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Desert Centre

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Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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What a surprise !

Who'd have thought that BC had a micro desert? An interesting visit with guided walks at certain... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Connie C
A must to visit

This is very educational, take a guided tour and you learn a lot about this dessert what kind of... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Edward B
Osoyoos, Canada
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The 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...more
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Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
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All reviews guided tour self guided bring water black widow interesting visit natural history staff were super friendly wear a hat eco system beautiful walk lots of parking entrance fee british columbia south okanagan whole family burrowing owl ecosystem
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Who'd have thought that BC had a micro desert? An interesting visit with guided walks at certain times or self guided at others. A small but interesting visitor centre. Strangely enough it was raining on the day we visited but still enjoyed it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Connie C
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is very educational, take a guided tour and you learn a lot about this dessert what kind of plant are there growing and which animals living in this desert

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Edward B
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We were disappointed that there were no guided tours the day we visited. However, the self guided walk was still informative. We enjoyed learning about our Canadian desert. We would definitely recommend a visit to the Desert Centre when visiting this area.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Very interesting and informative tour of the Okanagan desert. A great way to learn about the different plant and animal species that live here and how they survive. Go in the morning when it’s not so hot.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Smileypokey
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Great way to spend an hour or two. Really enjoyed the guided tour. The tour guide took a lot of time answering the many questions our children had! The whole family now has a different understanding of snakes and spiders. The price was perfect for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anne-Marie O
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We went to this little Desert Centre and joined the guided tour. Being an ecologist myself, I know quite a bit of the desert biology already. However, we found the guided tour very informative and the lady guiding the tour taught us a few prominent...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

The location is small and you can only enjoy so many. Fake snakes. I would love if the theatre had been open and id like to see much more native arts and crafts. Its a spot you have to go to at least oce and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank STS9
Michelle S, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

Hi there. I think this review may have been meant for the Desert Cultural Centre. The Osoyoos Desert Centre doesn't have a theater but we do have a 1.5 km boardwalk that meanders through the desert habitat. We focus on the plants and the animals...More

Reviewed August 8, 2018

We enjoyed seeing the Desert Centre, but were not too overly pleased with what we saw. It was not particularly spectacular.\More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank wgs649
Michelle L, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

We are sorry you didn't see anything exciting. It can be a challenge to see animals in the heat of the day and recommend guests to come in the morning or try one of our night tours. We hope you will come visit us again...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This was a worthwhile place to visit. We took a guided tour and our children and ourselves all learned something. Bonus you can bring your pet and they offer free pet sitting! Lots of parking. Indoor and outdoor activity. Bring water and wear a hat...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

Visited with some friends and we all found it interesting and worth the money and time. My second walking around this desert and i have to say i did not once found it boring. Note: bring umbrella and water with you if it's hot out.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Peter C
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June 18, 2016|
Response from Michelle S | Property representative |
Hi There. Although we cannot let dogs out on the boardwalk due to risks to the dog such as cactus, scat and heat. Dogs are more than welcome into the interpretive centre. The staff are animal lovers and would be happy to... More
May 21, 2016|
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Response from Michelle S | Property representative |
Hi thanks for the questions. Adults are $7.00 per person. If over the age of 65 the price is $6.00 and Families (Maximum 2 adults & all children under 18) are $ 18.00. Our Hours are currently 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. we have... More
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Forgot to mention in my review of the Nk'Mip Desert Centre that handicapped parking spots are available in the lot in front of the centre... BUT the ramp from the parking area to the front door is both long and pretty roughly gravelled. It was a slog for my spouse hauling up the incline, and he's pretty fit. We didn't discover an alternative until we reached the terraces beside the entrance: there's a partially paved access for vehicles up to a level parking area, entered from the...More
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Osoyoos trip over Good Friday Weekend (10 Replies)
Hello, My wife and I will be visiting Osoyoos over the Good Friday weekend. We are planning to stay there for three nights, which should give us some time to explore the region. As a rough plan we have the Nk'Mip desert culture centre, Spotted Lake, Osoyoos Lake, Anarchist lookout and Haynes point park on our radar. The Osoyoos Desert Centre would not be open by then, I believe. We will make another visit to Osoyoos for a few hours in early July while on our way to Nelson, BC. We are...More
February 04, 2018|
Response fromdrnpharm|
@ cbaarch, thanks so much for a detailed information. Couldn't have found this easily only. Very nice pictures as well!