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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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Best of both worlds. The service I received from the staff here was above and beyond. An absolute wealth of information on not only the desert surroundings but on Osoyoos in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best of both worlds. The service I received from the staff here was above and beyond. An absolute wealth of information on not only the desert surroundings but on Osoyoos in general. I received numerous recommendations from them and I would recommend everyone to visit this centre. The landscape is awesome from a distance but having the boardwalk ability to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Osoyoos Desert Centre is a 67 acre nature interpretive facility where visitors can learn about desert ecology, habitat restoration and conservation of endangered ecosystems in the South Okanagan. Guests are invited to explore Canada’s desert by taking a guided or self-guided tour along a 1.5 km elevatedwooden boardwalk. In addition, the Centre features an interpretive facility with hands-on exhibits and a native plant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We highly recommand the guided tour! The guide was passionate and the visite was very interesting. That's a must do in Osooyos!

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Thank SamuelPLB
Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the tour; very knowledgable individuals explaining all aspects of the desert. Also, take the time to walk through the interpretative center, interesting information to be learned. Wonderful value!

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Thank fjknik
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do not know why it has taken us so long to visit the Desert Centre. I've been coming to Osoyoos on holidays from the coast, as long as I can remember. With my grandparents first, in the early '60s and now with my own family. It's always been there, the desert, that is, but the centre itself, only since... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lorne really made the difference for the tour. She was informative but made it fun and interesting. Strongly suggest the guided tour over the self guided tour. This tour is for all ages

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this attraction in June, 2016. We were led around a 1-kilometer walkway by a very well-informed lady who knew both Osoyoos and her profession extremely well. She showed us a lot of details about the desert which are often overlooked, making the desert much more interesting when you know where to look.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

The guided tour comes free with the admission fee and is totally worth your while. Super informative guide who is able to point out plants and other creatures as you meander through a well built boardwalk for an hour.

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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Bring insect repellent or wear pants and long-sleeve shirts because you will come across mosquitoes while taking an oh-so-relaxing & educational stroll on the boardwalk throughout the centre's area.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

My wife and I did the guided tour, which was a fantastic way to learn more about the plants & animals in the Osoyoos area. Take your time and you won't be disappointed!

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