Fall is in full swing and winter is creeping toward us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of things to do in order to fill your days before hibernating next season.
Here are 9 of the very best activities to do in Osoyoos during fall!
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 the grape harvest is in full swing.
You can’t go to the South Okanagan in the fall and not indulge in a terroir-to-table experience. Many South Okanagan wineries have on-site restaurants serving up tasty gourmet cuisine, and most meals come with a side of awesome scenery.
Osoyoos is one of British Columbia’s birding capitals and has been officially announced as a new outpost along the BC Bird Trail. With our unique desert landscape, warmer temperatures, and rural setting, we have many species of birds that you can find on or off the beaten path and fall is a fantastic time of year to try and spot them!
What kinds of birds are in Osoyoos? Hummingbirds, Osprey, California Quail, White-throated swifts, Great Horned Owls, Western Bluebirds, Red-Tailed Hawks, and Golden Eagles are just a couple of the unique birds that you can find throughout the South Okanagan.
For anyone looking to go out birding, there is now a self-guided tour on the BC Bird Trail Mobile Experience App — a free tool that will take you to over 20 locations throughout the Osoyoos area!
Stunning 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, at two distinct golf destinations, complement the area’s unique desert habitat.
And Fall is a perfect time for a round!!
The golf courses do begin to shut down in November so if you are hoping to get out for a round before winter settles in you will want to book it sooner rather than later!
The season has slowed down and life is a little less hectic than in the heart of summer, which means it feels right to take a load off and take some time for yourself via relaxation.
Levia Wellness Spa, Heaven on Earth and Solterra Desert Spa offer full services to help you completely unwind, whether it be a massage or aromatherapy or another form of care treatment. During the fall season, you might find yourself lucky to experience a “warm pumpkin pie pedicure” or a “pumpkin tea facial” as well, because hey, you are in Osoyoos so why not?
Among the hills surrounding the Osoyoos area sits a network of rugged desert trails — including over 30+ marked and graded trails — waiting to be explored by mountain biking enthusiasts.
Offering beautiful vistas while transporting riders between desert landscapes and boreal forests, the trails of the South Okanagan are unlike anywhere else in British Columbia.
There is some fantastic shopping in the heart of Osoyoos and as the weather gets colder, it becomes the perfect time to pick out some new seasonal wardrobe pieces. Popping into one of the many boutiques to enhance your style is a must at this time of year!
Your next best Instagram post awaits this season!
The fall colours — and the awe-inspiring beauty that comes with them — will captivate any traveller who arrives in Osoyoos. British Columbia’s interior landscape of vineyards, orchards, forests, ranch country, and desert hills becomes a rich portrait of colours, only seen at this time of year.
Our vineyards and orchards showcase vibrant oranges, crimson reds, and golden yellow hues across the entire valley. It is worth exploring the fall foliage with your camera or cell phone as the colourful backdrop will make your Instagram or TikTok feed pop! The valley truly becomes a photographer’s dream.
Although the lake temperature isn’t quite at summer levels, it is still fantastic to get out and enjoy. One of the best ways to do that is by hopping in a canoe, kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard and going out for a paddle.
In the fall powerboat traffic is reduced to a minimum and the lake is more peaceful and calm, making it optimal conditions to wake up with the sun during a morning paddle.