Canada’s warmest welcome

On the US/Canada border lies Canada’s only true desert. The call of the outdoors in Osoyoos is irresistible year round and makes for a perfect vacation playground for families. Warm lakes beckon swimmers and wake-boarders in the summer, and the surrounding hillsides call to skiers and snowshoers in the winter.

Blue skies, vineyards and orchards make Osoyoos picture perfect, not to mention a wine-taster’s dream.

Located on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, Osoyoos has the warmest waters and hottest, driest climate in Canada set amid a valley of stunning beauty. Framed by sunny blue skies, desert hills, lakes, vineyards and orchards, it is the ultimate destination for summer sun-seekers.

When it comes to recreation, Osoyoos has it all. The lake is popular for boaters and kayakers and is becoming a hot-spot for Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Miles of sandy beaches and shoreline alone can provide hours of strolling, playing and sand-castle building. Local mountains and riversides make great spots for biking – either downhill or more leisurely road biking or cruiser trails.

Long summers and mild year-round temperatures have drawn golf enthusiasts here for decades and the area now has five courses to choose from. The combination of mild climate and rolling geography is perfect for fruit and vegetable growing and the local farmers have created numerous opportunities to pick your own fruit or purchase fresh produce from local markets.

And don’t forget the wineries! The climate is ideal for grape growing and the Osoyoos-Oliver area is now home to over 30 wineries and some wonderful restaurants. All this makes for a great summer vacation spot for active families and those seeking some sunny R&R. The local First Nation’s culture and desert ecology provide interesting diversions for vacationers and the top-notch spas ensure that there’s enough pampering for all.

There is something for everyone, every season of the year from water sports to snow sports. Nearby Apex Mountain offers both downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails can be found throughout the valley.

Come explore the unique desert culture and geography of Osoyoos. This is the place where the big kids can make a whole day of vineyard hopping to taste the best of BC wine, while the little ones can make a splash swimming and sand castle building at the lake.

Read our reviews on Watermark Beach Resort and Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos.