Welcome to your Best Ever Guide to Osoyoos Camping!

To the south of the Okanagan Valley’s jewel city of Kelowna lies the town of Osoyoos. For intrepid explorers making their way through the area, the small 5000-population town of Osoyoos is one of the most popular camping spots for outdoor adventures, touring Osoyoos Wineries, and making a splash in the waters of Canada’s warmest lake.


As a self-proclaimed lifestyle community, the people of Osoyoos know how to live well. In fact, life is so good here that the township has become one of Canada’s leading retirement destinations. Don’t let that fool you though, there is more than just sleepy afternoons and sun-soaked tranquillity to be found here.

Welcome to our guide on how to get the most out of your Osoyoos camping trip, whether you’re here to explore the various semi-arid biomes of one of the country’s most biodiverse areas, enlighten yourself with more than 4,000 years of rich First Nations history, sample the world-famous Okanagan terroir of the local award-winning wineries, or get your blood pumping with outdoor activities that span the local trails, lakes, and mountainscapes, our Osoyoos camping guide has you covered.

Get To Know Osoyoos

First, let’s learn a litle bit more about this amazing little town of Osoyoos.

Clues from the local rocks and ancient oral traditions point to the existence of communities here as far back as 4,000 or more years ago. These were Interior Salish peoples, whose direct descendants, the Okanagan and Syilx First Nations, still call this area their home today. You can get an insight into what life for these folks looked like all those years ago when you visit the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, which you can see in more detail further down the page.

It was the Okanagan First Nations who gave Osoyoos its name, Soo-yoos, which refers to the narrow waterway found where the two opposite shorelines of Osoyoos Lake almost meet. The ‘O’ was added much later by European settlers, seeking aesthetic unity with the other O- prefixed locations in the Okanagan.

The first time non-natives reached this land appears to be around 1500, when Spanish conquistadors passed through on their unsuccessful search for the mythical gold city of El Dorado. It wasn’t until 1811 that the fur trade brought the first European settlers here, followed by gold rushers in the 1860s, the first commercial orchard in 1890, and finally the official incorporation of Osoyoos as a village in 1946.

Today, Osoyoos and the surrounding areas (which many call the Okanagan Desert, despite it not technically quite achieving desert status due to a touch too much rain) frequently record Canada’s highest temperatures. Osoyoos Lake is known as Canada’s warmest body of water. The varied topology and habitats here include mountains, valleys, scrublands, wetlands, and coniferous forests – making the area one of the most biodiverse places in the country; home to half of Canada’s bird species and many plants that cannot be found elsewhere in North America, or even the world in some cases.

Don’t forget to check out our guide to the Best Ever Things To Do in Osoyoos to make the most of your Osoyoos Camping Trip!

The Best Ever Osoyoos Camping Spots

Nk’Mip Campground & RV Park

NK'Mip Campground Fisherman
NK'Mip Campground Osoyoos

If you’re heading to the South Okanagan area this summer, then you’ll find everything you’ll need at the eternally popular Nk’Mip Campground & RV Park. Offering incredible lakefront sites and easy access to private beaches and hiking trails, this area is an ideal base for outdoorsy folks.

Although the lakefront spots are booked well in advance, the entire campground is full of fantastic Osoyoos camping spots. We stayed just across from the row that backs onto the lake, and even though you are quite close to your neighbours, the amenities of the campground will give you one of the Best Ever Osoyoos camping experiences.

Among the facilities available at the resort, you’ll find the Spirit Beach Cantina, a private boat dock, a boat and trailer storage area, an indoor pool and hot tub, horseback riding, Wi-Fi, clean water, night security, and an onsite convenience store.

As you can see, you’ll truly want for nothing!

The major selling point of Nk’Mp Campground and RV Park is the lake. With temperatures in the water a perfect 24°C (75°F) during the summer months, it’s the perfect spot for cooling down when the desert heats up. You can either hit the water for some on-location jet skiing at Wake Pilot or settle in for frozen cocktails at the Spirit Beach Cantina

Arosa Ranch

A mere 20km from Osoyoos, Arosa Ranch is one of our favorite spots for camping in the area. Not only is it perched right by the Okanagan hills (talk about picturesque!), but the facilities on offer are truly excellent. You can choose from their luxurious guest suites and cabins or keep things rustic at their RV hookup and tented sites.

Naturally, you’ll pay slightly more for the guest suites vs. the RV or camping options, but the privacy you’ll get is worth the additional cost. All sites have access to the camp playground, forest trails, hot showers, an above-ground pool, parking, Nordic sauna, washroom, and outdoor dining areas. However, the suites feature king-sized beds, propane stoves, double sinks, fridges, and kitchenettes too.

The ranch is entirely family-run, and owners Maya and Thomas believe that nature has the power to restore anyone to optimal mental and physical health. Aiming to make their campsite as sustainable as possible, this location can’t be topped when it comes to eco-friendly travel.

Brookvale Holiday Resorts Inc.

Brookvale Resort Kids Park
Brookvale Holiday Resort Osoyoos

If you want to be close to the action in Osoyoos, then Brookvale Holiday Resorts is an excellent place to stay. Despite being just 5km from the center of town, Brookvale is perfectly quiet, and is right on the lake’s shoreline for sensational views. If you’d like to head slightly further afield to nearby points of interest, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Naramata, Penticton, and Summerland are all within an hour’s drive.

