The Ultimate Guide to Osoyoos, BC

August 16, 2023
The Ultimate Guide to Osoyoos, BC

Featured Photo: Yinet Gomez (Mindful Studio) Photography

The Ultimate Guide to Osoyoos, BC

Osoyoos, BC is the perfect destination for weddings, elopements, honeymoons, romantic getaways, bach parties, and any other excuse you can find to get away!  Not only is British Columbia known for being one of the most scenic and hiker-friendly parts of Canada, but Osoyoos also has wineries, spas, and festivals – and with a Canadian desert AND the country’s warmest lake – what more could you ask for in a destination?!  Osoyoos is “Canada’s warmest welcome”, so keep reading to find the best spots in town to give your guests a warm welcome on your dream wedding trip!

Weddings & Elopements

Venues

Spirit Ridge Resort

Spirit Ridge has 13,440 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate a beautiful destination wedding. The Rooftop Terrace, one of these spaces, features nature-filled views and an open-aired bar. Spirit Ridge also boasts a wide variety of catering options, room blocks, and a honeymoon package.

 

Covert Farms Estate Winery

Covert Farms sits on two acres of event space, but with 650 acres of lush land behind it – creating a stunning backdrop for your wedding ceremony & events. Plus, there’s lots of delicious wine from the beautiful vineyards that surround your wedding day!

 

The Lookout Osoyoos

The Lookout is a private acreage that overlooks the town of Osoyoos, boasting a dining & dance floor, large patio, and gazebo for events. The Lookout is perfect for more intimate weddings with a private feel and space for up to 100 of your favorite people.  It clearly has unforgettable views for your ceremony and wedding portraits, too!

Yinet Gomez (Mindful Studio) Photography

 

Rehearsal Dinners

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

With panoramic views of the valley below, Miradoro is an elegant spot to host a rehearsal dinner with local ingredients, diverse wine, and meals prepared by an award-winning chef.

Row Fourteen at Klippers

Row Fourteen at Klippers serves locally sourced, creatively prepared food and bring the term ‘farm-to-table’ to a whole new level. Klippers offers full & partial site rentals, food and beverage services, accommodations for the perfect intimate event.

 

Phantom Creek Estates

At Phantom Creek, you can host your private rehearsal dinner while enjoying the stunning backdrop of the South Okanagan.  The restaurant partners with local farmers and producers to highlight the region and the seasons with their upscale meals and wine pairings.

 

Local Vendors

Bachelorette Parties

Stays

Safari Beach Resort

Safari Beach Resort is located on the shore of the warmest lake in Canada, where you can relax in the sunshine and swim with your girlfriends.  The condo style resort has space for everyone, and even includes a 400 square foot private beach (a great bach photo op for the instagram!)

 

Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel

The Coast Hotel is a relaxed, waterfront sanctuary with beachfront-view rooms, a hot tub, and a variety of thoughtfully designed accommodations – including free coffee in your room which is 100% necessary on a bachelorette weekend!

Casa Del Mila Oro Resort

Casa Del Mila Oro Resort contains condos and 3 bedroom townhouses for up to 8 guests, the perfect hotel to allow for your entire wedding party to stay together in one spot!  Plus you and your girls can enjoy the beach, pool, hot tub during your staycation.

Brunch Spots

Sugar Quail Bake Shop

With so much to do in Osoyoos, you can grab a quick pastry for fresh-baked brunch on the go!

Platinum Bench Estate Winery & Artisan Bread Co.

On a bachelorette trip, it’s never too early for a little wine!  If you *don’t* just want wine for brunch, though, Platinum Bench Estate offers the unique addition of fresh artisan bread baked on site using carefully curated sourdough starters. Have a brunch picnic with a charcuterie boards of their fresh baked bread, preserves, and local cheeses while overlooking the lush vineyards!

Group Activities

Skiing

If your bachelorette party is in the winter, the nearby high-alpine Baldy Mountain Resort will have fresh powder on the slopes for skiing & snowboarding with your besties. If anyone on the bach doesn’t want to ski, there’s also a ski lodge to hang out in with the Baldy Bar for food and drink at the resort!

Farmer’s Market

The Osoyoos Farmer’s Market runs May through to October at Town Hall Square every Saturday from 9am-1pm.  The market features live music, local vendors, and the perfect opportunity for a cute *hot girl walk* with your girls!

