The culture and history of Osoyoos began thousands of years ago with the Aboriginal people of the Okanagan Nation, a branch of the Interior Salish.
It includes the fur trade, establishment of a border crossing and customs house, cattle ranching, gold mining, fruit growing and tourism. Successive waves of immigrants from Portugal and India have contributed to the strong agricultural economy and added to the rich multiculturalism of the community.
The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), one of seven member bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and recognized as a leader in economic development, holds 12,950ha/32,000ac of reserve lands adjacent to the town.
The OIB is an integral part of the community and operates a number of successful businesses such as Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Nk'Mip Cellars winery and Sonora Dunes Golf Course. Look for Aboriginal pictographs at several sites in the region, see artefacts at the Osoyoos Museum and gain insight into the ways of these ancient people and their connection with the land at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre.