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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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Low Key Relaxing spot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Osoyoos, Canada
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Osoyoos, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
45 helpful votes 45 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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White Rock
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We expected to see landscape/habitat and that we did. Walked for over an hour and saw desert vegetation, 3 rabbits and a hummingbird - lots of info on the different creatures (that we didn't see) of the area is offered both in the self guide book and posted signage. We did not have the guide, we just enjoyed strolling by... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

The site says $7 per adult. Yet we were charged $26 which was after he gave us "10% off" there were no animals except a toad. The path is just a dirt trail through sage brush. The centre included nothing but native pride exhibits. We learned nothing about the desert waste of time and money.

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Vancouver, Canada
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82 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a great place to learn about Canada's only true desert. There is a small interpretive centre ( $7 adult admission) where volunteers will answer your questions. If you are here in summer be sure to bring water, hat and sunscreen ( although there is a basket of hats that can be borrowed if you are desperate ) There... More 

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