Osoyoos, BC

Explore Canada’s Desert
and experience the extraordinary beauty of one of the world’s rarest ecosystems.

Come experience the beauty and diversity of this unique desert environment at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67-acre nature interpretive facility located 3 km north of Osoyoos. Enjoy a guided or self-guided tour along our 1.5 km boardwalk, explore hands-on displays in our interpretive building, and stroll through our native plant garden.

Osoyoos Desert Society acknowledges that for thousands of years people of the Syilx Nation have cared for and lived off the unceded land now known as the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Descendants of these ancient people live here in a continuous thread, from the past to the present. The thread has been bent, stretched, and stressed but not broken. Their resilience has carried them through many challenges. We honour their sharing this bountiful land and will strive to be good neighbours.

Text and photo taken from: www.desert.org


Welcome to Osoyoos – a treasure in the sun. Osoyoos is Desert Wine Country’s Sweet Spot with the charm of a beach town surrounded by the only living desert in Canada. Taste award winning wine bottled where it is grown, savour sun-warmed fruit straight off the tree, visit centres devoted to preservation of our ecology, native culture and local history and then refresh yourself in the warmest fresh water lake in Canada.

The Town of Osoyoos is participating in the QuickSTART Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) pilot program, in partnership with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).  For more information; https://www.osoyoos.ca/community/sustainability

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Nature Conservancy Canada

The Osoyoos Oxbows are a serpentine network of wetlands that are scattered along a stretch of British Columbia’s South Okanagan Valley between Osoyoos and Oliver.  

Photo: Osoyoos Oxbows post-restoration in 2019 by NCC

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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

- Vincent Van Gogh