Get away to B.C.'s Okanagan Valley

Enjoy water sports, great produce, wines, and other epicurean treats

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Small and uncomplicated, with recently renovated motels and new restaurants, Osoyoos and the dry country around it mark the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert. While you'll find more outdoor recreation farther north, some of the Okanagan's best wineries are along the Golden Mile between Osoyoos and Oliver; this is also where the region's First Nations culture is most visible. Destination Osoyoos Visitor Info Centre, junction of Hwy. 97 and Hwy. 3; 250/495-3366.

 Osoyoos Desert Centre. Guided natural-history tours take visitors on a mile-long boardwalk that leads through the endangered antelope brush ecosystem in these 66 acres of protected desert habitat. Daily to mid-Oct (call for tour times); $6. 2 miles north of Osoyoos off Hwy. 97; 250/495-2470.

Nk'Mip Desert & Heritage Centre. Pronounce it inkameep. A visitor center and more than a mile of trails that loop past a reconstructed traditional Okanagan village reveal this native culture. Daily through Sep; $7. 1000 Rancher Creek Rd.; 250/495-7901.


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