This article was published on September 13th, 2015
You probably didn’t even know that Canada had a desert, did you? Well, it’s true! Canada’s only true desert is located in British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley. Osoyoos is the flagship resort town of the area, and it is an incredible vacation destination, any time of the year.
Osoyoos and the surrounding desert region isn’t the typical desert you see in Hollywood movies. The granite mountain valley is studded with soaring pine trees, and the grasslands and wide open spaces are covered in sage brush, filling the air with a beautiful, peppery scent. Being a desert, Osoyoos is consistently the hottest spot in Canada almost every day of the year.
It wouldn’t be an oasis in the desert without Canada’s warmest lake too! Lake Osoyoos is popular for recreational water sports including boating, canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. There are many beaches along the lake perfect for picnics, sun tanning, or taking in the spectacular 360 degree views.
Not only is Osoyoos a desert region, but it’s also a prime location for orchards. Throughout the summer and into the fall, there are mouth-watering crops of cherries, peaches, pears, and apples. Fruits stands dot the roads in and out of the resort town.
Beyond being able to grow tree fruits, Osoyoos also has the ideal climate for growing grapes. Each year acre upon acre of vineyards produce some of the most spectacular grapes grown in Canada, which are turned into beautiful, flavourful award winning, world-class wines. There are dozens of wineries within minutes. Better yet, there are daily tours during the peak seasons to pick you up and whisk you off for a half or full day of tastings.
Nature loves will enjoy the natural beauty of the area, including hiking trails, wildlife, and special places like Spotted Lake. There is a deep and rich history, full of culture in the area, which the community prides itself on, including the local First Nations.
Being a resort town, the population explodes, especially during the summer season. A stroll down main street offers a wide selection of small businesses, which are the heart of the community. You can get everything from vacation essentials and souvenirs, to casual dinner or crafted-coffee at places like Jo Jo’s. It’s all part of the wonderful hospitality that British Columbia, and Canada have become well-known for.
There are accommodation options from bringing your own RV to staying at luxury lakeside resort like Walnut Beach Resort. With the Canadian dollar at 10-year lows, if you’re in Canada, now’s the time to explore your own backyard, and if you’re in the United States, an incredible value to take advantage of the exchange rate to make your dollar go even further!
Osoyoos is a popular family destination; however, it’s a great vacation destination for couples who are looking for a destination to appreciate incredible wine, locally sourced ingredients, and relax without big night clubs, events, and guys looking for random hook-ups. And if you think you’ll be bored at night, you can walk right outside your room and gaze at the millions stars, dotting the sky, like diamonds on black velvet!
Get planning your vacation to Osoyoos today!