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iN VIDEO: Check out aerial views of beautiful, turquoise Kal Lake

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June 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Just because you have to skip your tropical summer vacation this year, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a taste of the tropics here in the Okanagan.

Kalamalka Lake is known for its turquoise water that actually changes hue depending on the season. These famous tropical tones are caused by calcium carbonate, otherwise known as limestone.

In the summer, when the water warms, the calcium carbonate left behind by receding glaciers forms crystals in the water that reflect the light and create Kalamalka's distinct greenish-blue colour, according to B.C. Parks. 

The summer is the best time for a photoshoot at Kalamalka Lake. When the lake cools down, the limestone crystals dissolve and the waters return to a regular blue. Its colour changing quality earned Kalamalka its name "the Lake of Many Colours." 

In 2008, Kalamalka Lake became part of Kalamalka Lake Park, which is a protected area.

As of June 1, the park reopened for day use. Although some areas are known for cliff diving, it is not recommended by B.C. parks due to underwater hazards like rock shelves and debris.

Dogs are allowed in a designated area at the eastern end of Cosens Beach, and must be on leash on all hiking trails.


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