Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake that draws countless visitors from around the world located near the city of Osoyoos in British Columbia Canada. The Lake has rich in minerals such as magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium sulfate and contains extremely high concentrations of minerals such as silver and titanium. This geological wonder has been considered a mystery place for centuries by the native people, perhaps they thought the water has possessing therapeutic value. It was actually recognized by the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley as “Khiluk”.
In summer, Spotted Lake Khiluk water evaporates leaving behind colorful mineral deposits. The amoeba-shaped Spotted Lake changes colors throughout the year and during the summer divides itself into white, green, blue, and yellow pools. It is said that the lake has the highest natural concentration of this mineral in the world.
The colorful large spots appear according to mineral composition, Magnesium sulfate normally crystallizes in summer and plays a major role to spot color and the remaining minerals in the lake harden to form natural walkways around and between the spots. Nowadays, the spotted lake is surrounded by a fence to keep people off, but you can get a good view of it from the highway. Also, a signboard advising tourists about the spotted lake’s healing powers.
These minerals were used in the manufacture of ammunition during the First World War. Chinese labor force skimmed up a ton a day of salts from the Lake surface and shipped them to munitions vendors in eastern Canada. Later on, the site came under the control of the Ernest Smith Family for a term of about 40 years. Ernest Smith attempted to create interest in a spa at the lake in 1979.
Spotted Lake Khiluk is a strange and significantly important site having great potential for commercial exploitation presently hype much controversy. The native peoples used the lake mud and water for the treatment of aches and ailments. Therefore, officially, Spotted Lake is on private land and therefore theoretically not accessible for close-up observation.
Moreover, as far as swimming in Lake Khiluk, it would be wonderful to personally view the restorative properties of Khiluk lake by taking a relaxing dip; therefore, it is unfortunately not possible due to the protective fence surrounding the area. This unreal looks like the lake hold significant spiritual and medicinal importance to the nearby Aboriginal communities, and thus it is very important to honor and appreciate this blessed site.
As visitors, we must be watchful and deferential of the area and ensure that any observation areas are left clean and free of litter. It is vital to safeguard and preserve this natural wonder, which serves as a beloved destination for many tourists.