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Let your inner spirit relax and soar at Spirit Ridge Resort and Spa



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By: Jonathon Reynolds


When driving east out of Osoyoos along Highway 3 – the Crowsnest Highway – a small subtle sign on the north side of the road reads Nk”mip Resort. Surrounding this turn off are orchards and vineyards with the brown desert hills of the valley rising behind them. A short drive down this road, passing wineries and fruit stands, brings us to the entrance to Spirit Ridge Resort and Spa. To our left is a well kept trailer park and campground running down to the water’s edge and to the right Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa rises above a vineyard like a pueblo village. The building sprawls across the hillside in a delightful tumbled on blocky shapes, accented by wooden beams and pergolas. As we drive up the long circling access road we pass a metal sculpture of an Indian on horseback.


Spirit Ridge Resort and Spa is the result of a partnership between the Osoyoos Indian Band and Bell Star Resorts. It really is a one stop vacation destination. Onsite there is good dining at three different restaurants – Mica for fine dining, the Patio at NK’Mip winery for aboriginal inspired food and Sonora Dunes Grill at the Golf Course. Add to this that every room is actually a full suite with a complete kitchen and there is really no reason to leave. The rooms are large, well furnished and ours had a great view over the lake and to the north. Sitting on the balcony at the end of the day and watching the sun set was a highlight of each evening.

If you are looking for something cultural, the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre is right beside the hotel. If you get a bit thirsty wandering around in the desert or through the vineyards close to the hotel, the Nk”Mip winery is right beside the check in entrance to the hotel. This was Canada’s first Aboriginal owned winery and is a great place to taste some wine and purchase some to take home – we particularly liked the golden coloured ice wine which is like smooth liquid nectar.

Additional options for activities are the golf course, the Solterra Desert Spa and walking trails leading down to the water’s edge and out into the desert. If you must leave the resort there are dozens of wineries to visit close by and Osoyoos, with all the amenities of a resort town, is just a few minutes’ drive away.