The lake northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley appears like any other body of water in the winter and spring. However, when the majority of the water evaporates in the summer, hundreds of massive brackish pools are left behind, resulting in a polka-dotted landscape of yellow, green, and “The most magical spot in Canada,” according to the CBC, is Spotted Lake. The vibrant pools are the consequence of a high concentration of minerals in the water, including calcium, sodium sulphates, and magnesium sulphates. Minerals and a mixture of salts have washed down from the neighbouring hills. The different hues are determined by the mineral content in each pool.
A Holy History According to the British Columbia Visitor Centre, Spotted Lake has been regarded a holy location by the indigenous people of the Okanagan Nation for millennia. Each of the various circles was thought to have different therapeutic and medicinal powers. Kliluk was the name given to the lake by the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley. Visitors who want to see the lake up close and personal won’t be able to do so. To safeguard the region, a fence has been constructed, along with a plaque stating that it is culturally and environmentally significant. However, there are several vantage points along the roadway from which to view the lake’s famed polka dots. Despite the fact that straightforward science explains the whereabouts of the magical lake, at least one travel website is more interested.