Spotted Lake, located inthe sunny Okanagan area of British Columbia and once classified in the group of 10 first geological wonders of the world, is within easy reach of a half day drive from Vancouver.
The lake is located on the left side of Crowsnest Hwy, some 9 km of Osoyoos when heading north-west to Vancouver. Since 2001, the 15 hectares of wonder along with adjacent area has been the property of Osoyoos First Nation People who claim it to have had spiritual value to them.
General view of Spotted Lake, near Osoyoos, BC, Canada.
Big circles of ever changing colours of high concentrated minerals of calcium, magnesium and sodium sulfates along with trace metals of silver and titanium make all the beauty clearly visible from the highway. All the colour game starts when temperature changes in a season. Changing concentration of minerals as a function of temperature make the lake shine with many colours from white, through gray, then to green, blue and yellow.
Before 2001 the lake was a private property and the Osoyoos First Nation people made an effort to regain the land of their spiritual significance. Both them and the Indian Affairs Department supported by provincial government paid $720,000 to previous owners for the property that was intended to be converted into a spa due to its both waters' and minerals' therapeutic qualities.
The wonder of the lake can not be viewed in full colours just yet but there are plans for larger access of public to the lake in the nearest future. The spots on the lake can be easily seen from the viewing platform located by the highway.