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To experience Canada’s Warmest Welcome, you only have to reach across the Washington State border. Once upon a time, like most towns in these parts, it was a railroad whistlestop. Today, it’s one of the most popular places in Canada for retirees. The average age in Osoyoos is 55.4; it’s 40.8 in the rest of British Columbia. Many of the town’s recent real estate projects and other development, and there’s been a lot of both lately, cater to people of this age. So, book an RV in Osoyoos and experience some of these things for yourself.
Retirees don’t go to a place like Osoyoos to get fitted for their rocking chairs. They go to experience things like Osoyoos Lake. It’s one of the largest lakes in British Columbia and also the warmest one. There are lots of trout, bass, salmon, and crappie in the lake. There are lots of watersports as well. You’ll find lots of water skiers and motorized vessels along with kayakers. There are also several good places to keep your Osoyoos RV rental right on the lakeshore.
S?i?s Provincial Park is on the western side of the lake. It’s an archaeologically significant site. Researchers have unearthed Okanagan artifacts that date back more than 4,000 years. The wetlands area is home to a number of delicate and beautiful flowers. Plus, the area’s wildlife population includes painted turtles, tiger salamanders, and western small-footed bats. It’s also a very nice place for an easy hike and an overnight camp. The park has very nice facilities, including a large restroom area, for campers and hikers.
Believe it or not, there actually is a desert in Canada. However, the Okanagan Desert is technically just a semi-arid shrub-steppe. Impress your friends and dazzle your dates with factoids like that. Whatever you call this ecosystem, it’s home to some plants and wildlife that are only indigenous to this area of British Columbia. As the area has grown since 2000, partially due to the popularity of Osoyoos rental RVs, much of the Okanagan Desert (and yes, we’re still calling it a “desert”) has been irrigated and converted to vineyards.
Spotted Lake is a cool little spot. The water is extremely alkaline and mineral-rich. As the water evaporates in the summer, these mineral deposits form “spots” on the lakebed. Because of the water’s unusual composition, the lake is a sacred spot and medicinal location for the Okanagan Syilx Indians. As such, Spotted Lake is fenced off, but visitors can still get a good look from inside or outside of their Osoyoos motorhome rentals.
Anarchist Mountain is not far from Okanagan Falls. It’s almost 5,000 feet high and has numerous hiking and mountain biking trails.
The award-winning Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre celebrates the area’s history, culture, and heritage. Outdoor and indoor exhibits tell the region’s stories. Some of the outdoor exhibits include replica Aboriginal structures; on the inside, there are hands-on exhibits and two movie theaters. Physically, the Centre has a unique rammed-earth facade that’s one of the largest ones in North America. There’s also the Osoyoos Museum Society, which is dedicated to pioneers. It has a number of interesting exhibits, and the Katie Lacy manuscripts are particularly enlightening.
Much of that pioneer spirit remains. From your camper rental in Osoyoos, you can experience that feeling for yourself. The adventurous spirit in this area, along with the unique natural beauty that’s unlike any other spot in Canada, makes Osoyoos a great place to spend a season.
The Island View RV Resort is one of the aforementioned RV parks that’s right on Lake Osoyoos. It features a private beach and kayak launch, along with laundry facilities, a shower area, and other amenities you’d expect at a first-class Osoyoos RV rental park. The Osoyoos Campground and Waterslides is a cool place as well. It’s open from May through September. The RV spots are all large and shady. In addition to three different waterslides, amenities include a concession area and a large picnic area. The Orchard is in nearby Oliver. Most of the RV sites here have fruit trees; all of them have full hookups with up to 50 amps of power. There’s also a private pool and hot tub, lots of propane barbecue grills, and a large clubhouse.
Places like Osoyoos and Naramata have a lot to offer in terms of cuisine. Try the BC Roll, which is basically Vancouver-style sushi. Fresh fruit and seafood are usually on the menu as well. When you travel in an RV, you can shop for your own groceries and experience these dishes for yourself.
Rev up that RV today, hit the open road, and don’t stop until you cross the border.