As a family-oriented campground, we wouldn’t recommend this spot for party animals. Seriously, if you make too much noise between 9 pm and 3 am, you might just be evicted! If you’re looking for a mellow spot offering plenty of activities for all ages though, then you simply can’t go wrong here.

In total, there are 52 campsites and 12 cabanas available for rent as well as 18 full-service RV sites. Facilities include coin-operated laundry, showers, a convenience store, drinking water, modern washrooms, security, and a great children’s play area. If you head out, you can explore the area’s water sporting opportunities, wineries, and golf courses.

Cabana Beach Campground

Cabana Beach Resort Osoyoos
Cabana Beach Osoyoos

Boasting 76 sites and access to nearby sandy beaches, it’s unsurprising that Cabana Beach Campground is one of the most popular summer Osoyoos camping spots. The main operating season here runs from May 15 – September 15 each year, and bookings should be submitted by email. Repeat customers can start submitting requests from the start of the season, but newbies will have to wait until June 1st to get in.

Believe it or not, this campground has been operating since the 1960s. So, it offers plenty of old-timey charm that keeps visitors coming back. But don’t let its age deceive you– the modern amenities here are amazing! Facilities include a laundry room, washrooms, hot showers, a playground, cabanas, cabins, and dedicated RV parking. Most RV sites have 15 or 30-amp sewer outlets, and cabanas have cold water taps and fridges included too. Unfortunately, the site isn’t pet-friendly, so you’ll need to leave any furry friends at home!

Before leaving, we recommend hiking down the signposted path on Lakeshore Drive. Not only is it a great way to get your steps in, but it provides unbeatable views of the lake and surrounding orchards in Osoyoos.

Gallagher Lake Camping & RV Resort

If you’re looking for a well-maintained resort that’s close to both Oliver and Osoyoos, then you can’t beat Gallagher Lake Camping & RV Resort. This large campground has 151 sites, making it one of the largest in the Osoyoos area. What’s more, it’s open year-round and just off Highway 97 for easy access – hurrah!

Amenities include power, showers, cabins and cottages, flush toilets, onsite water, a convenience store, a park host, Wi-Fi, beach access, a dumping station, and RV hookups. Should you need anything else, you’re only 10 minutes from the town of Oliver. You can also take advantage of your excellent location by paying the local hiking trails, orchards, fruit stands, and Oliver wineries a visit!

The Lakeside Resort

As you may have guessed from its name, The Lakeside Resort is a stunning waterfront campground that’s situated right on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake. Not only does this place boast a 500-foot private beach, but you’ll also be able to hire one of the campsite’s paddleboats to take out on the lake if you haven’t got the right gear.

Aside from Lakeside’s locational perks, you’ll also have 21 air-conditioned rustic cabins, 18 cabanas, and 54 shaded campsites to choose from. This allows everyone from glamping enthusiasts to wilderness explorers to find their perfect match. What’s more, as powerboats aren’t permitted anywhere nearby, this place is something of a quiet oasis in the Okanagan area.

Before we discuss the excellent activities on offer at this campsite, we thought we’d fill you in on the amenities provided. Suites come with a fridge, stove, microwave, dishes, cutlery, bathrooms, and linens. Your room will also be cleaned by a maid daily – lucky thing! If you’re staying at a cabana, you’ll have an outdoor kitchen with running water, a full-size fridge and freezer, and an enclosed bedroom area. For those in the camping area, expect 11 full hook-up sites, washrooms, sewer, and cable. Oh – and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, so don’t worry about that.

If you’re here for more than a couple of days, we highly recommend visiting the many hiking and biking trails nearby. If you’re traveling with kiddos, be sure to visit Tickleberries Ice Cream for some of the finest scoops in town. As you’re in the Wine Capital of Canada, it would be rude to leave without visiting at least one Oliver winery!

Apple Beach RV Park

Another excellent campground near Osoyoos that’s on the Tuc-el-Nuit Lake is Apple Beach RV Park. Sure, you may not have access to the luxurious cabanas and suites of The Lakeside Resort, but there’s still plenty to love about this family-friendly RV haven.

Amenities at this park include 30-amp power, water and sewage, showers, flush toilets, coin laundry, Big Rig spots, free Wi-Fi, and pull-thrus. If you’re bringing your canoe or kayak, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a small boat dock available for you right on-site. For parents traveling with little ones, we recommend using the shallow area around the dock to access the beach.

sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point)

Haynes Point Campground Osoyoos

If you want to stay in a Provincial Park as close to Osoyoos as possible without literally staying in town, then sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point) is the spot for you. Just 2.9km from the center of Osoyoos, this lakeside park pays homage to BC’s indigenous history and is considered an important cultural heritage site.

Due to its proximity to Osoyoos and its incredible facilities, booking a camping spot early is highly recommended during the busy summer months!

There are 41 vehicle-accessible campsites and 7 double sites available to book. In addition to the sites themselves, facilities include a boat launch, campfire rings, drinking water, picnic areas, and flush toilets. Although this may not sound like much, you’re sure to be impressed by the local activities on offer in Osoyoos.

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