Enjoy culture and history in Osoyoos

Canada's only desert is bursting with historical interest, and you can be part of it

Osoyoos is known for its arid climate and intriguing flora and fauna - but there is more to this desert community than its diverse ecosystem. 

At the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, you will find yourself immersed in activities and sights that will teach you about local history in an engaging way. There is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre that has been built into a hillside, boasting indoor and outdoor galleries to explore. Check out the hands-on exhibits, multi-media theatres and education stations, or traverse one of the self-guided walking trails. During the summer season, the centre is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. From October 26 until the end of March, the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays only.

In addition to touring the centre and nearby trails, guests may book eco tours, or take part in the regular events that happen here, which range from cultural festivities to high-adrenalin activities like rappelling.

Another necessary stop is the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives. Located next to Gyro Park, this facility has more than 4,000 items from Osoyoos' past. The museum also hosts community events for all ages, so be sure to check their events calendar to see what will be going on during your visit. It is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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