British Columbia has an abundance of hidden gems nestled throughout the province that will make anyone stop dead in their tracks in awe of its natural beauty. Another magical spot you must add to your bucket list is the incredible Spotted Lake in Osoyoos.
The lake is a natural formation of minerals, giving it a spotty appearance throughout. It’s filled with minerals including: calcium, magnesium sulphate and sodium sulphates.
It’s the most visible in the Summer months when most of the water evaporates. When that happens, it leaves the minerals to form in different sizes and colours—such as green, yellow and blue.
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Spotted lake outside of Osoyoos is richly concentrated with various minerals. It was dry when we were (just) there – I know this because a coyote walked across it. I thought it was a result of the nasty drought we're enduring but just read that every summer the water evaporates. #funfacts
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Spotted Lake in BC’s Similkameen looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland as the pools (or spots) of water can be seen breaking up the surface of the lake. This is a natural lake and phenomenon. Spotted Lake can easily be seen roadside along Highway 3 Crowsnest Highway, a 10-minute drive from Osoyoos, BC an the southern Okanagan Valley. The spotted appearance results from a huge number of different minerals, causing the water to pool off and change colour in different seasons. This lake contains magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates – in some of the highest concentrations in the world – along with silver, titanium and ~ 10 other minerals in smaller quantities. During warm months (June-Sept), the water in this 61-acre lake evaporates, leaving behind rings that make canonical shapes. The high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium (plus silver & titanium) make the water reflect blue, green, and even yellow. The lake is a spiritual place for the people of the Osoyoos First Nation who historically believed it's minerals had healing powers. Don't even think about filling up a bottle, though. The lake is protected and there is no direct access to the public. . . #travellingeye #judybishop #treyetours #phenomenon #naturalwonder #spottedlake #similkameen #okanaganvalley #hellobc #thompson_okanagan #osoyoos #destinationsbc #firstnations #naturalphenomenon #weird #minerals #spiritual #summer #canada #explorebc #explorecanada #crowsnesthighway #roadtrip #summerroadtrip #wonderfulearth #ilovenature #geology #naturalhistory #livingthedream #over50travel
Check it out along Highway #3, just northwest of Osoyoos in the Eastern Similkameen Valley.
Spotted Lake was originally known as “Kliluk” to the First Nations people who also believed the spotted patches were sacred and therapeutic.
The minerals in the lake were also used in WWI in order to manufacture ammunition.
Known as a natural and ecologically sensitive area, travelers often make a stop at the site to take in the unique view.
Location: Water Mills Spotted Lake, Osoyoos