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Desert Centre

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Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
+1 877-899-0897
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A learning adventure!

The Desert Centre is a fun place to bring family, friends or even just to check out on your own... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2018
jazzygal8315
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West Kelowna, Canada
We learned a lot !

Our guide was very informative - and never boring . We would highly recommend this tour . We... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
D0ugandHeather
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Toronto, 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 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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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
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+1 877-899-0897
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Reviewed 29 March 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

1  Thank jazzygal8315
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Reviewed 16 October 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 3 September 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 31 August 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 28 July 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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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Located between the two highways entering into Osoyoos from the north is this preserved area of the natural grasslands of the south Okanagan Valley. We learnt that this was the only patch of so called desert in Canada and it ran into a much larger...More

1  Thank TassieTravellers99
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

We were kinda pushed into going by our parents (I thought it was going to be boring to be honest) but my partner and I were actually blown away. Our tour guide was great and taught me so much about this unique eco system that...More

2  Thank Carmen M
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We went to the Desert Centre but is isn't very good. There was a 1.5 km self-guided walk but it was rather monotonous. Nothing much new to see after the first 10 minutes. A bit of a waste of time, really.

1  Thank ron d
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

I went with my three year old. No hat, no sunscreen, no water. Not a brilliant plan. However, there were hats to borrow and water available, by donation. It was HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!- like a desert. We walked along the boardwalk to the first shade station and...More

2  Thank 84reidave
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

I recommend the guided tour. Yes, you can walk it on your own but the information garnered from those tour guides is well worth waiting for a scheduled guided tour. And besides, it's free. Lots of parking. Easy access. It is entirely on a boardwalk...More

2  Thank Dale H
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C M
18 June 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
21 May 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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