This lake, near the city of Osoyoos, BC, which is known as “Canada’s Spotted Lake”, actually brings in visitors from all over the world. This spotted lake has a very high concentration of many different minerals like magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. It also has an extremely high level of concentrations of eight other minerals as well as some small doses of four others like silver and titanium.
Most of the water in the lake evaporates during the summer time, leaving behind larger “spots” of minerals.
All depending on the mineral composition that’s actually left behind, the spots might be white, pale yellow, green or blue in color.
These spots are made mainly of magnesium sulfate, which actually crystalizes in the summer to form a harden natural “walkways” around and between the spots.
It was during the first World War that minerals from the lake were actually harvested for the manufacturing of ammunition. Chinese laborers were said to have skimmed up to a ton a day of salts from the surface of the lake and had shipped them all to munitions factories in eastern Canada.
This place is known as Kliluk to the natives of the Okanagan Valley, which the lake is sacred and culturally significant site which there is potential for commercial exploitation recently that generated a lot of controversy.
The quality of the therapeutic 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 had signed a truce where both parties were actually allowed to tend to their wounded in the Spotted Lake.
This lake was originally owned by the Ernest Smith Family for around 40 years, then in 1979, when smith attempted to have a spa on the lake, the natives attempted to buy the lake so they could keep it as a sacred site.
Then after over 20 years of trying but failing to convince Smith to sell the land, they finally did make a deal in late October of 2001. This is when they bought 22 hectares of land for a total of $729,000. The first nations then paid $150,000 while the Indian Affairs Department paid the remainder.
Today, this lake, which is surrounded by a fence to keep people off the premesis, has some view points that can help you get a good view from the highway.
via Amusing Planet