Osoyoos Desert Centre, Okanagan

The 1.5 kilometre elevated boardwalk takes visitors along the Osoyoos Desert Centre's unique locale in British Columbia's Okanagan region. The stunning natural beauty of the region is enhanced by the surrounding desert flora which includes dry grasses and Sagebrush which can be enjoyed on a guided or self-guided tour. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Take a walk through British Columbia's pocket desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre and walk its 1.5km elevated boardwalk.





Spring, Summer, Fall


All Weather


1 hour 30 minutes


Cost of Osoyoos Desert Centre, Okanagan, British Columbia

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity, Bird Book, Plant Identification Book, Sun Glasses

Visit Canada's rarest ecosystem in the south Okanagan at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Learn about this fragile ecosystem and the varied flora and fauna which can be found within it at the Interpretative centre, take a guided or self-guided tour along the Centre's 1.5 kilometre elevated boardwalk. Don't miss the opportunity to see this spectacular ecosystem and enjoy the beautiful views.

British Columbia offers dozens of unique ecosystems spread across the province from coastal to to alpine environments and many in between, however, its most fragile and endangered is its desert located near the southern town of Osoyoos. This small desert is the only one in Canada and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna including Prickly Pear Cactus, Sagebrush, Antelope Brush and Burrowing Owls and Pacific Western Rattlesnakes.

Visitors can learn about this rare environment first hand at one of the two Desert Centres open to the public, the Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre and the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Located north-west Osoyoos, the 67 acre Osoyoos Desert Centre is operated by the Osoyoos Desert Society which is a nonprofit society founded in 1991. From Spring to Fall this small stretch of Desert in the Okanagan region offers an interpretive centre with hands-on exhibits, a demonstration native garden and a 1.5 kilometre elevated boardwalk. Visitors can choose to take a guided or self-guided tour along the boardwalk which has highlights such as old badger holes.

The interpretive centre is an interesting educational experience for all ages using stuffed animals to show the variety of fauna found in the surrounding desert, examples of nests, skulls, plants and other items found in the region to show its biodiversity. Hands on activities also offer a unique learning experience to help appreciate Canada's desert.

Osoyoos' desert is a rare ecosystem and is threatened by increased urbanization and fragmentation. Take the opportunity to visit the Osoyoos Desert Centre to see what makes up this spectacular Canadian locale.

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The Osoyoos Desert Centre Interpretative Centre in British Columbia's Okanagan region is full of interesting exhibits ranging from flora and fauna that can be found in the Okanagan region such as the Black Widow spider, the North Western Rattlesnake and a wide variety of birds.
One of the most stunning sights at the Osoyoos Desert Centre located in British Columbia's Okanagan region is the awe-inspiring surrounding views. The dry flora which includes Prickly Pear Cactus and Sagebrush offer a startling landscape found nowhere else in Canada.
Visitors to the Osoyoos Desert Centre in British Columbia's Okanagan region can walk along its 1.5 kilometre elevated boardwalk and see some of the rare plants that can be seen across the Centre's 67 acre expanse. The Prickly Pear Cactus is one such plant that can be found in Osoyoos - the most common variety of cactus in Canada.
Visit the Osoyoos Desert Centre in British Columbia's Okanagan region to learn about Canada's rarest ecosystem, the desert. Walk the 1.5 kilometre boardwalk, visit the interpretation centre and learn about the flora and fauna which lives in this desert.

Location of Osoyoos Desert Centre, Okanagan, British Columbia

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From Osoyoos, go North on Highway 97 and turn West onto 146th Avenue to get to the Centre (keep an eye out for the signs)

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