Spirit Ridge: Activities in the Area
Biking and Hiking
Osoyoos is an ideal destination for the avid outdoorsman. Regardless of whether you prefer to see the scenery and wildlife while you walk through the trees or if you prefer the speed of biking, Osoyoos has many pathways for you to enjoy. Listed below are some of the many places to explore. If you’d like more information please contact Guest Services by dialing “0”.
- Bike Rentals
The front desk offers mountain bike rentals – ask Guest Services for more information.
$28.00 – Half day
$40.00 – Full day
This 4 km trail offers stunning views of the western portion of the Okanagan valley and Osoyoos Lake. You can turn off this trail to hike your way to the summit of Anarchist Mountain (1480m) with a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. To get there, travel East on Hwy 3 for 17 km then turn North on Lamont Road. The Over the Top trailhead will be on the right. After 2 km, follow this trail for 600m and take the left side of the fork.
Bicycling & Hiking Trail of Oliver
The International Bicycling and Hiking Society of Oliver welcome outdoor recreationalists from all over the world to enjoy the trail along the Okanagan River. The trail measures 18.4 kilometres in length, stretching from the head of Osoyoos Lake to McAlpine Bridge. Paved sections make the trail accessible to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts including cyclists, hikers, strollers, rollerblades, horseback riders, and wheelchairs. Parking and access are located at many points along the trail. The trail has washroom facilities and access to a dozen wineries.
Golden Mile Hiking Trail
This gravel trail, ideal for both hiking and biking, winds along the foothills of the west side of the valley, providing outstanding views of Oliver and the surrounding valley and mountains. The trail is about 6.5 km long, with the return trip along the valley orchards adding another 3.5 km. Park at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and follow the directions along rural roads past cherry, apricot, peach, apple and pear orchards and along the edge of the driving range of the renowned Fairview Mountain Golf Course. Continue up the road to the heritage town site of Fairview where you’ll find a kiosk that provides historical information about the early days of the South Okanagan Valley. A sign marks a 200 metre detour to the Stamp Mill ruins. At the mill site are the remains of stone walls that were built over 100 years ago - a great place to have a picnic and listen to the birds.
Haynes Point Provincial Park
Surrounded by warm water and sandy beaches, Haynes Point sits on a pencil of land jutting into Lake Osoyoos, just 2 km south of Osoyoos off Hwy 97 onto 32nd Avenue. Features of the park include a natural marsh rich in birdlife such as canyon wrens, marsh wrens, white-throated swifts and red-winged blackbirds. A gravel trail leaves from the information kiosk across from the amphitheatre and enters the marsh, crosses a footbridge that spans a beaver dam, and continues through level grassland rimmed by marsh vegetation. Interpretive programs are offered from mid-June until Labour Day.
Hiking & Biking at Apex Mountain
This ski resort has great hiking and biking in the summer months! Wander alpine meadows and discover incredible wildflowers. Enjoy breathtaking scenery while looking for deer, ground squirrel, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife. Terrain ranges from easy fire roads to mellow trails to technical steeps. Apex is a 30 minute drive west of Penticton.
Inkameep Provincial Park
Nestled in tall cottonwoods and riverside thickets along the Okanagan River, this park protects a few hectares of rapidly diminishing habitat. Short trails lead from the campground to a short section of the dike on the river. It is a scenic walk along the river amongst old-growth cottonwood trees with plenty of opportunities for bird-watching. For further hiking, visitors must leave the park and drive to the other side of the river where the dike runs all the way to Osoyoos.
Mount Kobau Trails
There are two marked trails on the top of Mt. Kobau; one of the highest peaks is a 5 km loop that provides great views along alpine meadows. The Testalinden Trail begins at the parking area atop the mountain (access via Hwy 3, approximately 11 km west of Osoyoos, then 17 km along a gravel/dirt access road).
NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre’s Village Trail & Loop Trail
NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre explores the dynamic cultural heritage and the beautiful desert landscapes. Included in your entrance fee are guided and self-guided interpretive trails that roll through 50 acres of sage grasslands and ponderosa pine forests. The wheelchair accessible trail includes benches and shady areas where visitors can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Osoyoos Lake and the surrounding cliffs.
South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area
The Richter Pass has long been a priority for conservation efforts in the Okanagan, as it represents one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada. The protected area comprises four sites: Mt. Kobau, Kilpoola, Chopaka East and Chopaka West. The protected area has no developed trails; however there are opportunities for hiking on the old roads that traverse the sites. Access to the sites is via Hwy 3 and Kruger Mountain Road, 9 km west of Osoyoos.
There are several local gyms and fitness centres that welcome guests.
