The Osoyoos Oxbows are located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and offer incredible opportunities for both hiking and bird watching. This recently restored trail winds through the oxbow lakes which are formed when a section has been cut off from the main river. Along the route, you’ll be greeted with a variety of wildlife, vegetation, and other friendly hikers. The trail itself is easy and flat, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
This protected area is home to many species of birds and other animals. Immerse yourself in their habitat by listening to the music of the songbirds, the hoots, and the chirps. Keep an eye out for activity in the marshes that typically attract hawks overhead. The rare, long-billed curlew may be spotted if you’re lucky, and be sure to check along the water’s edge for turtles and snakes! This is a protected area, so conservation is a top priority for local organizations here. The Nature Conservancy of Canada works to ensure this biologically diverse and thriving area continues to operate as it should.
The Osoyoos Oxbows trail is approximately 5km in total. The flat, easy terrain allows you to take in the scenery and sounds of the area without having to exert too much effort. Access to this trail is found at the parking lot of the International Hike and Bike Trail. Head south from the parking lot on Road 22 towards the bridge. On either side of the bridge there is a path that runs parallel with the channel. The path that leads north is the International Hike and Bike Trail, and the path facing south is the Osoyoos Oxbows Trail. Head south to access the 2.5km out and back trail that gives you great views of the wetlands. Be sure to check out the interpretive signs that highlight the various birds you can spot in the area+