Snakes, Scorpions & Thrashers
The Okanagan Desert Tour is an unforgettable experience. Travel by foot through Canada’s only desert in search of secretive and fascinating creatures found nowhere else in Canada.
The Okanagan Desert Tour showcases the unique, rare, and endangered places, plants, and animals of the Osoyoos area. You visit one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada and a region with one of the highest species diversity in Canada. We walk though some of the last remaining Sage and Antelope ecosystems with spectacular views of Osoyoos Lake and Anarchist Mountain.
We search for secretive and fascinating creatures like the Ground Mantis (only praying mantis native to Canada), California Hairstreak, the huge darkling beetle, and northern scorpion. A special destination is the best place in Canada to see the Sage Thrasher.
At the Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre we hunt along the interpretive trail to find signs of snakes and often a wild snake. You could see the Yellow-bellied Racer, Pocket Desert Gopher Snake, or Western Rattlesnake. An unforgettable experience!
We birdwatch from the Vaseux Lake boardwalk and viewing tower. So don’t forget your binoculars and viewing scopes.
The Lunch stop is at Greenside Grill (price not included).
On the way magnificent animals such as Mountain Goat and California Bighorn Sheep are regular seasonal sights , The Pallid Bat is known in Canada only from the south Okanagan. Find out its favourite prey item. You will be surprised.
Botanists will enjoy bright yellow bells and bitterroot in the spring, followed later by evening primroses, blazing-stars, gumweeds, and the delicate mariposa lily.
Available Any Day
This tour showcases the unique, rare, and endangered places, plants, and animals of British Columbia’s South Okanagan Valley. You will visit one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada and the region with the highest species diversity in Canada – Vaseux Bighorn National Wildlife Area. Travel through Canada’s only desert to the Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre and walk the trail with a snake expert.
We will birdwatch from the Vaseux Lake boardwalk and viewing platform. So don’t forget your Binoculars and Viewing Scopes. Along the way magnificent animals like the Mountain Goat and California Bighorn Sheep can be seen from the tour van.
Lunch stop (price not included) stop is at Greenside Grill.
Minimum charge 2 Adults
Over 250 rare and endangered invertebrates occur here – Mormon Metalmark butterfly, robber flies, or the huge darkling beetle, and Canada’s only native praying mantis. A birder’s paradise we may see trumpeter swans, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Vaux’s Swift, American dipper, the uncommon Lark Sparrow, rare Prairie Falcon, Sage Thrasher, or Brewer’s Sparrow. Botanists will enjoy bright yellow bells and bitterroot in the spring, followed later by evening primroses, blazing-stars, gumweeds, and the delicate mariposa lily.
admission fees to Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
Snakes Alive program