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Address: 1000 Rancher Creek Road | Nk'Mip Resort, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: 250-495-7901
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Description: The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive...
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.
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Brought the family down cause we'd heard so much good about this place, words cannot describe how great it is. Absolutely stunning facilities and views, very educational... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Penticton, British Columbia
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Penticton, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Brought the family down cause we'd heard so much good about this place, words cannot describe how great it is. Absolutely stunning facilities and views, very educational, wonderful well informed staff, we're definitely coming back to check the rest of it out and to take in the shows again. we made a day trip just to come visit, will do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a great day here. The guided tour was well worth it. Our guide was a young girl who really knew her lore and history. Not only did we learn a lot about their people's history but we were well entertained also by her anecdotes and sense of humor. The singing and dancing demonstrations later were also worth attending.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the Cultural Centre. Our staff this year is almost all youth who want to showcase their pride in the First Nations culture and we are thrilled you had a fun and educational experience. We will pass on this message to them and we hope you visit again in the future. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was really nice to see all the young Firsts Nations People working at this resort, especially the dancers. The performances were informal, and not totally polished, but it gave it a nice causual feel. We enjoyed the snake show and dancing. Walking down to the model village, there were many many informative signs. I liked the movie about the... More 

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

Lim Limt (Thank you) for the excellent review - We are happy that you have found our facility a good experience and we enjoy sharing our Okanagan culture with everyone. Please come again and spread the word!! More 

Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Hotel, condos, restaurant, wine tasting. It's probably the only interesting place in Osoyoos. Staff at the wine tasting was friendly. This place is well maintained and operated.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

So we (a family of 4 adults and 1 child) visited yesterday and we left feeling quite underwhelmed at the experience. The exhibit was self guided and disjointed, and we didn't really learn anything about the Osoyoos Band that we didn't know was true of other First Nations. The snake exhibit was done by 2 teenage gals who knew some... More 

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

We are sorry you had an unpleasant experience at the Cultural Centre. We strive to bring out our cultural diversity within the South Okanagan. In response to not learning about how OIB is different from the other nations in BC there is an outdoor gallery that discusses our endeavours into being self-sustaining and the businesses this band has. We have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Once in a long while you get totally "blown away" with a place you visit. Such was the case when we recently visited NK'Mip ( say ink a meep) in Osoyoos BC. It was during a heat-wave that we shared an absolutely inspiring "lunch" experience at he Native winery in a stunning setting just east of Osoyoos lake. Besides the... More 

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

Wey' Lim Limt (hello and thank you) for your excellent review of Nk'Mip Resort and the businesses within the resort. We are all pleased you had a great time and are more then pleased to echo your words "rebirth of Native Pride". We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Please, continue to visit and spread the word. Again, thank you. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The aboriginal groups in the Okanogan desert environment are featured here. Interpretation is smart, informative and create empathy. Don't think "museum" as this is a culturally alive place.....with a great gift shop of native art from many cultures in the west of Canada. The video is entertaining and revealing about the anxiety and effort to preserve their unique culture. The... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your positive review of the Cultural Centre. You hit the nail on the head when you say "don't think museum" as we are living history of the Okanagan First Nations and are still here. The youth are a wonderful asset to our cultural performances and the stories told are all passed down through the generations.... More 

Edmonton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great facility with a lot of good information and knowledgable staff. Would like to see some misters in the outdoor theatre so that I could have spent more time in the blistering heat looking at the exhibits. We were able to see the snake presentation that was VERY interesting and informative. Would like to have had more time in order... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I visited on a day that went up to at least 39 degrees C so I was not able to spend as much time as i would have liked on the desert paths. I liked the way sculpture was used to represent the animals and First Nations people. There was also a chance to see ospreys nesting - a rare... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Go in the morning for the 10 AM guided walking tour through the desert and learn about the lives of the Osoyoos people. We saw a deer in the desert. There is also a 1pm live snake show and a 2pm song and dance performance. The cultural centre could have done a better job advising the public of such activities... More 

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Address: 1000 Rancher Creek Road | Nk'Mip Resort, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: 250-495-7901
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Osoyoos

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