Hike, Bike and Walk
If it is true solitude you seek, find it here in Osoyoos. You won't find crowds here. What you will find is a diverse, natrual place of great beauty on a widespread system of trails. Hike through the natural wonder of the Mount Kobau area or through the historical Irrigation Canal Walkway. Pedal through quiet backcountry roads, winding past quaint farms and wineries, or for mountain bikers, go for the adrenaline rush on one of our mountain trails. A longer and more ambitious bike route can be found at the north end of Osoyoos Lake, on the International Bike and Hike Trail. Trek through the desert in the cool of the early morning, in search of unique plants, birds and wildlife. Stroll along Haynes Point in th early evening for a lovely nature walk. A class-one bird walk can be found at the Osoyoos Lake Oxbows. Or drive northwest on Highway 3 to a stunning view over the legendary Spotted Lake, or east to a awe-inspiring view of the valley from Anarchist Mountain Lookout.
Hiking and Biking Trails Map
Pathways and Trails
Pioneer Walkway & Cottonwood Park
The first of these two public lake shore parks is along Main Street, the second on Cottonwood Drive. Beautiful gardens change with the seasons. Easy short strolls with benches, picnic tables, public washrooms. Wheelchair accessible.
Lakeshore Drive Pathway
This paved pathway starts at the public beach access where the road makes a sharp left turn, then runs parallel to the roadway and next to the waterfront. This is an easy familiy biking route for those staying in RV campgrounds along Lakeshore Drive.
Irrigation Canal Walkway
This popular 12 kilometer round trip trail is accessed on 62nd Avenue just north of Osoyoos Secondary School. Parking is available around the corner adjacent to the trail sign. The walkway can also be accessed from the Visitor Centre parking lot. This trail follows an abandoned section of the irrigation canal, once the lifeline of Osoyoos that opened up the area for the fruit industry. Flat with hard surfaces, ideal for easy strolls and strollers.
Haynes Point Wetlands Trail
Located within Haynes Point Provincial Park, this easy 1.5 kilometer gravel trail is designed for bird watchers and other nature lovers. Pathways, a spotting tower, boardwalks and interpretive signs will heighten appreciation for this precious wetlands area.
International Bike and Hike Trail
Located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and running parallel to the Okanagan River channel, this 18.4 kilometer trail is perfect for biking between wineries, fruit stands and farms. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometers north of Osoyoos.
Osoyoos Lake Oxbows
Recently restored, the oxbows at the north end of Osoyoos Lake are ideal for watching both migratory and resident birds. Access at the same parking area as for the International Hiking and Biking Trail but head south instead of north. Located next to and as part of the Haynes Lease Ecological Reserve.
Mount Kobau Trail Network
The five kilometer Testalinden Trail has oustanding views of the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys. Access via Highway 3 approximately 11 kilometers west of Osoyoos, then 11 kilometers along the gravel/dirt access road (not suitable for low clearance vehicles) which takes you within one kilometer of Mt. Kobau's summit. Follow the trail to the forestry lookout for a great view of the valleys and mountains.
Osoyoos Desert Centre
The Osoyoos Desert Centre is located just off Highway 97, three kilometers north of Osoyoos at 146th Avenue. Take a guided tour in this rare environment complete with interpretive kiosks and exhibitions.
NK'MIP Desert Cultural Centre
Located on the northeast side of Osoyoos, explore the Syilx cultural heritage and beautiful desert landscapes. Self-guided interpretive trails roll through 20 hectares where visitors can relax on benches and under armadas and enjoy spectacular views of Osoyoos Lake and the surrounding area.