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Desert Centre

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Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
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Great for families

Our kids, aged 5 and 8 love this place. They are super excited to learn about the Desert animals... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
KEM_8
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North Vancouver
via mobile
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 3 weeks ago
IndySwimRun
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Richmond, Indiana
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Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest concentrations of endangered plants and animals.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“guided tour” (24 reviews)
“non profit” (4 reviews)
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Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank KEM_8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

Thank Alan M Samuel
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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Thank Brian V
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C M
19 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
22 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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