South Okanagan Eco Tours: Your Next Adventure Awaits
Osoyoos lies amidst Canada’s only desert. A variety of eco-adventure tours are offered within the South Okanagan, providing visitors the opportunity to learn about, view and immerse themselves in an eco-zone that cannot be found anywhere else in Canada. The beauty of the desert is a magnificent backdrop to the local ecosystem. When you visit Osoyoos, you are lucky to experience an oasis unlike any other.
This area hosts one of the largest concentrations of species at risk in Canada; over 100 rare plants and animals and over 300 rare invertebrates. As the only desert in Canada, the indigenous plants and animals of the areas are found nowhere else in Canada. The “Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone” is a continuation of the Sonora Life Zone and extends from Mexico north, right into the Okanagan Valley.
Hiking & Biking
Osoyoos has a number of fantastic hiking and biking trails for you to enjoy. Whether it is a climb through the mountains, a peaceful walk along the canal or river, or through the many orchards surrounding the valley, there is a path that suites every age and every skill level. For any exploration of the area, be mindful that there are natural hazards in an outdoor environment: be cautious and know your limitations.
Bike Rentals can be obtained through Heatstroke Cycle & Sports, which is located in the Watermark Beach Resort. For more information please visit their website at www.heatstrokecycle.com
For more information on the various hiking and biking trails available throughout the valley, please visit www.destinationosoyoos.com
Let the adventure begin.
Horseback Riding – Trail Riding
Open starting in July, Indian Grove Riding Stables offers a fantastic array of activities for the entire family. From mountain pack trips, beach rides & cattle drives, riding lessons & pony rides and an all day ride to underground waterfalls, there is something for everyone.
Reserved rides only.
For more information or to book call 250.495.7555
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
One of Watermark Beach Resort’s valued partners, Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre allows their guests to fully immerse themselves within the culture and history of the Okanagan First Nations people. With two multi-sensory theatre experiences, outdoor exhibits and multiple dining options at a stones throw, Nk’Mip provides a fully rounded day for the entire family. Activity options range from eco-tours, fishing charters and interactive exhibits.
Please contact our concierge at concierge@
Adventure awaits around every turn.
Known as Kliluk to the Indian Band, this lake is sacred and can easily be viewed from Hwy 3, eight kms west of Osoyoos.
Each of the 365 rings is believed to have a different healing power. Spotted Lake has one of the world’s highest concentration of minerals; calcium, magnesium and sodium sulphates. In the summer heat, the lake dries out, forming colourful mud circles.
Osoyoos bears fruit earlier than anywhere else in Canada. It all begins with the gorgeous apricot tree blossoms in April, followed by the pink and white flowers of the cherry, peach, pear, and apple. The beautiful fragrance infuses the entire town!
Fruit harvest generally begins the last week of June beginning with cherries and continues into late summer. Locally grown, fresh peppers, asparagus, cucumbers and herbs make it easy to “eat your vegetables.” Delicious tree ripened fruit and organic vegetables abound!
Stop and shop at one of the numerous road side fruit and vegetable stands, meet the local farmers and orchardists or pick your own! Orchard tours are available for those seeking more information about Osoyoos orchards and their harvest.