Osoyoos Desert Society


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Desert Centre

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Desert Centre will be closed until further notice. 



The desert centre

The Osoyoos Desert Centre is a 67 acre nature interpretive facility where visitors can learn about desert ecology, habitat restoration and conservation of endangered ecosystems in the South Okanagan.

Guests are invited to explore Canada’s desert by taking a guided or self-guided tour along a 1.5 km elevated wooden boardwalk. In addition, the Centre features an interpretive facility with hands-on exhibits and a native plant demonstration garden. Visitors can also browse through our Gift Shop, enjoy a snack in the outdoor picnic area, or relax at one of the kiosks and take in the spectacular views.

The Osoyoos Desert Centre, located 3 km north of Osoyoos off Highway 97, is open annually from late April through early October.


Thank you to all the funders, donors, community partners and supporters
who made the dream of a new interpretive centre at the 
Osoyoos Desert Centre possible!

How to Find The Desert Centre

Handicapped Accessible sign.svgThe Desert Centre and boardwalk are wheelchair and stroller accessible. One wheelchair is available at the Desert Centre. Please call ahead to have it ready for guest use.

For the safty of your pet we do not allow dogs on the boardwalk. We are happy to watch your dog inside the Desert Centre for you while you are out on tour. 

Admission Prices

Admission includes a guided or self-guided tour, entrance to the interpretive centre and access to the native plant garden.

Family  (Maximum 2 adults & children under 18) $ 20.00
Adults $   8.00
Seniors (65+) $   7.00
Youth (ages 6-17) $   6.00
Children 5 and under  Free


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Desert Centre will be closed until further notice. 

Late April - Early May 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
May 16 - Sept 15   9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sept 16 - Early October 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Self-Guided: Daily 
Late April - Early October
Guided: 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm
May 16 - September 15
Group Tours:
(10 or more)
Year-round, upon request