Pickleball

We have seen pickle ball take the world by storm as of late, and bachelorette parties are no exception.  A lot of bachelorettes incorporate some sort of active group event, to get everyone up and moving and enjoying the day.  Pickleball is so much fun and easy to learn, and available at the Desert Pickleball Club.

Shopping

Unity

Located in the heart of Osoyoos’ Main Street, Unity has been a local & visitor favorite in town since its’ opening in 1997.  The store is full of skateboards, beachwear, sundresses, shoes, and anything in between – with a local flare your girls can take home with them.

 

Elvis’ Fine Jewelry & Music Room

For a funky, unique store to visit while in town, hit up Elvis’ Fine Jewelry & Music Room.

Boutique at the Visitor’s Centre

The Osoyoos Visitor’s Centre has the perfect little shop for your bach babes to grab t shirts and souvenirs to take home and remember the best weekend!

We recommend visiting a winery (or 12!) with your girl group as well – you can find a list of our favorites at the bottom of this article!

Romantic Getaways & Honeymoons

Romantic Stays

Spirit Ridge (Hyatt)

Spirit Ridge – home to the Rooftop Terrace perfect for weddings – is also the perfect place for a romantic getaway. With only suites on property, you’re guaranteed to have a spacious, beautiful room. The resort has a spa, pool, fine dining, and even finer wine – with stunning vineyard views!

 

Walnut Beach Resort

Walnut Beach Resort has a frontrow view of the lake AND panoramic mountain views, so the late night wine sipping or daytime dips in the heated pool really can’t get more beautiful than they would be here!  The resort can add on even more romance with wine and chocolate strawberries for two.

 

Holiday Inn

A chain like Holiday Inn may not be your first thought when it comes to romantic hotels, but the location in Osoyoos has recent renovations, fine dining, and lakeside views that make it a gorgeous place to stay during an elopement or romantic getaway.

Spas

Levia Wellness Spa

Levia offers “Farm to Treatment Table” spa treatments, using homegrown herbs and house-blended scrubs. Enjoy a natural, genuine spa experience during a peaceful, couple’s massage.

Solterra Desert Spa

Solterra at Spirit Ridge is an “oasis in the desert” with its’ facials, massages, and body treatments.

 

Heaven on Earth

Relax and rejuvenate at Heaven on Earth – a wellness center who’s licensed practitioner has over 15 years of experience helping guests with their R&R!

Date Night Restaurants

Pointe 49 Kitchen & Bar

Designed as a classic bistro, Pointe 49 at Walnut Beach Resort offers approachable fare in a wine country relaxed atmosphere with lakefront views.

15 Park Bistro

At 15 Park Bistro, each locally sourced ingredient is elegantly composed to create vibrant & falvorful dishes intended to excite your palate and reflect the vitality of Osoyoos. To elevate your dining experience, each dish is paired with exceptional wines from the Okanagan Valley meant to enjoy while taking in the region’s beauty.

 

Diamond Steak & Seafood

With over 300 wines available, Diamond Steak & Seafood House offers the best wine selections in the Okanagan. The owners, Gus and Marina, celebrate their own long love story through the romantic dining experience at Diamond.

Romantic Activities

Horseback Riding

Explore Canada’s desert with your love on horseback.  Take a guided trail ride past stunning valley views overlooking orchards, vineyards and Osoyoos Lake. End the romantic horseback ride with a swim in the warmest lake in Canada!

 

Osoyoos Lake

ICYMI: Osoyoos Lake is Canada’s warmest freshwater lake – making Osoyoos an even more desirable destination to travel near and far to. The lake is a paradise, surrounded by scenic views and perfect for a romantic swim, picnic, paddleboarding session, or boat ride.  Make memories on the water, whether it’s the relaxing kind of romantic or a bit more of an adventurous bonding experience!

Wineries

Osoyoos is full of wineries, our favorite part of this romantic destination, and many of these wineries are located within the famous District Wine Village – a one-stop-shop containing 12 wineries, 1 brewery, 1 distillery and a restaurant!  Some of our top choices for wineries to visit at the Village include:

 

Book a wine country tour through the desert so you don’t have to lift a finger (other than your pinky on your glass) to be transported from one gorgeous vineyard to the next!

For even more amazing recommendations, travel packages, and help planning your trip itinerary – visit the Osoyoos site here. Enjoy your warm welcome to Canada, Rocky Mountain readers!
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