Welcome to Osoyoos
Osoyoos, meaning “the narrows” in the traditional Syilx language, is the southernmost town in the Okanagan Valley. Sharing a border with Washington State, Osoyoos is surrounded by rolling hills, deserts, and beautiful lakes. Home to the warmest lake in Canada, Osoyoos Lake, it’s a very popular destination for travellers near and far.
Home to just over 5,000 residents, this small town is known for its vast amount of wineries, lake life, and unique desert landscape. Located directly on the USA/Canada border, Osoyoos is a common access point for travellers to get into Washington State. By vehicle, it’s 5 hours east of Vancouver and 2 hours south of Kelowna.
Hot, dry summers attract travellers to spend their days lounging by the lake, boating, visiting wineries, and exploring the various hiking areas. Winters here are mild, allowing for plenty of agricultural practices to continue throughout the year. Orchards and vineyards scatter the area, creating a wonderful contrast between the baron desert and luscious vegetation.
The local residents are welcoming and proud to share the place they call home. The Syilx Okanagan Nation are the first inhabitants of this beautiful land, and we’re able to learn a lot about their history in various forms in the area.
We’ve outlined the most popular things to do, places to stay, and the eat/drink destinations below. Take a look through to help you plan your vacation to this charming South Okanagan town!
Things to Do
There is no shortage of things to do in Osoyoos, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or more leisurely pursuits. In the summer months, the town’s beaches and Tuc-El-Nuit Lake offer a variety of water sports, including swimming, boating, and fishing. The area is also home to several golf courses, including the Osoyoos Golf Club and the Sonora Dunes Golf Course. You can explore the town’s many wineries and restaurants, hike in the surrounding mountains, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
The unique desert landscape that surrounds this town offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Stroll the Canal Walkway on a sunny morning, check out the International Hike & Bike Trail, or explore the popular Osoyoos Oxbows. For something more adventurous, learn how to horseback ride at Sun Hills or head up to Mt. Baldy Ski Resort for year-round fun!
Osoyoos is most well known for its high concentration of world-class wineries nearby. With over 40 wineries to choose from within you could spend weeks exploring them. Take a guided wine tour for a personalized experience of tastings, stories, and education to fully embrace yourself in this unique culture.
Osoyoos Lake is the warmest lake in Canada. The beaches here are sandy, clean, and many are equipped with the right amenities. Bring the family to Gyro Park or Legion Beach Park for a day of fun, relaxation, and activity. If you want to bring the dog, head to Goodman Park or Sw̓iw̓s Provincial Park (Haynes Point) to let them run free!
During those hot summer days, bring the kiddos to the Osoyoos Splash Park or Rattlesnake Canyon to cool off and run wild. On cold and rainy days, check out Kobau Lanes to bowl against the whole family!
You can golf nearly year-round in Osoyoos, with the exception of a heavy snow year. Enjoy the two beautiful courses here in town, Osoyoos Golf Club and Sonora Dunes Golf Club. Both courses offer excellent views of the surrounding valley, well-maintained greens & fairways, and challenging holes that are sure to test your game.
Water Sports & Rentals
There’s no shortage of rental opportunities to get you out on the warmest lake in the country. Kayaking, SUPing, and pedal boating are budget-friendly options that allow you to see the lake from a different point of view. If you’re searching for a motorized boat to cruise, wake surf, or waterski behind, there are multiple rental options for you to choose from!
Arts & Culture
The special blend of cultures is often celebrated here and is represented in many forms. The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center is an interpretive arts center that provides a unique way to experience the history of the Okanagan people and the beautiful land we’re able to experience. Check out The Art Gallery for displays from various artists in the region, or listen to live music that often takes place at the Osoyoos Bandstand.
Shopping & Markets
The Osoyoos Farmers Market opens on Saturdays and Tuesdays and features a variety of local produce, farm products, and handmade goods. Take your pick at the variety of local shops scattered throughout the town, each owned by friendly locals who are happy to share this beautiful place with you.
