Discover an enchanting winter wonderland, where festivals, serene landscapes, adventures and cosy moments come together to create an unforgettable seasonal escape.
This winter, embark on a journey to escape the hustle and bustle, bidding adieu to the cold and rain, and find solace in the winter wonderland of Osoyoos. Nestled gracefully amidst sprawling vineyards, majestic mountains and pristine lakes, this South Okanagan gem beckons to be your number one destination for kindling your soul, rejuvenating your body and nourishing your mind in the midst of the colder months.
It's your golden ticket to flee the chaos and savour the authentic flavours of charming small-town vibes, experience the embrace of mild winters and the endless canvas of azure skies. Afterall, you deserve it!
Here are our Top 5 recommended winter activities while in Osoyoos.
FESTIVALS AND FUN!
South Okanagan Fire & Ice Festival—Nov 24 to Dec 3
The South Okanagan Fire & Ice Festival is back! This week-long winter celebration is a delightful fusion of food, wine and culture that embodies the charm of the valley. Enjoy numerous free family-friendly events across Oliver and Osoyoos, with the Fire & Ice Carnival (19+) at Spirit Ridge Resort on November 25. Get into the holiday spirit with Oliver's Light Up and Fireworks event on November 24, or visit the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre on November 25 for the Craft Market featuring Indigenous artisans.
SNOWY THRILLS AND MOUNTAIN CHILLS
Baldy Mountain Resort & McKinney Nordic Ski Club—from December 15
Just 45 minutes from Osoyoos is Baldy Mountain Resort—a cherished secret among South Okanagan locals, where abundant seasonal powder graces the hill. As the third-highest elevation ski area in BC, Baldy boasts breathtaking scenery, a day lodge perched at 5,665 feet and 360 acres of trails with 240 acres of gladed terrain. Beyond skiing and snowboarding, enjoy snowshoeing, x-country skiing, tubing and even disc golf. Locals tip: for x-country skiers and snowshoers, be sure to explore the 5km of marked trails at the McKinney Nordic Ski Club.
REBOOT AND REJUVENATE
It's time for some well-deserved self-care and Osoyoos has an array of tranquil spas to choose from. Levia Wellness stands out with its "Farm to Treatment Table" philosophy, incorporating homegrown herbs and the ancient jade stone to create a truly rejuvenating experience. After a soothing session at the spa, make your way to one of the many local vineyards (that’s right, many are still open!) like Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and Church & State Wines. Relax and savour exceptional wines while enjoying stunning vineyard views. It's the perfect way to unwind and celebrate your 2023 achievements.
SIPPIN' AND SHOPPIN'
From vintage boutiques to practical finds, Osoyoos’s charming streets are a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind discoveries perfect for those holiday gifts. Stroll through the heart of Osoyoos and pop into Elvis Fine Jewelry and Music Room for custom jewelry for that stocking filler, visit The Curator for vintage finds or step into Shoe Biz for stylish, comfortable footwear. Don’t forget to take a break with a warm beverage from one of the many local cafes, like the quirky Scoopsies Treat Shop.
STAY AND PLAY
Did you know, when winter arrives, Osoyoos offers exclusive weekly packages, available at a price that's even less than what you'd typically pay for a month's rent! Crazy! Enjoy the luxury of multi-room suites, fully equipped kitchens and convenient on-site laundry facilities, all while staying seamlessly connected with high-speed WIFI.
This winter discover the enchantment of Osoyoos and visit Destination Osoyoos—let its magic create memories that linger in your heart forever.
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