Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre
The Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre celebrates the history and culture of the Okanagan First Nation and the desert lands that they have lived on for thousands of years. The Nk’ Mip Desert lands are one of Canada’s three most endangered eco-systems and are home to many rare plants and animal species. The Centre provides visitors an opportunity to experience the rich Okanagan culture and desert environments – join their hosts for a guided walk on trails, exploring a traditional Okanagan village, or experience the desert through their unique cultural programs. See the Okanagan first nations come alive through their special events and interactive activities – there is something for everyone. The mission of the Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre is to provide their visitors with an authentic and unique experience that promotes respect and understanding with the culture of the Okanagan people and the desert lands that sustained them.
Phone: (250) 495-7901
Toll Free: 1-888-495-8555
Hiking and Cycling Trails
There are a number of trails used for both hiking and biking in Osoyoos, each with different levels of difficulties.
The Osoyoos Canal trail travels along the old irrigation canal that was once used by area orchardists to water their orchards. Mount Kobau lookout trails offer a beautiful view of the Okanagan valley and is geared more towards those who want to really get away from the mainstream of things. For a gentle walk along the Okanagan river, there is the Kettle Valley railway bed that travels north to Oliver.
Osoyoos Desert Centre
Discover the flora and fauna of the only true desert in Canada. The Osoyoos Desert Centre has many well educated staff members that will be only to happy to answer any questions you may have as you enjoy a guided walk along the 1.5 km boardwalk.
The season runs from mid April to mid October. With tours running hourly from 9am-5pm, for times of special tours and events contact one of the following numbers:
Phone: (250) 495-2470
Toll Free: 1-877-899-0897
Skiing & Snowboarding, Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
Mount Baldy Ski Resort is located approximately 45 minutes driving time from Osoyoos. It has 10 km of cross-country trails, an abundance of snowshoe trails and 17 downhill runs for the skier or snowboarder, for information contact the following:
Phone: (250) 498-4086
Toll Free: 1-866-754-2253
For the cross-country enthusiast the McKinney Nordic Ski Trails are located 27 km from Oliver on McKinney Road, for information on rates or times of operation contact the following: (250) 498-4766, (250) 498-3779.
With the harvesting season in the South Okanagan running from late June to mid October there are a vast number of fruit and vegetable markets in the area where fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, syrups and juices can be purchased.
Located next to the Best Western Sunrise Inn on Highway 3, Rattlesnake Canyon is the ultimate in Entertainment Parks, featuring:
- Old Chuck Wagons
- Tattoo parlor (washable of course)
- Souvenier store
- Mini doughnuts, original french fries, and Ice Cream Parlour
- Authentic windmill
- Ultimate Go-Karts (Speed limits, who needs speed limits)
- Climbing wall (over 30 feet of fun)
- Tilt o’ Whirl and other exciting rides
- Robinson & Caruso “bungee tree” for the young at heart
Come and relax on our new patio and viewing station overlooking Osoyoos’s famous entertainment park!
5502 Main Street – 250-495-3544
Open dates & times:
9:30 am – 11pm. May long weekend – June 30 (weekends only).
July – September 1 – open every day.
Museum & Art Gallery
The Osoyoos Museum has many artifacts that show and describe the development of the Okanagan and Osoyoos areas over the years. For information on tour times and hours of operation, contact: (250) 495-2582. The Osoyoos Art Gallery showcases paintings, sculptures and pottery done by local artists.
For tour times and hours of operation contact them directly.
Phone: (250) 495-2800.
And Much Much More
Horse & Buggy Rides
Osoyoos has 2 riding stables to choose from for a tour of the area with a western twist. For information on rates and availability for tour times contact the following businesses:
Indian Grove Riding Stables at (250) 495-7555 (Summer Season Only).
Wolf Creek Trail Rides at (250) 498-3259 (Summer Season Only).
For an escorted tour of Osoyoos by horse and buggy contact the Lakeview Carriage Company at (250) 498-9624.
There are a number of bird watching sights in the Osoyoos area. Located south of town on 32nd Avenue are the Haynes Point Wetland Trails.Within the marshlands, there is an abundance of waterfowl and other bird life. Cottonwood Park is a good location to see Golden and Bald Eagles circle over Osoyoos Lake as they look for food to feed their young.
- 5 km from Greyhound Bus Terminal
- 62 km from Penticton Airport
- 135 km from Kelowna International Airport
- 360 km from Vancouver International Airport
For further information on attractions and events, please contact:
Visitor Info Centre
Destination Osoyoos, 9912 Hwy 97, P O Box 500
Osoyoos, BC. V0H 1V0
Toll Free: 1-888-OSOYOOS
Phone: (250) 495-5070
Fax: (250) 495-8081