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Nk'Mip, Osoyoos Photo: Kim Walker

Osoyoos

Osoyoos, in the southern boundary of the Okanagan Valley, is situated on Canada’s warmest freshwater lake and surrounded by beautiful beaches and picnic grounds. This is a popular destination for water and beach activities for both children and adults alike. Nearby is the Osoyoos Desert Centre, an ecological interpretive centre with a boardwalk over the protected habitat where visitors can learn about desert ecology and more. Award-winning wineries, the spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, trails for biking and hiking, fishing and much more attract many to this destination.

Haynes Point Wetland, Osoyoos Photo Kim Walker

Haynes Point Wetland, Osoyoos Photo Kim Walker

Location

Located in the Thompson Okanagan region 124 km (77 mi) west of Grand Forks, 115 km (71 mi) east of Princeton and 63 km (39 mi) south of Penticton at the junction of Hwy 97 and Hwy 3 and only five minutes from the Canada/U.S. Border.

A Step Back in Time

The name Osoyoos (O-sue-use) is an Okanagan Indian word meaning “the narrows” or “the place where two lakes come together”. Nomadic tribes appear to have been the region’s first visitors, around 1066. Early records indicate that no permanent Indian residents were in the area prior to 1800. The only historical records of this early time period are pictographs on mountain walls and in caves.

David Stuart and a French companion, Montigny, are credited with being the first white men to enter the Osoyoos district in September 1811. Employed by the Pacific Fur Company, these explorers were enroute to Fort Kamloops looking for a better trade route through the interior of British Columbia. They noted that Osoyoos was an ideal campsite. After the Hudson’s Bay Company bought out the Pacific Fur Company, the Hudson’s Bay Company Brigades used the area as a trading route from 1812 – 1848.

The British Columbia gold rush in the 1860s helped to further open the Osoyoos area. A customs house was built in 1861. Customs collector John Carmichael Haynes, justice of the peace for Osoyoos and Kootenay districts, was a pioneer settler at Osoyoos and accumulated 8900 hectares of land for a cattle and horse ranch. The first commercial orchard was established nearby in 1890. The South Okanagan Irrigation Project brought an irrigation canal to the area by 1919.

Osoyoos was incorporated in 1946. Agriculture and tourism are now the community’s largest economic sectors.

Contact Information

Destination Osoyoos

Osoyoos & Nearby Accommodations

9 Listings

Nk'MIP (Inkameep) Campground & RV Park

Nk'MIP (Inkameep) Campground & RV Park

Osoyoos

Welcome to one of the largest parks in South Okanagan resting on the shores of Osoyoos Lake! Nk’MIP Campground & RV Park offers family-oriented camping with over 350 sites that range from tenting to RVs. For our RVers, we have a variety of full service hook up sites to suit every need. We have 120 ... More Details
Brookvale Holiday Resort

Brookvale Holiday Resort

Osoyoos

Book your next family vacation at Brookvale Holiday Resort in sunny Osoyoos! Soak up the hot sun and bring your floaties to relax in Osoyoos Lake. Wanting to stay in a cabana or campground? We have both! Each cabana has its own cement patio and picnic table, perfect for the family to gather during m ... More Details
Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park

Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park

Osoyoos

Enjoy the hot sun and sandy beach on the shore of Lake Osoyoos at Cabana Beach Campground & RV Park. Bring the family along to create unforgettable memories and spend the days filled with adventure. Choose to stay in one of our many accommodations, including camp and RV sites, cabins and cabanas. We ... More Details
Maple Leaf Motel & RV Campground Resort

Maple Leaf Motel & RV Campground Resort

Oliver

Our campground is accessible to both tents and RVs and has many amenities for your convenience. Grounds are clean, well-maintained and boast well-established shade trees. Rooms are non-smoking and are equipped with enclosed shower/bath, air-conditioning and electric heating. Included complimentary m ... More Details
Desert Gem RV Resort Inc.

Desert Gem RV Resort Inc.

Oliver

Modern, clean and friendly RV Resort. Great home base for golfing and wine tours. Big rig friendly, full hook-ups, 50/30 amp, pull-thrus, cable, wireless internet, instant phone, immaculate washrooms/laundry. Golfer's discounts. Caravans welcome. Walking distance to restaurants, groceries and shoppi ... More Details
Lakeside Resort

Lakeside Resort

Oliver

Resting on beautiful Tuc-el-Nuit Lake in Oliver, Lakeside Resort stretches on landscaped five acre grounds with its own private beach. Our resort provides guests with tranquil views of Tuc-el-Nuit, which is perfect for families to swim in or paddle on in our boats. Offering several types of accommod ... More Details
Apple Beach RV Park

Apple Beach RV Park

Oliver

Apple Beach is a small, family-run RV Park and campground. We operate a simple, pleasant RV Park on beautiful Tucelnuit Lake. Simply put, Apple Beach is a quiet, friendly park in a lovely location. One firepit on the beach. Big Rig Friendly sites shaded by mature willows. Quiet pets accepted. Rates ... More Details
Desert Lake RV Resort

Desert Lake RV Resort

Oliver

Friendly, clean RV Resort on Tuc-El-Nuit-Lake, full hook-ups, 50 amp service, pull-thrus, cable, phone, guest laundry, hot showers, handicap facilities. Close to golf courses and wineries. Open All Year. Off Season rates available. Big rigs welcome. Pets on approval. ... More Details
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