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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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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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A good walk

I always visit the Desert Centre when my family and I stay in Osoyoos. This year we saw some cool hummingbirds, Annas, Calliope, Rufus, and Black Chinned.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
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Halifax
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32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This was pretty much a boardwalk around a desert area. Don't expect to see animals, snakes and cactus though, there are cactus but they are very small.The location is unfortunate, since it shares a road with the land fill, so there was steady traffic and the desert quiet could not be enjoyed.

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Thank bda10
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I always visit the Desert Centre when my family and I stay in Osoyoos. This year we saw some cool hummingbirds, Annas, Calliope, Rufus, and Black Chinned.

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Thank jamsies
Victoria, Canada
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I love the Desert Centre and we visit it every time we go to Osoyoos. The desert ecosystem is so fragile and the history so interesting. Definitely worth it if you want to understand the area.

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Thank Wendyk9
Lake Country, Canada
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Very well laid out with explanations in the little guide book. You can walk it in 1/2 hour, or you can take much longer to really 'see' what is there. Excellent help from staff to find other areas for birding.

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Thank RhodiDog
Langley City, Canada
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58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

You can whip around this place in very little time if you just want to say you have seen it but to truly see everything it offers I would suggest at lest 3/4 hr. min. . The walk outside is so interesting as you can find burrows, tracks of animals, slide marks etc.. They are not easily seen but the... More 

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Thank Graham B
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

A very good place to visit! The staff is so helpful and nice. The tour guide is knowledgeable. The tour is about 1 hour and you won't be boring, because during the 1 hour walking you learn a lot about the dunes, the plants as well as the animals. My daughter is 8 years old and she had so much... More 

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1 Thank Hui W
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

First, you should not expect to see animals, it is pretty hot out there and they are smart enough to hide/sleep/hibernate when the weather is not nice enough! If you are able to see one, consider yourself as lucky. This centre is more about understanding the desert: what kind of plans and animals live there and why is it an... More 

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Thank Alexandre G
Calgary
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81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was a good way to spend an hour or so--we went on a scheduled guided tour that was very informative, especially with respect to the ongoing debate about creating a new National Park in the Osoyoos area. We found out more about the natural history of the area, which supplemented some of the information we obtained through the Desert... More 

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1 Thank Murray W
Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Nice little nature museum where you can learn about the wildlife from the surrounding area can spend 30-45 mins inside reading the information. There is an outdoor walk that is available, they give out maps to be returned, they recommended putting aside 1 to 1 and half for the walk. The site is only open during high tourist season so... More 

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Thank CassieLeszczynski
New Westminster, Canada
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Liked the boardwalk but needed more in the interpretation centre. The handbook did not match what we were looking at.

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