Osoyoos Lake is the warmest lake in Canada and has become a popular spot for summer recreation and winter sporting events. Located in Osoyoos BC, and Washington state in the United States, the lake stretches 14 miles and it got its name from the word swiws (Okanagan Language) which means narrowing of the water.
About 17,000 years ago, a huge glacier during the Ice age gave birth to the Okanagan Valley. As the glacier retreated, its meltwaters gave rise to all the lakes in the Okanagan Valley including the Osoyoos Lake.
The lake has a system that starts Armstrong in northern Okanagan and is supplied by mountain snowpacks, and the flow continues through several lakes interconnected by the Okanagan River: From Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan, Vaseux, Skaha to Osoyoos Lake. The flow continues into the Okanagan River in the United States, to the Columbia River, and finally into the Pacific Ocean.
Osoyoos Lake has three basins – the South Basin, Central Basin, and North Basin. Of the three basins, the North Basin tends to be the deepest at 208 feet. Close to the United States border, it has a depth of 70 feet. The Osoyoos Lake State Park is situated on the shore of Osoyoos Lake.
Things to do in Osoyoos Lake
If you are planning on visiting Osoyoos Lake, there are dozens of things to get you thrilled. Whether you are visiting in summer or winter, Osoyoos Lake never fails to keep visitors entertained. If you are tired of the hustle and bustle in the town, taking a walk along the lake has a therapeutic effect on the mind. The temperature of the place is about 32 oC, no wonder it is referred to as Canada’s warmest lake.
The Osoyoos Lake is a perfect spot for water sports, fishing, kayaking, camping, and other recreational events. Although not too big, the lake is a beautiful place to visit with family and friends. The people of Osoyoos are very friendly, which makes your visiting worthwhile.
If you are looking for a bug-free place to have one of the most beautiful moments of your life, you wouldn’t want to miss visiting Osoyoos Lake. The Osoyoos Lake is no doubt one of the best places to vacation in Canada, thanks to its mild climate, not too much snow, and early spring. After spending time on the lake, you may want to cap your adventure by visiting one of the wineries for some amazing local-made wines.