Osoyoos Spotted Lake

Spotted Lake along Highway 3 in Okanagan Valley of Interior BC - Town Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 28, 2012: This Spotted Lake is definitely spotty!


Located in the sunny Okanagan Valley of BC, 9km west of Town Osoyoos along Highway 3, this rare small lake contains some of the world’s highest known concentrations of minerals such as magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates, along with some small doses of silver and titanium. Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, leaving behind all the minerals. The minerals harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots. Depending on the mineral composition at the time, the spots will be different colours!!!

Praised as a healing lake in Native Indian culture, this world-class natural wonder has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Interior BC. It was originally known to the First Nations as Khiluk—a sacred site producing therapeutic waters. If there was enough public interest for an outdoor spa in the lake, it would have truly been an oasis in the midst of Canada’s only desert.

Read below for map and driving direction to this unique geological anomaly.

Spotted Lake in Canada's Only Desert - Town Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 28, 2012: An oasis in Canada's only desert

Spotted Lake the Natural Wonder of Canada - Town Osoyoos, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 28, 2012: An exhibit sign at the hiking trailhead details the history and development of Spotted Lake. Currently the entrance to the lake is closed to the public. A parking lot, hiking trail, and lookout area are in the process of development.



Spotted Lake during Summer Sunset - Town Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 28, 2012: Spotted Lake during summer sunset

Spotted Lake Hiking Trail - Town Osoyoos, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 28, 2012: Even though this lake is currently closed to the public, people have been spotted walking on the lake.

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of Spotted Lake hiking trailhead & parking lot is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).


EXTERNAL LINK

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