Day 1: Vancouver to Osoyoos

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
Trip End Jul 05, 2012

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Spotted Lake Osoyoos
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Grist Mill

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, June 30, 2012

On Day 1 of the roadtrip, I travelled from Vancouver to Osoyoos, British Columbia. I have never travelled through southern British Columbia and Alberta so tried to pick some of the bigger attractions to visit within a reasonable timeframe.  


1.  Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos

The Nk'Mip interpretive centre is constructed into a hillside of Canada's only desert. The goal of the Centre is to share the living culture of the First Nations people of the Okanagan as well as highlight the significance of the history of the Inkameep School and Art.  The history of the Inkameep Art is facinating and the gift shop sells an excellent book titled "Nk'Mip Chronicles: Art from the Inkameep Day School" which gives a complete history of a little known Canadian treasure.

** NOTE:  There is a coupon available on the Nk'Mip Cultural website which gives 10% off admission as well as purchases from the gift shop.

2.  Grist Mill in Keremeos

An authentic water-powered flourmill dating to 1877.  This is the last remaining such mill in British Columbia and has been restored to working order. The mill is in a delightfully bucolic setting, enhanced by well-manicured gardens and an orchard planted with the same species recorded as being present over 100 years ago.

3.  Spotted Lake in Osoyoos

Spotted Lake is a naturally occurring phenomena 9km west of Osoyoos.  The lake produces pools of psychedelic colors from a high concentration of calcium, sodium, magnesium sulphates and other minerals which crystallize and reflect the sunny sky.  Permission is needed from the Osoyoos Indian Band to explore the lake so you can only view from a highway reststop.

Restaurant Recommendation:

CampoMarino Cafe & Restaurant at 5907 Main Street (Highway 3)

I had the chicken marsala and highly recommend it! ($21)
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