Osoyoos is the perfect place to spend a day, weekend, or full vacation with the family and make some memories! Winter or summer, rain or shine, there are lots of great options for family fun activities in the area.
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Hit the Lake
There are many ways to enjoy Osoyoos Lake – like sunning on beautiful sandy beaches and getting in some swim time at popular parks like Gyro Beach, Lion’s Beach, and Legion Beach (plus a stop at the nearby Jack Shaw Splash Park!).
Get out on the water on a wakeboard, SUP, or kayak, or rent a boat for the day.
Enjoy a day of fun on the Wibit floating water park.
Wake up early for the perfect catch.
Or take a beautiful fall walk along the shoreline or through scenic sw̓iw̓s Provincial Park. Our iconic lake has a lot to offer!
The unique ecoregion of the South Okanagan is full of opportunities for exploration and adventure. The Osoyoos Desert Centre and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre both invite you to take a journey amongst the sagebrush, as they guide you through the local plants and wildlife that call it home.
The many hills and trails in the area are perfect for early morning hikes or memorable bike rides. Bike, scooter, and e-bike rentals are all available, with some unique tours to choose from. And you can experience the stunning desert shrub-steppe from up on horseback instead through guided trail rides with Indian Grove Riding Stables and Sun Hills Riding Centre.
Bring home some fresh Okanagan fruit and veggies from one of the many fruit stands or U-Pick orchards in the area.
Golf is another popular Osoyoos pastime, with visitors travelling solely to get in a round on one of our two incredibly scenic courses. For an extra scenic adventure that will make for some great family photos, head up to the lookout on Anarchist Mountain.
Come winter, the best place to be is up on the slopes of Mt Baldy – with a bunny hill and plenty of green runs, it’s great for beginners of all ages!
And don’t forget the many parks in the area for the perfect mid-day picnic, and a chance for the little ones to get in some good quality playtime!
There are a number of indoor and outdoor activities in the area, so whatever the season you’ll find plenty of opportunities for family fun.
Make sure to set aside a day for Rattlesnake Canyon. This fun park is packed with activity – from 18 holes of mini golf, to a climbing wall, and bumper boats, to amusement park rides and an arcade.
Coyotes Sports Simulation will get you out on the green, in front of the goalie, running the bases, or bowling a strike… virtually, in climate-controlled comfort!
There’s nothing better than some ice time with the family! Public skating, drop-in hockey, and senior & tot skate times are available at the Sun Bowl Arena in Osoyoos. Be sure to check out the full schedule for the rink!
Whether you’re seeking shade or a way to escape colder weather, you can try your luck on the lanes with 5 pin bowling at Kobau Lanes Bowling Centre.
Along with a network of trails and outdoor exhibits, the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre also has an extensive indoor exhibit with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences.
Enjoy a uniquely Okanagan experience
There are few other places where you can take a walk through the desert, pick cherries, go wake surfing, then watch the sun set over the vineyards and valley all in one day. But that’s all part of what makes Osoyoos such a memorable place for a fun, family vacation.
Be sure to check out our Events page when planning your next trip and make the most of your visit to the South Okanagan.