Also known as the desert of the Okanagan, Osoyoos Valley is the hottest spot in Canada. Some may say this is not only true for its climate, but also for the abundance of activities to do and places to see. One of the larger towns in the South Okanagan at 4800 residents, Osoyoos attracts visitors from all over the world for its beautiful scenery and its splendid vineyards. Osoyoos Lake provides a paradise for those who wish to venture out on the water as well as those who prefer to sunbathe at the beach. Priding itself as being a place where heritage and modernity cohabit, Osoyoos highlights the culture and traditions of the aboriginal people who have lived in the Osoyoos area many thousand years before the first European settlers arrived in the early 19th century. The name Osoyoos stems from the Okanagan language word suius, meaning “narrowing of the waters,” as it lies surrounding a bottleneck in Osoyoos Lake.