Health & Wellness
Sometimes all we need is some rest and rejuvenation. Check out the variety of wellness centers and day spas to get you feeling and looking your best. Whether you’re in need of a deep tissue massage, a manicure & pedicure, or anything in between, you’ll be able to find it here in Osoyoos!
There are plenty of events happening at various wineries in the area at any time of the year. The South Okanagan Fire & Ice Festival is a celebration of food, wine, culture, and the holidays. This new event is bringing people from all around the region to celebrate this amazing place we call home!
Thanks to the mild winters compared to your average Canadian town, Osoyoos has plenty of activities to keep you busy. To ski, snowboard, nordic ski, and snowshoe, head to Mt. Baldy Ski Resort. In town, enjoy a stroll on the various walking paths, hike to popular viewpoints, or even enjoy wine tastings at certain wineries that stay open throughout the year!
Places to Stay
Osoyoos has a variety of accommodations to suit different budgets and preferences, including hotels, motels, vacation rentals, and campgrounds. Osoyoos offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets and preferences, so you’re sure to find a place to stay that meets your needs.
Resorts in Osoyoos
Watermark Beach Resort offers easy living in an ideal waterfront location. The condo-style rooms are perfect for families, equipped with kitchens, shared space, and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Relax in the day spa, let the kids play in the pool, and enjoy the sandy beach just steps away!
Spirit Ridge Resort is Osoyoos’ luxury resort that sits pleasantly amongst the rolling mountains, vineyards, and unique desert landscape. With a variety of rooms to choose from, you’ll be impressed with the high level of comfort and relaxation they provide. Fine dining, golfing, a spa, and more can be found at this unforgettable South Okanagan resort.
Walnut Beach Resort is one of the town’s most sought-after destinations to enjoy both leisure activities and relaxation. Sitting on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, this resort is an ideal spot for a family vacation thanks to its waterfront pool, large suites, and easy access to outdoor adventure.
Hotels in Osoyoos
Holiday Inn & Suites Osoyoos prides itself on being one of the top places in Osoyoos for visitors to stay. This hotel offers the consistent high-level service of other Holiday Inn hotels, combined with an ideal location for the region’s top attractions. With a pool, on-site restaurant, meeting facilities, and more, it’s a great place to stay.
Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel sits in a unique location – right in the middle of Osoyoos Lake, allowing for every room to have incredible lake views. This Spanish-inspired hotel offers comfort and relaxation, thanks to its inviting staff and modern amenities.
Richter Pass Motor Inn sits on the shores of Osoyoos Lake and features a variety of room options. With a BBQ area, beach access, and walking distance to downtown, this hotel is a great place to set up your South Okanagan adventure. These rooms fill up fast, so be sure to book far in advance!
Motels in Osoyoos
Westridge Motor Inn is a newly renovated motel that offers total relaxation and comfort. Enjoy the pool, BBQ area, and new amenities at this budget-friendly stay. With multiple room options, it’s ideal for groups of all sizes.
Bella Villa Motel is a lakefront stay located in a quiet and private setting. This simple, budget-friendly motel is popular for people looking to stay for a few nights and enjoy the beautiful waterfront activities and wineries nearby.
Poplars Motel is a family-run motel that takes pride in being an ideal place for families to spend their holidays. This lakefront accommodation is ideal for those looking to take advantage of Canada’s warmest lake and all the fun it provides. Whether you’re boating, swimming, or just lounging on the beach, it’s all within steps of your comfortable room!
Vacation Rentals in Osoyoos
Shiraz Villa is nestled in a vineyard, complemented by stunning mountain and lake views. This boutique accommodation is ideal for those in search of privacy, relaxation, and peace. Hang out in the jacuzzi, enjoy a glass of wine on the rooftop patio, and experience luxurious service from the welcoming staff. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Sahara Suites is located on the east side of Osoyoos Lake and less than a 10-minute walk from Cottonwood Beach. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a BBQ area, and multiple room options, these vacation rentals are perfect for families looking for a true Okanagan getaway.
