Since Osoyoos is widely known for it’s rugged desert landscape, rolling hills, and shimmering lake, fall colours may not be top of mind when you think of this warm resort community.
But, from late September until early November, the parks, orchards, and vineyards come alive with the colours of fall.
No matter where you visit in Osoyoos, you’re bound to find spectacular colours! Here are 5 ways to see fall foliage in Osoyoos BC:
1. Visit sẁiẁs Provincial Park
Known far and wide for how unique this landmark is, sẁiẁs is a provincial park on a peninsula that extends out 1km into Osoyoos Lake. The main loop trail fully paved, so it acts as an outstanding option to walk or bike to from locations in town. The park also is home to a wetland trail, providing access to the habitat of the many types of birds and wildlife that live in the biome.
In the fall, the trees that line the point showcase hues of golden yellow and bright orange, creating a show for those walking the point and for those viewing the point from across the Pioneer Walkway near downtown Osoyoos.
2. Check out a Local Orchard
No trip to Osoyoos is complete without stopping at one of the many local fruit stands. Drive North along Highway 97 or East to West along Highway 3 to get the best of the fall bounty that the Okanagan has to offer.
Apple, pear, and peach trees offer the perfect backdrop complete with an array of beautiful foliage in the fall.
3. Hike nʕaylintn
Although it’s a bit of a climb, picturesque nʕaylintn (McIntyre Bluff) provides a breathtaking view of the Okanagan Valley, so be sure to bring your camera!
This 10-km (6-mi) return trip trail will lead you gradually uphill through beautiful forest dotted with colourful leaves. Once at the top, the view of the valley below will truly astound you!
The access to MacIntyre Bluff / nʕaylintn trail through Covert Farms is not currently open to the public. An alternate access to the trail is through Willowbrook Community Park, off of Johnson Crescent in Willowbrook. This community park has an annual membership. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or pay at the gate ($5 in the donation box at the trail head).
4. Visit a Vineyard
Our warm and dry desert climate makes Osoyoos ideal for growing grape varietals of all sorts. Osoyoos is surrounded by over 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.
Take a day or two to tour the many wineries, sample the wines and take in the beautiful views of the vineyards as the colours change and you watch the grape harvest in full swing. Just be sure to book your wine tasting experiences ahead of time!
5. Walk Down to Gyro Beach
Located at the bottom of Main Street, Gyro Beach is the largest beach in Osoyoos and a popular spot in the summer months for swimming and soaking up the sunshine!
In the fall, you can walk along the beautiful lakeside pathways and take in the colours of the season set against shimmering Osoyoos lake. Gyro Beach is located within walking distance to our Main Street shops, restaurants and cafes to cap off a perfect fall afternoon!
If you’re planning your visit to Osoyoos this fall, be sure to check out our know-before-you-go information!