Horse racing returns to Osoyoos

Desert Park has been closed for years, but 2013 sees the re-opening of this famed Osoyoos recreation complex. At the end of August, the complex will team up with the British Columbia Interior Horse Racing Association to host one of the first horse races in the area in several years. Equestrians across Okanagan won't want to miss out on this landmark event. Guests searching for a nearby hotel can take advantage of the luxurious amenities and spectacular views of the Walnut Beach Resort.

The track actually held its first race in more than a decade in June, and it was a smashing success. August's race, which has free admission, will feature a similar set up with 64 horses split up into eight heats. Bet on your favourite horse or just come as a spectator – there's plenty to do even if you don't want to risk the dough. You can enjoy a cold brew at one of the beer gardens, and grab some tasty snacks from one of the concession stands and vendors scattered about the grounds.

Whether you hit big winnings or not, this event is sure to be an exciting time for the family or for an adult excursion. And with a stay at the Walnut Beach Resort, you'll have easy access to the culturally rich downtown area and to the stunning nature of this lakeside city.

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