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VISITOR’S GUIDE

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Osoyoos Visitors Guide 2019

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Table of Contents

4 Canada’s Warmest Welcome 5 Getting to Osoyoos 7 Culture 8 First Nations 11 Fishing 13 Adventure 17 Family 21 Water Fun 22 Golf 23 Shopping & Downtown 26 Accommodations 32 Town Map

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Agriculture Wine Country Dining Getaways Weddings Event Spaces Winter in Osoyoos Snowbirds Festivals & Events Relocation

On the cover: Watching the sun set on another perfect fall day in Osoyoos. Image by Scott Bakken taken at Sẁiẁs Provincial Park (pronounced soo-yoos) in late fall of 2018. Submitted to Destination osoyoos during the fall 2018 Cover Photo Contest. Images received from locals and visitors during this contest are featured throughout this year’s visitor guide.

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Canada’s Warmest Welcome Welcome to Canada’s desert. Turn these pages and immerse yourself in the valley of stunning beauty with unlimited vistas awaiting you. But, there’s more to us than just bright skies and wineries set against gentle sloping hills. While we embrace and proudly showcase our vintner industry, we also have sophisticated resorts, championship golf courses, the nation’s warmest lake and a wide range of cultural, intellectual and artistic experiences. Our friendly and intimate resort town, rich in a unique culture and colourful desert history, is also a notable centre for business meetings, conferences, weddings, weekend escapes and recreation. And there’s a reason for that. Osoyoos does have it all – golf, spas, beaches, wineries, orchards, culinary delights, mountains, wildlife watching, First

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Nations culture and eco-desert experiences are yours to enjoy. We are set on a vast and rugged landscape of hills and grasslands that invite hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing within easy access to the town. Osoyoos Lake is easily accessed from downtown for fishing, sightseeing or water activities. We are on the migratory path of many bird species, making us one of the best places in the province to bird watch. And if you want an up-close First Nations experience, you can absorb the many tales and fascinating legends of the Okanagan Syilx First Nations culture at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre while studying the distinctive desert ecology. Awaken your senses by having a local lavender permeated massage at a health and beauty spa or shop for a one-of-a-kind

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treasure found in our many quaint boutiques. And when you’re here in winter, nearby Baldy Mountain Resort is high in the hills just 40 minutes away from Osoyoos. With one of the highest base elevations in B.C. at 1,726 metres (5,665 feet), you can count on an annual snowfall of over 600 cm (20 feet), perfect for snowshoeing, downhill and cross country skiing. We also have rich and diverse cultures and a history that we love sharing with visitors who want to know more about us. We’ve had our lifestyles shaped by our environment and enhanced by storied First Nations activity and history in the area. And by exploring the facilities that we’ve built to reflect our cultures, you’ll go away feeling you’ve experienced something special by having been here.


To Kelowna International Airport 124 km 77 miles

To Vancouver International Airport 401 km 249 miles

To Calgary International Airport Penticton

730 km 453 miles

63 km 39 miles

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To Seattle, WA International Airport 467 km 290 miles

Spokane, WA International Airport To

307 km 191 miles

Getting Here Osoyoos is located at the junction of Highways 97 and 3, the major north-south and east-west corridors through BC’s Interior.

Community information can be heard on CIRO (pronounced Cairo) at 106.5 FM on the radio dial.

The closest Airport is Penticton (63 km/39 mi from Osoyoos), next is the Kelowna International Airport. Let’s Go Transportation (www. letsgotransportation.ca, 778-821-0101) provides an airport shuttle to and from both airports. Car rentals from major agencies are available at both airports.

Be sure to head to the Osoyoos Visitors Centre at 9912 BC 3. They have everything you need to make your trip fantastic. Or visit online at destinationosoyoos.com. Check out these helpful links: osoyoos.ca, hellobc.com, drivebc.ca and tripadvisor.ca

BC transit offers scheduled service to Osoyoos from Kelowna and Penticton. Visit bctransit.com or cal 1-844-442-2212 for schedule information. Osoyoos’ local airport has a 2,800 ft. paved runway serving private fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Local news and information is found in the Osoyoos Times, a weekly local newspaper. Or visit www.osoyoostimes.com.

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~ Best little small town museum in BC ~

19 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC LOCATED IN GYRO COMMUNITY PARK, AT THE FOOT OF MAIN STREET, BY THE BANDSHELL

250.495.2582 Open year-round Victoria Day through Labour Day, Open year-round 10 am to 4 pm daily. For seasonal hours, see our website:

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A stunning First Nations Cultural attraction with interactive and fun activities for the whole family. Explore our desert trails, new pit house and village.

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CULTURE

With a rich history, vibrant arts community and

Osoyoos Art Gallery Established in 1990 as a non-profit organization, and now governed by the O&D Arts Council, The Osoyoos Art Gallery is situated at the corner of Main Street and 89th in Osoyoos and offers original art produced by artists and artisans. The gallery features guest artists, local and non-local, throughout the year. 8713 Main Street | 250-495-2800

many cultural traditions, activities and amenities, Osoyoos has much to explore and discover. Our arts, history, and culture are best experienced firsthand with a visit to one of our local museums, art galleries, or interpretive centres.

Osoyoos Museum & Archives Exhibits and collections trace the impact that successive waves of traders, farmers, ranchers, builders, and vintners had on the original environment of Osoyoos. You’ll be able to see how the city grew from a customs post near the US/Canada border to a 21st Century town. The museum is conveniently located at the foot of Main Street and is open yearround. 19 Park Place | 250-495-2582

Osoyoos Desert Centre At the Osoyoos Desert Centre, you can experience the beauty of Canada’s unique desert. The 67-acre nature interpretive facility, a registered part of the North American Bluebird Trail, offers guided and self-guided tours through the desert along its spectacular 1.5- kilometre wooden boardwalk. There’s also an indoor interpretive centre, with hands-on exhibits and fun facts to discover about the local ecology and wildlife, and a native plant demonstration garden to explore. Trained interpretive staff and friendly volunteers are on hand to share information, answer questions, and explain what’s being done to save the unique desert habitat. Desert Centre admissions are used to support the habitat restoration, conservation and education efforts of the Osoyoos Desert Society, a non-profit society dedicated to saving British Columbia’s biologically-rich habitats. The Desert Centre, located three kilometres north of Osoyoos, is open annually from late April through early October, and features special events like Desert Night Owl Tours during July and August. 14580

Okanagan Art Gallery This Gallery is a hidden gem on bustling Main Street in Osoyoos. The doorway to the Gallery is almost hidden but most people who venture in, can’t believe the size of the Gallery and quality of artwork. Each room in the Gallery has a skylight letting in amazing natural light. The Gallery is an Artists Co-op of about 25 artists, mainly painters (acrylic, oil and watercolour) but also includes sculptors and photographers. The Gallery is run by the artists so when you visit, there will always be an artist or two in residence. The Gallery also runs workshops periodically which are open to the public. In addition, there a few Open House events each year as well as receptions for special shows. Don’t miss seeing this unique Gallery! 2302 Main Street | 778-437-2238

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FIRST NATIONS, ANCIENT TRADITIONS Okanagan Lake and the

Okanagan River served as traditional transportation routes of the Syilx or Okanagan people and their traditional boundaries encompass this area. Local excavations and pictographs found in the region reveal a prospering culture dating back thousands of years. They lived a seminomadic hunter-gather lifestyle, living on deer, salmon, rabbits and other wild meat as well as roots, berries and various plants. Smoked Chinook and sockeye salmon, dried berries and roots served as winter staples. A versatile people, certain plants served as medicine, cottonwood trees made ideal canoes and home construction utilized traditional materials. Generations travelled widely by horse and canoe throughout the region trading with First Nations neighbours.

Photo Submitted by Erin Garritty Spotted Lake in the fall.

Photo Submitted by Karen Lundin The statue at Nk’ Mip at sunset.

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CULTURE THE OSOYOOS INDIAN BAND The Osoyoos Indian Band, one of seven member bands in the Okanagan Nation, has a proud and independent history in the Osoyoos and Oliver area. The band continues to play an integral role in the community, adding not only an invaluable richness of heritage, culture and arts but also economic influence, operating several successful businesses.

ORIGIN OF OSOYOOS The origin of the name Osoyoos was the

word sẁiẁs (pronounced “soo-yoos”) meaning “narrowing of the waters” in the local Okanagan language (Syilx’tsn). The “O-” prefix is not indigenous in origin and was attached by settler-promoters wanting to harmonize the name with other place names beginning with O in the Okanagan region (Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Okanogan). The natural ford at Osoyoos Lake, used as an ancient crossing place and a significant fishing spot for the Syilx people, is now bridged by Highway 3.


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INDIGENOUS TOURISM Learn more about the Sylix culture, legend and

people through interactive activities and programs with a visit to Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and see actual artifacts at the local museum.

