Osoyoos is already famous for its South Okanagan sunshine. And in the cooler autumn months it’s even more attractive, thanks to the vibrant scenery and joyful residents eager to share their culture and activities.
An Entire Season to be Explored in Osoyoos
Osoyoos has an abundance of fall experiences for wine enthusiasts, foodies, and fall foliage seekers. The autumn weather is warm enough for outdoor activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, golf, hiking and more. The fall is also ideal for fishing, birdwatching and stargazing under the region’s famously starry skies. And, after all of that activity, you’ll be pleased to know you won’t go hungry in Osoyoos.
Osoyoos is a leading culinary destination in Canada. Connoisseurs and aspiring foodies will savour seasonal local flavours prepared by renowned chefs. Using the best of the bounty from the South Okanagan and Similkameen, local chefs source much of their produce from their own backyard: salad greens, mounds of brightly coloured squash, and crisp pears and apples, to name a few.
Enjoy the Bounty of the Okanagan
Visitors can celebrate the season’s bounty by enjoying the local farmer’s market, Osoyoos Market on Main, until mid-September, and can dine at several of the local wineries throughout the fall. Long tables, library wines and guest chefs are just some of the extraordinary features of the fall wine festival dinners, with many wineries offering other unique experiences and intimate tastings throughout the fall. But, be warned—these events sell out quickly. So, if you have a favourite winery (or two), be sure to sign up now!
With more than 50 wineries between two wine regions (Oliver-Osoyoos and the Similkameen Valley) within a 20-minute drive of Osoyoos, travellers can tour many vineyards during their visit, sampling many different wines and grape varietals. If wine isn’t your fancy, Osoyoos also has something for beer, cider and spirit aficionados.
Spirits and Wine
For example, Tumbleweed Spirits focuses on small-batch spirits. Their cherry moonshine is made with local South Okanagan cherries. Or, for the brave––their Fireweed Whiskey will surely knock your socks off.
There’s also North Basin Brewing Co., located in downtown Osoyoos and offering local suds like the “Cup o’ Jojo’s Breakfast Stout,” named after the infamous coffee found at Jojo’s Café on Main Street. And of course, with its abundance of apples, Osoyoos has several cideries nearby, like Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Bordertown Cider & Winery, and The Maverick Cider Co., serving sips of the South Okanagan’s favourite fruit.
With great fall festivals and events like the Half Corked Marathon, Pig Out, Cask and Keg, and Festival of the Grape, there is so much to do this season in Osoyoos and the South Okanagan.
Osoyoos desert wine country is waiting for you. Plan your trip to Osoyoos by visiting destinationosoyoos.com or download the travel guide at appscanada.ca/osoyoos.