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Review of Desert Centre

Desert Centre
Ranked #10 of 28 things to do in Osoyoos
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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

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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 was very knowledgeable. The same route can also be self-guided. There are a few shaded areas but otherwise you are on a boardwalk (to preserve the biosystem).

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 being her home too. Her delivery style was excellent, with added humour and relevant stories. Open to further questions, Lauren and her colleague, Skye were on hand to give us advice about local eateries and attractions. The message about human impact is obvious and clear there are pragmatic steps being taken to assist the biodiversity.

2  Thank AlanMSamuel
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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 region south towards California. At first it did not look sandy but we discovered there was a layer of mossy growth on the top that absorbed the water and avoided the sand from being fully exposed.
There is a boardwalk which runs for one and a half kilometres and had been built to protect the environment. Apparently less than 9% of the original grasslands now remained and various species that used to live there such as badgers were now highly endangered because of the loss of habitat and man's development. We were hoping to see wildlife here and were lucky enough to see a deer, a bright yellow bird which we believe was a Bullock's Oriole and three bald eagles.
The trail was quite informative and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They run guided tours on the hour but we found the self guided leaflet sufficient.

1  Thank TassieTravellers99
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