Outdoor recreation thrives in Osoyoos

Home to the warmest lake in Canada, Osoyoos is a treasure for RVing families

Osoyoos lake
Take in picture-perfect views in Osoyoos, B.C. — Michael G Winters photo/Flickr Creative Commons

When it comes to recreation, Osoyoos is one B.C. community that has a bit of everything. From watersports to winery tours, there is something for everyone here - and the landscape varies from desert terrain to lakefront beaches. There is even a new splash park in town, so you can bring the kids to cool off in between summer activities.

Take a break at the lake

Lake Osoyoos is the warmest lake in Canada, so it's no surprise that swimmers can't seem to get enough of it. There are several beaches, Haynes Point being a popular one, with clean, shallow water to splash around in (bring your water shoes, as the lake bottom is rocky and can be hard on bare feet.)

If you're interested in other watersports, you'll be pleased to know that Osoyoos has a new boat launch and marina on the lake, making it even easier for families to set out on the water. You can canoe, jet-ski or paddle-board to your heart's content. 

Be sure to visit the Osoyoos Lake Oxbows. Located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake, this is the spot for optimal bird watching. The parking lot can be accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometres north of Osoyoos. Walk south from there, and you will find yourself surrounded by a myriad of migratory and resident bird species.

Other outdoor activities

There are other things to do in Osoyoos when you're not at the lake. Come to Town Hall Square on Main Street for the Osoyoos Market on Main, and shop for locally made arts and crafts, produce and culinary delights. The market runs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - and it operates from the first Saturday in May until the end of September. 

Cyclists and hikers will enjoy the International Bicycling and Hiking Trail at the north end of Osoyoos Lake. The route runs alongside the Okanagan River canal, and the parking lot can be accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometres north of Osoyoos.


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