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Wonders of Nature: Spotted Lake in Canada

This unusual salt lake, which is located near the city Osoyoos in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is known not only for its unique beauty, but also curative properties. It is believed to be the most mineralized lake on the planet with 365 ‘circles’ – one for each day of the year – in a myriad of shapes, sizes and depths. It is an extraordinary natural phenomenon.

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It is called  Kliluk (which means “lake of wellness)  by the Okanagan, one of the aboriginal peoples in Canada collectively called the First Nations.  For them, it is a sacred medicine lake and their people have been coming to the lake in search of cures for various ailments for centuries.  There are hundreds of ceremonial cairns surrounding the lake, many of which are so old that they have been buried by time.

The therapeutic quality of the waters has been known for millennia – the Native Indians used the mud and waters of the lake to heal aches and ailments. According to a story, once two warring tribes signed a truce where both parties were allowed to tend to their wounded in the Spotted Lake.

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The Spotted Lake has a very highly concentration of numerous different minerals such as magnesium sulphate, calcium and sodium sulphates. It also contains extremely high concentrations of eight other minerals as well as some small doses of four others such as silver and titanium.

As the heat of the summer rises, most of the water in the lake evaporates which leaves behind large mineral deposits, easily visible with the naked eye – the spots for which the lake is so famous.  They appear different in colour because of their various mineral compositions.  They are mainly made of magnesium sulphate – popularly known as Epsom salts – which crystallize in the summer. It is said that the lake has the highest natural concentration of this mineral in the world.

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During the driest periods of the year the lake is without any liquid at all.  The area around the spots could be walked through – although this is strictly forbidden. Yet what little there may be is sometimes tasted by the local wildlife.  It is doubtful whether this bear’s thirst was satisfied by these waters, however.

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Even in the depths of winter you can just about make out, through the snow, the dimples which form the circles.

This dotted or freckled lake today is in the private property of natives, who had bought it with the intention to preserve it from the exploitation, so the tourists can admire its beauties only from a distance, from the nearby highway.

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As the site is both culturally and ecologically sensitive the lake and its environs are protected.  At the moment the lake is fenced but it is hoped that there will eventually be an information kiosk and a fully developed lookout point from which interested tourists can view the lake without interfering with its delicate natural balance and the historic, sacred cairns of the Okanagan which are beyond valuation.

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Wonders of Nature: Spotted Lake in Canada
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  • WOw! This place is unreal, I can’t believe
    I had to stop by your blog to read this wonderful post of yours. Well, firstly, I love polka dots. ❤️
    Secondly, I have never read about the science behind this beautiful and sacred lake. So, ya…thanks a ton for bringing this to my notice through this post

  • I’ve been there September 2015.
    The lake surely looks special and inviting, but the fence is very clear and certainly NOT inviting. So prepare to watch it from a distance. A good place to stop for 5 minutes, but plan no walk or lunch break there.
    Hopefully the promise of accessibility can be made true one day…

  • I’ve never heard of spotted lake and I’ve even been to Osoyoos . I am so sad I missed it!! The whole area is absolutely beautiful though and well worth a second visit. Thanks for pointing out this cool spot. No pun intended!

  • I had to stop by your blog to read this wonderful post of yours. Well, firstly, I love polka dots and secondly , I have never read about the science behind this beautiful and sacred lake. So, ya…thanks a ton for bringing this to my notice through this post

  • Canada is a famous country. There are have many beautiful places for visitors. I hope that I can travel to Canada with my family. In the future, if I have a chance, I will do it.
    Your writing gave me many information about Canada.
    Thank you so much, keep going