Nk’Mip (Inkameep) Desert Cultural Centre This state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel, sensitively constructed into a hillside at Nk’Mip Resort. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. You will discover indoor and outdoor nature and cultural exhibits that showcase desert ecology, wildlife and history of the Osoyoos Indian Band. You can even get a close look at a rattlesnake or sign up for a hike and rappelling excursion in the desert. Complete your visit by stopping in Coyote’s Gifts to shop for unique Aboriginal crafts, jewelry and giftware. 1000 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos | 1 888-495-8555

Spotted Lake (Kliluk) Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada, accessed

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via Highway 3 just 7 minutes West of downtown Osoyoos. Originally known to the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley as Kliluk, Spotted Lake was for centuries and remains revered as a sacred site thought to provide therapeutic waters. Today, there is a roadside sign educating visitors that the lake is a cultural and ecologically sensitive area, and a traditional medicine lake for the Okanagan Syilx people. The lake can be viewed from the gate that has been erected for protection of the delicate ecosystem.

Sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point) Located on the west side of Osoyoos Lake off Hwy 97 south and within the traditional territory of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Sẁiẁs Provincial Park is an important archaeological and cultural heritage site. The Osoyoos Indian Band and BC Parks are working in partnership to ensure the long-term protection of the archaeological and cultural heritage resources within the park. With parking on the point, visitors are welcome to take the 2km trail around the point or utilize the day use area for swimming or picnicking. Sẁiẁs Provincial Park is also open for camping from April to October.

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FISHING Want to land that dinner sized

fish of your fantasies? Well, you don’t have to venture very far. In fact, we have one of the best destination lakes in B.C. for a wide variety of species, many of which are just steps away from your door. Osoyoos Lake is one of the South Okanagan’s primary fishing holes. At 16 kilometres (10 miles) long and extending south into the USA, its 2,318 hectares (5,729 acres) – of which 1,494 hectares (3,693 acres) are in British Columbia – are prime fishing habitat. So, just what’s in Osoyoos Lake that attracts fishers to its clear water that’s open to angling yearround? Depending on the time of year you’ll have a better chance of catching some species than others. Spring and fall are the best times to reel in rainbow trout and salmon, but the bass fishing peaks in the summer. For the best chance to catch the dinner-sized fish of your dreams without venturing far, drop your line near the mouth of Solana Bay on the south side of Motel Row; and at the bridge on Highway 3. Or you can simply sit in your boat in the sunshine in the middle of the lake and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Of course, there are limits to what you can keep in any of the lakes depending on the species and those limits are available when you get your fishing license online at the B.C. Ministry of Environment fresh water fishing website (www.fishing.gov.bc.ca). If you prefer catch and release, there’s

no limit to the amount of fish caught.

The Miracle of the Sockeye

Many visitors to Osoyoos are surprised to learn there is a healthy sockeye salmon fishery on Osoyoos Lake, so far away from the Pacific Ocean. Every year hundreds of thousands of sockeye migrate about 1,000 kilometres up the Columbia and Okanogan rivers in Washington and many stop in Osoyoos Lake on their way to spawning grounds. Back in 1995, the sockeye fishery was on the verge of collapse and numbers dropped to just 5,000 sockeye returning to Osoyoos Lake. The recent revival of the sockeye fishery is thanks to years of hard work by the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) in co-operation with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A hatchery program was launched in 2003 and efforts have been made to restore habitat and to monitor and learn about the fish. By 2010, the ONA was able to establish a commercial fishery, providing employment and income to band members, over and above a food fishery for local First Nations. In subsequent years a recreational fishery has been established. In 2013 and especially the banner year of 2014, large numbers of sockeye returned to Osoyoos Lake and the recreational fishery

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thrived. But migration is always dependent on Mother Nature, and in 2015, droughts and warm water temperatures conspired to kill off many fish before they could complete their migration. In 2016, the fish returned and now efforts continue to build a healthy and robust sockeye fishery for many years to come.

Fast Facts.. Osoyoos Lake has forty-three species of fish! Among them are Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Carp, Kokanee Salmon, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Largescale Sucker, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pikeminnow, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead, and Yellow Perch.


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BIKING/CYCLE TOURING Cyclists come to Osoyoos for high road, back road, off road, mountain and BMX biking adventures. Many top-end athletes come to us for endurance biking, which you’ll find in several locations. One of the most popular and difficult is Anarchist Mountain which is a 25 km ride up Highway 3 East. A straight up the mountain test that gets the heart rate pumping and muscles straining. Once you get to the top, you’ll have one of the most spectacular views in the entire region. More gentle cycle tours can be found on Black Sage Road. Starting from Road 22, just north of Osoyoos, this 12 km roadway passes dozens of small and large wineries including Desert Hills Estate Winery, Burrowing Owl, Platinum Bench and Church and State Winery, among others. Stop in at one or two, have lunch and experience this exceptional industry. Or, get off road and enjoy the International Hike and Bike Trail. The 18 km (10mi) and generally flat International Hike and Bike Trail borders the Okanagan River Channel, passing vineyards, orchards, and farm land. Around Town, take a leisurely tour down the newly paved bike path of Pioneer Walkway. Follow Mainstreet and down Lakeshore Drive, which winds lakeside past picturesque orchards and our local campgrounds. From the Pioneer Walkway to the end of Lakeshore Drive is 4km

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/ ECOTOURISM


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walks, talks and trails We’re a region that is rich in history and culture

and it’s easy to share in that understanding because we have trails and walkways everywhere, each leading to a different part of our living and historical environment. The Irrigation canal walkway can be accessed from the Osoyoos Visitor Centre and travels 5.1 kilometres (3.1 miles) along the now-abandoned waterway that once provided water to the orchards and wineries in the area. The recently restored Osoyoos Oxbows trail takes in the wetland reserve at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and the 5 km (3 mi.) return trip trail is an easy walk, providing a close up view of one of Osoyoos’ only remaining wetlands.

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A Mount Kobau Trails Hwy 3 approx. 11 Km west of Osoyoos 17 Km gravel access road to summit Level: Moderate - Difficult 17 Km B Strawberry Creek Trail 62nd Ave. follow Irrigation canal Walkway to Hwy 3. Take left fork to Black Industrial Park - Unmarked trail Sage Bench Level: Moderate - Difficult 1Km C Osoyoos Lake Oxbows Road 22 Off Hwy 97 D Level: Easy 5 Km International Bicycling and Hiking Trail D Road 22 off Hwy. 97 Level: Easy 18.5Km E C Irrigation Canal Walkway Parking at 62nd Ave. Level: Moderate 5.1Km e Av 4 20

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It can get really hot in mid-summer. We are, after all, the warmest place in Canada. So make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and try to get out earlier on the hottest days.

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along the Columbia River.

longer excursion into the back country, we are perfectly located as the base for your road bike adventures.

Take Highway 3 west out of Osoyoos towards Keremeos. Hook up with Highway 3A at Keremeos and pass Yellow Lake and Trout Lake and ride along the Marron Valley until you reach Highway 97. There you have the option of heading north towards Penticton, or south to Okanagan Falls.

Your options out of Osoyoos are varied in any direction. The southern route along Highway 97 into Washington, for example, will take you to Omak and perhaps further south to the resort area of Lake Chelan. There is a loop that runs through the highlands back to Highway 97 and

Another option north once you reach Okanagan Falls is to take Green Lake Road south past Green and Mahoney Lakes to Willowbrook Road that will take you through rolling desert lands to Fairview Road and into Oliver. At Penticton, where the road ends, you have the option of driving on the east side of Okanagan Lake past Naramata and onto a dirt road to Chute Lake or turning south where you can ride on either side of Skaha Lake into Okanagan Falls and south to Osoyoos.

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These routes are just a hint of what’s available to bikers that come to our part of the world. There are many more routes. Stop off at the Osoyoos Visitor Centre for suggestions on how to explore our distinctive countryside.


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FAMILY

Photo Submitted by Barrie Mannella . Playing on Beach at sun set.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Osoyoos and families go hand in hand. We are, in fact, a paradise for the young and the young at heart. Look around when you get here and you’ll instantly see a giant adventure playground with outdoor and indoor activities to entertain and even educate children and parents all day, every day, all year round.

Photo by Richard McGuire Cherry Fiesta water fight during the parade.

And you and the family can start at Rattlesnake Canyon. But before you get frightened off, it’s not a dried up canyon where you’ll find the occasional rattler. Rather, it’s a Western-based Amusement park, located downtown, where children can let their imaginations run away with them. 5502 Main Street | 250-495-3344 . Here you’ll find quality entertainment at affordable prices. Enter the grounds and you’ll find an 18 hole mini golf course, a Go Kart track consisting of 12 single karts and four double karts, an ice cream parlour in an authentic windmill, an arcade, bumper boats, a tumble whirl, bungee tree, a 35 foot rock climbing wall, gift store, tattoo parlour and a concession stand. It’s pure entertainment and fun. Continued on page 19

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A M U S E M E N T PA R K Visit us Soon! See our Authentic Windmill! Enjoy an ice cream treat from our special viewing deck! FREE Admission to Park, dogs are Welcome.

