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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

1000 Rancher Creek Road | Nk'Mip Resort, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
250-495-7901
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Ranked #4 of 13 attractions in Osoyoos
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and... more » Owner description: The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials. « less
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Reno, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our friends who live in the area did not tell us to take our walking shoes or hat or water. Yikes. 90% is outside on a trail. Would have loved doing the trail but we were ill prepared. Would have loved seeing more of the art work created by the tribe.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Well done and culturally interesting. An absolute must for any visitor as the Desert Centre explains the lay of the land, the animals around you and the history. It is beautiful dessert walk too... go early though as it can get HOT!!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A great place to visit in Osoyoos if you have any interest in the desert environment or the Nk'Mip culture. Unfortunately, there is not much emphasis on the geographical or scientific significance of the area since it focuses mainly on the cultural history instead. The desert trail is a nice, safe way to explore the area. Visit their website to... More

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Lethbridge, AB
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was initially surprised by the price of admission ($38 for 3 of us), and ended up being very disappointed when I saw what was offered (the museum is very small). We were told that the admission covered the whole day and that we could come and go as we pleased. However, we came at about 3:30 and all programs... More

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

We are sorry you didn't get the experience that you were expecting. Around the 3:30-4:00 mark it is hard to determine what people will be wanting to experience as our programs are finished at two. Now in response to not knowing it was about native culture we train our front desk staff to let the guests know we are on... More

Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A very informative place and the nature walk was beautiful. The view from the Chief's lookout was excellent. We liked the video in the museum area because it showed how proud they are of their heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This cultural centre was a high quality advocate for cultural and environmental awareness. It is informative and well rounded. I really loved the desert walk which expertly paired learning and exercise with an enriching view- not something you get very often!

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your concise review of the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Our trails tend to have the 'education/fun' factor that we had hoped to convey years ago and through the years we have taught so many people about the desert that we are convinced we are changing minds and hearts! Lim Limpt'! (Thank you) More

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We enjoyed the interpritive Centre. Of cousre the walk in the dessert and time. We were pleseantly surprised to see the Ospry nest with young in it.

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Wey Lim Limpt'. Hello and thank you for your review. Our osprey has been a yearly visitor since we were open in 2006 and his name is Ospreyoos (a play on words for Osoyoos and Osprey). We appreciate our trails and those who walk it and share in the beauty we call home! We hope you will consider us again... More

Sidney, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The well marked trails with signs describing the plant life, the descriptions of early native life, the photos and interesting history of early days of life in the Okanagan valley. An arresting experience.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We called in here because the weather was poor and we were looking for something of interest. We weren't disappointed. There are some excellent displays that really make you think about the history and in addition there is a live eagle eyrie with young birds calling for food. Unfortunately we couldn't see the show as time was tight but overall... More

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. It is amazing that weather can influence our choices regardless of our own thoughts and we are happy you chose to visit us. The bird you were witnessing is Ospreyoos (male) and he has been coming back to his pole every year for the last several years. He adds an element of 'awesome' when... More

St Louis MO
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

An excellent introductory film helps with pronunciation of in-kah-meep, as well as historical background. Other displays highlight individuals from past and present, and maps show how, just as in other parts of North American, the natives lost the freedom to roam and hunt in traditional areas. Outside, a short walk introduces you to desert plants and animals, as well as... More

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DerBryson, Marketing Manager at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Your review is awesome! The word 'Inkameep' means 'the bottom of....' There are many different areas around the Okanagan that have special meaning to the First Nations of that area. We are proud to showcase this on our maps and encourage others to always ask questions if you have any! We hope to see you again! Thank you for your... More

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