Oyama Lookout, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Oyama in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada is a beautiful little isthmus town nestled in between two gorgeous lakes(Kalamalka Lake and Wood Lake). Orchards, wineries, many beaches, zip-lining and hiking are just some of the attractions available in the summer months. Located in the Okanagan Valley, a truly unique and popular Canadian vacation destination. Here is a article we wrote of our experience with hiking up to the amazing Oyama Lookout, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
We found Oyama Lookout on google maps and getting there is pretty straight forward. We chose to park at the bottom of Oyama Lake Road near the popular Oyama Zip-Line and then walk up 5 km following along the road, but you can actually drive up the whole way if you have a good vehicle(not a car). There are some trails leading through the woods allowing for several short cuts. Keep in mind that this is not a true hiking trail and doesn’t have any markers leading to the lookout, but we wanted to get in a good hike so we walked up. The whole excursion took us around 3 hours of walking round trip.
The whole way up we never saw even one vehicle or person and around 2 km up we saw the last house and signs of people. So there were points in the hike where it got a little bit eerie and it seemed as if we were so far away from civilization yet we were a mere 5 minutes drive back to town. Maybe we’ve just seen one too many bear attack reenactment movies.
We hiked up in mid may which just so happens to be wildflower season in the Okanagan Valley and we were treated to mother nature’s beautiful array of colors.
The Okanagan Valley is a fairly hot and arid region, like no other in Canada and with a hardiness zone of 6a many plants here may not grow in other places within Canada. This allows for many different kinds of fruits and vegetables as well as wines to be cultivated here.
We saw these beautiful wild Clematis vines growing in the shade and wrapping themselves around trees.
Once at the top of Oyama Lookout you will be able to walk out onto a rocky cliff and have a great view, but you wont see the wooden platform from the main vantage point, so you will have to hike down a little trail to the right and it will eventually take you to the platform.
From the platform you can clearly see the small town of Oyama and the two lakes, Kalamalka Lake on the right and Wood Lake on the left.
Oyama Lookout is well worth a visit and we will most likely return in mid summer, when Kalamalka Lake puts on it’s famous display of incredible blue and green waters. I suggest making a day out of your trip to Oyama as the town has a nice summertime vibe and is the perfect place to relax on the beach after your visit to the lookout.