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Desert Centre

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Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Excellent time of year to visit

We received a very warm welcome by the staff, and while we were disappointed that no more tours... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Calgary, Canada
via mobile
Walk around the dessert

Pay to go on the trail and walk around the grounds. Do use caution though as there is Rattle... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2016
Brian V
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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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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We received a very warm welcome by the staff, and while we were disappointed that no more tours were being offered (early October) we still thought it was excellent. Who knew there was so much to learn about osoyoos climate, wildlife, flora, etc. It was...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Pay to go on the trail and walk around the grounds. Do use caution though as there is Rattle snakes. Breath taking surrounding to take in

Thank Brian V
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We spent an hour exploring the Desert Center and were amazed at the diversity of this desert ecosystem. The variety of plants, insects, birds and animal life presented and explained was surprising and very facinating. Well worth the time! The walk was all on boardwalk,...More

Thank ddhprincealbert
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We visited here with three teens, two adults, and a senior....and a fantastic time was had by all! There is so much to see along the boardwalk. We did the self guided tour and spend ages walking along the boardwalk, enjoying the blazing sun. The...More

1  Thank OnTheGoFamily_12
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I was glad that we took the free, guided tour. The boardwalk made it easy for everyone, but be aware that you are out in the open and it will be hot with no shade. The guide provided information and had samples to show, so...More

Thank cass1959_11
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Originally went just for a quick self-guided tour, but stayed for the guided tour. Well worth the wait to go on the guided tour. Our guide Thor was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. It was a wonderful experience and learned a lot about the desert....More

1  Thank briarwen
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We enjoyed the guided tour. Learned lots of information about the area, the plants and animals. It was really hot so go early in the morning.

Thank ath997
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We arrived in time for a tour by a local volunteer. Learned lots about this desert environment. Then he answered birding question we had.

Thank dew882mt
Reviewed 15 August 2016

A nice, long boardwalk trail. Bugs didn't bother us at all. The educational centre wasn't all that great, but the trail made up for it. Parking was easy.

1  Thank Nathan F
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We went for the 10 am guided tour. Our guide, Valerie, was marvellous! She was exceptionally knowledgeable, entertaining, and despite a larger than usual group size, projected her voice very well. The subtlety of the desert landscape would have been entirely lost without her. I...More

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18 June 2016|
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
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