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No, you are not dreaming!
What you see on these photographs is a lake, but a lake changing colors: THE ‘SPOTTED LAKE’ or ‘KITLIL’X’!
The lake takes a normal appearance from fall to spring. A beautiful blue!
However, during the summer, most of the water evaporates and crater-like mineral deposits, about 25 feet on average, become visible at the bottom of the lake.
Due to their different concentrations in magnesium sulfate and calcium/sodium phosphates, the mineral deposits get a distinct yellow, orange, green, or blue color.
Such a mystic place also has a spiritual value.
‘Spotted Lake’ is a sacred place of healing used by First Nations people for centuries.
The lake actually contains 365 separate pools, each of which holds its own individual medicine and healing power.
The 56-acre Spotted Lake site is considered of significant cultural and has spiritual importance to Okanagan First Nations.
The colorful spots found in The Spotted Lake in British Columbia are the result mineral deposits found in the lake. In the summer, the water evaporates and the minerals crystallize, forming the beautiful patterns on the lake’s surface.
The ‘Spotted Lake’ contains some of the highest concentrations of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates in the world, along with small amounts of silver and titanium.
In 2001, Canada acquired ‘Spotted Lake’ for the benefit and use of the Okanagan Nation for $1 million.
Doing so, Canada recognized the importance of this sacred site to the Okanagan First Nations.
The ‘Spotted Lake’ is now protected from any developments and will remain in its natural and pristine state.