Bed & Breakfasts in Osoyoos
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Guest House is just steps away from the popular Sonora Room Restaurant, sitting on the well-known estate winery. Stay here in style and comfort – a swimming pool, private decks, delicious breakfasts, and more will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
The White Horse B&B features panoramic views of Osoyoos Lake and the surrounding valley mountains. Ron and Darlene welcome you to experience a comfortable and relaxing stay in this deluxe 3 bedroom suite featuring a kitchenette and a traveller’s lounge.
Baergbaescht B&B Osoyoos offers a unique Swiss/Canadian B&B experience thanks to the welcoming hosts, Silvia and Fritz. Located just 10 minutes east of Osoyoos, this comfortable accommodation sits in a rural part of the region, allowing guests to escape the busyness With easy access to hiking and biking trails, it’s ideal for those in search of outdoor adventure!
Camping & RV Parks in Osoyoos
NK’Mip Campground is conveniently located on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, allowing for unlimited lakefront activities and adventure. With RV sites, tent sites, and cabin rentals available, you’ve got options! This feels more like a resort than a campground thanks to the amazing amenities and exceptional service.
Cabana Beach Campground sits lakeside, allowing you and the family to experience the best of what Osoyoos has to offer. This campground offers tent sites, RV sites, and budget-friendly cabins. Enjoy the amazing weather that Osoyoos has to offer by staying at this popular South Okanagan campground.
Eat & Drink
Osoyoos is known for its thriving wine culture, complemented by a variety of restaurants and cafes, and bars to choose from. Whether you’re looking to taste the award-winning wines at the many world-class establishments or want to explore the local culinary scene, Osoyoos has plenty to offer.
Breakfast & Brunch in Osoyoos
Jojo’s Cafe is a local hotspot for good coffee and hearty breakfasts. The tasty selection of breakfast options complemented by an extensive drink menu make it an ideal place to fuel up for your day of Osoyoos adventure. Be sure to check them out on Saturdays for their popular Eggs Benedict!
Ambrosia Family Restaurant has a wide selection of breakfast dishes that cater to all cravings. Their wide selection of egg dishes, omelettes, pancakes, and specialty coffee make it an ideal choice for breakfast.
Smitty’s Family Restaurant is part of a chain across Canada that is known for delicious breakfast options. The diner-style ambiance combined with friendly service make it a popular breakfast spot in town. From skillets and omelettes to crepes and french toast, you’ll be impressed by the generous portions and great taste.
Lunch in Osoyoos
Ambrosia Family Restaurant offers a combination of Indian and Western cuisine at this inviting, family-run restaurant. Take your pick from a variety of authentic Indian dishes, or opt for something more Westernized like Fish and Chips or BBQ Steak!
Kozo Cafe offers incredible Japanese food at very reasonable prices. This restaurant is primarily takeout, as there is only one table inside. We recommend trying their Sushi Burritos, something delicious you can’t find anywhere nearby!
Gyro Beach Cafe offers a variety of quick snacks, hearty lunches, and classic beach food at great prices. Located at the popular Gyro Beach, it’s an ideal place to grab a bite while soaking up the sun. Cold drinks, pizza, burgers, and more can be found at this conveniently located lunch spot!
Dinner in Osoyoos
15 Park Bistro is Osoyoos’ new destination restaurant and modernized eatery. Located at the Watermark Beach Resort, 15 Park offers a variety of regionally sourced dishes in a recently renovated, chic interior. Enjoy the top quality service, food, and atmosphere at one of the region’s top restaurants.
The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry got its unique name from the Chaptik story that has been passed down from generations of the First Nations of the Okanagan. This popular restaurant features modern vineyard dishes that are inspired by Indigenous culture. Experience fine dining with a mixture of warmth and welcoming service at this incredible, locally-owned restaurant.
Campo Marina Italian Restaurant is an authentic Italian gem that has been around since 1994. Nestled into the rolling vineyards of Osoyoos, the atmosphere and decoration will make you feel like you’ve travelled to Italy for the evening. Enjoy a variety of classic Italian dishes and pair them with delicious local wine.
