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is located in the southern most region of British Columbia's Okanagan
Valley. This 1995 "Communities in Bloom" award winner
is at the crossroads of two of BC's main highways, Hwy. 97 and
Hwy. 3. Hwy. 97 runs north to Alaska and South to Mexico. Hwy
3 runs west to Vancouver and east to the Alberta Border. Only
5 minutes from the Canada/U.S. Border, Osoyoos, is strategically
located for exporters. The Town's population is 4,600 with approximately
2,200 in the surrounding area.
Osoyoos comes from the Native American name "Soo-yoos"
- a narrow point where two lakes come together. Osoyoos is home
to Canada's only "Arid Desert" and is surrounded by
lush fruit trees and towering mountains. It's breath taking beauty,
warm winters and hot summers make Osoyoos an ideal vacation spot
any time of the year.
A full range of services and amenities are available
in the community. There are 2 large grocery stores, a drug store,
over 100 merchants and service businesses, 2 medical offices,
schools, a public recreation facility, ice arena, curling rink,
library and a RCMP detachment. Hospital services are available
in Oliver, less than 20 minutes away. The Kettle Valley Railroad
Trail, touring local wineries, swinging the clubs on one of our
local golf courses or simply a day in the sun at one of the many
beaches, are just some of the things that you can see and do here.
Lake Osoyoos is the focal point of the town and
extends along the valley 16km north and south into the USA. Although
boaters have free access to the USA side of the lake, permission
from US Customs must be obtained prior to crossing the Border
by boat. The lake has an average summer temperature of 24°C
(70°F) and rarely freezes over in the winter. Numerous public
beaches and parks are ideal for children and water skiers as they
are shallow and sandy along the shore. There are several boat
launches and 3 marinas for those who wish to rent power boats,
sea-doos, windsurfers or a paddle boat.