- Posted September 4, 2013 by
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Travel photo of the day
Osoyoos, Canada's lone desert
This is my last snap of the day in Desert Photography. The grasslands and bald hills outside the town of Osoyoos are an extension of the Sonoran Desert that runs as far south as Mexico and creeps north to form Canada's only arid desert.
At first glance, you might think this area is not much different from the rest of the Okanagan Valley with its vineyards and orchards and lakes. But closer inspection reveals the desert is in the details.
The Osoyoos Desert Centre, nine kilometres out of town, offers insight into this sensitive ecosystem, which is home to 100 rare plants and 300 critters found nowhere else in Canada.