New British Columbia Golf Resort in the Works

A group of experienced developers has announced that it will pursue the creation of Canyon Desert Golf Resort, a $150-million resort community in Oliver, B.C. Located on NK'MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course and the shores of Tuc el Nuit Lake, the destination will offer 450 golf and lakefront condominiums, villas and resort lodge suites along with a host of mixed amenities.

Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, the Osoyoos Indian Band and Watermark Asset Management are backing the project.

Canyon Desert Golf Resort will be the first of its kind in the Oliver area. The resort community, subject to a favorable vote by the tribe, will be developed on Osoyoos Indian Band lands on Tuc el Nuit Lake next to fairways Nk'Mip Canyon Desert Golf Club. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, the project involves a 40-acre vineyard, beach club with waterfront amenities, a spa, 250-seat conference facility and other recreation facilities.

The Oliver area is home to more than 50 wineries, so the resort will focus on showcasing Okanagan wine and cuisine. It will contain a restaurant and bar, wine and culinary programs, including a wine cave for private functions, and a vineyard space for private functions.

Of the project Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie notes: "The Osoyoos Indian Band has aspired to develop the lands adjacent to our golf course since we completed Nk'Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in 2000. This will be a very positive development for the Band, our partners and the region."

"The BC marketplace is very dynamic. These changing conditions create opportunities for development partnerships such as ours, that are well positioned with great sites, experiential visions, well-planned projects and access to capital," added Jon Zwickel, Bellstar's Executive Vice President. "In recent years, developments in BC have targeted the luxury market. Our project has the unique ability to deliver a diverse, exceptionally well-planned, mid-market offering of waterfront town homes, golf-front condominiums and hotel suites in an integrated resort environment."

"The Town of Oliver Council congratulates Chief Clarence Louie, the Osoyoos Indian Band, Bellstar and Watermark on launching Canyon Desert Resort," said Oliver Mayor Pat Hampson. "This project will create much needed jobs in our community and attract visitors to the area to support the local economy. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with Chief Clarence, the Band and want to welcome Bellstar and Watermark to Oliver."

Subject to an Osoyoos Indian Band Land Use Designation Vote later this summer, real estate sales could commence in the spring of 2010, with development starting soon after. The first phase of the development should be completed by fall 2011. For more information on Canyon Desert Golf Resort, visit