Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos: Hours, Address, Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums
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Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.
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srosebens
Peachland, Canada3 contributions
Some minor alterations being done upon our arrival so the entry door difficult to find. Exhibits interesting and gift store was nice. The desert walk was a well marked path.
Written June 20, 2022
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cherylH
6 contributions
Took a group of guests to this informative site. I have been many times and always learn something new. Sadly the informative signs along the trails are in bad shape so we were unable to read a lot of them. Hopefully they will be replaced before summer. Looking forward to the snake show during the summer. Wish there were more locally made gifts in the shop.
Written June 18, 2022
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chefonthetgo
Sudbury, Canada44 contributions
Well done, most gifts in gift shop made overseas. Would of loved one of the blankets or wraps, but made in Canada. Helpful staff. Nice to walk on the trails.worth a visit
Written June 11, 2022
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Lespo
Brampton, Canada89 contributions
Considering Canada's disgrace with the history of residential schools we thought it important to visit, and we are glad that we did. Before we even paid entry, the gentleman at the entry point challenged us as visitors to the plight of the indigenous community. It was eye opening, and I felt at loss. But my personal discomfort was good when considering the history. A must visit.
Written June 8, 2022
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Dawna K
St. Albert, Canada17 contributions
We have visited several times and found we learned something each time. Great for kids many hands on activities for them
Written April 25, 2022
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cannandale
Sundre, Canada65 contributions
Family
A superb place to visit . The people are so welcoming and friendly and the centre is informative and the walk is great. Thank you for sharing the culture and history with all
Written April 22, 2022
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Michael Dadson
Langley, Canada77 contributions
Great family learning experience,.

The NK'MIP Desert Cultural Center is filled with a history of the land and culture, of the Sylix people from the Okanagan First Nations. There are multiple indoors and outdoor interactive attractions. Walking trails help to create an understanding of the land, its uses, the benefits of various pants through history.

I highly recommend.
Written March 30, 2022
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jonathankerr
Guelph, Canada45 contributions
To see how things were and how they are today. History is great. They showed what people did back then to ensure themselves of life today.
Written October 31, 2021
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,071 contributions
As part of our Okanagan adventure, we made sure to patronize the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, which was completed in 2007 and beautifully articulates the history and culture of the Osoyoos Indian Band. Upon entering the facility, we were advised that the tour is self-guided and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

The indoor exhibits were interesting and utilized a multimedia approach (traditional information write-ups and short films). I specifically enjoyed the film about coyote and his/her prominent role in traditional legend. Similarly, the brief exhibit on the “Indian Day School” was enlightening, especially given what had recently been “discovered” in Kamloops a month prior. Within that context, it certainly gives you much to ponder and think about.

As we ambled about the indoor exhibits, who should I happen to spy hiding in a corner? A life-size cardboard cut-out of Chief Clarence Louie! I admit I kind of chuckled at this. For those who don’t know, he’s been the elected Chief Councillor for the Osoyoos Indian Band almost uninterrupted since 1984. Thanks to his straightforward leadership, he’s enriched the community tenfold and can often be found on the speaker’s circuit advising other Bands on techniques they might employ to escape reliance on ISC. Look him up; he’s quite colourful and tells it like it is; however, one cannot deny the results: This beautiful cultural centre, award-winning golf course, resorts and an internationally renowned winery.

We eventually made our way outside to experience critters corner (hello, rattlesnakes!) and the “Living Lands” exhibit. The outdoor sculptures are nice and play well with the desert landscape; however, I think the real treasure here is the interpretive 1.5km loop trail which, on top of being a learning experience, allows you to explore the desert landscape. When we did this relatively short hike, the outside temperature was over 40 degrees Celsius thanks to BC’s unprecedented “heat dome” at the time. As a result, we moved a little quicker than we would’ve done in more friendly temperatures!

A funny aside: After completing the desert walk, we asked the staff about the “boardwalk” we saw online, but couldn’t find outside. They chuckled a bit and graciously informed us that the boardwalk was actually at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, not the Cultural Centre. Oops! Stupid tourists ;)

When visiting Osoyoos, the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre is a “must stop.” It will allow you to get a genuine feel for the place while concomitantly being introduced to important aspects of Indigenous culture. I only wish the indoor exhibits were a little richer – they struck me as kind of thin when compared to other Indigenous cultural centres.
Written October 20, 2021
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Star111980
Abbotsford, Canada33 contributions
I enjoyed my visit. The best part was the free tour at 10am, if you can't make it to that then the visit may not be worth it.
Written September 30, 2021
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