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Get Outside: The Best Things to Do in Osoyoos This Fall

As a resort community, Osoyoos is a popular beach town in summer, when visitors flock for the sweet South Okanagan sunshine. In the cooler autumn months it is no less attractive, as there are so many things to do in Osoyoos throughout the fall.

Our Fall weather is warm enough for outdoor activities like golf, hiking, cycling, and more. The fall is also ideal for fishing, bird watching and gazing at the starry skies on our clear, fall nights.

Take a Fall Hike or Cycle

Hike through the natural wonder of the Mount Kobau area or stroll the historical Irrigation Canal Walkway. Trek through the desert in the cool of the early morning, in search of unique plants, birds and wildlife.

 Cycle down quiet back-country roads, winding past quaint farms and wineries. For mountain bikers, go for the adrenaline rush on one of our mountain trails. While cycling, stop into one of our wineries or fruit stands to reap the bounty of the South Okanagan.

Stargaze

things to do in osoyoos: star gazing

Did you know that Osoyoos is one of the best places in Canada for observing our galaxy? This was determined by testing done to identify the possible site for the Queen Elizabeth Telescope, which would have been placed on Mt. Kobau, and house Canada’s National Observatory. It was an exceptional location because of the number of clear nights and moderate climate and because of its location on the crossroads of Highway 97 and Highway 3. Read more about the history here.

Besides Mt. Kobau, Anarchist Mountain offers dark skies with minimum light trespass from Osoyoos. The Town of Osoyoos has restrictions in place on upward-pointing lights and is encouraging the use of full cut-off lighting (i.e., lights that are shielded and point downwards rather than into the skies above). Oroville has in place very strong ordinances to support efforts to control light pollution.

Go Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkins are plentiful this time of year in Osoyoos! From decorative gourds, to pretty porch decor, you can take a scenic fall drive and stop along one of dozens of local fruit stands to pick that perfect pumpkin!

Covert Farms will also have their Discovery Garden Pumpkin Patch! The discovery garden pumpkin patch is open the all wine lounge guests who book a tasting experience or tour. Pumpkins are also available for purchase at the Secrest Organics fruit stand (call 250.689.2626 to arrange pick-up), and beginning Saturday, October 17th, they’ll be welcoming visitors to pick the perfect pumpkin from their fruit stand patch on weekends!

Tour Fall Foliage

The fall colours — and the sense of wonder they arouse — will captivate any traveller who arrives in Osoyoos on an autumn road trip. British Columbia’s interior landscape of vineyards, orchards, forests, ranch country, and desert hills is at its glorious peak during the season.

Our vineyards and orchards showcase vibrant oranges, crimson reds, and golden yellow hues across the entire valley. Take a drive down Black Sage Road, or stop at the Anarchist Mountain lookout on highway 3 to take it all in from above!

Golf

Beautiful surroundings and a temperate climate make the Osoyoos region ideal for golf practically all year round. Scenic and beautifully-designed courses for novice and experienced golfers complement the area’s unique desert habitat.

No matter what you do this fall in Osoyoos, you are bound to find the perfect fall activity to embrace the season. Be sure to check out our know-before-you-go information when planning your next trip to Osoyoos.

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