20 Best Things To Do In Osoyoos, Canada

Things to do in Osoyoos Canada
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Osoyoos is a town that is perched in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia in Canada. It’s magnificently surrounded by lovely vineyards, deserts, and mountains that make the city so attractive. It has a myriad of iconic landmarks and attractions that brings people from all the four corners of the globe to come and visit this wonderful town. Osoyoos boasts of fantastic all-year-round weather and fresh warm waters that make the place such an ideal place for a vacation. There are lovely beaches, water sports facilities, and museums which promise to keep your holiday enjoyable and fulfilling. Read on to know more about things to do in Osoyoos, Canada.

1. Have fun at Rattlesnake Canyon

Deschutes Wild and Scenic River -- Rattlesnake Canyon
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Rattlesnake Canyon is a charming themed amusement park that is strategically positioned off Main Street in the heart of Osoyoos. It is in a tranquil green picturesque environment with jaw-dropping views. This is a wonderful place to bring your family, especially kids to come have fun and enjoy themselves. This park does not exclude any specific age as it is designed to accommodate all ages. From the 18-hole Crazy Golf to bumper boats, you will not lack something fun to engage in. Treat everyone with mouthwatering savory delectable, from creamy ice creams to zucchini sticks. At least everyone in the family will enjoy themselves.

Rattlesnake Canyon

Address: 5502 Main St, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

Website: Rattlesnake Canyon

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 9:30am - 10pm; Thu - Sun: 9:30am - 11pm

2. Spend a fun-filled day at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

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While still enjoying your wonderful vacation in Osoyoos, you should make sure to visit Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad. Get to see the biggest sophisticated model railroad in Canada that consists of more than 2 km (1.25 miles) of train tracks. Depicting the architecture of European cities, the model features more than 18,000 hand-painted human pictures and more than 1,800 buildings. The model includes detailed geography and scenes that perfectly resembles the city. Try and see if you can pick out the miniature monkeys in the zoo.

Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

Address: 11611 115th St, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V5, Canada

Website: Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

Opening hours: Mon: 1pm - 5pm; Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

3. Learn about the Okanagan people at Nk'mip Desert & Heritage Centre

Nk'mip Desert & Heritage Centre
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NK’Mip Desert Culture Centre is a historic award-winning interpretive center that is located in the heart of Osoyoos in British Columbia. This is a state-of-the-art interpretive that depicts architectural prowess by being built into a hillside. This tour of the center is going to be fun as well as educative as you get to learn about the lands, the legends, and the people who have inhabited this area over the years. It features indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries, education stations, hands-on displays to help learn, and two multi-media theater experiences. Learn the historical culture of the original natives of Osoyoos, the Okanagan people.

Nk'mip Desert & Heritage Centre

Address: 1000 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

Website: Nk'mip Desert & Heritage Centre

Opening hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm (daily)

4. Explore the Sẁiẁs Provincial Park

Looking south from Sẁiẁs Provincial Park
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Sẁiẁs Provincial Park is a green space that is strategically located on the United States-Canada border. This is one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Osoyoos. You will get to learn about the Okanagan ancestral remains that have been discovered and dates as old as 1,224 years. You will discover what the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Okanagan ancestors used to eat through radiocarbon testing of animal remains. You will have an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that inhabits the marsh area including tiger salamanders, barn owl, painted turtle among others.

Sẁiẁs Provincial Park

Address: Okanagan-Similkameen A, BC, Canada

Website: Sẁiẁs Provincial Park

5. Sip some wine at Moon Curser Vineyards

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Moon Curser Vineyards is a fabulous winery that is located in a beautiful romantic environment. Take your loved one out and enjoy a fine glass of wine. This popular winery boasts a variety of the finest wines that you can find in the area. Grab a bottle of wine then you and your better half can sit down, relax and enjoy sipping the wine as you marvel at the breathtaking views of the picturesque surrounding. Enjoy the lovely views of the expansive vineyards and the mountains. If you brought your camera, this would be the perfect place to take some pictures.

Moon Curser Vineyards

Address: 3628 BC-3, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

Website: Moon Curser Vineyards

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

6. Soak up the sights of Okanagan Valley

Kelowna Vineyards from the Okanagan Lake
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Okanagan Valley is popularly known for its skiing activities during the winter season and watersports that has made Canada a great destination for vacation for people from all over the world. This beautiful land features rows of vineyards stretching to greet the magnificent lake and the forested hills. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the skyline that looks like a painting. You will be able to enjoy a remote blissful experience in your adventure. Enjoy some deliciously prepared local cuisines, dishes like the pumpkin pie. The valley is famed for its fine wineries, so it would just befitting to enjoy some wine while still in Okanagan Valley.