• 18 Hole Mini Golf • Exciting Go Kart Speedway • Bungee Tree & Rides • Gemstone Mining Station • 35 Foot Climbing Wall • Bumper Boat Pool • Tattoo Parlour, Souvenir Store & Arcade

Summer Hours 9:30 am - 11:00 pm Ph. 250.495.3544 5502 Main St. Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6 www.rattlesnakecanyon.ca

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Family Continued.. Step into an unforgettable, world-class, miniature fantasy world. The Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad is a must-see mini-world with 45 trains running through very detailed landscaping with European style towns and houses. With 1,600 buildings & 18,000+ hand painted little people adorn this 371 sq m (4000 sq ft) attraction. 11611 115th Street | 250-495-6842.

Want to cool off on a hot summer’s day? Let the Osoyoos Splash Park do that job with young kids turning water cannons on one another while parents relax watching the kids burning off energy. And for slightly older youth, hitch up a horse at the Indian Grove Riding Stable 600 Rancher Creek Road | 250-495-7555 or Sun Hills Riding Centre 3800 Golf Course Drive | 250-408-9990 for a guided tour on horseback on the mountain trails that meander through the Osoyoos area. The half-day and full-day tours include riding, taking a break for fishing, exploring a nearby waterfall and then having a dinner on the trail. Safe, horseback trail rides through the Osoyoos desert and along mountain trails provide a cowboy adventure with spectacular views and breath-taking trails.

Take the family on a fishing trip. Our region offers amazing year round fishing and during Salmon season the Okanagan Nation Alliance fishing department is dedicated to providing you with a fishing experience you will never forget with many guided tours throughout the Okanagan. Of course, there’s skateboarding at the Osoyoos Skateboard Park near the parking lot at the Sun Bowl Arena and the Osoyoos Curling Club attached to the arena. 9301 Hummingbird Lane | 250-495-7919.

Also located near the high school are the town’s dog park as well as baseball diamonds, tennis and pickleball courts. Pioneer Walkway is a paved path that allows for amazing scenery while walking along the shores of Osoyoos Lake. There are gardens, shelters and viewing benches located across the walkway. Not far away off Cottonwood Drive is Cottonwood Park, a popular gathering spot in the summer months because of a sandy beach, boating and swimming. Also located on the east end of town is a beautiful walking, biking or rollerblading path along Lakeshore Drive, which again provides amazing scenery and spectacular views of Osoyoos Lake.

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Photo by Richard McGuire New family tees at Osoyoos Golf Club

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WATER

A LAKE WITHIN A DESERT

being here for water sports is that our expansive waterfront provides very easy access. You want beaches? We have plenty for sun worshipers, activity seekers, walkers or loungers who just want to relax and let the warmth of the sun and surf melt away their cares. The two most popular are Gyro Beach located in the heart of town in front of Watermark Beach Resort, while the other is Cottonwood Beach on the east side of town. Both of these beaches are great for anyone who likes warm, clear waters and hot days when the temperature reaches upwards of 35˚C (95˚F). For an outof-the-way beach, try Legion Beach, tucked into a cove on the southwest side of the bridge.

Photo Submitted by Rob Rausch The pup is trying out the paddle board on Osyooys Lake.

No other place in Canada can make that claim because our part of the Okanagan is the nation’s only living desert. Much of our focus and attention is on Osoyoos Lake and its myriad of water activities. And for good reason! With an average high summer temperature of 31°C/87°F and long stretches of sandy beach, it’s an ideal playground for swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Many of the resorts, motels, RV parks, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts are located directly shoreline, offering a wide selection of accommodation with water views to fit any budget. Our water season on the lake begins in early April and lasts through October and even longer, depending on the individual sport or activity. The best part of

Want to sail or learn how to? The Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club offers memberships. Our boat launching sites are at Sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point), Osoyoos Lake Regional Park at the end of Lakeshore Drive, Nk’Mip Road at Nk’Mip Campground and Desert Sunrise Marina in downtown Osoyoos. They all provide easy access for boaters to get on the lake. We’re also the home to several water sport rental businesses for the adventurer in you. All of them offer new equipment and information for anyone new to water activities. For those looking for variety on the water, there’s a wide selection of pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, wakeboarding and paddleboards, among other water activity equipment. Ask about Stand Up Paddling lessons and wakeboard or wakesurf lessons as well.

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Sonora Dunes is a unique 9 hole golf course nestled in Canada’s only true desert. With a variety of tee placements, Sonora Dunes is a fun and challenging course for all skill levels

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Set among sage and rolling hills our courses have fairways that flow

gently along contoured canyons with water accents. The greens will be like velvet. They will offer spectacular views that augment a layout that is both challenging and serene. And in this perfect golf world, the first tee would be minutes away. Well, in Osoyoos you’ve just found golf perfection. The fact you can play virtually year round is a giant bonus. Osoyoos Golf Club boasts of two 18 hole golf championship courses with the public always welcome. Golfers of all abilities can enjoy the stunning 9 hole experience of Sonora Dunes Golf Course. All within Osoyoos town limits.

1300 Rancher Creek Rd., Osoyoos, B.C. 250.495.golf www.sonoradunes.com

Photo Submitted by Audrey McCulloch Beautiful summer flowers at Osoyoos Golf Club.

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DOWNTOWN

In the heart of the Osoyoos

desert is a downtown oasis. Picturesque, charming and lively describes downtown Osoyoos. Main Street and its nearby roadways are fortified with numerous boutique retail shops with unique offerings like handmade fashions, nifty antiques and toys for outdoor adventures. Main Street has everything you need from everyday necessities to one of a kind “must haves”. Year after year visitors can’t wait to browse the spirited and diverse streets of Osoyoos. Take a tour of one of our art gal-

leries, find hidden gems at one of our retail shops, relax in one of our amazing spa’s and appreciate our talented artisan community. During the warmer months, from May to September, crowds are always arriving early at the Town Hall Square, which opens every Saturday morning as a farmer’s market, where over 40 vendors are registered. The farmer’s market is one of the best places to shop for Okanagan-grown foods. Experience culinary creations at local coffee shops, cafes, bistros, fine dining establishments and pubs. Feast on international cuisine

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ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, French and more. Once Gyro beach goes to sleep after the sun goes down, any evening can keep getting better with exciting night life in Osoyoos. Stop in to one of our friendly pubs around town, or check out Spirit Beach Cantina - the only lakeshore bar in Osoyoos. If music is your thing, be sure to check out Music in the Park, a free concert series at Gyro Park during the Summer months and Jojo’s cafe on Main Street throughout the year for live musical performances!


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Fast Facts.. Osoyoos and area boasts some pretty unique statistics that make the area distinct from any other: • Population: 5,085 • High season pop: 25,000 • Home to Canada’s warmest freshwater lake: Osoyoos Lake • 25 + Unique Boutiques, 30 + Restaurants & Cafes and a Farmers Market on Main Street every Saturday from May - September.

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Accommodations

Name your style. We have it.

lake, intimate family motels, campgrounds at our major parks where ample space allows you Osoyoos caters to however you define your ad- to camp out with complete freedom and family venture, romance, escape or business needs. operated B&Bs that bring you into close conWhether you have been golfing, horseback tact with the colourful and friendly people who riding, skiing, traveling the winery trail, fishing, live here. attending a conference or getting ready to explore our spectacular countryside, you will find However you want to overnight – as a family, a a lodging style perfectly suited for your desires. couple, an individual or as a group – you’ll have a wide selection of possibilities to get the most We have luxurious resorts that reflect our des- from your stay. ert heritage, inns at vineyards and along the destinationosoyoos.com/accommodations/

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Services Legend Banquet/ Conference Area Beach/Lakefront Boat Moorage Kitchens Pet Friendly Pool Restaurant Wheelchair Accessible Snowbird Accommodation Available Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

Avalon Inn

Newer motel with a convenient, central location in the business district; very affordable rates with WiFi, a large shaded courtyard, access to small fishing lake; back country information available for hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

Full service hotel, “Chairman Award” for outstanding quality assurance score. Full hot breakfast, wireless high-speed internet, indoor pool/hot tub and fitness centre. Golf, wine and family packages available.

9106 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC 250-495-6334 • www.avaloninn.ca

5506 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC 250-495-4000 • TF 1-877-878-2200 • bestwesternosoyoos.com

Boundary Motel

Casa Del Mila Oro Resort

Close to world-class golf and major recreational facilities. Renovated, comfortable and affordable. Free WiFi, free BBQ’s, picnic benches and a fun family environment. 250m past traffic lights at Hwy 3.

Luxury lake front resort featuring 2 bedroom condos and 3 bedroom townhouses with patios or balconies. Pool, hot tub, private beach, boat moorage, conference room, spa and free WiFi.

