As summer heats up, the waters of Lake Kliluk evaporate, leaving behind a stunning series of smaller ponds that together create a polka-dot pattern. Imagine a lemon-lime leopard print stretching for nearly half a mile, and you’ll begin to get the idea.
Kliluk, as it’s called by the Okanagan First Nation, is an endorheic lake — meaning it’s fed by neither the ocean or rivers, and in its isolation, several minerals build up to create its array of colors — greens, yellows and blues. To the First Nation people, the body of water is a sacred healing location, rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium sulfate and silver.
You’ll find it near Osoyoos, just north of the border between Canada and the United States. It’s viewable from a nearby road — but do not trespass through the mineral ponds, since they’re considered sacred.