Merritt, BC

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Mountain Biking in Merritt, BC
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Merritt, BC

Merritt 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.

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Ranching Heritage
Our ranching heritage is alive & well.

This 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.

Merritt replaced Nicola to become the central service community in the area to serve the local coal mines and area ranches.

Merritt 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.

Access: 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 or sightseer.

Recreation Facilities & Activities: Fishing; working guest ranches; Merritt golf course; wildlife watching.

Historic Baille House
Historic Baillie House

Local 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

Merrit Country Music Murals
Murals of Reba McEntire & Carrie Underwood

Population: 6,253.

Johnny Reid mural
Johnny Reid mural.

Elevation: 595 meters (1,950 ft.)

Merritt Walk of Stars
The Higgins are inducted into the Merritt Walk of Stars.

Main Industries: forestry; mining; ranching.

For Information:

Visitor Information Centre
2202 Voght Street

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& Pinerock Ridge Graphic Art & Design

Thompson Okanagan Tourism
2280-D Leckie Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 6G6
Phone: (250) 860-5999, Fax: (250) 860-9993

Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce
Business Service Centre
2185B Voght St.
Box 1649, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8
Phone: (250) 378-5634
Fax: (250) 378-6561
Open year round Monday - Friday 9am-4pm

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Area Maps of the Thompson Nicola
Hwy 1 Hope to Cache Creek:
Fraser & Thompson Canyons
Hwy 99 Cache Creek to Pemberton:
Lillooet & Area
Hwy 97 North from Cache Creek:
Hwy 1 Cache Creek to Revelstoke:
Savona Kamloops & Pinantan Shuswap
Hwy 5 North from Kamloops:
Barriere to Clearwater
Wells Gray Park
Hwys 97C, 5 & 5A:
Merritt Lac Le Jeune Logan Lk-Spences Bridge

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