Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sherri M
Stony Plain, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We went with our 13 and 15 year old. The walking tour is excellent as the young lady has some family history to contribute and is exceptionally knowledgeable. You can tell she loves her cultural history and has a strong desire to learn more and pass it along to others. I have a huge phobia of snakes so the trail alone stressed me out but it was so interesting I'm glad I sucked it up. The Snakes Alive show was a no go for me though but my husband and 2 teen boys loved it! The history of the day school there left me wanting to research and learn more. We spent some time with the gift shop owner who shared a bit about the language as well. Such a rich heritage that I hope can be salvaged from the time/years that have been lost.
Written August 14, 2020
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Alissa P
Pitt Meadows, Canada81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited the desert cultural centre in the morning and it was lovely! There are 2 theatre/story rooms that share stories of the coyote. They are very cute, and the interpretive centre is informative. The outdoor area is great for all ages. If you do the loop walk, about 1.5km you come across some different signs and displays. It’s really great, and I would recommend to anyone to learn more about Okanagan First Nations and the desert ecosystem!
Written September 30, 2021
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada974 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
It was exceptionally hot and smoky on the day we visited so we were unable to enjoy the outdoor exhibits and desert trails. Inside there are several “movies” one in a traditional “pit” viewing area and the other is theatre style. Both enjoyable and educational. The displays are interesting but somewhat limited. There are a few snake a insect displays but as always it’s like finding Waldo to spot them. There is a very nice gift shop and the building itself is really beautiful inside and out and is accessible by ramps. Two “senior” admissions was $27.30.
Written July 14, 2021
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Peter3801
Vancouver, Canada141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I absolutely loved the Desert Cultural Centre. Our guide was informative and the history and story of the Syilx indigenous people who live in the Osoyoos area is fascinating. We spent a full half day at the Centre - the walking tour is a must to have the full experience and learn so much more about the people, the geography and culture of this area.
Written August 17, 2020
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Michael Dadson
Langley, Canada108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Great family learning experience,.

The NK'MIP Desert Cultural Center is filled with a history of the land and culture, of the Sylix people from the Okanagan First Nations. There are multiple indoors and outdoor interactive attractions. Walking trails help to create an understanding of the land, its uses, the benefits of various pants through history.

I highly recommend.
Written March 30, 2022
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Lespo
Brampton, Canada86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Considering Canada's disgrace with the history of residential schools we thought it important to visit, and we are glad that we did. Before we even paid entry, the gentleman at the entry point challenged us as visitors to the plight of the indigenous community. It was eye opening, and I felt at loss. But my personal discomfort was good when considering the history. A must visit.
Written June 8, 2022
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Eline K
Deurne, Belgium13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
What a cool and educative experience we had at the Centre! We did the tour in the morning with an awesome guide who gave us all the info we wanted and really loved her job. We came back the next day for the snake show and it was so much better to travel the area afterwards with the stuff that we learned. The people there are passionate and you see an other side of Canada. Must visit!!!
Written July 20, 2020
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With everything that has been going on in a global scale we appreciate the review you left about our Centre. We are very proud about our culture and environment here, which we hope is reflected in our staff and the lessons/stories they shared.
Written May 5, 2021
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imac2023
Vancouver, Canada13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Really appreciated our host’s earnest dialogue with us - everyone has their own story so don’t make assumptions. Listen and learn.
Nice little local history and professional video presentations. Important to visit if in the area.
Written August 30, 2021
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Emma S
Canmore, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Beautiful building. Excellent interpretation, especially loved the pit house storytelling media installation. A great blend of cultural and natural history, including an outdoor trail. Even a few reptiles on site to view! Recommended.
Written September 16, 2020
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Ontario, Canada1,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Took the motorcycle from Rock Creek to this gem as our first stop. Very classy and professional. Learned about the private schools that existed on top of residential schools. Learned about a positive teacher who was removed by the government because of his teaching methodology.

Interactive learning both inside and outside. Bring water for your small hikes outside and suitable footwear etc.

Friendly, very educational staff with the cultural centre itself being very professionally built in the decor of the area.
Written July 18, 2021
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