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Desert Centre

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Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Who knew Canada had a desert??

The Desert Centre is a natural history site. The cost is low. The site is wonderful. There is a... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Richmond, Indiana
1st class guided tours

We arrived just after 9:30 and greeted by Lauren who would at 10am be our Desert tour guide. For a... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V2, Canada
+1 877-899-0897
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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 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

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank IndySwimRun
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

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank AlanMSamuel
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

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank TassieTravellers99
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

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Carmen M
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank ron d
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

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank 84reidave
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

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank Dale H
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

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank cmoj
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

Date of experience: September 2016
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

Date of experience: September 2016
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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