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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people.

You are invited to more than just visit us. You are invited to join us to experience and learn about our lands, our legends and our people. See legends come alive in two multi-sensory theatre experiences. Explore the “Living Lands” outdoor exhibit and sculpture gallery. Smell the wild sage along our network of walking trails and admire the view from the Chief’s lookout. Visit a reconstructed village and explore the rich living culture of the Osoyoos Indian Band.

Completed in 2007, this 1,600 acre desert conservation area – the largest remnant of the Great American Desert- is one of Canada’s most endangered places. Stewarding for its protection, the The Osoyoos Indian Band wanted a place with purpose. Here you can Discover the desert ecology and wildlife, Hear the legends of Sen’klip (Coyote) in two multi-sensory theatres, Meet interpreters who give daily trail walks. See eye-to-eye with a Western Rattlesnake. Experience the beauty of Nk’mip’s sage and antelope-brush desert environment.

All the Cultural Centre’s educational programs pass knowledge, restoring the great divide of First Nation’s youth and their culture. The architectural expression pushes the boundaries of First Nation’s architecture. Far too often Aboriginal design is visually inferred by times past, while Nk’Mip deliberately celebrates a culture’s present. As advocates for the expression of pluralism through design we’re grateful for all we learned from The Sylix people, and hope The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center inspires First Nation’s youth to join the place-making expression.

Our centre has a disabled drop-off area near the front doors, accessed via the adjacent Spirit Ridge building. There is also a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot. The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Outdoor “Living Land” exhibits have accessible gravel crush pathways as does 1 km of nature trail going to the village displays. Some areas of rock crush trail may be difficult for motorized wheelchairs or scooters such as the steeper upper trail. Wheelchair accessible and non-accessible trails are clearly marked on the outdoor trail map.

Seniors or special needed guests can ask if staff are available to conduct a tour by golf cart.

Visitor Information: 250.495.7901