There are a number of different beaches, bays, and coves dotted around Osoyoos Lake, each with its own unique charms and draw points. Here’s our personal list of highlights.
Osoyoos Gyro Park
Location: 15 Park Place.
A close neighbour of Lion’s Park, Osoyoos Gyro Park is the town’s biggest beach – packed with all the amenities and aquatic adventure opportunities you need to while away the whole day.
This is the destination of choice for water sport fanatics, with its own floating docks and rental facilities right next to the beach. Locals and tourists alike flock here to go kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or just for a good old-fashioned swim.
As well as all that, there are soft sands galore, plenty of shade-giving trees, and washrooms at the beach. You’re primely located, just a few minutes walk from downtown where you can find all the cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops you could need. If you visit during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some live music on the concert stage here.
The view of Anarchist Mountain is unrivalled from this spot too, so if you’re a sucker for scenery, this could be the beach for you.
Cottonwood Park Beach
Location: Cottonwood Drive.
This lovely piece of sandy shoreline is a great place to rest in splendid view of the full majesty of Lake Osoyoos and the scenery behind it. The sand here is perfect for beach games and sandcastles too, plus there are public washrooms available.
Access to the lake is safe and convenient, and the water stays shallow for a long way out into the lake, making this perfect place to bring your kids or for less confident swimmers who still want to make a splash.
Dotted with memorial benches, colourful flower displays, and desert gardens, the adjoining parkland (pictured) is just as blissful as the sands themselves. (Check out this video to see the beach itself.)
Legion Beach Park
Location: 89 Street.
Over on the west side of Lake Osoyoos is another picture-perfect sandy cove, this time featuring a smattering of picnic tables for all your lunching needs. The sands are fine, bright, and abundant, and the water is as warm and welcoming as it gets.
There’s an adjoining grassy area here too, with plenty of shade from the summer sun thrown by large trees making it the perfect place to curl up with a book in the afternoon.
If you’ve brought a canine companion along on your holidays, there’s a stretch of Legion Beach that is dog-friendly – you can even let them have a little doggy paddle in the lake!
Lion’s Park Beach
Location: 8803 Spartan Drive.
One of the more popular and well-equipped beaches in the area, this place has everything you and your family need for a full day out in the sand.
You can find public washrooms, an excellent playground, and a boat launch here. There’s an adjoining parkland, plenty of picnic tables, and shady trees if you need to escape from the sun at any point.
Lion’s Park Beach is particularly well situated, with a bunch of coffee shops, restaurants, and other stores just a few minutes away.
Location: A short hike from Nk’Mip Campground.
The next beach on our list is a definitively unique location but requires a little effort to reach. Start by making your way to Nk’Mip Campground, where you will follow a well-signposted hiking trail for 30 minutes through the desert until you reach the dune itself.
The hike takes place on public-accessible Okanagan First Nations’ territory and features sublime views of the surrounding mountain landscape and Lake Osoyoos. Remember, you’re hiking in what is essentially desert, so pack plenty of water!
Once you reach the dune, explore and delight in the unspoiled wilderness, take a well-earned dip in the lake to cool off, and play the day away in the gorgeous sands. Being a wilderness beach, there’s not much in the way of amenities here – so remember to pack what you need for the day and leave no trace!
Osoyoos Lake Regional Park
Location: 1220 45 Street.
One of the wilder beaches around Osoyoos, this place lacks the same concentration of fine Caribbean-quality sand that defines many of the other beaches nearby. However, it more than makes up for it with spectacular wild surroundings and views, including the town of Osoyoos itself to the north.
There’s a parking lot next to the beach, plus washrooms and picnic tables. This is our recommended destination of choice for packing a nice big picnic.