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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.
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