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Desert Centre

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Address: Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-0897, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 877-899-0897
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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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Excellent time of year to visit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
cmoj
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a great walk along the wooden walkway and not busy. It was very enjoyable at... More 

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Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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prince albert
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank cass1959_11
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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. Highly recommend it if you're in the area.

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Thank briarwen
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank ath997
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank dew882mt
Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Vancouver, B.C.
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 highly recommend taking the tour! It was well worth the price of admission.

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