Are you travelling to Osoyoos in the upcoming weeks for an August vacation? Here is what you need to know before you go!
To get an idea of the current smoke conditions, you can view our webcam, located on the roof of the Osoyoos Visitor Centre. You will also find a view of the lake, positioned from a webcam at the Watermark Beach Resort.
Through the same link, you can also see the current Air Quality in Osoyoos, provided by PurpleAir.
Most wineries, accommodators and other tourism businesses are open and looking forward to welcoming guests during the August Long Weekend and beyond. We encourage you to shop at the local businesses in downtown Osoyoos as well, as the majority of them are still open during regular hours.
Highway 97 is open for travel between the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos and Highway 3 remains open when travelling from Keremeos and Cawston. The Osoyoos border crossing down to the United States also remains open at this time for travellers. For the latest on any road conditions, check DriveBC here https://www.drivebc.ca/
Please continue to visit Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Emergency Services at https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/ and the Town of Osoyoos at https://www.osoyoos.ca/ for the most up-to-date information on the Eagle Bluff Wildfire and ensure you are signed up for the Town of Osoyoos E-News at https://www.osoyoos.ca/community/news-alerts/subscribe-enews.
August Long Weekend Events
If you have plans to travel to Osoyoos during the August Long Weekend, there are plenty of events worth checking out!
Circus Wonderland @ Sonora Community Centre
For two days, between Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, visitors are encouraged to check out Circus Wonderland at Sonora Community Centre. The travelling show focuses on arts and theatre as well as specialty performances. Circus-goers will be treated to a magician, acrobatics, juggling and even a performing clown.
More information on Circus Wonderland can be found here.
Nature Talks @ The Osoyoos Desert Centre
Two different specialty nature talks will be taking place at the Osoyoos Desert Centre over the August Long Weekend you don’t want to miss!
On August 4th, learn all about a species at risk, the Western Burrowing Owl. For 30 years the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of British Columbia (BOCS-BC) has been working on reintroducing Burrowing Owls to our grasslands through captive breeding and habitat enhancement. Lauren Meads, Executive Director of BOCS-BC, will introduce us to her very special guest Pluto while discussing the successes and obstacles of working with this remarkable grassland bird.
On August 5th, biologist Lindsay Whitehead from Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre will visit the ODC to talk about the seven different snake species of the South Okanagan. Learn about current conservation efforts to protect snake species at risk, snake safety tips, and what to do when you encounter a snake on the trail.
**Note: The Osoyoos Desert Centre has been temporarily closed in the past week and it is advised that you call in advance of these events to determine if they are a go**
Music in the Park @ Gyro Beach
Every Friday during the summer months, the Gyro Park Bandshell hosts a different band to play free live music for the community. Everyone is welcome to come take in the fun! Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and come ready to enjoy an evening of music right on the lake.
The August Long Weekend show will be held on August 4th, with music kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Vinyard Vinyasa @ Red Barn Winery at Jagged Rock
Salute the sun on Saturday at 10 a.m. through a guided yoga class led by certified yoga teacher, Nicole Prowse featuring a special meditation session to close. Fresh fruit from LocalMotive and cool cucumber mint water await your wild wine-yogi spirit after class with a complimentary 5 oz. pour of Transfiction Rosé. Stretch, sip, and savour with us.
Summer Open House @ Desert Park
Get ready for a Summer Open House extravaganza at Desert Park that promises fun and excitement for the whole family!
Desert Park is opening their doors to the public for an open house on Saturday, August 5th.
There will be food trucks, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and live music. For the kids, there will be a bouncy castle, a petting zoo, pony rides and hay rides!
Visitors will get a chance to view barrel racing and pole-bending demonstrations as well!
Celebrate BC Day at the Farm @ Covert Farms Family Estate
Enjoy musical entertainment by The Rollin’ Coal Trio while you feast on a locally-sourced gourmet charcuterie board sipping a glass of your favourite Covert Farms wine. This is a day for the whole family with; bocce ball, horseshoes, bean bag toss, yard Yahtzee, Connect Four, duck races, our giant jumping pillow and super slip and slide. Guests can also meet the llamas, sheep, highland cows and chickens.
The Rollin’ Coal Trio will play from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, August 6th.
Appreciation BBQ @ Baldy Mountain Resort
Baldy Mountain Resort is hosting an Appreciation BBQ for the public, its season pass holders and for locals in the area during the August Long Weekend.
If you are looking for a break from the lake, head to the resort — located about an hour out of downtown Osoyoos — for a day at the Baldy Beach! Head up the chairlift for breathtaking views of the South Okanagan mountains. Attendees can play beach volleyball, horseshoes, and frisbee golf across the mountain’s terrain as well.
The Appreciation BBQ will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 5th.
Long Weekend BBQ @ Stoneboat Winery
Stoneboat Vineyards is inviting the public to come visit their winery and partake in a day-long BBQ on Saturday, August 5th.
Tickets to the event are $25 per person and the menu includes food options such as a pulled pork sandwich, a bluebonnet burger, a meatball sub and grilled cheese.
The BBQ will run from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.