7416 97th St., Osoyoos, BC •250-495-6050 info@boundarymotel.com • boundarymotel.com

5401 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos, BC •250-495-2373 orparentals@gmail.com • casadelmilaororesort.com

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Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel

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Surfside WATERFRONT ACCOMMODATIONS

At our beachfront hotel you will enjoy free WiFi, parking and continental breakfast! Check-out our comfortable beds, flat screen TV’s and in-room Starbucks. Indoor heated pool, waterslides, hot tub, beach and laundry.

Our waterfront suites provide perfect settings for lasting family memories. Boat, ski, tube or jet-ski just steps from your door. Build sand castles or swim in the warmth of Osoyoos Lake.

7702 Main St., Osoyoos, BC 250-495-6525 • TF 1-800-663-1144 • coasthotels.com

7310 Main St., Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-2228 TF 1-877-495-2228 •surfside-osoyoos.com

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

In the heart of Osoyoos Lake. Beautifully appointed standard rooms and suites promise guests stunning views. We offer 300 ft. of private beachfront, a guest only island, free kayak rentals, BBQ’s, complimentary boat moorage and a full service restaurant.

Island View RV Resort

Our all season RV Park is less than 5 min. to downtown Osoyoos. With its own private beach, spacious sites and well stocked store you might never have to leave! Wireless internet, laundry, boat launch, dock, playground and night security. 5005 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-7696 islandviewresort@telus.net • islandviewresort.com

7906 Main St., Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-7223 TF 1-877-786-7773 •hiosoyoos.com

Kismet Character Home

This gorgeously renovated character home is the ideal home for large families or couples looking for a getaway. There are two large bedrooms located on the main floor. Upstairs, two other large bedrooms, and a third multi purpose room. Visit the winery, private lake or restaurant. 316 Road 20, Oliver, BC 250-492-2266 • Kismetestatewinery.com

Nk’Mip RV Park

Lakeview Motel

Quality & affordable rooms and kitchen suites. Quiet location 150 m to public beach. Family atmosphere, saltwater pool & BBQ’s. Close to downtown and USA border. Snowbird rates available. 6004 89th St., Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-7641 • TF 1-888-208-8071 osoyooslakeview@persona.ca •osoyooslakeview.ca

Poplars Motel On the Lake

Open year-round, Nk’Mip RV Park offers over 350 sites ranging from tenting spots to full service RV stalls. The clubhouse open seasonally, is perfect for events or meetings and offers an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and games room.

We are on the lake, nice sandy beach and grassy area with BBQ’s and picnic tables. All units have kitchens. Free wireless internet, nonsmoking rooms, guest laundry. Great family environment.

8000 45th Street, Osoyoos, BC 250-495-7279 • campingosoyoos.com

6404 Cottonwood Drive, Osoyoos, BC •250-495-6035 poplarsmotel@persona.ca • thepoplarsmotel.com


Richter Pass Motel Inn

Safari Beach Resort

48 Studio, One & Two Bedroom Units. Private beach with large grassy area. Clean & Affordable. Centrally located, smoke free, parking and guest laundry. Gas barbecues, picnic tables and free WiFi.

This condo style resort is on the west side of Osoyoos Lake featuring a large private beach, volleyball pitch, picnic areas, two outdoor pools, docks and moorage. Each condo offers a fully appointed kitchen, free WiFi, furnished balcony, BBQ’s and more.

7506 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC 250-495-7229 • manager1@richterpass.com • richterpass.com

5815 Oleander Drive, Osoyoos, BC •250-495-7217 safarib@telus.net•safaribeachresort.com

Sandy Beach Suites Sandy Beach

Spirit Ridge Resort, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

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Newer Mediterranean style family resort offers full kitchens in all suites on a beautiful sandy beach. Amenities include group BBQ area, playground, tennis/pickleball, canoe/kayak/SUP, coin laundry and free WiFi. Smoke free.

A true resort getaway on Canada’s only desert, Spirit Ridge offers the luxury to disconnect and reconnect to what you value most. With all senses engaged, amenities thoughtfully prepared, and an abundance of things to experience, discover something extraordinary.

6706 Ponderosa Dr., Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-6931 •TF 1-866-495-6931 info@sandybeachmotel.com • sandybeachmotel.com

1200 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-5445 reservations.spiritridge@hyatt.com • spiritridge.hyatt.com

Super 8

Walnut Beach Resort

Excellent service and value. Free wireless internet and continental breakfast. Seasonal outdoor heated pool. Close to wineries, shopping, beaches and restaurants.

Breathtaking lakefront resort with full designer kitchens. Gourmet wine and tapas bar, spa facilities, heated outdoor pool, two hot tubs, 300 ft. licensed private beach with boat dock.

9130 Main St., Osoyoos, BC 250-495-2633 • TF 1-800-700-0092 • super8.com

4200 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos, BC 250-495-5400 • TF 1-877-936-5400 • walnutbeachresort.com

Watermark Beach Resort

The Westridge Motor Inn

On the beach, downtown Osoyoos, walk to everything. Full suite resort. Lakeside Restaurant & Patio off Waterfront Walkway or Lobby. Conference Centre. Pool, Waterslide, Hot Tubs, Spa, Yoga, Pilates, SUP & Kayak Rentals, Cycle Shop, Marina.

Beautiful newly renovated rooms. Hi Def TV’s with free hi-speed internet access. Seasonal pool & hot tub with guest BBQ’s and picnic area. Guest laundry facilities. Conveniently located near golf courses, winery tours and other attractions.

15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC • 250-495-5500 TF 1-888-755-3480 • watermarkbeachresort.com

9913 Hwy. 3, Osoyoos, BC •778-437-2185 reservations@westridgeinn.ca • westridgeinn.ca


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accommodations aren’t just for the summer months. Most are open throughout the winter and offer excellent snowbird rates and winter ski packages, so you can enjoy Osoyoos year Round!

Sandy Beach Suites

Sandy Beach Motel Family Friendly • Beach Front Free Paddleboards & Kayaks Tennis • Pickleball/Volleyball Family Friendly • BeachWiFi Front•• Kitchens Free Canoes & Kayak • Playground

Tennis & Volleyball Courts • Wireless Internet • Playground

A little Mediterranean in the Heart of Osoyoos!

Sante-Fe style studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites with kitchens or kitchenettes, air-conditioned, fully furnished and stocked.

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6706 PonderosaDrive, Drive, Osoyoos, BC 6706 Ponderosa Osoyoos, BC 250.495.6931 •• 1.886.495.6931 1.866.495.6931 250.495.6931

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is always best on menus that incorporate the area’s abundance of fruits and vegetables. We’re literally a hotbed of fresh ingredients. The warm climate ensures fruits and veggies ripen weeks earlier than in other areas of Canada. Shop the Market on Main downtown farmers’ market Saturday mornings May through September. Stop for fresh-picked produce, jams, cider and baked goods at roadside fruit and veggie stands or harvest your own bounty when you visit a pickyour-own orchard.

Van Kalkeren

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Photo Submitted by Erin Garritty Vineyard overlooking Osoyoos Lake.

16002 89th Street North Osoyoos BC 250.495.2017

Harker's Organics

Kailay Fruit Market

16002 89th Street Osoyoos 250.495.2017 OPEN JUNE OCTOBER

Quality Fruit & Vegetables Pie & Coffee Open June - October

8800 Meadowlark Dr. Osoyoos 250.689.1014 250.498.1966

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Unforgettable experiences Extraordinary views Iconic wines

“These are some of the best young wines coming out of Canada today� - wine spectator

Open daily, March 15 to November 15. Open weekdays during winter. Contact us at (250) 707-2299, or info@checkmatewinery.com

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casual to upscale dining & winery experiences, Osoyoos is the hot spot for wine & food lovers everywhere Like the Napa Valley in California, Bordeaux in France or Italy’s Chianti region in Tuscany, grape growing and wine production in the Osoyoos region is both a business and a way of life. It defines the character and lifestyle for those of us lucky enough to live along the vineyards positioned along the rolling desert hills. The major wineries are well advertised and they are easy to spot. But you can also enjoy some of the smaller wineries, sometimes having to travel off the main highways to reach them. Most of our wineries are VQA rated (Vintners Quality Alliance), meaning that they have passed rigid quality standards and that the wines are made from 100 per cent BC grown grapes. Our wines have won many

prestigious awards for wines produced from the many grape varieties grown in our area. In fact, the region around Osoyoos produces most of the grapes grown in the Okanagan Valley. The numerous microclimates and soil variations make it possible to cultivate some 60 different types of grapes within a small area. So you’ll find wineries producing an assortment of varietal wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and our unique desert wines. Located right in Osoyoos are Young & Wyse, Adega on 45th, LaStella, Nk’Mip Cellars, Moon Curser, Lariana Cellars, Sonora Desert Winery, Blue Sky, Lakeside Cellars and Bordertown. And they’re easy to find. Just ask for one of our winery maps or take a wine tour with one of several companies that offer exceptional visits to the wineries in our area. (See our map on Page 38.)