This Yoga studio offers a variety of Yoga and Pilates sessions. Additional classes include Belly Dancing, Funk Fitness and Bosu Bootcamp.
Osoyoos International Curling Club
Regular league play (Men, Women, Mixed, Juniors and Seniors) occurs from October to March, Monday to Friday. Visitors and new members are always welcome!
9501 Hummingbird Lane
- Curves for Women
Curves offers exercise and lifestyle advice for woman of all ages.
1 - 9150 Main Street (Lakeview Plaza)
- Sonora Centre
This recreation complex is conveniently located close to downtown and offers various activities for the family.
Osoyoos has public courts located beside the high school.
- Vengeance Lifestyles & Fitness
Vengeance Fitness offers a full range of fitness equipment for every individual.
8905 97th Street
Museums are a great way to learn about the Osoyoos area – both the past and the present.
NK'MIP Desert Cultural Centre
The spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is the Okanagan’s newest family tourism destination. The state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences.
1000 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos
Osoyoos Desert Society
The Desert Centre is an interpretive education and research facility offering insight into this sensitive ecosystem, its plants and animals.
8711 Main Street
Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad
An incredible amount of attention has been paid to every little detail in this miniature world depicting all aspects of real life, with more than 4000 hand-painted little people, a working Ferris wheel and a ski lift.
11611-115th Street (Buena Vista Industrial Park off Hwy 3)
Osoyoos Art Gallery
The Osoyoos Art Gallery provides a showcase for painters, potters and sculptors of the Okanagan valley. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and open year-round.
8713 Main Street
Osoyoos Museum Society
Run by volunteers the collection is focused on Osoyoos and Okanagan history. It contains war memorabilia, First Nations children’s drawings and a sizeable butterfly and insect collection. The museum is open from May to September and for special events during the rest of the year. In July and August it is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
19 Park Place
British Columbia Visitor Centre - Osoyoos
Hours: 7 days a week. July – Aug from 8:00am - 8:00pm - Sept to June from 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Centre is an excellent source of information on traveling, sightseeing and touring Osoyoos and the Okanagan Valley. Their professional and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to provide you with information on activities in the area.
Junction of Hwy 3 and Hwy 97
Toll Free: 1-888-676-9667
In addition to the Sonora Dunes Golf Course, there are many other options for those who wish to experience a variety of challenges.
Sonora Dunes Golf Course
Hours: Dawn to Dusk, 7 days a week. Closed during the winter season until February.
Golf at your doorstep! This unique 9-hole desert links course is nestled among the rolling desert hills and the lush vineyards of Osoyoos. This par-35, 2523-yard golf course is surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of Canada's only true desert. The course is located directly across the street from the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa lobby entrance. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the solitude offered by this one of a kind natural setting. The clubhouse features a casual grill menu with covered patios and open deck areas overlooking the shores of Osoyoos Lake. Please book a tee time.
Ph: 250-495-4653 or dial extension 5013
Osoyoos Golf & Country Club
This 36-hole Championship Course brings together ideal desert climate and picturesque Okanagan surroundings. Perched high above the town of Osoyoos with views of mountains, Osoyoos Lake, and the desert it offers a unique golfing experience.
NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course
Located on the east side of Oliver, about 20 minutes from Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, this 18 Hole Championship Course is open to the public. Facilities include a driving range, putting and chipping greens, practice area and practice holes. Clubhouse facilities include a licensed lounge/bar, restaurant, patio, deck, and beverage cart.
Fairview Mountain Golf Club
This mountainside course features distinctly different holes and constant elevation changes. This veritable oasis among the orchards is a challenge for any level of golfer. This 18-hole Championship Course was rated 18th on Score magazine’s list of the top 100 golf courses in Canada. Power cart and club rentals are available. CPGA professionals on staff for lessons and clinics, please call ahead for availability. Fairview also has an outdoor barbecue and patio area for your enjoyment.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Close to Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Mt. Baldy is a great family ski destination. Mt. Baldy offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There is a day lodge, restaurant, pub, ski shop, rentals and lessons.
- Apex Mountain Resort
Near Penticton, Apex was rated “Best Small Destination Resort” by Ski Canada Magazine. This resort includes a variety of terrain including legendary chutes, powdery glades, smooth cruisers, and even a world cup aerial site. Apex also offers a tube park, cross country trails, night skiing, outdoor hockey/skating rink, sleigh rides and snowmobile tours. The Snow Sport & Adventure Centre features the Ski and Snowboard School, Kid’s Club and a reservation centre for all resort activities.
