Osoyoos’ desert-mountain landscape provides plenty of opportunity for both hard-charging downhill biking and light trail biking around the valley. Cycle from winery to winery, or to and from mountain summits!
Whether you are looking for a casual ride with the kids, winery to winery cruising or some serious downhill mountain biking, Osoyoos has a lot to offer.
Those who haven’t biked the area before may not realize it at first, but Osoyoos is encircled by both mountains and valleys. Osoyoos’ desert-mountain landscape makes for surprisingly great mountain biking trails. In general, most of the trails are lesser-known by tourists and are used mainly by locals.
Local bike shops will provide you with insider tips on trail conditions on Mt Kobau and Osoyoos’ famous Anarchist Decent and other lesser-known trails. Additionally, there are dozens of little trails in and around town that make for nice little family rides.
Here is one well-known Osoyoos biking trail that’s easily accessible:
The International Biking and Hiking Trail connects wineries, fruit stands and farms. Almost 10 kilometres of it are paved, making it a fun outing with your family, dogs, or by yourself.
It’s a great way to travel from winery to winery, tasting, learning and sampling as you go. The relatively flat 18km trail, which is also known as the Okanagan River Channel, starts at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and leads you along the Okanagan River until you reach McAlpine Bridge in Oliver. The trail connects about a dozen of British Columbia’s most popular wineries including Silver Sage Winery, Inniskillin, Black Hills Estate Winery, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and many more.
Take in the dreamy views of vineyards and farms along the ride. There are viewpoints, interpretive signs, picnic tables and washrooms along the path, so it’s easy to make a day of it by packing a picnic and picking up some fruits from the orchards along the way. If you’ve always dreamed of wine touring by bike in European wine countries, this is pretty close!
The parking lot is at the bottom of Road 22. From Osoyoos, drive north on Highway 97 for 8km (5 miles), then take right on Road 22, which will lead you to the end of the lake and the beginning of the river. This is the start of the International Biking and Hiking Trail.
For bike rentals or tours, we suggest Heatstroke Cycle & Sport. They offer guided bike tours for mountain biking, as well as winery-to-winery tours. Get rates or contact details from their website.
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