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Still - we’re not just known for our great wine. With local family farms just minutes away from our many restaurants, we attract foodies from around the world. Local chefs create dishes using an unbelievable variety of local fruits and vegetables picked at their peak of perfection, giving their creations an enormous depth of flavour and breadth of variety. Osoyoos is quickly becoming a hot spot for many food-centric festivals and events. From upscale foodie events including the international food, wine, and film festival Devour! Osoyoos, to the annual seafood focused Osoyoos Oyster festival, to more casual affairs including the Osoyoos Rib Festival at Gyro Park and Pig Out festival at Covert Farms, Osoyoos and area celebrates our rich tradition of using food grown and raised sustainably and prepared with fresh, local fruits and vegetables saturated with regional flavours.

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ADEGA on 45th - www.adegaon45.com 7311 45th St, Osoyoos 250 495 6243 BLACK HILLS WINERY - www.blackhillswinery.com 4190 Black Sage Rd, Oliver 250 498 6606 BLUE SKY - www.blueskywinery.ca 11621 87th St, Osoyoos 250 495 1777 BORDERTOWN - www.bordertownwinery.com 9140 92nd Ave, Osoyoos 250 498 9976 C.C. JENTSCH CELLARS - www.ccjentschcellars.com 4522 Hwy 97, Oliver 778 439 2091 CASSINI CELLARS - www.cassini.ca 4828 Hwy 97, Oliver 250 485 4370 CHECKMATE WINERY - www.checkmatewinery.com 4799 Wild Rose St, Oliver 250 498 7224 CLOS DU SOLEIL - www.closdusoleil.ca 2568 Upper Bench Rd, Keremeos 250 499 2831 CORCELETTES - www.corceletteswine.ca 2582 Upper Bench Rd, Keremeos 250 499 5595 CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY - www.culmina.ca 4790 Wild Rose St, Oliver 250 498 0789 DESERT HILLS - www.deserthills.ca 4078 Black Sage Rd, Oliver 250 498 6664 EAU VIVRE WINERY - www.eauvivrewinery.ca 716 Lowe Drive, Cawston 250 499 2655 FAIRVIEW CELLARS - www.fairviewcellars.ca 989 Cellar Rd, Oliver 250 498 2211 FAUSTINO ESTATE CIDERY - www.faustinoestatecidery.ca 14000 Hwy 97, Osoyoos 250 498 9907 FIREHALL BREWERY - www.firehallbrewery.com 6077 Main St. Lower Level, Oliver 778 439 BEER (2337) FORBIDDEN FRUIT - www.forbiddenfruitwines.com 620 Sumac Rd, Cawston 250 499 2649 GEHRINGER BROTHERS - www.gehringerwines.ca 876 Road 8, Oliver 250 498 3537 HIDDEN CHAPEL - www.hiddenchapelwinery.com 482 Pinehill Rd, Oliver 250 490 6000 HUGGING TREE - www.huggingtreewinery.com 1002 Hwy 3, Cawston 250 499 2201 INNISKILLIN OKANAGAN - www.inniskillin.com 7857 Tucelnuit Dr, Oliver 250 498 4500 INTERSECTION ESTATE WINERY - www.xwine.ca 450 Road 8, Oliver 250 498 4054 JACKSON-TRIGGS - www.jacksontriggswinery.com 7857 Tucelnuit Dr, Oliver 250 498 4500 KISMET - www.kismetestatewinery.com 9580 Road 20, Oliver 250 408 9800 LA STELLA - www.lastella.ca 8123 148th Ave, Osoyoos 250 495 8180 LAKESIDE CELLARS - www.lakesidecellars.com 5221 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos 250 309 1814

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LARIANA CELLARS - www.larianacellars.com 8310 2nd Ave, Osoyoos 250 498 9259 LE VIEUX PIN - www.levieuxpin.ca 5496 Black Sage Rd, Oliver 250 498 8388 LIBER FARM & WINERY - www.liberfarm.com 156 Sumac Rd, Cawston 250 499 5305 MAVERICK - www.maverickwine.ca 3974 Hwy 97, Oliver 778 437 3133 MONTAKARN - www.montakarn.ca 5462 Black Sage Rd, Oliver 250 498 7709 MOON CURSER - www.mooncurser.com 3628 Hwy 3 East, Osoyoos 250 495 5161 NK’MIP CELLARS - www.nkmipcellars.com 1400 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos 250 495 2985 OLIVER TWIST - www.olivertwistwinery.com 398 Lupine Lane, Oliver 250 485 0227 ORCHARD HILL CIDERY - www.orchardhillcidery.com 3480 Fruitvale Way, Osoyoos 250 495 4325/250 689 0240 OROFINO - www.orofinovineyards.com 2152 Barcelo Rd, Cawston 250 499 0068 QUINTA FERREIRA - www.quintaferreira.com 6094 Black Sage Rd, Oliver 250 498 4756 ROAD 13 VINEYARDS - www.road13vineyards.com 799 Ponderosa Rd, Oliver 250 498 8330 ROBIN RIDGE - www.robinridgewinery.com 2686 Middle Bench Rd, Keremeos 250 499 5504 RUSTIC ROOTS - www.rusticrootswinery.com 2238 Hwy 3, Cawston 250 499 2754 RUST WINE CO. - www.rustwine.com 4444 Golden Mile Road, Oliver 250 498 3276 SEVEN STONES - www.sevenstones.ca 1143 Hwy 3, Cawston 250 499 2144 SILVER SAGE - www.silversagewinery.com 4852 Ryegrass Rd, Oliver 250 498 0310 SONORA DESERT WINERY - sonoradesertwinery.ca 10238 160 Avenue 250 801 3001 STONEBOAT VINEYARDS - www.stoneboatvineyards.com 365 Orchard Grove Ln, Oliver 250 498 2226 TINHORN CREEK - www.tinhorn.com 537 Tinhorn Creek Rd, Oliver 250 498 3743 TUMBLEWEED SPIRITS - tumbleweedspirits.com 7-6001 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos 778 437 2221 TWISTED HILLS CRAFT CIDER - www.twistedhills.ca 2070 Hwy 3, Cawston 250 488 4256 VANESSA - www.vanessavineyard.com 1090 Hwy 3, Cawston 1 250 499 8811 VINAMITE - www.vinamitecellars.com 5381 Hwy 97, Oliver 250 498 2234 YOUNG & WYSE - www.youngandwysewine.com 9503 12th Ave, Osoyoos 250 495 3245


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Intervin Gold Medals, Cassini Cellars cruised to victory as this year’s Winery of the Year” ™

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Desert Hills Estate Winery is a family owned & operated boutique winery known for their award winning wines. New this year is our Black Sage Bistro, we welcome you to try our exciting menu. The tasting room is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm, seven days a week from April 1 to October 31. Show this ad and receive a complimentary portfolio tasting and 5% off purchases!

4078 Black Sage Rd. Oliver, BC 250-498-6664 • www.deserthills.ca

WhoWho & Where the Heck Are Are & Where theprestigious Heck Home of many These Guys? These Guys? International Awards 6 minutes south of Oliver, BC 6 minutes south of Oliver, BC

Visit our online store A “Golden MileMile Beach” Winery A “Golden Beach” Winery

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WINE EXPERIENCE CENTER AT BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY

Join us for an exceptional tasting experience in our vineyard lounge. Immerse yourself in our terroir while enjoying a full flight of our hand-crafted wines. Seated tastings available daily year round by appointment during Summer to avoid disappointment and by drop-in the rest of the year.

Open Daily 10 AM to 6 PM May through October 11 AM to 5 PM November through April. Visit our website for seasonal events details.

For details and reservations, please contact (250) 498-0666 or visit

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Please enjoy responsibly.

Enjoy cider tasting, ice cream or homegrown, fresh picked fruits and vegetables.

250.689.0240 • 250.495.4325 www.orchardhillcidery.com 3480 Fruitvale Way , Oliver B.C Open: July to Aug. 8am - 7pm June, Sept. & Oct. 9am - 6pm

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DINING

Canada. Shop the Market on Main downtown farmers’ market Saturday mornings, May through September. Stop for fresh-picked produce, jams, cider and baked goods at roadside fruit and veggie stands or take it a step further and visit a u-pick orchard. Restaurants in and around Osoyoos offer endless choices of cuisines unique to our culture and lifestyle. You might drop in at one of our nearby wineries for excellent vineyard, desert and lake views as well as menus that feature organic produce, fresh fruits, BC seafood and cheeses complemented by wines from their vineyards.

Just as our accommodations reflect our closeness to nature and our surroundings, so too does our food and the way we enjoy it.

