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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 #2 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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Springfield, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This was a quicker stop than I expected, but it was very well informed with the cultural history of the local natives and had a lovely walking path through the desert. Make sure you go to one of the cultural demonstrations- we saw a demonstration of dance and native song, and it was a lovely experience.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a nice center. It has one room of items to show, two media presentations (one short movie, and one room with nice effects in the wall). And a snake show (you see 2-3 snakes, and you may touch one of them). We were hoping to see more of the nations culture, dances, songs, dresses, tents. But nothing of... More

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

Thank you for your review and we are sorry you didn't experience the fullness of our Center. Our 1.5 KM loop trail leads to a replicated village, we are sorry you missed this as it is a highlight of what Okanagan lifestyle would have been and is quite enchanting. If you have arrived in September you would have missed our... More

Vancouver, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
39 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

very informative, great displays, and a very interesting. We went for a walk outside behind the cultural center, it was great, lots of little Teepees, and displays, trail is very well maintained, we took our baby and the stroller for about an hour and a half walk. Great if your looking for a low key way to fill an afternoon.

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Vancouver, Canada
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Once you get past the grand, architecturally effective rammed earth front of this museum you will find that much of it is in fact outdoors. Inside are informative displays of local culture and history and two theatres with ongoing presentations but what makes this place special is what happens outdoors. Several physically undemanding walks loop around to the north of... More

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

On recommendation from our B&B hosts we stopped in to see this before we headed out. An interesting stroll through the desert lead by two well informed guides. One to provide the tour and the other to snake wrangle (we didn't see any but there were lots of warnings). The walk itself was fairly easy, about an hour on a... More

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

Thank you for visiting the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Its always a joy to hear of a positive experience regardless of the small fears that our desert holds. We hope you come back and we appreciate the B&B in recommending us. More

Bournemouth ,England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wonderful place to find out about the Indian culture in this beautiful area . We listened to a great talk on snakes while there and it was really interesting to hear the questions the school children gave the speaker.Really beautiful restaurant and the food was awesome very inventive young chefs.They also have a winery where you can sample the wine.....worth... More

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

Wey Lim Limpt' Thank you for taking the time to review the Cultural Centre and surrounding winery and restaurants. As we are part of the Osoyoos Indian Band we hope to positively showcase our successes and endeavors while maintaining a sense of Aboriginality that has been here for hundreds of years. Spread the word and do come back! Thank you... More

Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We always visit the Cultural Centre when we are in Osoyoos every year. There is always something new and interesting to see out on the desert paths. Fantastic view from the top!

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

Welcome back all the way from Calgary! What a great positive review. Thank you for returning and we hoped our new interpreters and programs would be a fresh change for our new and returning guests. You know something is being done right when people return and that is the name of the game in tourism! Thank you again!! See you... More

British Columbia, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Our family did the guided tour walk through the lands around the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Our young guide had excellent knowledge of the culture, history, and geography of the area. He frequently gave us the First Nations names of the plants and animals, explaining their importance. The area is beautiful and it's possible to enjoy the museum and trails... More

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

Lim Limpt (Thank you) We have been lucky to have a wonderful selection of interpreters this year who haven't had the need to really brush up on culture as they are already immersed daily. We enjoy teaching young and old alike about who we are and how we lived in this area. It is an eye-opener and we hope to... More

Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great place for families to see. We watched a short movie and chatted with a staff member. Lots things for sale. All very educational.

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

Excellent review. Short and to the point! Thank you for taking the time to review and we hope your experience was positive and that you will return one day! More

Calgary, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

As we were walking up to the building we passed a fellow with a snake in a bag, so yes there are snakes around the trails, so the warning signs are there for a reason. Not a lot of displays but enjoyed the live snake presentation. I enjoyed wandering a long the trails seeing the different vegetation and cactus. Is... More

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

This year our weather exceeded expectations in regards to how hot it would get. That being said our desert-life thrived and prospered as only a desert could. It is incredible to fully understand the past and how the people lived without air conditioning etc. Thank you for your well-written More

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