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Desert Centre

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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Ranked #9 of 11 Attractions in Osoyoos
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest concentrations of endangered plants and animals.
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Victoria, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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

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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196 reviews 196 reviews
59 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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Coquitlam, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It worked out well for us because they have an information centre that gives you a good grounding in the local wildlife and then a guide takes you for a walk around the grounds pointing out vegetation and helping you understand why things are the way they are. Our guide really knew her stuff and it was a very pleasant... More

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