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We uncover the top Osoyoos regenerative tourism destinations to recharge your mind, body and soul this summer, guilt-free.
Travelling these days can create quite the dilemma. The desire to explore new places often conflicts with a calling to protect the environment. Here’s the good news: there’s a place that is breaking the mould and showing us a different way forward—Osoyoos, where regenerative tourism is rewriting the rules of travel!
Located in the southernmost town in the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos is well-known for being a haven for wine enthusiasts, boasting Canada’s warmest freshwater lake set among captivating desert landscapes and bountiful fruits. However, what remains relatively unknown (until now!) is that Osoyoos goes beyond the confines of traditional eco-tourism and embraces regenerative tourism—adding a positive impact on the local community and environment.
Osoyoos is emerging as the go-to destination in Canada for environmentally conscious travellers seeking a slower pace during their vacation. Get ready to pack your bags and embark on a guilt-free vacation with our hand-picked selection of five regenerative must-dos during your stay.
A trip to Osoyoos wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Covert Farms. This regenerative, 650-acre estate enchants with sustainable practices and exceptional wines. Sample award-winning organic, estate-grown grapes like Chardonnay and iconic red blends. Unwind on the licensed patio, savour locally sourced delights and witness regenerative farming principles in action. Also, Covert Farms aims to become a dry farm by 2025, a remarkable feat that involves crop production without irrigation during dry seasons. Inspiring!
Indulge in the extraordinary at Backyard Farm Chef’s Table, where culinary magic meets regeneration. This private foodie experience takes you on a regeneration journey, bringing the table to the farm. Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s innovative approach to using only seasonal and sustainable ingredients has revolutionized agritourism. Immerse yourself in an intimate, multi-course demonstration where responsible farming takes the spotlight. Don’t forget to pre-book.
As a regenerative traveller, it’s essential to learn about our relationship with the land. What better way than to pick-your-own at Hillside Orchards. Join Heide Held and her family for a sustainable farm experience, where you can handpick from over 30 varieties of delicious, fresh produce and learn about the farming practices.
E-foils are the latest craze in eco-friendly watersports. Unleash your adventurous spirit and soar above the glistening Osoyoos Lake with Wakepilot’s thrilling E-foils. Feel the magic as you effortlessly glide on a hydrofoil surfboard, propelled by an electric motor. With a top speed of 40 km/h, you will literally be flying across the water.
Regenerative tourism is about immersive adventures that leave a lasting impact. That’s why a visit to the Osoyoos Desert Centre makes our list. Take a guided or self-tour of this 67-acre outdoor interpretive facility and stroll along the 1.5-kilometre elevated wooden boardwalk to learn about desert ecology, habitat restoration and conservation of endangered ecosystems in the semi-arid shrub-steppe. While you’re in the area, check out the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre— a remarkable testament to both eco-friendly architecture and conservation.
Discover more about Osoyoos’ thriving sustainability scene and why it has rightly earned the reputation of Canada’s Warmest Welcome. Visit destinationosoyoos.com for more information.