At Watermark Beach Resort, we welcome thousands of families to our Osoyoos community each year. For some of our families, a visit to Watermark has become a yearly tradition, and in such a family-friendly hotel and community, it’s not hard to see why!
During your stay with us, be sure to check out some of the great kids’ activities and attractions.
Here at “Home”
Watermark Waterslide & Pool
With a large outdoor pool overlooking Osoyoos Lake and a big waterslide, your family doesn’t have to go far to have some fun! Venture outside the resort doors and relax on a lounger while the kids burn off some energy in the water.
The Watermark Media Room
Did you know that Watermark has a media room with a lending library of DVDs and a large screen so that kids (and you!) can watch feature films? It’s true! It’s a great way to keep the kids occupied, whether you want to get out of the summer sun for a bit or just relax and unwind with some quiet time.
A Date-Night Break
Whether you want to let loose at a Watermark wedding or want to experience a romantic dinner for two, the staff at Watermark Beach Resort want to help you and the kids have a memorable vacation. Just ask our front desk for a list of childminders that you can call to arrange babysitting!
Take advantage of our desert oasis, and jump in with both feet! Osoyoos Lake offers plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained. Paddleboarding, wakeboarding, sailing, fishing, and more! Your family watersport adventure is boundless! Not ready for a splash? Watermark’s beautiful beach is a perfect place to build that sandcastle you’ve been planning.
All Around the Town
Hands-on Harvest Farm Tour
Food and wine for you, farm animal fun for the kids – it’s a win-win! Watermark Beach Resort has partnered with Covert Farms to bring you ‘A Culinary Journey Through Canada’s Desert’, a unique tour that also has the honour of being a Canadian Signature Experience! Travel from the resort through the beautiful desert to Covert Farms, where you’ll hitch a ride in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck for a fun, guided tour of the farm. Stop along the way to taste the fresh produce, including strawberries, then join us back at Watermark for a wine-paired, farm-fresh dinner.
Keremeos Grist Mill & Gardens
History is fun at The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos; Bring the whole family and check out a working 1877 waterwheel-powered flour mill! This historic site is also home to spectacular gardens, including heritage flower and fruit varieties, meaning that the plants are the same as they were generations ago. Love music? The Grist Mill hosts weekly concerts throughout the summer!
Don’t let the name fool you, Rattlesnake Canyon isn’t a gorge full of scary snakes – it’s a western-themed amusement park! No family trip to Osoyoos is complete without a visit to Rattlesnake Canyon, which boasts an 18-hole mini golf course, bumper boats, go-karts, a rock climbing wall, a 1500 square foot arcade with over 30 games, tattoo parlour, bungee tree, tilt-a-whirl, and tornado. Visit the windmill for a treat! The little shop features 48 flavours of ice cream, cotton candy, iced cappuccinos, and cold drinks.
Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad
This little gem is beloved by locals and visitors alike! The Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad boasts 4000 sq ft. of family fun, with as many as 45 computer-controlled trains travelling on 2 km of track that weaves through miniature mountains and towns. Keep your eye out for the more than 19,000 people and animals placed in humorous situations throughout the scene.
Splash Park at Jack Shaw Gardens
On the off-chance that your kids get tired of the awesome waterslide at Watermark, you can take a little walk to Jack Shaw Gardens to check out the splash park! It’s better than a sprinkler on the front lawn! Just be sure to reapply that sunscreen.
Sonora Community Centre Drop-In
Located just a short, 8-minute walk from Watermark, the Sonora Community Centre offers recreation and drop-in programs that are great for families and teens. Programs include basketball, pickleball, soccer, floor hockey, and other gymnasium sports. The Sonora Community Centre also has drop-in programs and weekly day camps for ages 5 – 12 throughout the summer.
The Great Outdoors
Discover the Desert
Osoyoos lies in the only pocket desert in Canada. Our arid climate provides the perfect home for a variety of unique flora and fauna. The desert may seem sparse, but there’s so much life happening here, if you know where to look! Introduce the kids to this amazing habitat. Just a few minutes north of downtown, at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, visitors of all ages can learn about our desert ecology and wildlife on a 1.5 km boardwalk tour, and at the small-but-fascinating interpretive centre. Remember to bring plenty of water! The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre lies to the west, in the foothills of Anarchist Mountain. A 2km interpretive trail and cultural centre showcase the natural habitat and how intricately it is linked to the life and history of the Okanagan First Nation people.
Explore the Trail System
The South Okanagan has miles of splendid trails for all levels of ability, from flat, stroller-friendly walks to daredevil mountain biking runs. An excellent way for the kids to burn off some energy, and to get unique views across the valley, hiking around the region will provide you with a lifetime of memories.
View this amazing part of the world as the early pioneers and First Nations people did! Local stables provide safe, guided horseback tours that move at a relaxed pace, and capture all of the laid-back magic of the South Okanagan. Introduce the whole family to the awe-inspiring views, beautiful trails, and unique corners of the region that you’d otherwise not be able to discover. Indian Groves Riding Stable
Spotted Lake Stop
A quick drive up Highway 3 will take you to Osoyoos’ famous natural curiosity, Spotted Lake. A high concentration of minerals in the water have made this small lake historically important to the Okanagan First Nation for its medicinal properties, and to the Canadian army for raw materials during World War I. The lake is on private land, but there are viewpoints from the road that make this a fascinating and worthwhile (and very quick!) photo op. Remember that it lies along a busy highway, so be careful with the little ones when you’re out of the car.