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Desert Centre

toll free number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
877-899-0897, 250-495-2470
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Ranked #10 of 13 attractions in Osoyoos
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest concentrations of endangered plants and animals.
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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162 reviews 162 reviews
51 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Salta, Argentina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

The desert centre looks very modest as you approach it, but it is a remarkably interesting place to visit. Our guide, Valery, a young woman with a degree in ecobiology and a passion for the desert ecosystem provided a well-paced and informative tour. The plants of the desert might be said to be fifty shades of grey and it took... More

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Sydney, Australia
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140 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

You can go on a guided or self guided tour here. It is essentially a boardwalk through a desert area. There is information given along the way. There is a small interpretative area in the Building. The staff are very friendly but be aware there are no cold drinks for sale so bring water, especially if it is hot. Great... More

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Clearwater, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Let the name be your guide. Osoyoos is the hot spot of Canada and the Desert Centre is proof of that. Go early and beat the heat. The centre is run by a non profit and is staffed by volunteers. Hats off to them (don't forget your hat and water bottle!). There is a 2 km boardwalk which you can... More

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Had not planned to stop here but very glad we did. Our guide's obvious passion about the land as well as the flora and fauna made the tour that much more interesting. If it is a hot day be sure to bring water.

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Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had an excellent guided visit at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, Our guide was not "just a guide". He was passionate about what he does and as a teacher he was able to transmit and share a lot of information and enthusiasm. When we went to the Desert Centre there were several children and it was great to see how... More

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