A jewel in the South Okanagan, Osoyoos invites you to Canada’s desert and the warmest welcome in any season. While things slow down a bit in winter, the friendly, quiet and relaxed atmosphere makes it a great time to visit and experience the region like a local.
Snow-blanketed vineyards and cozy tasting rooms at wineries offer magical settings to try local vintages, and perhaps check off your list of holiday shopping while you sip. Osoyoos is surrounded by dozens of wineries, and you’ll find amazing craft breweries, cideries and distilleries, too.
Tumbleweed Spirits offers local craft spirits and inventive cocktails. And try a craft beer flight or pint at the new North Basin Brewing Co. on Main Street, where you can bring your own food from a local restaurant to enjoy in the taproom or on the heated patio.
With tantalizing restaurants, bakeries and pubs offering casual comfort food to upscale cuisine in Osoyoos, you can savour the season.
Explore the Winter Wonderland
Winter activities are abundant, advises Kelley Glazer, executive director for Destination Osoyoos.
“Enjoy hiking, cycling and lakeside trails, or head uphill to find fresh powder for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
“Baldy Mountain Resort, known as a locals’ mountain, is a hidden treasure where plentiful powder rests seasonally upon the hill. Ski or snowboard through the perfectly spaced glades or on Baldy’s groomed runs as you gaze at the beautiful backdrop of endless mountain peaks ahead.”
In Baldy’s rustic lodge, refuel in the main floor cafeteria or ascend to the lounge for table service where you can enjoy hearty ski fare paired with selections of local libations.
Near town, wander the local trails or take a walk on the beach for tranquility in the winter.
Osoyoos is home to many unique and locally owned shops, so you’re bound to find something special for a loved one (or yourself) at one of the local boutiques. Even the hardware store, with its eclectic collection, has a cult following. Check out galleries for local art. Then, stop at a cozy cafe or bakery for a sweet treat and a hot drink to help warm you up.
Visit the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, open Monday to Thursday, to experience the state-of-the-art interpretive centre and peruse its Coyote’s Gift Shop. Close by is Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Indigenous-owned and -operated winery in North America.
Wind Down and Stay a While
After your adventures of hiking, shopping or skiing, it’s great to wind down with a tasting experience sure to please all palates. Find your rejuvenation this winter at Osoyoos hotels, motels and resorts. Stay for a weekend or a week, with weekly winter hotel rates starting at just $300.
On closer review, why not snuggle in for the season?