Okanagan Valley

Address: Kootenay Boundary E, BC V0H 1A0, Canada

7. Admire the wonders of nature at Spotted Lake

Spotted Lake Osoyoos
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This is a beautiful attractive landscape that lies close to Canada’s Highway 3. You will be mesmerized by the breathtaking images you will see of the lake forming mystical spots on the water surface. Although during the summer season the water tends to evaporate, the lake is unified by the vibrant colored spots. That evaporation uncovers beautiful minerals lying on its bed. The lake is a good source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium sulfate, and sodium sulfates. These minerals majorly determine the color of the spots. For memories of your vacation, you might want to take some pictures and selfies.

Spotted Lake

Address: Okanagan-Similkameen A, BC V0H 1V5, Canada

8. Enjoy horseback riding in the beautiful hills of Osoyoos

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Do you love horses? Then you should definitely make an appointment to go for horse riding in the beautiful hills of Osoyoos. Sun Hills Riding Center, located on the foot of the hills is one of the several centers offering this service. This is a wonderful family activity that you can enjoy as a family and spent time together exploring the picturesque scenery. Climb the hills on horseback as you admire the beautiful creations of God. You can also opt to visit Indian Grove Riding Stables. This is a good spot offering the horseback riding services too. View the lovely birds as you ride the horses.

Sun Hills Riding Centre

Address: 3800 Golf Course Dr, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V4, Canada

Website: Sun Hills Riding Centre

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

9. Play golf at Osoyoos Golf Club

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Osoyoos Golf Club is a well-established golf course located in the hillside of Osoyoos town. The golf course features two elaborate 18-hole courses offering a great and satisfying golf experience. This is the perfect place to spend time with your family over your vacation because you will get the opportunity to participate in various different levels of play. Other beautiful social attractions you will find nearby include the Park Meadow and Desert Gold where you can have fun and enjoy yourselves. In case you need to grab something to eat or drink, just head to the Greenside Bar and Grill and eat outdoors on the patios overlooking the course.

Osoyoos Golf Club

Address: 12300 Golf Course Dr, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V4, Canada

Website: Osoyoos Golf Club

Opening hours: Mon: 6:30am - 8pm; Tue - Sun: 7am - 7pm

10. Indulge your taste buds at Robertos Gelato

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Roberto’s Gelato is a popular ice cream shop that is located at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. It is so famous for its gelato that it attracts people from all over Canada just so they can have a taste of this yummy ice cream. Its reputation regarding its espresso is also unsurpassed. Take your family here and let your kids have fun while enjoying their ice cream. If you don’t do ice cream, you can decide either to order a cappuccino, a latte or a hot chocolate. Other food items include sorbets, smoothies, shakes, and more.

Roberto's Gelato

Address: 15 Park Place #227 Box 627, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0, Canada

Website: Roberto’s Gelato

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm - 10pm; Tue - Sun: 12pm - 8pm

11. Bird watch at Osoyoos Lake Oxbows

Oxbow lakes of the Bug River near Brańszczyk 1
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Are you bored and looking for something fun and engaging to do? I bet hiking would definitely interest you. Then pack your hiking gear and prepare your loved ones and head to Osoyoos Lake Oxbows. This is a romantic hiking area that is strategically located in the north end of the lake between Road 18 and Road 22. The surrounding wetlands and the oxbow lake create a lovely habitat for some rare species of wildlife. During your hiking, you might be able to spot different kinds of birds like the red-necked grebes.

Osoyoos Lake Oxbows

Address: 999 246th Ave, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2, Canada

12. Hike the beautiful Golden Mile Trail

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Are you and your family looking for fun activities that you can do together? Then your vacation is bound to get even more exciting. Pack your hiking gear without forgetting a camera and head to the Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail. This is a picturesque nature trail that is located north of Osoyoos and southwest of Oliver British Columbia. At the site, there is a wine shop where you can park your car before you embark on a thrilling hiking experience. Traverse through the beautiful vineyards as you go uphill up to the plateau ahead. Make sure to visit the Stamp Mill ruins.

Golden Mile Trail

Address: 537 Tinhorn Creek Rd, Oliver, BC V0H 1T1, Canada

13. Bike through the gentle Black Sage Road or the rough Anarchist Mountain

Anarchist Mountain in Osoyoos, BC
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The Anarchist Mountain is one of the historical landmarks and a major attraction for tourists in this area of British Columbia. Located on the eastern side of the town of Osoyoos and very close to the United States border leading to Grand Forks, stands erect this magnificent mountain. It has some good pathways and roads that meander through the mountains providing the perfect place to go cycling. Traverse the gentle Black Sage Road as you head towards the more rough area of the mountain. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the gorgeous geography.

