Stretch out on your blanket on the best Osoyoos beaches, and let the Okanagan sun dissolve your stress.
Located in B.C.’s South Okanagan, offering a wonderful Mediterranean-like climate, a warm lake and beautiful beaches, Osoyoos is one of the best beach destinations in Canada for summer vacations. Tucked between sun-basked hills and lush orchards is Osoyoos Lake, and along its shores stretch the stunning sandy Osoyoos beaches.
While many waterfront hotels and resorts have exclusive beachfronts for their guests to enjoy, public Osoyoos beaches and lakeside parks are numerous and also worth visiting. Featuring grassy picnic areas, huge shade trees and soft sand, there are plenty of lakefront Osoyoos beach gems for you and your family to discover.
Summer fun at Osoyoos beaches
When temperatures rise, nothing quite beats cooling off and spending the day by a lake.
Unlike Canada’s glacier-fed lakes and frigid oceans, Osoyoos Lake boasts a welcoming average summer temperature of 24 °C. Dip into the glassy lake for a relaxing swim or explore the stunning shoreline with kayaks. Haul your kids around the lake on a tube or zip across the water with jet skis. Warm Osoyoos Lake is an enticing playground for those who love to play in the water.
Swimming spots and parks for your canine friends
Not only do sun worshippers and beach fans love vacationing in Osoyoos, four-legged friends enjoy it too. Although dogs are not permitted in Osoyoos’ parks and beaches during June, July and August, there are many fantastic designated dog swimming areas and dog parks. Please click here to view these designated areas.
Below is a detailed list of the best Osoyoos beaches:
1. Lions Park Beach
Featuring a convenient downtown location, a sizeable beach and excellent facilities, Lions Park Beach is an awesome place to enjoy a hot summer day.
Lions Park offers change facilities, washrooms, a playground, a public boat launch and a floating pier for short-stay boat tie-ups. A large grassy area, picnic tables and beautiful trees for shade make this park perfect for a picnic. Restaurants, coffee shops and stores are within a short walk. A paved walkway connects Lions Park with neighbouring Gyro Park.
Downtown Osoyoos, just off of Spartan Drive
2. Gyro Park Beach
Stretching along the lake’s shore in downtown Osoyoos, Gyro Park features a narrow strip of sandy beach, a beautiful grassy area, large shade trees and washrooms.
Restaurants, pubs and stores are a short walk. In the summer, Gyro Park is alive with evening music concerts. A paved walkway connects Gyro Park with neighbouring Lion’s Park.
3. Cottonwood Beach
Offering shallow water that reaches far into the lake, Cottonwood Beach is excellent for families with small children.
Build sandcastles on the sandy beach and picnic in the grassy area. Cottonwood Park was developed by locals and boasts colourful flower gardens, well-maintained landscaping and a paved, wheelchair-friendly walkway. Rest on one of the park benches and relish in the stunning vistas. Washrooms are also available. In the afternoon, Cottonwood Beach doesn’t offer a lot of shade. Be prepared with sunscreen and/or an umbrella.
Cottonwood Drive on the east side of Osoyoos Lake
4. Haynes Point Provincial Park
Haynes Point is one of the most noticeable geographic landmarks in Osoyoos.
A narrow spit that juts far into Osoyoos Lake, Haynes Point Provincial Park boasts waterfront campsites, a beach, change rooms, picnic tables, a dog beach and walking trails. Haynes Point has a natural marsh that is rich in bird life, including canyon wrens, white-throated swifts and red-winged blackbirds. Stroll along the boardwalk through the wetlands and climb to the top of the spotting tower for a bird’s eye view of the marshes.
Acacia Ct, accessed by 32nd Avenue on the west side of the lake
5. LEGION BEACH
Often referred to as Safari Beach by the locals, Legion Beach is nestled into a cove on the west side of Osoyoos Lake.
A popular family destination, Legion Beach features a grassy area, picnic tables, big trees for shade and a sandy beach.
Oleander Drive, south of downtown Osoyoos
** Please note that during June, July and August, dogs are not allowed on the beaches and in the parks of Osoyoos. However, there are numerous fantastic designated dog swimming areas and dog parks. Please click here to view these designated areas.
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