Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos

Meet one of the Desert's most rare residents, the Pacific Western Rattlesnake at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia. This beautiful snake is a permanent resident of the Centre as it was taken from its home and cannot be returned to an unfamiliar part of the desert. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre is home to George the Pacific Western Rattlesnake, the Centre's permanent serpentine resident.

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Camera, Binoculars, Questions, Sense of Curiosity, Drink, Hiking Boots, Bird Book, Wildlife Book, Plant Identification Book, Sun Glasses, Sunblock

British Columbia's Okanagan region is home to Canada's only pocket desert - learn about this unique ecosystem at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre which combines history, culture and nature to create a learning experience for all ages. Listen to a talk in the theatre, explore the indoor and outdoor displays, meet some of the centre's desert residents and walk the adjoining desert to explore its flora and fauna.

Located at the most southern edge of the Okanagan region and bordering Washington State, Osoyoos, British Columbia is a popular summer destination with long hot dry days which brings visitors from across the province. Osoyoos is also home to Canada's only arid pocket desert, a delicate and beautiful ecosystem which can be enjoyed year round. Learn about this rare and beautiful ecosystem at a one of two desert centres located in the region - the Osoyoos Desert Centre and the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

Pronounced 'in-ka-meep', the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre is a must-visit in the Okanagan region. Nestled into the hillside, this state-of-the-art interpretive centre blends seamlessly into the surrounding desert environment. Using materials found throughout the region such as clay, mud and sand, the award winning Desert Cultural Centre overlooks the southern end of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding desert.

Inside this beautiful building, visitors can explore many indoor exhibits such as the history, arts and culture of the Nk'Mip First Nations, two theatres, interactive displays and a range of aquariums which are temporary homes to several dwellers such as the Great Basin Desert Snake (and a permanent home to George the Pacific Western Rattlesnake). Outside, a wide range of outdoor exhibits ranging from cultural buildings and information board to information and displays about desert flora and fauna can be viewed before visitors embark on a short trail through the centre's adjoining desert which leads to the Nk'mip village. Along the trail, quiet visitors can spot snakes, bugs, mammals such as rabbits, deer and coyotes and enjoy the sweeping desert landscape and its unique flora and fauna.

Discover Canada's pocket desert, enjoy the unique landscape and the spectacular views of the Okanagan region. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the country's only desert and the people who have inhabited it for generations.

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The Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia was built with the surrounding environment in mind. This sustainable building has won several awards and provides a place for visitors to learn about the history, culture and nature that can be found in and around the desert.
Explore the many outside exhibits at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia which range from natural exhibits about the deserts flora and fauna to cultural displays. Learn about this unique ecosystem and its historic, cultural and natural significance.
Experience Canada's only pocket Desert in Osoyoos, British Columbia at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Walk the trail which winds through the adjoining desert which offers spectacular views and a first hand look at some of the region's unique flora and fauna.
Canada's only pocket desert is an amazing place to see a wide range of flora and fauna including the elusive Pacific Western Rattlesnake. Visitors walking along the trail along the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia should keep an eye out for these shy creatures which inhabit the region.
Osoyoos, British Columbia's beautiful desert is an amazing learning environment. Visitors can explore the inside of the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre which displays the unique connection the Nk'Mip people have to the land, their stories, their history and an in depth look at the region's rare ecosystem.
Visit the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia to learn about the history and culture of the region with an emphasis on the rare pocket desert which thrives in the area.


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