Mountain biking is a great way to explore the area.
and the Nicola Valley exposes the traveller to the soft, wind-stirred
beauty of thriving ranchlands. The valley
offers sharp contrasts; from green fields or sagebrush-studded hillsides
to rich marshes teeming with birds.
area of BC was first settled by ranchers who recognized the potential
for a productive cattle industry; the area contains the Douglas Lake
Cattle Ranch, one of the largest working cattle ranches in North America.
replaced Nicola to become the central
service community in the area to serve the local coal mines and area
is also at the junction of four major highways serving British Colmbia's
Thompson Nicola region. The entire area is rich in displays of its ranching
heritage but also provides a number of opportunities to outdoor
enthusiasts; Merritt is specially famous for its fishing lakes.
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Accommodations:Guest ranches, many of
them actual working ranches, are a popular destination for visitors.
For those not interested in the "ranching life", there are
a number of motels and campsites/RV parks in the area.
Merritt, British Columbia, is easily accessed from the south via the
Coquihalla Highway or by turning east of Highway 1 at Spences Bridge.
From the north, it is 87km (52 mi.) south of Kamloops, BC, on the Coquihalla
Highway. From either direction you pass through vast differences in
scenery; from towering, craggy mountain peaks, heavily forested hillsides
to rolling, grassy or desert like areas. A haven for the avid photographer
Attractions: Historic courthouse (in Nicola); Historic Baillie House;
Douglas Lake Ranch (one of the largest working cattle ranches in North
America); craft stores; Merritt rodeo; Merritt Mountain Music Festival
(July); Merritt Walk of Stars & Country Music Artists Murals; Quintette
Tunnels (carved from rock for the railway); Harmon Lake Demonstration
Forest; Nicola Valley Archives Heritage Museum; Spius Creek Fish Hatchery;
Valley Copper and Lornex Mine tours
of Reba McEntire & Carrie Underwood
595 meters (1,950 ft.)
Higgins are inducted into the Merritt Walk of Stars.
& District Chamber of Commerce
Business Service Centre
Box 1649, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8
Phone: (250) 378-5634
Fax: (250) 378-6561
Open year round Monday - Friday 9am-4pm