But, we’re not just rustic with mama’s cooking at every outlet. While we do cling to menus that reflect our way of life with farmers markets that bring the freshest of foods to neighbourhoods, we’re more complex in our eating habits. You’ll find that in the décor, menus and wine lists of our high-end restaurants located in town, at wineries and at our lakeside resorts. Yet these upscale restaurants retain the

same laid back and friendly appeal as our intimate cafés and bistros, ethnic and casual food outlets. Many restaurants provide outdoor patios to take advantage of the warm weather and expansive views. Fresh is always best on menus that incorporate the area’s abundance of fruits and vegetables. Wine lists feature local vintages, often including labels not available in wine stores. We’re literally a hotbed of fresh ingredients. The warm climate ensures fruits and veggies ripen weeks earlier than in other areas of

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Beef eaters have plenty of choices for steak and prime rib while those who want something lighter might want to try tapas or even an outdoor salmon barbecue. We have restaurants that cater to Italian, European and Asian cuisines. Virtually all restaurants have extensive wine lists that embrace all of the grape varietals grown in our region. And they all feature the wonderfully fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby during our growing season. What would a hot summer in a lakeside resort be without great ice cream? We have specialty stores that can scoop up flavours and styles suitable for every taste and desire.


BOSTON PIZZA

BLACK SAGE BISTRO

CAMPO MARINA

We offer two experiences under one roof – a family-friendly casual dining restaurant and a separate sports bar with a lively atmosphere. Either side is sure to please.

Enjoy South Okanagan cuisine with an Indian flair! Enjoy the wines of Desert Hills Estate Winery while you take in the view and nosh on great eats.

After the lake, links, or wineries we have what you crave... fresh cocktails, stylish Italian food and an extensive local wine list in a welcoming atmosphere.

CONVIVIA BISTRO

DAIRY QUEEN

We warmly welcome you in a Mediterranean atmosphere where the flavours of Italian and French cuisines come together. Affordable varied gourmet menu.

Serving hot eats, cool treats and smiles daily. Great music and fun friendly staff.

250.495.MYBP (6927) #238-15 Park Place Osoyoos

250.498.6664 4078 Black Sage Rd. Oliver

250.495.7650 5907 Main St. Osoyoos

GOLDEN CHOPSTICKS CHINESE RESTAURANT Serving lunch & dinner, licensed. Eat in or take out.

250.495.2223 8312 74 Ave. Osoyoos

250.495.3227 5914 Main St. Osoyoos 7519 Prairie Valley Rd, Summerland

INDIAN FLAME

JOJO’S CAFE

MASALA BISTRO

Authentic Indian food with quality ingredients and outstanding customer service. Dine in or take out.

Neighbourhood coffee bar specializing in freshly roasted espresso drinks. We use locally grown produce in our homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Free WiFi.

Overlooking the vineyard at Kismet Winery is an Indian cuisine hidden gem. Tantalize your tastebuds and experience the Okanagan at Masala.

250.495.9000 8515 B Main St. Osoyoos

250.495.6652 8316 Main St. Osoyoos

250.495.8092 8527 Main St. Osoyoos

250.495.4462 Road 20 Oliver


OWL PUB

MIRADORO

OWL PUB

PIZZA FACTORY

Miradoro is a study in culinary creativity. From the authentic forno oven to a diverse wine list (including library wines). A place for food lovers to indulge.

Great food, great lakeview patio. Food & drink specials, friendly staff. Come on in and bring your friends.

The atmosphere will make you feel like you’re home, with freshly made pizza, fabulous side dishes and we are licensed!

250.498.3742 537 Tinhorn Cr. Road, Oliver

778.437.3838 Corner of Main St. and Spartan

250.495.2033 8115 Main St. Osoyoos

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SAGE PUB

SMITTY’S RESTAURANT

At Walnut Beach Resort you can kick back on a great patio or book an inside table for a special night out with poolside dining and lake views.

Great food at great prices. Come visit the Sage, sit on our patio overlooking the water. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

A family friendly place for all your dining needs. Full breakfasts & wonderful dinners. Attentive service by friendly staff.

250.495.2322 6403 Cottonwood Dr. Osoyoos

250.495.6333 8906 Main St. Osoyoos

250.495.5400 4200 Lakeshore Dr. Osoyoos

T H E R E STA U R A N T A T

WAT E R M A R K Wine Bar | Restaurant | Patio

SOL GRILL ROOM & LOUNGE This fabulous restaurant overlooks stunning Lake Osoyoos. We offer a creative menu & extensive wine list. 7 days a week for breakfast and dinner.

250.495.6884 7906 Main St. Osoyoos

WATERMARK RESTAURANT & PATIO At Watermark Beach Resort, relax and enjoy our share plates, farm to table cuisine, outstanding wine list, friendly atmosphere and stunning lake views.

250.495.5500 15 Park Place Osoyoos

WILDFIRE GRILL Enjoy a warm environment and a cozy happy place to enjoy a local meal with friends or family. Fully licensed with an awesome patio.

250.495.2215 8526 Main St. Osoyoos


Osoyoos Visitors Guide 2019 Largest selection of local wines and craft beers, huge selection of international wines, cold beer, ciders and coolers, high end spirits

Most pricing at or below government store prices! Ask about our loyalty rewards program. 6403 cottonwood Drive Osoyoos, BC 250 495 2322

ribs, wings, burgers, entreés and the best pizza in town

karaoke every thursday dj·slive music·keno·sports on 9 screens·drink specials

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WELCOME TO OSOYOOS! YOUR TASTEBUDS WILL THANK YOU

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And, if you’re here in the winter, bring

RELAXATION

GETAWAYS

your skis and enjoy the same amenities in town that you’ll find here in the summer. At Mount Baldy you’ll be skiing one of the highest base elevations in B.C. at 1,726 metres (5,665 feet). Winter wine tours are also available. So, join us for inspiration and relaxation to be the happiest you... because everyone deserves an enchanted escape from the mundane at least for a few days.

Remember when, not too long ago, you had

time to do the things you wanted to do? Time to relax, reflect and have fun. Maybe it’s time to get that feeling back again. We’ve known for a long time that Osoyoos is perfect for getaways whether it be a spur of the moment day trip with your loved one or a week long escape with your friends. Spas, wine, golf, great restaurants, and pampered relaxation are just a few of the reasons why the appeal of stealing away for quality time with your best friends has lasting staying power. And there’s no better place than here, in Canada’s desert. Spend time with your friends at one of our lakeside resorts; let your hair down and then up again at a spa after a massage and skin toning. Hang out on the beach, play a round of golf or take a lesson, go for a horseback ride through the desert hills, try Yoga, and just have fun. So, if your New Year’s resolution was to spend more time with the friends in 2019, you’ll soon discover that we’re the best place to bring those times at a girl’s getaway. Wine tours are fantastic fun for you and your friends. Several companies offer a variety of tours or rent bicycles at one of the local bike shops and tour wine country that way. Most of our wineries are open year round for tasting and tours, some seasonally or by appointment.

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More couples than ever

before are choosing to say their vows surrounded by the stunning beaches and vineyards of Osoyoos – and for good reason! The unique climate in Osoyoos offers the country’s hottest, driest weather, meaning you’re almost guaranteed amazing weather for your special day. If your hearts are set on an outdoor wedding, you will

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Outdoor wedding at Watermark Beach Resort.

find endless possibilities for a striking backdrop, whether it’s a beautiful beach, picturesque vineyard, lush orchards or quaint lakeside retreat. Here in Osoyoos, everything is more beautiful and surprisingly more affordable than larger centres. Not only are the venue costs lower but the facilities are made for large events and weddings, so you’ll spend less on decor and catering. Now that’s one big wedding day wish coming true!

Osoyoos’ polished venues and professional event service providers are experienced in executing everything from intimate gatherings to grand celebrations. Stylish and well-appointed, the numerous resorts and facilities offer premier amenities and delectable local culinary creations to honour your wedding wishes. Find the perfect venue for your meeting, conference, wedding, or special event. View our venues below or visit us at destinationosoyoos.com/ weddings/.

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EVENT SPACES

Find flexible, full-service conference facilities in Osoyoos BC. Are you looking for a new venue in the Okanagan for your next meeting or corporate event? Osoyoos is ideal for meetings, retreats, special events or celebrations, small, medium or large gatherings, indoors or out! Osoyoos offers flexible, full-service professional conference facilities and meeting rooms fully equipped with everything your group needs. Once the days meetings or conference sessions are through – stunning desert golf, elegant dining, winery tours, beaches, luxurious Osoyoos accommodation, and spa services await you. Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel

Meeting/Banquet Room Capacity: 50 Amenities: Restaurant, catering, bar, outdoor decks with BBQ station, photo location, golf bestwestern.com This charming “southwest style” desert oasis designed with all the modern conveniences to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Ask about complimentary use when you book a group.

Meeting/Banquet Room Capacity: 50 Amenities: Newly renovated, AV equipment, outdoor decks with BBQ station, beach front. coasthotels.com At the Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel, you can escape from the hustle and bustle and plant yourself on the shores of the warmest freshwater lake in Canada.

