Known for its sunny lake days and delicious wine and craft cider, Osoyoos is truly a summer destination like no other. From visiting its plethora of family-owned farms and wineries to cycling or golfing in Canada’s only desert, there’s so much fun to be had, no matter what your preferred day trip activity is. So if you’re looking for some fun things to do in Osoyoos or the region during your next road trip, consider this a great place to start!
Check out the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre is the place to be if you want to learn about the unique wildlife and First Nations who call the region home. With a state-of-the-art interpretive centre and plenty of indoor and outdoor exhibits to check out, this one’s definitely a great daytime pick if you want to explore Canada’s only desert.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: 1000 Ranch Creek Road
Go on a wine-tasting tour
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Whether you want to venture off on a self-guided wine tour or sign up for an official tasting through Okanagan Wine Country Tours or Grape Friends Lounge & Tours, the Osoyoos region is ripe with independently-owned wineries and cideries, many of which are committed to organic, regenerative farming methods. Recognized as one of the most “underrated wine regions in the world,” visitors can enjoy everything from giant boards of charcuterie and fresh produce at Covert Farms to dinner at Phantom Creek Estates, to some sips at Clos Du Soleil.
Where: See our picks above
Go kayaking or paddling
This one’s a no-brainer, and there are a handful of kayak rental companies to consider. From Wakepilot boat and board rentals at Walnut Beach Resort or ATB Water Sports, to Osoyoos ATV Tours & Watersports – there are plenty of options if your goal is to get out on the water.
As for must-visit swimming holes and lakes to choose from, you can’t go wrong with Osoyoos Lake, Skaha Lake, or
Tuc-el-Nuit Lake – if you’re looking for a nearby spot that’s popular among both visitors and locals.
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Osoyoos Mountain Bike Park
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Located in the heart of Osoyoos, the Osoyoos Mountain Bike Park is the destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. It features a range of trails suitable for riders of various skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders. The park offers a mix of flowy singletrack, technical descents, and challenging features. And if you’re down to venture just outside of Osoyoos, there’s the popular McIntyre Bluff and Test of Humanity Trail Network to check out.
A word to the wise, be sure to check trail conditions before riding!
Old Grist Mill & Gardens
Located in Keremeos just outside of Osoyoos, the Old Grist Mill is truly one of the valley’s best-kept secrets – though it won’t be for long. The heritage museum & farm is home to hundreds of rare apples, including endangered or ‘lost’ varieties as well as ones that were ‘happy accidents’ – which make for a delicious treat if you ask us.
Whether you want a break from all the wine or just really love apples and local history, this is a must-visit spot for folks of all ages. In addition to a family-oriented campground (voted Best Campground in the South Okanagan), visitors can explore a working 1877 water wheel-powered flour mill, participate in one of their regular workshops or community bonfires, and enjoy lunch in their Kitchen. Oh, and enjoy their popular summer concert series.
Coming up this month? A Community Open House & BBQ on May 25th.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 2691 Upper Bench Road, Keremeos
Visit The Art Gallery Osoyoos
Finally, we thought we’d map out a solid morning activity for folks with some time to spare. First up, we’d suggest grabbing coffee (and breakfast sandwiches) from Jojo’s and perusing the local consignment shops along Main Street – because you never know what treasures you’ll find. Next up is checking out the local Art Gallery, which opened in the ’90s and is still run by volunteers. Support local and guest artists, and see what’s on in terms of seasonal events.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos
Prefer to get a couple of golf rounds in while you’re at it? Why not check out Osoyoos’ range of golf clubs and courses? There’s the Osoyoos Golf Club, which has 18 courses, including the lush Park Meadows Course with strategically placed water features, and the Desert Gold Course, which offers golfers more rugged terrain and panoramic mountain views.
Other clubs and courses to check out? The challenging Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course, the scenic
Sonora Dunes Golf Course, and the high-ranking Fairview Mountain Golf Club near Oliver.
So there you have it, Vancouver – consider this your go-to guide for all things Osoyoos. Whether you’ve been once or multiple times, it’s always worth a visit during the warmer months.
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