Hotel at a Glance: Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel
As the name suggests, the Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel is a waterfront property, sitting on the shore of freshwater Osoyoos Lake. A stroll on the private beach offers views of the gently rolling Okanagan mountains. If you fancy a swim, head to the indoor pool. Little ones can whip down the corkscrew water slide as adults relax in the hot tub.
- Made-to-order pancakes and other tasty items are available at the complimentary continental breakfast.
- Freshly brewed Starbucks coffee: Brew your own in your room’s coffee maker. Some units also offer full kitchens, and all available rooms feature balconies overlooking the lake.
- Tee off at the 36-hole course at nearby Osoyoos Golf Country Club (1.5 miles away).
- Stuff to do: Learn about local pioneer and ranching history at the Osoyoos Museum, or go wine tasting, offered year-round at various nearby wineries.
- Notable accolade: 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Osoyoos, British Columbia: Wineries, and Aboriginal Culture in Canada’s Only Desert
Osoyoos sits at the southern end of Okanagan Valley, a 110-mile stretch featuring deserts, lakes, mountains, and vineyards. The varied terrain lends to numerous possibilities for outdoor activities. Many travelers fish and go boating at Osoyoos Lake; the desert heat in Okanagan Valley can heat the water to a balmy 75 degrees Fahrenheit during warmer months, drawing visitors and locals to its miles of sandy beaches.
Osoyoos is home to the Osoyoos Indian Band, which operates one of North America’s first aboriginal-owned wineries. Adjacent to the vineyard, the same indigenous group also founded the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, which details the history of the area with indoor and outdoor galleries and daily trail walks.