This small town in British Columbia is home to Canada's warmest freshwater lake and is a wonderful summer destination.


Time to head to the lake! If you're looking for the perfect summer spot in BC, look no further than this charming little town.

Nestled in the stunning scenery of British Columbia lies a beautiful lake with tropical waters that will transport you to the Caribbean this summer.

Osoyoos Lake is a scenic vacation spot in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley known for its warm waters.

Located in the town of Osoyoos, the lake is known as the warmest freshwater lake in Canada, reaching an average temperature of about 24°C in July and August. For comparison, this temperature is about what you might experience if you were visiting Jamaica or Cuba.

Osoyoos Lake's warm temperatures make it ideal for swimming, boating, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, tubing or floating. It is accessible from dozens of points around Osoyoos, including downtown.

Aside from its water attractions, Lake Osoyoos is located in Canada's only desert and is surrounded by lush vineyards and orchards, making it a paradise for foodies and wine lovers.

Visitors can enjoy wine tastings at nearby wineries or sample fresh produce at local farmers markets while enjoying stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Several sandy public beaches surround the lake, including Cottonwood Park, with its colorful flower gardens, manicured greenery and a paved, wheelchair-accessible walkway, and Gyro Beach, the largest beach in Osoyoos, where you'll find plenty of shade trees, warm, shallow waters and swimming areas – all within walking distance of shops, restaurants and cafes.

You'll also find parks like Lion's Park, which has a large grassy area perfect for picnics, and a dog park where dogs are allowed to run off-leash and where you can bring your furry friend.

There are also numerous resorts around the lake with their own private beaches, such as the Walnut Beach Resort.

Located directly on the lake shore, the resort offers prime views of Osoyoos Lake, the surrounding mountain panoramas and the lush, vineyard-covered landscape.

For those looking for adventure, the area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring the great outdoors, whether it's on the scenic trails of nearby Mount Baldy or a leisurely bike ride along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

In addition, the area offers mountain viewpoints, bird watching, horseback riding, wakeboarding and surfing.

Whether you're looking for thrills on the water, relaxation on the beach or adventure in the great outdoors, Osoyoos Lake promises an unforgettable summer experience with all the atmosphere of a tropical vacation, just without the expensive plane ticket.

Before you go, check out our guide to responsible travel to ensure you are well informed, safe, cautious and, most importantly, respectful on your adventure.