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Osoyoos Desert Centre
Post Last Modified – May 17, 2022

Osoyoos Desert Centre – Osoyoos, British Columbia

If you love nature walks and are planning on visiting the South Okanagan in British Columbia 🍁 Canada, then be sure to plan a visit to the – 🏜  Osoyoos Desert Centre.

A 1.5 kilometer boarded 🚶 nature walk, within 67 acre’s of 🌿 semi-arid shrubland, complete with informative sheltered kiosks and a lovely Interpretive Centre.

Osoyoos Desert Centre – Location

Osoyoos Desert Centre Map

The Centre is located off of 🛣 Highway 97 and just 3 kilometers north of the 🌵 Town of Osoyoos.

They are open from the month of May to early October and are open from ⏰ 9 am to 4 pm most days.

Osoyoos Desert Centre – 67 Acre Nature Interpretive Facility

 

Osoyoos Desert Centre

The Okanagan Desert is the common name for a semi-arid shrubland located in the southern region of the Okanagan Valley.

Osoyoos is home to Canada’s only 🏜 desert and with the only – semi-arid shrubland.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Information Boards

“This semi-arid, antelope-brush ecosystem is one of Canada’s most rare, fragile and endangered ecosystems. It is also home to one of the highest concentrations of rare and at-risk species in Canada.”

Osoyoos Desert Centre – Interpretive Exhibits

Osoyoos Desert Centre Museum

Upon entering the facility, be sure to spend time viewing the lovely displays and exhibits in their interpretive building.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Museum Artifacts

After checking in and viewing their exhibits, step outside and take a short stroll through their 🌿 native plant garden.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Artifacts

You have a choice of a guided or self-guided very peaceful nature walk, on their newly constructed 1.5 kilometer wheelchair friendly boardwalk.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Boardwalk

My wife and I had a superb morning taking their self-guided 🚶 walking tour, among this 67 acre nature interpretive facility.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Wildlife Information

The self guided tour includes a wonderful 📔 Self-Guided Tour Booklet.

The booklet is loaded with marked points of interest stops and information on the local habitat and wildlife.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Bluebird Trail

Their very informative 📔 guide book is included in your visit and if you prefer, can be downloaded from their website, which I have listed below.

BC Southern Interior Bluebird

Throughout your walk, there are colorful interpretive information signs, along with sheltered boardwalk trail kiosks, to sit and just enjoy nature surrounding you.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Nature Trail Information Shelters

Staff will often offer interactive exhibits and a native plant demonstration garden, showcasing the local desert plants.

Osoyoos Desert Centre Staff

There’s a nice gift shop and outdoor picnic area as well to enjoy during your visit.

Osoyoos Desert Centre – Non Profit Charitable Organization

Osoyoos Desert Centre Welcome Sign

The Osoyoos Desert Centre is operated by the – Osoyoos Desert Society, a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to conservation of the South Okanagan’s rich biodiversity.

Mission Statement

Their mission is to …

“Conserve and restore the antelope-brush ecosystem in the South Okanagan and through education increase knowledge, respect and active concern for ecosystems worldwide.”

With ongoing;

Conservation .. Restoration .. Research … Education .. School Programs .. Outreach Programs

The Osoyoos Desert Society hopes to preserve this vital ecosystem in this beautiful part of British Columbia, and also encourage the same for other threatened ecosystems around the world.

Osoyoos Desert Centre – Facilities

Osoyoos Desert Centre Nature Trail Boardwalk

🅿 There’s free parking, including room for your recreational vehicle.

♿ The interpretive building and boardwalk trail are wheelchair accessible. One wheelchair is also available at the Desert Centre upon request.

🐕 Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk trail, but are permitted to hang out on the shaded area of the deck, with plenty of water provided.

❤ Your pet will be sure to receive lots of love and attention from on site volunteers and staff.

🚻 Washroom facilities are available on site.

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My wife and I arrived at opening time and enjoyed a wonderful visit to the interpretive center and on the boardwalk.

Staff and volunteers have done an amazing job with the Centre and I highly recommend you visit at least once during your stay in the area.

It is well worth it and also for a great cause as well. You will not be disappointed!

I’ve included the Centre’s Official website ⛓ link below for your convenience. You can access much more detailed information, included hours of operation, downloadable self-guided booklet and more.

🏜 Osoyoos Desert Centre Website

As well, be sure to stop in at the Osoyoos Welcome Centre upon your arrival. They have an excellent tourism centre, filled with loads of information and helpful staff to assist in any way they can.

They also have a great gift shop to browse through when visiting.

destination Osoyoos logo

🏵 Destination Osoyoos Visitor Centre

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

signature of author and owner Robert Tellier at https://gr8traveltips.com

Although our visit was provided and in collaboration with Destination Osoyoos Tourism along with Osoyoos Desert Centre, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal views only.

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