Although it’s set in what’s considered a “true desert,” this town is in no way barren. Come here to appreciate wild scenery, outdoor adventures, wine production and First Nations history.
Surrounded by mountains, desert, lakes, vineyards, grasslands and orchards, Osoyoos is a place for year-round outdoor adventures. While active pursuits are in abundance the town is also a compelling draw for its vineyards and First Nations heritage. Trek through Canada's only desert, waterski across a lake and step inside a recreated First Nations village.
Feel the call of the wild and set off to explore the area with hikes along the numerous trails in and around Osoyoos. Visit Sẁiẁs Provincial Park to explore an interpretative boardwalk trail through wetlands. Make the steep trek up to the top of Mount Kobau and follow the course of the Okanagan River on the International Bike and Hike Trail.
Another great place for waterside fun is the Pioneer Walkway beside Osoyoos Lake. This large body of freshwater is one of the town's biggest calling cards, especially during the summer. Relax on its beaches and take advantage of the water sports on offer, including kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and wakeboarding.
Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan River were once important transportation routes for the Syilx people. Learn about their history and culture at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Center, which features a reconstructed First Nations village, hands-on displays and walking trails through the sagebrush habitat.
The town's natural setting is ideal for wine production. Embark on tasting trips to the many wineries that are located within a short drive of Osoyoos. You will also find these local wines on restaurant menus.
Reach Osoyoos by flying into Penticton or Kelowna airports. Both have regular flights to Vancouver, Calgary and other major cities. Alternatively, if you are already in North America come by car or Greyhound bus. Make the most of the town’s captivating history, wild environment and outdoor pursuits. If you are here during the winter head up to the Baldy Mountain Resort for its more than 3,000 acres (1, 214 hectares) of skiable terrain.