Wanna get a bird's eye view of the lake? Then parasailing might be just the thing for you! For this high flying adventure head to Watermark Beach. The guys are usually set up in a trailer there during the summer. It costs about 60 dollars, and no experience is neccessary. You get a quick lesson from an instructor before take off. It is open to people of all ages, even as young as 5 years old. Be advised though, that the parasailing might be cancelled if the wind conditions aren't right. And they don't do it every year. Even the years when they don't do it all summer, they're usually set up at least one or two weekends. They're usually there on Canada Day weekend, because of the huge amount of visitors. So that would be the best time to go, to make sure you don't miss them!
The entire flight is about 15 minutes, and you do 3 laps around the lake, so it's deffinately worth the money! You're about 100 ft. high, so the view is magnificent! It's not for someone who's acrophobic though!
Horseback riding is one of the most popular activities on Lake Osoyoos. The horse stable is located right near the campground, and tours are offered about 3 times daily in the summer. The ride is deffinately worth it. It lasts a little over an hour, and takes you through desert and pine forest, and you might get to see a Rattlesnake. The ride then stops for about 5 minutes at this area overlooking the lake.
There are two different rides you can choose from, slow and fast. Slow is just a regular ride. Fast, you go with the group on a regular ride, then about halfway through, you go with a seperate guide, and they take you to a spot where you can gallop. I wouldn't recommend this one for someone who's never riden a horse before.
I don't remember how much it costs. I think it was around 30 dollars a person. Check at the stables for prices and schedules.
This centre.......... (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre.
There are many indoor and outdoor galleries, unfortunately, on our day of visit, the Indoor area was not open, it was a disappointment, as I had read about this cultural centre, and came to visit.
We did see the outdoors, and the Winery was open, so we went in there.
They do have a Rattlesnake Research Program, where they are investigating how rattlesnakes use the land. Snakes are tracked to gain important knowledge about what they do, during the day & night.
I have looked at the website, and all is open now.
Please have a look, as I still do think it is worth a visit.
ADMISSION in 2010.........
Rates Subject to 5% GST
Adult $12.00 ..Seniors & Students $11.00 ..Children (5-17 years) $8.00
(March 10 - May 9)
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 10 – May 9
Summer Hours (May 10 - October 11)
Open every day 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
CLOSED OTHER MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
I think this is a MUST DO for the wonderful views.
On the opposite of Osoyoos to what we arrived, is the winding, steep road.....[910 feet to 4045 feet] that takes you up Anarchist Mountain.
Here, you find the Lookout perched about 4,000 feet above sea level.
From here you can see all the way down to the US in the south and, looking north, pretty well the whole of Osoyoos Lake.
Ah! I bet you think Rattlesnake Canyon is a natural Canyon with the odd Rattlesnake?
Sorry to disappoint, but it is an Amusement park, located in the main street of Osoyoos.http://www.rattlesnakecanyon.ca/
This is one of the many things to do here.
What I liked, was the warm weather, the large beautiful lake, and the long Pioneer Walkway, which is situated along the lake front where all the motels and restaurants are- a lovely place for a stroll and to smell the flowers. These are all looked after by volunteers.
Not only that, but all the Fruits like, Apricots, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, apples and grapes that thrive in the hot, dry climate......... there is desert flora and fauna .......
and rare species of birds, it is all here!
No wonder the retiree's have settled here!
No wonder it is popular, infact, very popular in high season.
Osoyoos has a semi-arid climate, with very hot, dry days in the summer and mild Winter days
Who would have thought I would find this in Canada, it was a big surprise, and a very nice one!
Osoyoos was tricky for us to pronounce until we found out how to do it from the helpful Information Centre lady.............Say.......... "oh-sue-use"
The British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Osoyoos is located at the junction of Highway 97 and Highway 3,Open 7 Days a Week
OPEN...June 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.....July - August 8 a.m. - 6 p.m......
September - May 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Around Osoyoos Lake, we found many beaches and picnic grounds. Even though it is a lake in Canada, the water was warm, just poked the toe in, to see if they were telling the truth about the warm water temperature!
Yes they were! Haynes Point picnic ground we liked. It is a narrow bit of land, jutting into Osoyoos Lake. There were many lakeside campsites, plenty of privacy, a place that if it was in my home country, we would bring our Caravan to and stay a while.
There is a marsh area and self-guided interpretive trail. I think we would enjoy our time here, watching the speedboats on the lake, there were a couple out on the day we were there.
There are many other places for picnics if this is too crowded....
Gyro Beach, Lions Centennial Park, Kinsmens Park and Legion Beach
I have put the website in for camping at Haynes Point.
Osoyoos Lake averages 24 degrees in the summer and is one of the warmest lakes in Canada. You can rent a boat or sea-do and explore the lake, or simply put air in your favourite floaty and chill out near the shore in the areas roped off from boaters. It's heaven!
This is a great little amusement park - compact but good, if a little on the pricey side. In the summer it is most busy when the sun goes down, since there is not much else to do in the evening for families staying in Osoyoos. If you happen to take the kids in the afternoon (as I did) there is a deal of $18 for 5 rides, otherwise the attractions and rides are all around $6-10 each.
There is a cute miniature golf course, go-cart racing (11 years and older only), flying swings know as the "Tornado", a tumbler ride, a bungy tree in which kids are attached to a bungy harness from a "tree" and jump high in the air off a trampoline, bumper boats (kids should be prepared to get soaked on this one), rock climbing, and an arcade. Enough to interest the whole family.
The Okanagan Valley has the perfect weather to grow grape and make prize winning wine recognized internationnally. There are dozens of winery to visit, including a native one, small, large, and a fruit winery called Silver Sage that I really recommend.
Having a car helps to visit the Okanagan Valley. Well having a bike is even better! I took this picture on my way back to Vancouver, on HWY 3 just about 6 km away from Osoyoos. The views on the valley were magnificient and you can see Osoyoos in the horizon.
The PIONEER WALKWAY is located along Lake Osoyoos in the heart of the busy motel & restaurant district. It was right across the street from our motel and it was a delight to walk along it. The flowers were absolutely beautiful. One amazing aspect of the walkway is that the gardens are cared for by volunteer citizens of Osoyoos who take pride in keeping the gardens looking lovely .
Visitors are taken on a guided tour along a boardwalk trail that winds through the arid shrubs and grasses to four interpretive kiosks. Learn about desert ecology, ecological restoration and the conservation of this threatened and fragile ecosystem.
Interpretive Kiosks, a native plant garden and Spadefoot Toad pond are featured at the NK'MIP DESERT CENTRE, along with over one and a half kilometres of boardwalk. Bluebird boxes and their residents can be viewed from the shaded deck.
This sculpture is located at the entrance to the NK'MIP Desert and Heritage Centre which is located on Osoyoos Indian Band land on the east side of Osoyoos. The metal sculpture is the work of Smoker Marchand, who is a member of the Colville native band, which is part of the Okanagan First Nations.The sculpture has been very popular with visitors and is definitely worth stopping to see.
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