7 Things to do in Osoyoos & Oliver in Springtime
Springtime in Osoyoos and Oliver can feel magical, almost like you are being let in on a secret. Less crowds and idyllic weather provide the backdrop to a relaxing getaway with stunning views at every turn. It’s not all about the wine here, there are many other reasons to plan your springtime Osoyoos vacation…
Visit a Region in Bloom
Acres upon acres of blossoms light up the valleys and hills drawing visitors from all over. From early April to late May stroll down country lanes, taking in the beauty of apricot, peach, cherry, plum, pear and apple trees in bloom. Check out our blog post on Fruit Blossom and Harvest Times.
Canada’s Premier Outdoor Nature Celebration
During the May long weekend, Meadowlark Nature Festival offers over than 90 environmental tours and events held under the open sky, which take people from Canada’s unique desert to wetland marshes, grassland hills and alpine meadows. Enjoy festival activities led by prominent naturalists, educators, artists, experienced guides and scientists. Activities include guided walks & hikes, bird watching field trips, geology & history tours, horseback riding, cycling tours, canoe trips, photography workshops, indigenous cultural tours and kids events.
Hit the Links
Averaging over 2,000 hours of sun per year, Osoyoos/Oliver offers one of the longest, driest golf seasons in Canada. Vineyards, orchards, desert terrain, rolling hills, and expansive lake views make the golf courses in the area some of the most picturesque in the country. With fewer people on the courses and less expensive fees, you will be able to get more playing time for your buck in the off-season. Information and links to the the 4 local courses may be found here.
Sip and Savour
Visiting in the off-season means no crowds and the undivided attention of the winery staff. Depending on the winery, you may even be able to take a tour with the winery owner or winemaker him/herself. Top off your tastings with farm-to-table wine country cuisine at one of the award-winning winery restaurants. There are 39 wineries to choose from and if you visit over Easter, check out the adult Easter egg hunt at Liquid Winery.
Hook a Big One
As the southern-most lake in the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos Lake tends to warm up faster than the other lakes and provides an opportunity to get out on the water early in the season. The end of March and April present good Rainbow Trout fishing as warmer water temperatures kick start underwater ecosystems and fish become more active looking for food. Check out our blog post on Osoyoos Lake for more information on sports fishing.
Hike or Bike
Spring with its milder temperatures is the perfect time to explore local biking and hiking trails since many have little shade. From level paths to higher elevation hikes, there is something for every skill level. Unique desert plants, sage-dotted hills, orchards and wildflowers in bloom, provide postcard views – bring your camera! The Oliver Osoyoos Naturalist Club plans regular hikes and welcomes newcomers, including those vacationing in the area.
Treat yourself to a lakefront vacation at the spectacular 70 acre Cottages on Osoyoos Lake resort. The Beach House Osoyoos is a 3 bedroom beachfront vacation rental that sleeps 8 and has uninterrupted lake views from all its main rooms. Go for a kayak, meander the beautiful landscaped paths, stargaze from the outdoor hot tub, roast marshmallows on the beach, workout in the fitness room or simply take in the views with a glass of local wine. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Springtime Osoyoos and Oliver. What a magical season, giving travelers an opportunity to beat the summer/peak season crowds and get more out of their precious vacation time.