Casa Del Mila Oro Resort Square footage: 1,716 Capacity: 80 Amenities: Full Kitchen, 20- 2.5 feet x 6’ & 60 chairs casadelmilaororesort.com Casa Del Mila Oro has everything you need for weddings, special events, and conferences. Lakeside beach for weddings & receptions. Plan your dream wedding at Casa Del Mila Oro Resort. Beautiful beachfront resort for you and your guests to enjoy. Picture your dream wedding on our beach front overlooking the lake, then for your reception move over to our poolside ballroom. Wedding at Casa Del Mila Oro.

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EVENT SPACE

Roof top wedding at Spirit Ridge Resort.

You will have access to our private beach complete with lounge chairs and a picnic area, and for the boating inclined, there are boat buoys for your use.

We offer flexible event spaces for 10 to 225 people with full catering available. Perched high above the Town of Osoyoos and sculpted in the environs of a desert mountainside, the majestic views of the vineyards and shimmering waters below makes your event memorable. The Osoyoos Golf Club brings together ideal desert climate and picturesque golf that boasts the longest season in the Okanagan.

Holiday Inn & Suites Square footage: 700 Capacity: 25 Amenities: AV Equipment, wireless internet, restaurant, catering, bar, outdoor decks with BBQ station, beach front, holidayinnosoyoos.com

Sonora Community Centre

Anyone looking for an intimate setting with spectacular views, the Holiday Inn has a fully equipped boardroom. The Lounge Hall is more intimate for receptions. The outdoor patio terrace is available for informal gatherings and BBQs. Our Osoyoos hotel’s meeting facilities offer several areas suitable for up to 25 people. Choose from a banquet room, boardroom, lounge or patio.

Osoyoos Golf Club Square footage: 2900 Capacity: 225 Amenities: Restaurant, catering, bar, outdoor decks with BBQ station, photo location. golfosoyoos.com

Square footage: 726 x 2 & 4720 Capacity: 35 - 402 Amenities: Catering, commercial kitchen, portable sound system and projector. osoyoos.ca The Sonora Community Centre, located in the heart of Osoyoos, has two rooms - each at 726 sq. ft. that can be combined into one large room. They each hold up to 35 people. the gymnasium is 4720 sq. ft. and holds between 320-402 people depending on the set up. There is a commercial kitchen and a portable sound system and projector that can also be rented if needed.

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EVENT SPACES Spirit Ridge Resort Square footage: 6000 + 950 breakout Capacity: 350 Amenities: Catering, AV equipment, linens, table settings, room discounts for event guests, rooftop space, private space for reception, restauant, winery and more. spiritridge.ca Spirit Ridge by Hyatt, overlooks vineyards and Osoyoos Lake. We offer flexible spaces with full catering. Make your retreat special b incorporating First Nations elements, breaking for cultural or wine tours or team-building to keep your team engaged.

The Look Out Square footage: 1300 dining, 2000 patio Capacity: 100 Amenities: Water feature, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, dining tent, beautiful location for wedding photos. lookoutosoyoos.com The Look Out Osoyoos is a private acreage that overlooks the town of Osoyoos. the venue is available from 10 AM to 1 AM allowing an unrushed day for your event with total privacy. We provide tables and chairs for 100 people. Bluetooth speakers and no corkage fees!

A stunning backdrop of golden sands, shimmering waters and azure blue skies that caress the mountaintops is what makes an event at Walnut Beach Resort magical and memorable. Enjoy spacious designer suites for guests, catering, custom wedding/event packages with a choice of indoor and outdoor spaces and a planner that will help with every detail.

Watermark Beach Resort Square footage: 3080 + additional venues Capacity: 260 Amenities: Catering, Wine Bar, guest suites available, 1000 ft of sandy beach AV equipment and more. watermarkbeachresort.com From elaborate weekend-long destination weddings, complete with rehearsal dinner, breakfast, ceremony, reception, and gift opening to elegant and simple small affairs, Watermark Beach Resort is a favourite event venue. With 153 suites the resort can accommodate your entire guest room requirements, and groups of up to 150 are easily accommodated and taken care of by the resort’s team of experts who will ensure that no detail is overlooked.

Walnut Beach Resort Square footage: 1813 + additional rooms Capacity: 120 Amenities: Indoor or outdoor ceremony, beautiful beach front location, catering, wedding planner, AV equipment,guest suites available. walnutbeachresort.com

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EVENT SPACE

Molson Schoolhouse MUSEUM

Old MolSon Ghost Town MUSEUM

Visit

Molson MuseumS

www.molsonmuseums.org

Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.

Open daylight hours year round. Five acres of historic townsite with full-scale buildings and exhibits.

Mid Summer festivals is 3rd Sat. in June.

Molson Museums are less than 20 miles from Osoyoos

Admission Free by Donation!

Paid in part by Okanogan County LTAC, City of Oroville, WA tourism taxes and Museum funds

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Baldy Mountain Resort

Ski & STAY from

$85 /person

250-498-4086

WWW.BALDYRESORT.COM

QUAIL

SECURITY

Peace of Mind is a Matter of Choice CALL Ken 250.689.3499 info@quailsecurity.ca Visit our Amazing Baby & Kids Boutique

Open 7 Days a Week

Mobile Patrols Guard Services

Come see why Osoyoos Home Hardware was voted

BEST HARDWARE STORE IN CANADA

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Photo Submitted by Lori Jantz View from the look out on Anarchist Mountain.

It’s no wonder why Osoyoos has become the

place to winter in Canada. When Canadians are looking for an escape from frigid, snowy winters, they will not find a more pleasant winter climate in Canada. Osoyoos has a mild and dry winter climate, with pleasing temperatures from October through April and a low average annual snowfall of only 8.7 cm (3.4 inches). Plus, with Baldy Mountain Resort only 45 minutes away, you can still get your snow fix! Powder rests seasonally upon Baldy Resort, which ranks in the top ten of highest elevation ski resorts in Canada. Ski or snowboard, take a ride through the perfectly spaced glades or on Baldy’s groomed runs. Enjoy a walk through the woods on snowshoes, ski the cross-country trails, or toboggan with the kids. Experience all that Osoyoos has to offer when you ski and stay at one of our hotels, resorts, or B&B’s near Baldy Mountain Resort. Our

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accommodations have everything to fit your needs; whether you’re planning a family ski vacation, a snowboarding weekend with friends, a ski minded corporate retreat, or a romantic getaway on the slopes for you and your loved one! Find out more at destinationosoyoos.com/skibaldystayosoyoos In Osoyoos, you can enjoy free indoor public ice skating from November to April, or, get off the ice and cheer on the Osoyoos Coyotes Junior B Hockey Team all Winter long with home games happening regularly at the Sun Bowl Arena! Don’t forget about curling, located beside the Sun Bowl Arena. Local legend has it that curling was first played in Osoyoos on the frozen Lake Osoyoos by Dougall Burpee who had his own set of rocks. Be sure to check out destinationosoyoos.com/events for all upcoming events and happenings.

WINTERING

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PLACES OF WORSHIP Osoyoos Baptist Church 6210 97th Street 250-495-6581 Grace Lutheran Church 6 Finch Crescent 250-495-2727 Jehovah’s Witnesses 6221 97th Street 250-495-7644 United Church of Canada 7814 Spartan Drive 250-495-2001 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 7401 87th Street 250-495-4338

SNOWBIRDS WARM UP, HEAD WEST Join the 2000+ snowbird migration to some of the warmest average temperatures in Canada.

With an abundance of winter activities, events, and sunshine, Osoyoos welcomes you for a short or long-term winter stay. When you migrate to Osoyoos for the winter you get to enjoy the South Okanagan’s mild climate with the bonus of Canadian health care, and your dollars remain at par - no passport required. Osoyoos is jam-packed full of activities, events and places that keep snowbirds coming back, year after year. Boasting one of the longest golf seasons in Canada, Osoyoos is a golf-lover’s paradise while cross country skiers and snowshoers, hikers and bird-

Pharmasave Osoyoos

St. Anne Catholic Church 7610 87th Street 250-495-6815

Your Independently Owned & Operated, Full Service Drug Store

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church 7200 87th Street 250-495-2266 • Specialty Compounding • Easy Prescription Transfers • Ideal Protein • Home Health Care Products

Seventh Day Adventist Church 10109 62nd Avenue 250-495-6275 Osoyoos Christian Centre 42 Finch Cresent 250-495-2550 Bhavsagar Sikh Temple 33859 97th Street, Oliver 250-498-6677

Fully Licensed Summer Patio Join our fabulous family atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open daily at 7am

250.495.6333

8906 Main St. Osoyoos, B.C.

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• Cosmetics • Toys & Giftware • Vitamins • AND MUCH MORE!

