Despite some localized flooding, Osoyoos and the South Okanagan are open for business.
That’s the message from Destination Osoyoos as the May long weekend approaches, the destination marketing organization Monday evening releasing a cordial welcome to visitors.
“Most of the community of Osoyoos and surrounding area remains unaffected, is open for business, and looking forward to exceptional weather for the coming May long weekend,” Destination Osoyoos says.
“Travelers are invited to check out everything the town has to offer beyond lake activities, including numerous wineries, interpretative and culture centres, golf courses, and the upcoming Osoyoos Medieval Faire.”
Hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, the unique shops along Main Street and a wide variety of restaurants are unaffected and ready to greet this season’s tourists, it reports.
The Osoyoos & District Museum has scheduled an open house for Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., allowing would-be patrons to wander through the museum for free.
And the Osoyoos Market on Main will be open for business between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at its central Main Street location, offering the best in local produce and fruit as well as many crafts and other items.
The welcome does come with a disclaimer.
“In an effort to decrease damage and in the interest of public safety, sẁiẁs Park (Haynes Point), Paradise Park, and area marinas are currently closed. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to limit activities on the lake to paddle boarding and kayaking and to avoid impacted areas.”
Destination Osoyoos also notes “all routes into Osoyoos are open,” including Hwy. 3 in both directions; travelers are encouraged to check Drive BC as conditions can change without notice.
The community is subject to some localized flooding. Fifty-three properties and two lakefront hotels have been evacuated and several blocks around the waterfront are closed to traffic.
Meanwhile, business owners in the community interested in sharing thoughts about their experience through this year’s flooding are invited to a special Business to Business gathering Wednesday evening at Destination Osoyoos’s visitor centre.
The informal meet-and-greet is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.