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Address: toll free number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: 877-899-0897, 250-495-2470
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Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest...
Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest concentrations of endangered plants and animals.
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Try to do one of their conducted walks

Try to get there for one of their conducted walks. It really helped to understand the interesting ecology of this area. We found this the best introduction to the area and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Try to get there for one of their conducted walks. It really helped to understand the interesting ecology of this area. We found this the best introduction to the area and enjoyed it more than the other option for seeing the "pocket desert"

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting tour and museum - with nice boardwalk out into the desert. Quality useful information on local desert, the birds and animals of the area. We had a very friendly ecologist leading our tour and it was a hour well spend.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The walking trail is a long boardwalk that takes you through the unique environment of the "desert" around Osoyoos. There are several informative displays and even more when accompanied by the printed guidebook. There is also a small interpretive centre and native plant garden. It is run by a non-profit organization so it's not flashy, but the people are friendly... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Desert Center is a refuge from the hubbub of the beaches and wineries in Osoyoos, offering close-up glimpses of plants, snakes and insects of the area. Mostly volunteer operated, it provides a glimpse into the terrain. Don't miss Romancing the Desert in late summer, a night of wine, food and trail interpretation under a full moon.

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Victoria, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nice walk, and friendly staff, but don't expect to see much wildlife (I saw two beetles.. that was it). In terms of expectations, you can expect a nice walk along the boardwalk, some pretty desert fauna, and you might learn a little; however, I expect the local creatures know to steer clear of this area and/or come out at night... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We recently took a one-hour guided tour on a raised wooden boardwalk through Canada's only pocket desert. As other reviewers have noted, the guide was very knowledgeable, and the views were beautiful. We learned many details about the survival of flora and fauna in this fragile landscape. It is so interesting to learn how a few drops of water (which... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is a simple display but quite compelling. On a low budget they have created a point of interest which truly offers insight to desert flora and fauna. Very pleasant staff.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We took a morning guided tour along the 1.5km raised board walk. The guide was very knowledgable and friendly, and introduced us to the unique desert environment. Be warned it is hot hot hot - wear a hat, sunscreen and take plenty of water. Well worth a visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The board walk makes going through this beautiful area an easy stroll, and it's very peaceful. Beautiful views of the valley as well as the details of the desert. Saw a rabbit, cacti, loads of birds, badger holes, and more. The building offers informative panels on all the wildlife in the area and is very well presented. Definitely worth a... More 

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London
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I'm just flicking through my photos of Osoyoos and some of the best ones were shot at the desert centre... we hung out in the morning before the free tour began and we saw ospreys, ravens, elk, deer, gofer snakes and some cool insects... and that was before their amazing volunteer took us around on a free guided walk(on the... More 

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