We had another travel reccomendation from quite a few people – to make sure we head south to Osoyoos. Osoyoos is a small community in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley – near the Washington border. The town’s population is 5,000 permanent residents, but swells dramatically in the summer. Osoyoos is often the hottest place in Canada in the summer. Temperatures typically reach mid 30s, and humidity is low. Winters are dry and mild.
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Agriculture is a primary component of the local economy. Orchards and fruit stands are abundant.
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Tourism is becoming increasing more prevalent. Osoyoos Lake is the warmest freshwater lake in Canada, with a reported average summer temperature of 24C.
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8 kilometres outside of Osoyoos is Spotted Lake. This body of water contains high concentrations of many different minerals, such as magnesium sulfate, calcium, sodium sulphates, silver and titanium. In the summer, the water evaporates leaving behind “mineral spots” which crystallize. It is believed that this water has healing powers and is sacred. Spotted Lake and the land surrounding is owned by First Nations – the site is fenced off from public access.
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We saw many of these deer on the drive to Spotted Lake.
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More to come on Osoyoos – we plan to return!


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