International Restaurants in Osoyoos
Osoyoos Pho Vietnamese Cuisine is the go-to place for traditional Vietnamese dishes. Serving a variety of soups, stir-fries, and rice dishes, it’s a popular place for good reason. If you’re one of those people who appreciate pictures of the food on the menu like us, check this place out!
Spirit Beach Cantina makes the best tacos in town. Emerge yourself in this Mexican atmosphere filled with tasty food, great drinks, and friendly service. With live music energy weekend, it’s the perfect place to let loose, indulge in Mexican cuisine, and salsa the night away!
Dolci Thai Bistro is an incredible Thai experience. From growing up and working at her family’s restaurant in Bangkok, the owner Leena proudly brings authentic tastes to the South Okanagan. Enjoy the mouth-watering dishes and friendly service at this intimate bistro nestled in the heart of Osoyoos.
Breweries in Osoyoos
North Basin Brewing Co. is Osooyos’ best, and only brewery! This local hotspot serves a variety of staple beers and rotating taps, each made to bring people together. The Taproom is an inviting space meant to kick back and enjoy good conversation over great beer.
Wineries in Osoyoos
Adega on 45th Estate Winery has been producing high-quality wines since 2009. This beautiful winery and tasting room is situated amongst luscious vineyards and boasts incredible views of the South Okanagan. Enjoy a tasting from their wide range of reds & whites, and enjoy a picnic on the scenic property.
Bordertown Winery has been proudly making fine wines in Osoyoos since 2015. Sitting in the heart of town, this family-run winery offers tastings in their intimate, living room-style tasting room surrounded by endless rows of vineyards. Friendly staff, delicious wine, and a stunning venue are what make this place so special.
Nk’Mip Cellars is the first ever Ingidenous-owned winery in North America. As guardians of a proud legacy, this winery represents a commitment to authenticity and respecting the history of the Syilx people. Enjoy a tasting from their large selection of wines and gain a level of understanding of the Okanagan people who lived and graced this land far before our time.
Cideries in Osoyoos
Bordertown Cider & Winery is known primarily for its extensive wine list. What most people don’t know is that they also make a hard apple cider that the locals rave about. This Hard Pressed Cider can be found in the tasting room or online.
Orchard Hill Estate Cidery has been producing incredible handcrafted cider since 2008. This family-owned cidery is located on the Golden Mile Bench, where the sun shines from early in the morning to late in the evening. Come sample the cider in their fancy, throwback-style tasting bar. Once you try it, you won’t want to stop!
Pubs & Bars in Osoyoos
Greenside Bar & Grill offers casual dining in a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy your favourite post-golf meal on the patio while overlooking the beautiful course and rolling mountains. Whether you’ve just finished a round or just craving a juicy burger and a cold beer, the Greenside is always a great option.
Owl Pub is home to the best patio in Osoyoos. Enjoy a variety of pub food, cold drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere at this local hotspot. Experience Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, and Karaoke Thursdays, typically filled with friendly locals and tourists. Not sure where to catch the game with your buddies? This is the place.
Sage Pub has an extensive selection of food inspired by various places around the world. Enjoy a variety of burgers, pizzas, appetizers, pasta, and more at this cozy restaurant. Trivia Tuesdays and Karaoke Thursdays are very popular nights, so come be a part of this community and enjoy what this pub has to offer!
Coffee Shops & Cafes in Osoyoos
Junction 3 Coffee House is the go-to spot for high-quality coffee in Osoyoos. Pair your drink with a tasty baked good for the ultimate start to your day. Locally owned, friendly service, amazing coffee, what more could you ask for?
Jojo’s Cafe offers all your favourite drinks in a cozy, welcoming cafe. Pair your drink with a freshly baked good or a tasty selection of breakfast dishes. The welcoming staff, warm ambiance, and delicious coffee make this a popular cafe for both locals and tourists.