Anarchist Mountain

Address: Okanagan-Similkameen A, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

14. Ride through Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway)

Crowsnest Highway (BC)
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Would you like to go for a roadshow and discover beautiful places in Osoyoos? This is a marvelous opportunity to go for a thrilling ride along Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway) that leaves the town of Osoyoos heading towards Keremeos. This is a good way to enjoy your vacation as you will get the opportunity to see and take snaps of some attractive features. Along the way, you will pass Riverside RV Park plus several other mobile parks that will give you the chance to spot local wildlife and the different indigenous species of trees growing in the area. You will get many opportunities to take pictures that will act as a reminder of this experience.

Highway 3 West

Address: British Columbia, Canada

15. Shop for some souvenirs in downtown Osoyoos

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The town of Osoyoos comes with a host of attractions and fun stuff to excite people from different walks of life and age. Before you conclude your vacation in Osoyoos you may want to buy some gifts for the people you left back at home or just buy souvenirs to remind you of the fantastic experience you had during your vacation. There are several local shops and galleries which sell rare gifts, elegant furniture, and clothing, among others. The city boasts a number of boutiques and an array of specialty stores that are worth paying a visit. Buy some lovely gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones.

Downtown, Osoyoos

Address: British Columbia, Canada

16. Enjoy the bright summer days at Sun Bowl Arena

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Sun Bowl Arena is a public ice skating spot that is strategically located on Hummingbird Lane, in Osoyoos town of British Columbia. This is a fantastic place for you to escape the scorching heat of summer. The place offers fun and entertainment with their engaging activities like skating and hockey. There are not many places in Osoyoos that offer wonderful experiences during the summers as Sun Bowl Arena does. If you love ice skating then you will be well occupied with your skates or if not, then you can relax and watch a match.

Sun Bowl Arena

Address: 9301 Hummingbird Ln, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V5, Canada

Website: Sun Bowl Arena

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 8pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

17. Try fishing in Osoyoos Lake

Osoyoos Lake
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When people visit Canada, one of the destinations they arrive at is Osoyoos. One of the main reasons for people visiting Osoyoos is Osoyoos Lake. This magnificent body of water forms Canada’s warmest lake and a scenic recreation spot throughout the four seasons of the year. There are a lot of fun activities that you can do here at this lake. From fishing to swimming, the fun is limitless. You can even rent a boat and go exploring on these tranquil warm waters. This is also a perfect spot where you can come for cycling or bring your family along for hiking.

Osoyoos Lake

Address: Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada

18. Take your family camping to Cabana Beach Campground

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Would you like to engage in a fun and interesting outdoor activity with your family? Then why not try camping? Cabana Beach Campground is fantastic enough to make that dream come true. This is campground is owned by a family and operated by private management in Osoyoos. If you were searching for an ideal place to take your family camping during your vacation in Osoyoos, this is the best place to check out. Go and create lasting memories as you enjoy an adventurous time with your family. The camp offers RV sites, cabins, and cabanas that you can rent and enjoy a wonderful camping experience.

Cabana Beach Campground

Address: 2231 Lakeshore Dr, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

Website: Cabana Beach Campground

19. Enjoy wine-tasting at Blue Sky Estate Winery

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Would like to go for a romantic outdoor adventure with your loved one? Then take your beloved to Blue Sky Estate Winery and enjoy sharing romantic memories amidst scenic nature. The winery got its name from the blue sky that covers the area making it magnificently attractive. The winery is perfectly perched on an ideal bench overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The view of the beautiful lake lying between the attractive green vineyards and the picturesque outline of the mountain is awesome. Order a bottle of wine from the variety offered there and enjoy sipping it while appreciating the tranquil beautiful geography surrounding the winery.

Blue Sky Estate Winery

Address: 11621 87 St, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V1, Canada

Website: Blue Sky Estate Winery

Opening hours: 11am - 5pm (daily)

20. Enjoy water sports under professional guidance from Wakepilot

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Do you enjoy participating in water activities? Wakepilot is a one-stop venue for a variety of premium watersports and thrilling experiences. This will take your vacation to the next level. You will get the opportunity to engage in breathtaking water sports and activities such as waterskiing, surfing, and kayaking. Wakeboards, boats, and surfboards are available that you can rent and enjoy in the warm waters. There are skilled and experienced professionals who will instruct and guide you during your adventure. Everything at Wakepilot is top class, from boats and PWCs to all the other facilities. You can even enjoy camping here as they offer great camping facilities.

Wakepilot at Walnut Beach Resort

Address: 4200 Lakeshore Dr, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada

Website: Wakepilot at Walnut Beach Resort

Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (daily)

Have a wonderful time in Osoyoos, Canada

Osoyoos BC
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Going for a vacation means entertainment, fun, and relaxing activities. In order for you to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Osoyoos, Canada, we have made it easier for you to do decide which activities to participate in. Take a look at our list above and have a great vacation.

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Stephen Kinyanjui is an IT graduate who previously worked as an IT Assistant in a BPO company. He has an insatiable desire for traveling and adventure. He’s an artist who loves drawing and...Read more

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