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Desert Centre

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Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
+1 877-899-0897
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Desert is alive

I’m really interested in ecosystems and it was such a joy to learn about all this. Desert ecosystem... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Annie B
Enjoyable visit

We had a very good visit to the Desert Centre and spent a couple of hours going round the boardwalk... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
mjc404
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Derby, United Kingdom
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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 taking a guided or self-guided tour along a 1.5 km elevated wooden boardwalk. In addition, the Centre features an interpretive facility with hands-on exhibits and a native plant demonstration garden. Visitors can also browse through our Gift Shop, enjoy a snack in the outdoor picnic area, or relax at one of the kiosks and take in the spectacular views.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I’m really interested in ecosystems and it was such a joy to learn about all this. Desert ecosystem is fascinating. The center is a not for profit organization. Guided walks are worth it!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a very good visit to the Desert Centre and spent a couple of hours going round the boardwalk and enjoying ourselves as we attempted to identify all the flowers. At the end of our walk, the staff were very helpful as they identified...More

Thank mjc404
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Michelle L, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. We hope you will visit us again!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely experience. Staff were super friendly and because dogs are not allowed on the walking paths, the staff look after your dogs while you are touring around. Very educational in terms of what you see and what you learn about.

Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great visit and learned a lot. (I did not know there was so few badgers left!) It was worth the price of admission, and I would recommend the guided tour (you can break off at any point and wander yourself) was great...More

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Michelle L, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. The desert is home to lots of animals who are at risk and rare. We are proud to give them a place to call home or to travel through. Thank you for your support and hopefully we will see you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't expecting to see flowers and animals when we rolled up to the Desert Centre just outside of Osayoos, but we did. We saw cacti in flower, and lots of Long-leaf Phlox, a little purple plant. There were tadpoles in the pond, and pair...More

Thank BenLar137
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Michelle L, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We love to hear about peoples experiences. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

The Desert Centre is a fun place to bring family, friends or even just to check out on your own. You will find native plants in the garden walk, a lovely souvenir shop with unique items that relate to the desert habitat as well as...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Our guide was very informative - and never boring . We would highly recommend this tour . We learned a lot about the desert environment

3  Thank D0ugandHeather
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

Our kids, aged 5 and 8 love this place. They are super excited to learn about the Desert animals, and excited at the chance they might see one. We never leave disappointed.

2  Thank KEM_8
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Reviewed August 31, 2017

The Desert Centre is a natural history site. The cost is low. The site is wonderful. There is a small but well displayed exhibit area. There are several guided tours (no extra cost) during the day. Our tour took about an hour and the docent...More

2  Thank IndySwimRun
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Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

We arrived just after 9:30 and greeted by Lauren who would at 10am be our Desert tour guide. For a very reasonable $7 each, Lauren, a Geography Graduate, expertly guided us around Canada's only desert. Lauren's is very knowledgeable and passionate about the area, this...More

2  Thank Alan M Samuel
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C M
June 18, 2016|
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Response from Michelle L | 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
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leslori1
May 21, 2016|
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Response from Michelle L | 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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