There is plenty to see and do in Osoyoos. Bring the whole family!
Everyone will have a fun time making Osoyoos your ideal place to live or vacation spot. We have all types of activities and attractions whether you are interested in sports, relaxing, educational or entertainment, indoor or outdoor activities.
Here is a wide selection of interests that will keep you on the go:
- Watersports - Osoyoos has a boat launch and new marina that will help your family get out on the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skis, to paddle boarding, you'll have endless options to spending a hot summers' day out on the water.
- Swimming - In the summer, the lake is the ultimate place to go for a swim. There are a number of public beaches to enjoy with shallow waters and soft sand. Many of our motels with indoor pools offer a drop in rate during the other seasons. For water babies we have a NEW Splash Park!
- Golfing - Those families that enjoy a day on the links will be pleased to learn that there are two courses right in town. The Osoyoos Golf Club offers 36 championship holes, along with a driving range and a putting green. Sonora Dunes is an executive 9-hole course 35 par open to the public. There are also many more courses in the valley.
- Snowsports - Hit the slopes only 45 km from Osoyoos at Mount Baldy, open December to April.
- Hockey - Every fall and winter head to the Sun Bowl Arena and watch the exciting fast-paced action of The Osoyoos Coyotes Junior 'B' Club.
- Tournaments - Come during tournament time for soccer, hockey, golf, slowpitch, triathlon, and sailing. Check the event calendar for details.
- There are also public tennis courts, dog parks and baseball diamonds. Click here for more information on the Town's parks and facilities.
- Art Gallery - Visit The Art Gallery and enjoy the exhibits of local and internationally renowned artists.
- Shopping - Our charming town provides boutique-style shopping with unique products and personal service.
Osoyoos is always buzzing with exciting things to do. From festivals to dances, families will be fully entertained on their vacation.
- Street Dances - There two street dances every summer to raise money for the community. These dances are a lot of fun for families and there are many draws and free prizes. One dance is held in July and the other in August. Please check the event calendar for exact dates.
- Concert Series - From October to March, there are a series of theatre and music performances sponsored by the Osoyoos Arts Council.
- Festivals and Special Events - The community organizes several annual events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year - Market on Main, Easter Eggstravaganza, Cherry Fiesta, Christmas Lite-Up, Fireman's Oyster Dinner, Fashion Shows, Harvest Dance, to name a few.
- Local Wineries - Every winery is a unique experience in itself, whether it is a family-owned farm enterprise or a stunning architectural and cultural gem that boasts international awards for their wines.
- Osoyoos Museum - Some people rate this museum as the 'best small town museum' in BC. You will find a diverse and eclectic selection that ranges from antique cars, to settler history, to items from the World Wars and pop culture. With over 15,000 square feet of exhibit space; our museum has something for everyone.
- Other fun activities...horseback riding, bowling, curling, Rattlesnake Canyon Amusement Park, Desert Model Railroad Museum!
As Canada's only desert, there are some extraordinary places to visit.
- Irrigation Canal Walkway - A popular 5km round trip trail can be reached on 62nd Avenue just north of the Osoyoos Secondary School. The trail meanders along an abandoned section of the irrigation canal that was once the lifeline for Osoyoos and opened up the area for the fruit industry. You can see the impact of this canal as one side of the trail remains in a natural state with sage and antelope brush, while the orchards on the other side reveal the effect water has on the land.
- Osoyoos Desert Centre - During a visit, guests are accompanied by an interpretive guide along the one and one half kilometers of elevated boardwalk trail that winds through the arid shrublands and grasses to interpretive kiosks. Experience the beauty and learn more about the desert features.
- Nk'Mip Desert & Heritage Centre - Explore the cultural heritage and desert landscapes of the Osoyoos Indian Band. Two and one half kilometres of self-guided interpretive trails meander through 50 acres of sage grasslands and Ponderosa Pine forests. In the Interpretive Centre, you will be introduced to the history of the Okanagan People and Osoyoos Indian Band through exhibits, stories, and interactive displays.
- Osoyoos Lake Oxbows - The oxbows at the north end of Osoyoos Lake are a perfect area for bird watching. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Hwy 97, eight kilometers north of Osoyoos. Walk south to enter some of the best known haunts for migratory and resident feathered friends.
- International Bicycling and Hiking Trail - Located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and running parallel to the Okanagan River Canal, this 18.4 km trail is perfect for biking or hiking. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Hwy 97, eight kilometres north of Osoyoos.
- Vaseaux Lake Wildlife Centre - Located between Oliver and Okanagan Falls is one of Canada's foremost birding areas. An information kiosk provides extensive information about the area, the vegetation and the wildlife.
- White Lake Observatory - Tour the Observatory site to see the telescopes in action. This is the only radio astronomy observatory in Canada. It is located north of OK Falls in a natural basin with surrounding hills that offer protection from man-made radio interference.
- Mt. Kobau - Take a hike along the Testalinden Trail. The trail begins at the parking area atop the mountain. It is a 5 km loop around the summit that passes through mixed sub-alpine forest and open grasslands. The fire lookout atop Mt. Kobau gives visitors a breathtaking view of the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos Lake and the Similkameen Valley.