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Canada's Only Desert Is In BC & It's Like A Trip To California Without The Airfare

It's also right next to a sparkling blue lake.
Osoyoos BC Has Canada's Only Desert & It's Like A Trip To California Without The Airfare

British Columbia: home to all of the ecosystems. If you've been hoping to catch some desert feels this summer without flying to another country, look no further. Canada's only desert is near the town of Osoyoos, B.C., and it's perfect for sun-lovers to get their tan on. 

The town of Osoyoos is in the southern region of the beautiful Okanagan Valley and just near the Canada-U.S. border.

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It'll be a four-and-a-half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, so it's perfect for a weekend getaway.

Whereas most of the province is overflowing with waterfalls, lakes, and stunning mountains, it's good to get a reminder that there is so much more out there for you to explore. 

According to Deutsche Welle, the Okanagan Desert is the hottest place in the entire country.

It might not have the massive sand dunes that you usually associate with the traditional desert terrain, but its dry "antelope-brush" ecosystem makes it a one-of-a-kind destination in Canada. 

The best way to experience this unique desert setting is by heading to the Osoyoos Desert Centre. 

It's a massive 64-acre facility that'll have both guided and self-guided tours available through the Okanagan desert. It also holds a spectacular 1.5-km boardwalk for you to stroll along. 

The centre also has plenty of fascinating interpretation art scattered within its premises, and it even has a garden where you learn about the different sorts of vegetation that's unique to this terrain. 

If you want to see another side of the desert, you can also head to Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre. Just like the Osoyoos Centre, this facility offers plenty of tours, exhibitions, and activities to help you learn more about the desert. 

It's also situated on a hill, so you'll be treated to absolutely surreal views of the Okanagan desert and valley. 

What's so amazing about this town is that it's not just home to an uncommon desert environment; it's got plenty of beaches and lakes as well. 

Deserts and beaches? It's a wonderful combination that only Mother Nature can think of. 

Gyro and Legion Beach are the two most popular lakeshores, both within walking distance of Osoyoos' downtown. After a long day of adventuring through the desert, you have lovely oases to cool off into. 

It isn't summer until you've had an absolutely exhilarating day at a local amusement park

The Osoyoos Splash Park and Rattlesnake Canyons are favourites for tourists and locals alike. With magnificent views, awesome rides, and delicious food, these man-made parks will be well worth your time. 

All in all, if you're craving a nature escape that's a bit different than most destinations in B.C., then you have to make your way over to Osoyoos. An enchanting getaway that has a little bit of everything. 


Address: Osoyoos, BC

Why You Need To Go: To explore the beauty of a mini-desert tucked away in Okanagan Valley, the only one of its kind in Canada. 

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