Osoyoos, Canada’s only true desert. Here you will discover our country’s warmest lake and hottest, driest climate amid a valley of stunning beauty. Framed by sunny, blue skies, desert hills, lakes, vineyards and orchards, it’s the ultimate desert destination. The climate is perfect for growing, producing delicious fresh fruit, vegetables and award-winning wines.
The origin of the name Osoyoos was the word suius meaning “narrowing of the waters” in the local Okanagan language. The “O-” prefix is not indigenous in origin and was attached by settler-promoters wanting to harmonize the name with other O-names in the Okanagan Country (Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Okanogan).
The town’s population of 4,845 swells in the summer months with visitors from elsewhere in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. There is also a newer contingent of international visitors, supported by proximity to the Kelowna and Penticton Airport. There are another 1,892 people surrounding the town within the “Okanagan-Similkameen A” area.
Rich in culture and history, the small, friendly resort town of Osoyoos is a celebrated centre for business meetings, conferences, weddings and recreation. And it’s no wonder – Osoyoos does have it all. Golf, spas, beaches, wineries, orchards, culinary delights, mountains, wildlife watching, First Nations culture and eco-desert experiences – yours to discover.
Indeed, there is something for everyone, every season of the year from water, snow and golf lovers to wine connoisseurs, bird watchers and culture seekers to busy or international business people.