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Osoyoos Lake

South of the Customhouse the highway follows the flat, sandy shoreline, bare of habitation, of long, narrow Osoyoos Lake. The Kalispel Native American word for “narrow” is soyoos, and it was by that word that this lake was originally designated; among the region’s early settlers, however, was an Irishman who insisted that the word be civilized by the addition of the Irish “O.”