- Big White Ski Resort
The drive is a bit longer, but if you are looking for a big ski experience, this is your hill. Facilities include ski shops and rentals, repair shops, ski school, spas, day care, grocery and liquor stores, restaurants, lounges and pubs. Another great feature is the Mega SnowCoaster, the largest mountain tube ride in North America. Other fun activities include skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
- Silver Star Mountain Resort
One of British Columbia’s most popular ski areas, Silver Star is located 22 km from Vernon. Enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, night skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and sleigh rides. The village has numerous food and beverage outlets, ski shops and rentals, gift shops and lessons. Silver Star also has a daycare, skating rink and other amenities for you to enjoy.
With Lake Oyosoos and other waterways so close to Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, why not take advantage and experience the many activities it has to offer.
A short stroll through the vineyard brings you to Osoyoos Lake, our private beach, marina and boat rentals. If you are looking for variety, enjoy the sun at beaches in town including Gyro Beach, Kinsmen Beach, Legion Beach, and many other public beaches. Ask Guest Services for directions.
While Osoyoos Lake is well known to water skiers and sun bathers, anglers can find a variety of fish in the warm waters. The lake supports approximately 30 species of fish, including Largemouth Bass, Trout, Kokanee, Perch, and White Fish. Spring and fall are the best times to catch Rainbow Trout and Kokanee, but Bass peaks in the summer. Please note that in British Columbia, every angler over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license.
- Osoyoos Sailing Club
Visit the Osoyoos Sailing Club to learn about sail training courses, power boat operator certification, tying sailor’s knots, and more! Membership is open to all, and anyone interested is encouraged to drop by on a casual basis. Facilities include parking, lockers, showers, kitchen and a clubhouse.
8015 Spartan Drive
- Wakepilot Wakeboarding
There is no better way to experience Osoyoos Lake than with Wakepilot. Their coaches have the skills and experience to teach every level of wakeboarding, surfing, or water-skiing.
Starting in Osoyoos and continuing as far north as Salmon Arm, there are over 60 wineries marked on the Okanagan Wine Route. Look for the grapes symbol posted on road signs throughout the Okanagan Valley. Wine tasting is a great way to spend an afternoon, however, we recommend that you consider a designated driver if you are visiting more than a few in one day. Better yet, let us help you arrange a wine tour! Hours of operation are subject to change, please confirm with the winery beforehand.
Nk’MIP Cellars Winery
North America’s first aboriginal owned and operated winery. Nk’MIP Cellars currently produces Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot varietals, using grapes from the Osoyoos Indian Band’s own NK’MIP Vineyard.
1400 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos
- La Stella Winery
8123 – 148th Avenue Osoyoos
- Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery
3628 Hwy #3, Osoyoos
- Jackson-Triggs Vintners
All Jackson-Triggs Estate VQA wines are created by highly talented professionals whose expertise and artistry, combined with Jackson-Triggs advanced wine making technology, equipment and viticulture practices, ensures that each wine meets world-class standards.
38691 - 97th Street (Hwy 97), Oliver
- Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers a truly unique wine experience. Visitors will find a lush vineyard with views of the grape crush pad and interior galleries overlooking the stainless steel tanks, oak barrels and the cellar below.
32830 Tinhorn Creek Road (Road No. 7), Oliver
- Hester Creek Estate Winery
Hester Creek Estate Winery is one of British Columbia’s most awarded estate wineries.
13163-326th Avenue (Road No. 8), Oliver
Inniskillin Okanagan Wines
Inniskillin established an estate winery in the Okanagan in 1994, located on the south-eastern facing slope of the South Okanagan valley.
322 Avenue, Oliver
Domaine Combret Estate Winery
Each harvest has proven the site selection was a wise one, as Domaine Combret wines have won many national and international awards.
32057C 131 Street, Oliver
Road 13 Winery & Vineyards
A selection of European cheeses and fresh-baked baguettes, along with other gourmet items, are offered through the summer months for picnic lunches.
13140-316A Avenue, Road No. 13, Oliver
Tours and tastings are by appointment only.
29690 Hwy 97, Oliver
Carriage House Wines
Carriage House Wines is a small family owned and operated winery that specializes in Kerner, a German varietal, in both dry and off-dry styles. For red wines, they offer Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
32764 Black Sage Road, Oliver
Silver Sage Winery
Set on the bank of the Oxbow Creek which meanders gently through the vineyard, Silver Sage Winery offers a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
32032 87th Avenue, Road No. 9, Oliver
Black Hills Estate Winery
The rugged desert earth, long sunlight hours and cool nights yield the intensely flavoured grapes that are blended to produce the Bordeaux-style Nota Bene, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend Alibi, and late-harvest Sequentia wines. Tours and tastings by appointment only.
30880-71st Street (Black Sage Road), Oliver
Desert Hills Winery
Visit the charming wine shop and spectacular estate and state-of-the-art processing facilities.
