Destination guide

Sleep near the water in Osoyoos vacation rentals

The waterside living is easy in the Okanagan Valley! A vibrant small town on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, Osoyoos is surrounded by vineyards, desert, and mountains, so you'll be in outdoorsy heaven if you decide to spend your vacation here. Most Osoyoos vacation rentals are cottages or houses, so there's plenty of space to spread out if you're bringing the whole family. And bring them you should – there are dozens of activities on offer to entertain kids and adults alike, from swimming in the lake's warm waters in the summer to skiing in the hills in the winter.

History

The area surrounding Osoyoos has been home for hundreds of years to the Okanagan, a First Nations people whose territory sits alongside the US–Canada border in Washington State and British Columbia. Fun fact: In their native language, Osoyoos means "a narrow waterway" or "where land almost meets." Trapers and traders of European origin first arrived in the area in the early 1800s, and then came ranchers and gold miners, and eventually, a settlement in 1861. If you're keen to learn more about the area's history, head for the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives in the town centre.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Osoyoos

Are you hoping to find things to do in the area? Travelers enjoy Osoyoos for its golfing, boating and swimming. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Osoyoos a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mount Baldy Ski Area (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • Rattlesnake Canyon (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Nk'Mip Cellars (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Sonora Dunes Golf Club (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Osoyoos Golf Club (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Osoyoos

Travelers enjoy Osoyoos for its boating. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 84°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Osoyoos

Travelers appreciate the panoramic lake views and desert landscape, which is just a taste of what Osoyoos has to offer. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Osoyoos is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pioneer Walkway (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Haynes Point Provincial Park (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Anarchist Mountain Lookout (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Spotted Lake (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Osoyoos

Fly into Penticton, BC (YYF-Penticton Regional), the closest airport, located 30.2 mi (48.7 km) from the city center.

How to get around

Getting around from Osoyoos vacation rentals

Petite Osoyoos has a compact town centre, so you can walk from your vacation rental down to the lake's beaches and local parks, as well as to the town's shops and restaurants. If you want to get around on two wheels, though, there are bike rentals in town. There's a local bus service, too, but stops are limited and it's not much use to travellers, so local taxis are your best bet if you don't have your own wheels. Should you wish to go further afield, perhaps up to the mountains or to the desert, then having your own car is a must.

Food & drink 

Sample the most delicious dishes Osoyoos has to offer

You may come to Osoyoos for all that fresh country air, but the food's not bad either! In fact, the area surrounding your Osoyoos vacation rental is known for its commitment to sustainably grown local produce. Restaurants and cafes go to great pains to use seasonal fruits and vegetables, and come summer, you'll find open-air fruit stalls and markets across the region. And let's not forget about the vino. Osoyoos is known for its excellent local wineries, and you're welcome to visit and sample the wares, which include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir varieties.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Osoyoos vacation rental stay

There are just under 6,000 permanent residents in Osoyoos, a figure that swells during the winter and summer vacation seasons. The town sits in British Columbia's southern Okanagan valley, near the US border at Washington State. The terrain includes mountains, desert, and lakes, and the climate is generally hot and dry. In the summer, for example, it often has the highest temperatures in Canada. This destination is all about the outdoors, so make sure to pack good walking shoes, plus swimwear for the summer and snow gear for the winter months.

How many vacation rentals are available around Osoyoos?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 247 house rentals around Osoyoos. From 99 Houses to 64 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Osoyoos is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Osoyoos?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Osoyoos. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sonora Dunes Golf Club: 252 home rentals
  • Nk'Mip Cellars: 252 home rentals
  • Rattlesnake Canyon: 252 home rentals
  • British Columbia Visitor Centre at Osoyoos: 252 home rentals
  • Osoyoos Golf Club: 249 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Osoyoos listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Osoyoos?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 99 Houses in Osoyoos. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Osoyoos include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 64 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 27 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 27 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Osoyoos?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 164 vacation homes with pool available in Osoyoos.