Osoyoos is a destination that appeals to people of all ages and interests. Osoyoos is a unique, vibrant, growing community located in the heart of Desert Wine Country.The Osoyoos area receives over 2000 hours of sunshine annually and provides all the characteristics of a true desert (rocks, sand, cactus, sagebrush, soft rolling hills), along with early springs, long hot, dry summers and beautiful sunny autumns.Daytime temperatures during the summer months average around 38C/100F and dropping to 16C/60F at night. Osoyoos elevation is approx. 910 feet above sea level.
Osoyoos is located in the south central interior of British Columbia,
approximately 400 km east of Vancouver at the junction of Highway 97 and 3 on the border of Washington State. Canada’s only desert extends past Osoyoos Lake to Skaha Lake, and west up the Similkameen Valley towards Keremeos, approximately 24 km. (15 miles). This area receives an average rainfall of less than 12 inches per year. The desert plants and animals of this area are found nowhere else in Canada.The “Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone” is a continuation of the Sonoran Desert that extends from Mexico right up to the Okanagan Valley. While irrigation has made Osoyoos a lush green oasis, it is interesting to note that the desert continues undisturbed where there is no water.
Osoyoos: (we pronounce it “oh-sue-use”) is a native word meaning the narrowing of the Lake. These ‘narrows’ are visible from the bridge on Highway # 3 east, and from “The Spit” along East Lakeshore Drive (Campground Row).
Osoyoos is a full-service community, with Schools, Churches, and Recreation Facilities. Medical and dental needs are met locally, and the South Okanagan General Hospital is in Oliver, a short 12 miles / 20 km away.
Osoyoos Residents and visitors enjoy skiing on Mt. Baldy or at Apex. There’s an international curling club, ice arena and bowling lanes. Golfers enjoy superb facilities from early spring right through until November. Osoyoos golf courses are among the first Valley courses to open in March and the last to close in November.
During the summer months, Osoyoos is a busy and very popular tourist destination, however throughout the rest of the year, residents enjoy all the benefits of small town life: slower pace, friendly neighborhoods, and community events that invite your participation.
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THINGS TO DO IN OSOYOOS
Beyond Boundaries of Taste
Great wines for Great Encounters
The unique and beautiful landscape of the South Okanagan provides the best terrain for winemaking. Spoil your palate with exquisite wines from award-winning local wineries while enjoying the amazing panoramic views of Osoyoos. Wine tasting in the South Okanagan is an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss.
The Adventure Awaits
Swing into action
Whether you are looking for a golf getaway for a group, or would simply like to visit a course or two while visiting the South Okanagan, you’ll love the golf experience here in Osoyoos
Good things come to those who bait
Whether you prefer to catch-and-release, or to reel in your dinner, the fish are as plentiful as the memories you’ll make here. Local fishing charters with professional guides cater to both new and experienced fishers who want to immerse themselves in the beautiful waters of Osoyoos. Salmon, trout, bass, perch, whitefish and more!
Flying on the road
Imagine a racetrack like no other, with the flow of a classic Grand Prix circuit and benefits of modern technology. You will find a circuit unlike any other in the emblematic location: Area 27. This Motorsports Park invites you for a fun-fueled day getting a taste of the basics in high-performance driving on Area 27’s circuit and wheel-to-wheel karting action at Kartplex.
Learn more at Area 27