Learn more about Osoyoos and the amenities available during your stay
The name Osoyoos (O-sue-use) is an Okanagan Indian word meaning "the narrows" or "the place where two lakes come together". Located in one of the most unusual geographical regions in Canada, the community lies at the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert which extends from Mexico into Canada, and in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains creating a hot, sunny and dry climate. With canada's lowest annual precipitation, warmest temperature, and warmest fresh water lake, it is easy to see why Osoyoos has become such a popular detination for vacationers.
Located at the Okanagan Valley's southern tip, this is the prime grape-growing region of BC, and so you will find are more than 15 estate wineries within a 15-minute drive of the town centre. With this in mind you may want to schedual your holidays to coincide with the Spring or Fall Wine Festivals. All in all, Osoyoos offers guests a chance to experience a true community lifestyle, where people go to enjoy the good life.
If you're visiting Osoyoos with your family, make a point of visiting Haynes Point Provincial Park on Osoyoos Lake. This is one of British Columbia's most popular provincial parks and features picnic sites, a dog beach and an excellent interpretive nature walk. With only a limited number of campsites on the lake, you will want to reserve well in advance. Bedfore you leave make sure to experience the breathtaking view from the summit of Mt. Kobau, which overlooks the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, Osoyoos Lake as well as the Cascade Mountain Range. Mt. Kobau is also Canada's premier location for star gazing.
Rest and relaxation come naturally in Osoyoos. There are plenty of ways spend your free time such as enjoying the warm waters of Osoyoos Lake, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through town, or booking a massage at one of the local spas. If you prefer to keep things simple, you can always wander to the beach with a good book and sunscreen in hand.
Road 13 Winery
"The premium tasting in Road 13's Executive Lounge is, in my opinion, the best wine tasting experience in the Osoyoos area."
Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located between Osoyoos and Oliver, at Highway 97 and Road 13 on the Okanagan Valley’s historic “Golden Mile.” The winery has a short but colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making wines that many feel are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir.
Rattlesnake Canyon Amusement Park
"If you're travelling with children they are sure to enjoy an afternoon of mini-golf and go-karts."
Rattlesnake Canyon Amusement Park is located at 5502 Main Street, a block away from Osoyoos Lake and offers go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, rock climbing, an ice cream parlour and more.
Burrowing Owl Restaurant
"Experience Okanagan fine dining from the scenic patio of Burrowing Owl Winery."
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery features a restaurant, gift store and offers a complimentary, behind the scenes, guided tour of the wine making process.
Osoyoos is located at the southern end of Canada's Okanagan Valley directly on the United States border. The city is located 400 km East of Vancouver, or 600 km West of Calgary, AB. If you are travelling from the United States, make sure you have your passport and proper documents for border crossing.
The nearest major airport is located in Kelowna. Kelowna International Airport is the 10th busiest airport in all of Canada, offering daily flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Available airlines include Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines.
When flying into Kelowna taxi, shuttle and car rental services are available inside the terminal.
- Osoyoos is located 400 km East of Vancouver: Hwy 1 East to Hope. Follow Hwy 3 direct to Osoyoos
- 600 km West of Calgary, AB: Via Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway connects to Highway 97A South and Highway 97 South through, Kelowna and Penticton to Osoyoos.
- Kelowna International Airport is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Jazz, WestJet, Air Canada, Horizon Air (Alaska), Harmony Airways and Regional 1 Airlines. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Seattle.
- Calgary, AB - 731 km
- Vancouver, BC - 399 km
- Kamloops, BC - 298 km
- Vernon, BC - 176 km
- Kelowna, BC - 123 km
- Penticton, BC - 60 km
Things To Do In OSoyoos
Osoyoos Lake is the warmest fresh water lake in Canada and the perfect place for you and your family to spend your summer vacation. Osoyoos often experiences temperatures between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius during the summer months and so the lake provides an excellent way to cool off. There are several local companies that rent power boats for wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Okanagan valley scenery. There are many campgrounds in and around the Osoyoos area, many with lakefront locations and full service amenities. Nk'Mip Resort Campground offers over 130 lakefront sites and all the amenities you can imagine. Make sure to book your spots early (April 1) as they fill up extremely fast.
A family favourite and attraction you won’t want to miss is Rattlesnake Canyon, an amusement park that features a western mining theme. With an 18 hole mini-golf course, go-karts, bumper boats and arcade children of all ages are sure to be entertained. Also make sure to visit the Osoyoos Windmill which offers an outside climbing wall, bungee trampoline and ejections seat ride.
Summers in Osoyoos are full of festivals and cultural events. One of the most popular is the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, which takes place over 4 days in May and offers tourists a chance to sample local artisan’s products, tour wineries and bid on items during the annual silent auction. Another popular event is the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta, a festival which has been running since the 1950's. Take part in all sorts of festivities such as a pancake breakfast, pie eating contest, beer gardens and more. Ask your reservation agent for dates of these and other local events.
Osoyoos is home to several world class golf courses. One of the most popular is the Osoyoos Golf & Country Club which offers a 27-hole championship course with three distinct sections including The Desert Course, Park Nine and Meadow Nine. Make sure to book your tee times early as courses can be extremely busy during the summer months.
Osoyoos offers a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. A local favourite is Mt. Kobau, which offers a great hike in the summer as well as snowshoeing terrain in the winter. At the summit Mt. Kobau offers a breathtaking view Osoyoos and the surrounding orchards.
With several ranches within a few minutes drive of town, you and your family can experience the beautiful Okanagan scenery on horseback. Some of the ranches also offer pony rides for children and winter sleigh rides. Ask your reservation agent for more details.
Osoyoos features a great selection of restaurants and local pubs. Stop by The Owl Pub for diner or drinks and a patio with inspiring views of Lake Osoyoos. Another local favourite is The Ridge Brewing Company which has an onsite microbrewery and offers a great selection of local and imported beer.
World renowned for producing some of the best fruit in Canada, Osoyoos gives you a chance to tour the orchards and in some cases pick your own fruit to take home. All your favourites are here cherries, apples, peaches, pears, plums etc.
Parks & Beaches
Lake Osoyoos is known as the warmest lake in Canada reaching 26-33 degrees Celsius in August and offering nearly 30 miles of shoreline. There are many parks and public beaches you can visit without travelling far, such as Gyro Beach & Community Park, Kinsmen Park and Lions Centennial Park, all located close to town. A popular attraction is Haynes Point Provincial Park, located 2 km south of Osoyoos, this area is a true desert and the sunny beaches are very popular in the summer months.
The small town of Osoyoos offers all types of shopping including brand name and department stores as well as unique local shops and fruit stands. From May to October the locals operate a Sunday morning market where you can find baked goods, jams, crafts, jewellery and more.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Located only 50 minutes from Osoyoos is Mt. Baldy, a virtually undiscovered resort which is popular for it's untracked powder and excellent tree skiing. With a base elevation of over 5000 feet, the resort is almost always guaranteed snowfalls of up to 20 feet per season.
Known internationally for spectacular vineyards and producing award winning wine, the vineyards surrounding Osoyoos and area are a must see for any visitor. Nk'Mip Cellars, one of the most popular in the area, produces 15,000 cases of wine a year. Stop by for a tasting and enjoy the beautiful estate and stunning lake views.
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