Walk, Hike or Bike
With so much to discover, and to really see what nature has to offer, take in one of the many scenic walking/biking/hiking trails found in and around Osoyoos – from afternoon strolls to all-day treks.
Tee up – Year Round
With the mild climate, golfers of all skill levels can practice their swing in virtually any month of the year. Mindful of the unique and sensitive habitat that they encompass, golf courses employ green initiatives that will have minimal impact on the local ecosystems. Some local courses include Osoyoos Golf & Country Club, Sonora Dunes Golf Course and NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course.
Taste The Sun
For many people, the Okanagan means just one thing: fruit. Osoyoos is the province’s hot spot and the warm, dry climate contributes to perfect growing conditions for apples, peaches and cherries. Take a tour of one of the many orchards or visit one of the region’s produce markets and see for yourself why harvest time in Osoyoos is one of the most popular times of the year.
Uncork Your Favorite Vintage
Osoyoos is home to some of the most fertile vineyards in the country and produces world-class wines. Tour local wineries and find out how they go from grapes to glass.
Canada’s Only True Desert
Less than 12 inches of moisture a year falls in this part of the Okanagan, giving life to drought-resistant shrubs like antelope brush and sagebrush. Home to the Antelope Brush Ecosystem, one of four endangered ecosystems in Canada, visitors can experience an incredible display of foliage and flowering plants every spring.
There are two desert interpretation centres in the area:
Osoyoos Desert Centre (www.desert.org) – Located just 3 km north of Osoyoos, the centre features a hands-on exhibit, native plant demonstration garden and 1.5 km elevated boardwalk. Here, visitors can learn about the importance of preserving desert ecology, restoring natural habitat and conserving endangered ecosystems in the south Okanagan.
NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre (www.nkmipdesert.com) – Constructed in a hillside at Nk’Mip Resort, visitors will find plenty of fun and interactive activities for the whole family, including multi-media theatres, desert trails, pit house and village. The history of the Osoyoos Indian Band is also featured.
Trail Riders Welcome
With its open vistas and lush valleys, it’s sheer heaven for horse-lovers. Acreages are available with a ranch-like feel and there are several trail rides that you can take to explore the area.
Hit The Slopes
Winter enthusiasts, take note: you’ll find lots of powder fun at Mount Baldy, just 40 km from Osoyoos. Tobogganing, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing: if you love snow and snow-related activities, then you’ll love it here!
Osoyoos Lake is stocked with many species of fish, including bass, trout, perch, carp and kokanee and sockeye salmon. Novice anglers can try their luck in the shallows while more experienced anglers will head for the lake’s deeper waters to try and catch a trophy bass.
Bird-Watchers Flock Here
With more than 300 species of birds calling the area home, it’s one of the most popular places in the country for catching glimpses of rare black-throated sparrows, great blue herons, woodpeckers, warblers, raptors, white-tailed ptarmigans and boreal chickadees. At Vaseux Lake, just 35 km north of Osoyoos, you’ll find a bird sanctuary and summer banding station.
Spend the night under a canopy of stars in Osoyoos and you’ll see why we like to say it’s where the earth meets the sky. Mild nights and sweeping, open views make star-gazing a snap and is one of the most popular activities in the community.
Having lived on Sasquatch Trail for two and half years now has proven to be a most enjoyable experience. We retired here from North Vancouver and it is the perfect replacement for us, as we loved the mountains and forests there. We still have almost everything except the rain, traffic and the general hustle and bustle of the city. Moving away from our friends was difficult at first; however, since our very first days here, we have made and continue to make new ones. People are so friendly and happy living up here. Our neighbours are always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. We were able to find excellent trades for our building venture and they, too, have become friends often stopping by to make sure all is well and everything is working as it should. All in all, a very positive move.
- Osoyoos Mountain Estates Resident
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