more known as a touristic site, the spotted lake was also once considered a sacred medicine place known as Kliluk by First Nations people in both Canada and the United States.

In 2001, the Okanagan Nation Alliance Chiefs Executive Council with the precious support of Indian Northern Affairs Canada, purchased the lake along with about 20 hectares of land surrounding the lake.

The Syilx People were thus able to conserve this indigenous place and restore it as an important cultural and ecological site.