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Desert Centre

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Opens in 16 min: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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This is very educational, take a guided tour and you learn a lot about this dessert what kind of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edward B
Osoyoos, Canada

We were disappointed that there were no guided tours the day we visited. However, the self guided... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Toronto, Ontario
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
+1 877-899-0897
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All reviews guided tour bring water self guided staff were super friendly wear a hat natural history eco system lots of parking entrance fee british columbia south okanagan burrowing owl plants wildlife canada badger snakes
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank wrla2015
Reviewed 10 September 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.

Thank Smileypokey
Reviewed 26 August 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

Thank Anne-Marie O
Reviewed 22 August 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

Thank ChinS988
Reviewed 20 August 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

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Michelle S, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 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 8 August 2018

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

Thank wgs649
Michelle L, Education Coordinator at Desert Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 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 6 August 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

1  Thank Kenzie P
Reviewed 31 July 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.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a stop to learn more about the local desert ecology, conservation efforts, and threats facing this rare ecosystem. We took the self-guided tour which was a beautiful walk along the boardwalk with informative interpretive panels and guidebook. Thanks for your efforts in protecting...More

Thank CharleneMel
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18 June 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
21 May 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