I came for the amplexus of the western toad but stayed for a sighting of a Columbia spotted frog.
The Columbia spotted frog seems to be only found in the smaller lakes at a much higher altitude than Kootenay Lake. It is distinguished by being smaller than the more common western toad and it lacks the line of symmetry down its back. This true frog spends most of its time in water.
The Columbia spotted frog has a blond strip on its upper lip and a ridge extending back from the eye.
It is usually found in water at high altitudes.