More Cities and Towns of Thompson Okanagan Valley
More BC Travel Regions
Nestled in the arid desert landscape that makes up the northern tip of the Sonora Desert in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia, the town of Osoyoos is symbolized by contrasts. Lush green vineyards hem in the town, flanked against the dry pale background of Canada's only desert. Two bodies of water join at the edge of the town, giving it its name, Osoyoos: "the place where two lakes come together."
Water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing are a few of the activities available in the Osoyoos area. The Desert Centre, which is located approximately 5 miles/9 km. north of the town, provides an interactive glimpse into the ecology of the southern Thompson Okanagan region.
At the Osoyoos Museum, visitors can inspect an 1891 log cabin that served as the town's first schoolhouse and other displays depicting the lives of BC's original pioneer families. Anarchist Mountain Lookout, on Highway 3 east, offers a climb to an elevation of 4,045 feet (from 905 feet above sea level) and a spectacular view that includes northern Washington State and parts of the Okanagan Valley.
A trip to Osoyoos isn't complete however, without a stop at some of the local orchards, where travelers can purchase fresh fruit and wines. Some local wineries offer events connected with regional wine festivals that are hosted as far north as Vernon and Osoyoos.
Osoyoos shares the Canada-U.S. border with Oroville and is linked to the south by Highway 97, the main connector to Chelan and Wenatchee. Heading west from Osoyoos on Highway 3 takes the traveler toward the coastal city of Vancouver. East from Osoyoos offers the visitor a delightful tour of the BC Rockies region.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Moon British Columbia by Andrew Hempstead. Every Moon guidebook includes recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area, and city-centered maps. Complete with guidance on whale-watching near Telegraph Cove, hiking the Stanley Glacier Trail, and camping near Mount Robson, Moon British Columbia gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. Order now...
The Wineries of British Columbia by John Schreiner. This revised and updated edition is a comprehensive guide to the wineries of this thriving wine industry. Acclaimed wine writer John Schreiner profiles 175 established and newer wineries, offering lively winery histories, fascinating interviews with vintners, recommended wines and contact information. Order now...
Frommer's British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies by Bill Rae, Author and Donald Olson, Contributor. This brand-new edition to the Frommer series takes travelers through all the highlights, including all the best eco-adventures: whale watching by kayak, sailing a ketch into the worlds only grizzly bear reserve, and hiking in misty, primordial old-growth forests and along wilderness beaches. Order now...
British Columbia & the Yukon by Ryan Ver Berkmoes. The full color Parks chapter explores BC & the Yukon's most beautiful protected spaces. Expanded Whistler chapter, including coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Expert trustworthy knowledge from resident and specialist authors. Order now...
We appreciate your orders. They help keep
Go Northwest! online.
Go Northwest!® gonorthwest.com (tm)
gonorthwest.com (tm) and GoNorthwest.com (tm) are trademarks of Go
All original text, maps, photographs, and other images on this web site, as well as the compilation and design thereof, are
Copyright © 1997-2013 Go Northwest, LLC. All rights reserved.