As vivid rows of vineyards change colours, wineries in the area hustle to harvest and process their fruit. Grapes are picked from vines and crushed. The air is rich with the smell of fermentation. Big summer crowds thin out for a more intimate experience at local wineries.yoos is bustling with activity in the fall.
Beautiful fall hues linger longer in Osoyoos thanks to its unique desert climate. Local fruit stands are filled with an abundance of fresh and preserved produce and other goodies, including crisp apples, juicy pears, and a cornucopia of colourful squash.
Osoyoos is a leading culinary destination in Canada. Chefs slice and dice the best of the bounty from the South Okanagan and Similkameen to use in appies, entrees, and desserts. Check out daily specials at local restaurants.
Mild fall weather and sparkling Osoyoos Lake—Canada’s warmest—make fall a lovely time for outdoor adventures, including stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, fishing, golf, hiking, mountain biking and other sports and activities.
Upcoming events and festivals
Enjoy an abundance of autumn experiences for wine enthusiasts and foodies, including:
• Wine Capital Weekend, which runs Sept. 22-24, starts with a Kick-Off Party at the District Wine Village in Oliver. The weekend of fun includes the iconic Grape Stomp Competition at the highly anticipated Festival of the Grape. It attracts more than 6,000 people.
• Pride Arts Festival takes place at Gyro Park in Osoyoos on Sept. 24. The park will be filled with local musicians, dancers, speakers and performers, as well as visual art exhibitions under tents throughout the park.
• All Hallows Festival on Oct. 28-29 is a family-friendly Halloween harvest-style event at Gyro Park. The event includes dance performances, live music, fire performances, aerial acrobatics shows—as well as food, drinks, and vendors.
Plan your trip to Osoyoos by visiting destinationosoyoos.com or download the travel guide at appscanada.ca/osoyoos.