Today was our full day in Osoyoos. It was also a first for Travis and I to spend so much time there, as we had only driven through town before. It was quite a full day, and yet we only scratched the surface!
The first stop of the day was the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre. This is a great place to learn a bit more about the local aboriginal culture, but mostly it offers the opportunity to explore the Okanagan scenery. Osoyoos is actually the warmest place in Canada, and located in the start of the Sierra Nevada desert. Technically the natural landscape of the Okanagan is shrub-steppe, and something that is very different of the rest of Canada. Sagebrush, low vegetation and cacti are common sights.
Located adjacent to the cultural center is a resort, and a winery. Nk’mip Cellars was the first North American winery owned and run by aboriginals, so it is pretty special in that sense. We decided to head to the winery for a tasting, and for lunch. It was nice to sit outside in the shade and enjoy the views!
After lunch we drove to LaStella in Oliver for more wine tasting. LaStella does more of a Italian style of wines, and gave us the best tasting as of yet. It was really nice to get to try different years side-by-side: it shows just how much the weather can affect the flavours of the grapes. And having a new glass every time was a nice touch! They make fantastic wine, well worth the price.
After this we headed back to the hotel to relax and hang out. We laid down by the pool, dipped our toes in the lake, and read.
Soon enough it was time to head out for dinner. We had made reservations at Burrowing Owl, a gorgeous winery (and resort) in Oliver. We took in the vast views, tasted lots of different wines, and had some pretty good food too.
When it was all over Travis had to head back home, so he could go to work tomorrow. My parents and I headed back to the hotel in Osoyoos, so we could enjoy a little bit more time in the region.