Osoyoos BC Haynes Point Provincial Park is a 38 hectare park on Osoyoos Lake. The park was established in 1962 in an effort to protect history, wildlife and five endangered plant species including the awned cyperus, western centaury, annual paintbrush, busy cinquefoil, peach leaf willow and the false-pimpernel.
The Haynes Point Provincial Park is situated on a spit surrounded by sandy beaches, a lake and wetlands. During the sunshine months the sandy beaches and warm waters become a popular destination for swimming, sun bathing, boating, camping and fishing. While the wetlands become a popular destination for birdwatching and hiking.
Within the park is a well maintained, easy grade 1-2 kilometre walking trail exploring the wetlands. The self guided trail, known as the Haynes Point Wetlands Trail, has a series of interpretive signs located along the route explaining the wildlife and habitat found within the park. The trail is an education on the local eco system.
The trailhead to the Haynes Point Wetlands Trail is located by the information kiosk and amphitheatre found within the park. The trail is mostly covered in gravel with some raised boardwalk sections and footbridges so to protect the sensitive eco system (and to keep your feet dry) while you explore.
The trail provides many wildlife viewing opportunities. Birdwatchers, in particular, will enjoy this park. Along the trail there are a few lookout towers and viewing benches so one can observe the bird population clearly. Some of the birds to look for include the white-throated swifts, canyon wrens, barn owls, common loons, yellow headed and red-winged blackbirds.
The park is also part of Okanagan Valley history. The Haynes Point Provincial Park was once the location of a Kekuli First Nations burial site, pits and caches. During the early pioneer days of the Hudson Bay Company, the Fur Brigade Trail explored the area which was once traveled by trappers and miners.
Lots to do and see here. There is a campground in the park providing overnight accommodations. The campground includes a boat launch, day use area with picnic tables, a sandy beach, a fountain, change rooms, information kiosk, amphitheatre, fire pits, flush and pit toilets.