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SNOWBIRDS

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Photo taken from Sẃiẃs Provincial Park

watchers can head to the many trails located within a 20-minute drive. Or, enjoy a hike with the Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists’ Club. Enjoy guided group walks, bird watching, and more – the Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists’ Club hikes almost weekly throughout the year! Snowbirds can also move indoors for fitness with pickleball, bowling, carpet bowling, squash and curling or join a variety of arts groups and classes which offer pottery, quilting, wood carving, photography and more. There are several top-notch tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pickle-

ball courts, squash courts, yoga, and spin classes to keep you moving. The Sonora Community Centre offers a wide array of recreation programs and a well-equipped gymnasium and weight room. The Sonora Centre offers dropin basketball, floor hockey, and the ever popular pickleball to keep you active all winter long! Visit destinationosoyoos. com/osoyoos-snowbirds for more information or join the Official Osoyoos Snowbird Group on Facebook!

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Fast Facts.. Osoyoos and area boasts some pretty unique statistics that make the area distinct from any other: • Elevation: 227 m (909 ft.) • Home to Canada’s only desert environment • Home to some of the warmest average temperatures in Canada: average summertime temperature is 28C (82.4F) and the average winter temperature is 1.3C (34.3F) • Home to an average of 2,039 hours of sunshine annually, an average annual rainfall of less than 25 cm (9.8 inches) and an average annual snowfall of 8.7 cm (3.4 inches)


Festivals and Events

Lifestyle, whether recreational, cultural, artistic or just plain silly and fun, helps define us. We revel in celebrating what we are and sharing it with visitors by holding festivals and special events throughout the year. In fact there’s rarely a month that goes by without us having a reason to show off who we are and what we do.

APR

Market on Main – May-September Our local Saturday morning

Market on Main next to Town Hall opens in mid-May and lasts through September. The Wednesday evening market featuring our fresh veggies and fruits opens during July and stretches into August. www.osoyoosmarketonmain.ca

Half-Corked Marathon – May 24-26 This is one of the most unique

events in the country as participants jog,

Easter Eggstravaganza – April 20 run, and walk for 18 kilometres between Easter is one of our major events with our Easter Eggstravaganza featuring an Easter egg hunt, live entertainment and fun for the entire family. www.osoyoosfestivalsociety.ca

Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 2627 Restaurants, bars and special events show-

case sustainably produced oysters from the west coast and pair them with local wines and craft beers. www.facebook.com/oyoosOysterFestival/

wineries from Osoyoos to Oliver sampling product and tasting cuisine. This is not a test of speed. www.oliverosoyoos. com/halfcorked

Tinhorn Creek Canadian Concert Series – May-September Featuring live

music and wine once a month in the winery’s outdoor amphitheatre, ending with a grand finale just after Labour Day in September. www. tinhorn.com

Wine Country Racing Association Drag Races – May-October

Drag car racing fans race here for the Wine Country Racing Association Drag Races at the Richter Pass Motorplex – actually, the Osoyoos airport runway – on selected Sundays May through October. http://winecountryracing.ca.

Rib Fest – June 21-23 Osoyoos Ribfest is

a celebration of BBQ serving up the best in slow cooked Ribs,Chicken and delicious Pulled Pork. The 2nd Annual Family Friendly Osoyoos Ribfest will also serve Craft Beer and Wine paired with the amazing tastes and flavours.

National Aboriginal Day – June 21

Highlights Osoyoos First Nations Peoples culture and heritage with a number of live performances and demonstrations at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

Meadowlark Nature Festival – May 16-20 One of Canada’s

premier outdoor nature celebrations offering more than 90 environmental tours and events that take people from Canada’s unique desert to the alpine meadows. Enjoy the activities led by prominent naturalists, educators, artists, experienced guides and scientists. www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca

MAY Pig Out – May 4 An outdoor event at a farm

north of Oliver in which scores of wineries from Oliver and Osoyoos are featured along with a pork menu by local chefs and music from local musicians. www.oliverosoyoos.com

JUN Cactus Jalopies Show – May 30, 31 June 1, 2 Are you a fan of classic cars? Then you’ll love ies Show and Shine in Park as classic vehicles all over the Okanagan www.cactusjalopies.ca

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the Cactus Jalopearly June at Gyro come to town from and further afield.

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Osoyoos Music in the Park – June 28 - August 30 Friday Night Free Concerts in

Gyro Park Bandshell. 6:30 - 8:30, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy family fun live music. Bad weather venue will either be the Sonora Centre or the Legion.


Summer Artisan Market – June September The exhibition has historically

held over 40 artists of all sorts of varied styles and mediums curated in a unique format. Artists will have their work separated into shared spaces. The focus of the market is creating a very welcoming atmosphere for all to enjoy! http:// osoyoosarts.com/”

JUL Cherry Fiesta & Canada Day Celebrations – July 1 Cherry Fiesta announces the start of the fruit season in Osoyoos. The day is marked by family friendly events, a parade and amazing fireworks.

Rotary Annual Golf Tournament – July 6 This fun tournament is for all levels for

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Osoyoos Street Dances – July-August A popular event for 28 years and shows no sign of letting up. Two dance dates – mid-July and mid-August – are held in the grass area near Gyro Beach

AUG Mount Kobau Star Party – July 27 August 4 The Star Party attracts pseudo-as-

tronomers and star gazers in early August to the crystal clear skies seen from the top of nearby Mount Kobau. www.mksp.ca

Market on the Mountain – August 4

10 am - 2 pm at the rest area on Hwy. 3 East, 25 min. east of Osoyoos. Its a fundraiser for the Anarchist Fire Department. Contact Alice 250-999-1791.

Rotary Lobster on the Beach – September 14 Come down to Gyro Beach at 6

p.m. for fresh lobster, a live auction, dancing and fun.

Freak’n Farmer – September 21 An

adventure obstacle race combined with organic food and wine held at Covert Farms, north of Oliver. www.thefreaknfarmer.ca

NOV Empty Bowl Fundraiser – November

Held in November, this fundraiser for the Desert Sun Counselling Resource Centre has a different theme each year. Food is prepared by some of the area‘s top chefs paired with local wines and beer. www.desertsuncounselling.ca

Cask and Keg – October 5 Cask and Keg is an outdoor evening event focased on local distilleries, breweries and cideries. This fun, relaxed evening has live entertainment, tasty morsels and locally made artisan wares. www.olivercaskandkeg.ca Festival of the Grape – October 6 Held in nearby Oliver in celebra-

tion of the grape harvest. Sponsored by the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, it combines wine tasting, live music, a parade, grape stomping and works by local artists and artisans. www.oliverfestivalofthegrape.com

OCT Devour! Osoyoos – October 4-6 The Food Film Fest is an international festival showcasing all that Osoyoos has to offer in the way of food, film and wine. https://devourfest.com. Trick or Treat Main Street – October 31 Main Street is PACKED with all the little

ghosts and goblins who come out to Main Street from 2-5pm to trick or treat with all the participating businesses.

Winter in Wine Country – November - December Spe-

cial tastings, pre-Christmas festivities, unusual gifts and bright lights highlight the event as the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association and local wineries start the Christmas season. www.oliverosoyoos.com

Festival of The Trees – November-January The magic-season has a number of events and festivals including the Festival of The Trees that lasts into January. This annual fest of decorated trees is held at various locations and proceeds go to the BC Children‘s Hospital Association.

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Mid-Summer Open Bonspiel – August The annual Summer Bonspiel is

Christmas Lite-Up and Santa Parade – December 6 The first week in December,

a great way to beat the heat of the summer. For all those curlers out there who can’t wait for curling season, this is sure to tide you over. www.osoyooscurlingclub.com

marks the beginning of the holiday season. Businesses get into the holiday spirit by opening late with goodies and Christmas cheer, followed by the big man himself in the Santa Parade.

SEP Dragon Boat – September 21 Get your team or come out to support the Osoyoos Dragon Boat races.

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In the heart of the Okanagan-Similkameen region and at the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 97 lies Osoyoos, one of the major 4-season Resort Town’s in the South Okanagan Valley. Osoyoos is more than a place, it’s a way of life. With the warmest temperature’s in Canada, picturesque landscape, and friendly community, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to live and work in Osoyoos. Osoyoos has ever-expanding tourism, agriculture, and viticulture industries, with emerging sectors in film production and aerospace. Our diverse economy also supports construction, healthcare, and retail among many other sectors. With affordable housing, extensive youth programs and education facilities, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and programs, Osoyoos is a wonderful place for young and old alike. Live, Invest, and Work in Osoyoos, BC. Learn more at economicdevelopmentosoyoos.com.


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The developer reserves the right to make modifications and changes to building design, specifications, features, floorplans and pricing. Plan sizes are approximate and subject to change. E&OE.

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Please contact Susan Wyatt, Sales Manager #43-6823 Tuc-el-nuit Drive, Oliver, BC / 250.498.3498 susan@owncanyondesert.com www.owncanyondesert.com

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The developer reserves the right to make modifications and changes to building design, specifications, features, floorplans and pricing. Plan sizes are approximate and subject to change. E&OE.

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