30480-71st Street (Black Sage Road), Oliver
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
With its dramatic vantage point in the middle of the vineyard, Burrowing Owl is a winemaking facility that combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions.
100 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver
Le Vieux Pin Winery
5496 Black Sage Road, Oliver
Wine Pairing Tips
Years ago, it was considered to be a social “faux pas” to break the golden rule of wine: red wine with red meat, white wine with fish and white meats. That rule does not take into consideration the complexity of today’s multi-ethnic, subtly flavoured foods and the range of wines from around the world that are now available to almost everyone.
The good news is that it’s impossible to ruin a good meal if you select a wine that you enjoy, regardless of what the “wine experts” say. There is a considerable amount of room for experimentation and expression of your own personality in pairing food and wine. The right wine can enhance the flavour of food – a good match will bring out the nuances and enhance the flavours and unique characteristics of both the food and the wine.
We invite you to use these wine & food pairing guidelines to get the most out of your Okanagan wine adventure.
- Balance Flavour intensity -Full-bodied wines should go with heartier, more flavourful dishes, while light-bodied wines should be paired with lighter fare. A full-bodied, heavier wine will overpower a light, delicate dish and similarly, a lighter style wine will not be able to compete with the flavour of something like a hearty roast.
- Consider how the food is prepared - Is it grilled, roasted, or fried? Delicately prepared foods (poached or steamed) pair best with delicate wines. What type of sauce or spice is used? Pair the wine with the sauce, seasoning or dominant flavour of the dish.
- For every food action, there is a wine reaction -Wine drunk by itself tastes different than wine with food, because wine acts on food similar to the way a spice does. Acids, tannins and sugars in the wine interact with the food to provide different taste sensations.
- Sweet foods like Italian tomato sauce, Japanese teriyaki, and honey mustard glazes will make a wine seem drier than it really is. We recommend an off-dry (slightly sweet) wine to balance the flavour such as Chenin Blanc, White Zinfandel or Riesling.
- High acid foods like salads with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, soy sauce, or fish served with a squeeze of lemon go well with wines higher in acid such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. White Zinfandel, although not as high in acid, can provide a nice contrast to high acid foods.
- Bitter and astringent foods like a mixed salad of bitter greens, Greek kalamata olives, or charbroiled meats accentuate a wine’s bitterness, so compliment it with a full-flavoured fruity wine such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Big tannic red wines like many red Zinfandels, and Shiraz or Syrah wines will go best with your classic grilled steak or lamb chops, as the fat in the meat will tone down the tannins (bitterness) in the wine.
Osoyoos is a family friendly environment, with activities to delight all ages. Below are some activities that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Osoyoos is paradise to bird watchers! Unusual and captivating wildlife can be viewed at the marshes at the head of Lake Osoyoos (take Hwy 97 north and turn right on Road No. 22). You’ll be amazed to see Canada’s smallest hummingbirds, bats, canyon wrens, sage thrashers, and brewer’s sparrows.
Fruit and Vegetables
From farmer’s markets to roadside stands, U-pick farms and orchard tours, there are many ways to participate in the bounty of fruit and vegetables that return every spring through autumn.
Kobau Bowling Center
Play 5 pin bowling, fun for the entire family, at Kobau Lanes. You will love the Extreme Bowling with lights, lasers and music! Hours vary, so call ahead.
8404 97th Street , Osoyoos
Lakeview Carriage Company
The Lakeview Carriage Company will take you on a classic carriage ride in a group-size wagon, an intimate “ride for two”, or a genuine sleigh pulled by the Usher family’s Happy Clydesdales. Please call ahead to make a reservation.
- Oliver Theatre
The Oliver Theatre plays first-run features.
6387 Main Street, Oliver
Ph: 250-498-2277 (show times)
Rattlesnake Canyon Amusement Park
With wild rides on the Go-Karts to a great game of mini golf, there is hours of fun for the entire family. The newly renovated authentic windmill has over 80 flavours of ice cream for you to choose from.
5502 Main Street, Osoyoos
Great Horned Owl Eco-tours
Guided tours of the Okanagan.
3827 35 Street, Osoyoos
Family fun on the water! Wakeboarding, surfing, tubing, jet skiing, parasailing, and boat rentals.
8000 45th St, Osoyoos (Nk’Mip RV Park and Campground)
Ph: 250 486 5770
Canada-USA Border Crossing
Approximately a 10 minutes drive from Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa is the USA Boarder Crossing. Exit Spirit Ridge property and follow Rancher Creek Road into 45th Street. Turn right onto Main Street and then turning left onto Hwy 97. Follow Hwy 97 south to the Canada/USA border crossing. Please be advised that as of June 1, 2009 Canadians require a passport to enter the USA by land.