A friend mentioned that she and her family were heading down to Osoyoos for Canada Day because the fireworks there were supposed to be the largest display outside of Ottawa. As Ed and I both LOVE great fireworks displays, we immediately booked a motel room on the beach with a great view of the fireworks launching area.
And we were SO impressed by the beautiful fireworks display that we’re already planning to book accommodations for next year’s festivities.
We checked in mid-afternoon at our motel so as to visit the happenings at Gyro Park (take in some music and check out the vendors) and then grab dinner before the big show.
The only motel that I could book 6 weeks in advance at a ‘reasonable rate’ was the Spanish Fiesta Resort, a 1-star motel,. A ‘reasonable rate’ for one night was $187 (including tax) for a room with a kitchenette (which we did not want) and 2 double beds. Although the room was uber-clean, which I appreciate very much, I would have thought a tube of shampoo might have been a nice touch. Moreover, it might have been kind to have turned on the a/c in advance of our arrival, so that the tiny window rattling air conditioner stood a chance of cooling the room down to an acceptable sleeping temperature sometime prior to midnight.
After checking in, we headed to Gyro Park to partake of the festivities there. The music was great and I bought a t-shirt with the saying ‘The World Needs More Canada’. Remember who said that? Yes, the best U.S. president ever… Barack Obama. He ‘gets’ us and what he said is totally true.
We then went for dinner at Ambrosia, the Western / Indian food restaurant in Osoyoos that we’ve been too many times before and hasn’t failed us yet. Ed had the curry chicken special and I had the Palek Chicken dinner and they were both SO delicious!
After dinner we headed back to the hotel room for a respite from the heat and tried to check out the TV.
Cable TV would have been preferable to ‘ROKU’, a service which was pitiable at best. We ended up asking the motel owner for help to access media, and he came up and showed us how to search via YouTube for our favorite TV shows. GREAT, but those searches ended up with a bunch of independent TV channels that didn’t offer full series or required payment to view. We ended up watching 1 episode of Dick van Dyke and another of The Lucy Show, which were such enjoyable throwbacks to a simpler time!
The fireworks were superb! We’ve been going to the festivities in Penticton for the last decade, but they don’t hold a candle to what we saw last night in Osoyoos. SO well done!
As I said before, we’re already planning for next year’s Canada Day festivities in Osoyoos… but at a better motel. 🙂