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Desert Centre

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Address: Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
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Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest...

Interpretive education and research facility that hosts one of the largest concentrations of endangered plants and animals.

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Walk Through Canada's Only Desert

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... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2017
Dale H
Osoyoos, Canada
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Osoyoos, Canada
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64 reviews
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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 so it is completely accessible to the mobility challenged. Be warned though, it is a... More 

Thank Dale H
Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 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 a great walk along the wooden walkway and not busy. It was very enjoyable at... More 

Thank cmoj
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369 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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
prince albert
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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, easy going and nice and warm on a September day.

Thank ddhprincealbert
Edmonton, Canada
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105 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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 staff were so nice and friendly...I would most definitely recommend a visit to anybody visiting... More 

Thank OnTheGoFamily_12
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 it was much better than just going around on your own.

Thank cass1959_11
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 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. Highly recommend it if you're in the area.

Thank briarwen
Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 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
Victoria, Canada
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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
Vancouver, Canada
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47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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.

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