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2018 Travel Experiences Guide

Merritt Nicola Valley

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What’s inside 5 Our story 6 On the trails 8 On the water 10 Merritt City map 14 Right at home 16 On the stage 18 Calendar of events 20 On the mountain 22 On the canvas 26 On the ice 28 On the road 31 Ski trails map 35 Merritt walking trails 36 On the track 38 Back roads map 40 On the land 42 Walk of stars 48 Under the stars 50 Snowmobile maps 51 Heritage Walk 52 Business Directory 4

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Our story Long before the land became a part of Canada, people had been fishing, hunting and thriving in the Nicola Valley. The Nlaka’pamux, Syilx and Secwepemc people were known to have lived in this region, with abundant stocks of salmon providing a stable source of food. European settlers would arrive in the area much later, around 1867. Captivated by the temperate climate and the potential of the soil surrounding the lake and decided to make the Nicola Valley their home. In the 1880’s, three ranches joined to form a community known as Forksdale —named for the way the forks of the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers meet towards the west side of town. The city’s name would be changed to Merritt around 1906 in honour of William Hamilton Merritt, a mining engineer and railway promoter. But Merritt remains defined by how two diverging identities can meet in perfect harmony. Merritt is where the strength of industry meets with natural beauty; where idyllic country living meets with a vibrant downtown; where the rolling grass meadows meet the rugged ridge of the Coastal Mountains; where heritage, history and culture meets with a spirit of adventure and discovery. This is the Nicola Valley. This is Merritt. And we can’t wait to meet you.

Copyright 2018 © Merritt Nicola Valley This guide was created in partnership with The Merritt Herald and The City of Merritt. Production Design: Theresa Arnold & Darla Gray Nicola Valley Map Design: Roger Handling Copywriting: Merritt Herald, City of Merritt, Tourism Merritt, Tourism Nicola Valley Advertising sales: Theresa Arnold & Michele Siddall Printing and distribution by: Merritt Herald Writer/Editor: Cole Wagner Photography: Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Cole Wagner, Ian Webster, Michael Potestio, Michele Siddall, Tourism Merritt. Chad Findlay, Ankur Sud Photography, Gold Country, HPJ Photography, Rick Todoruk, Lavon Garnica, Angie Haller

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On the trails From the moment you set foot in the Nicola Valley, you will feel pull of nature urging you to get outdoors and experience the natural beauty of our valley. Whether you set out on two feet or two wheels, there are enough trails winding through the region to experience everything the area has to offer. Put on a comfy pair of shoes and meander up the Tom Lacey Legacy Trail towards the Merritt Viewpoint, where you’ll find panoramic views of the city. For a more challenging adventure, head out towards Stoyoma Mountain where you’ll discover alpine meadows and pristine lakes. You’ll want to remember to bring your camera should you head out in this direction — the vistas are as breathtaking as the scrambling hike to get there. If scaling a mountainside isn’t your thing, consider taking on the Kane Valley Trail, where hikers can lose themselves among the chirps of local fowl and lush wildflowers. For more local wildlife, head to Harmon Lake where a 2.7 kilometre interpretive trail is a bird watcher’s paradise. Over 200 species call this sanctuary home.

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The Nicola Valley is making a name for itself as a mountain biker’s paradise. Scores of trails are maintained by the local Merritt Mountain Biking Association, and all levels of bikers will find something to fit their needs. Head towards Swakum Mountain for roller coaster-esque thrills and dips on the north end of town. Challenge yourself on the Dangle trail, or take the easier route on the Upper Scenic trail. On the south end of town, there are enough trails on the Coutlee Plateau to keep you occupied for the entire day. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is a trail with your name on it. Ride fast and furious as you crisscross the Godey Creek trail, which rolls over bridges and through the mud. Take a rest at the waterfall before getting back on the bike and pedalling your way to your next adventure. Or challenge yourself to take on the EPIC 150 — a 120-kilometre trail linking all of Merritt’s riding areas.


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On the water Before the city was known as the Country Music Capital of Canada, locals were known to tell visitors that in the Nicola Valley, there is a “lake a day, as long as you stay.” A day spent out on one of the many lakes in the Nicola Valley will reveal why the city’s old slogan still rings true.

If you’re looking for a local spot to cool off, N’Kwala recreational sites are located about 20 minutes outside of town on Highway 8 towards Lower Nicola. During summer hot spells when the river levels are low, the site is an ideal location for a refreshing dip in the river or river shore play.

Monck Provincial Park sits on the shores of Nicola Lake, less than half an hour from downtown Merritt. With a boat launch, picnic spots and a swimming area, the lake is a popular spot for campers and day-use patrons alike. Hop on a stand up paddle board and explore the expanse of the lake at a relaxing pace. Or cast your line and fish for Kokanee or Burbot — you won’t have trouble finding your own spot in the 22-kilometre long lake. When conditions are right — and they often are — a strong wind blowing over the lake makes it the perfect venue for windsurfing and sailing.

Things don’t slow down on the lakes in the Nicola Valley during the winter, as some of the finest ice fishing in the province take place at lakes big and small in our backyard. In addition to Nicola, Kentucky and Alleyne Lakes, there is prime ice fishing at dozens of small lakes located a short distance from the city centre. Some spots require specific vehicles for access, and are located outside of cell phone service areas. Be sure to check your directions and equipment with Tourism Merritt and Recreation Sites BC before heading out on the road.

Take the road less travelled and head to Kentucky and Alleyne Lakes off Highway 97C. The stunning turquoise waters of these lakes are rich with rainbow trout. Juniors have a chance to get their feet wet with fishing restricted to those under 16 years old on any of the ponds between the two lakes.

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And if the idea of casting your line on a lake in the Nicola Valley sounds irresistible but you’d rather not rough it, check out any one of the numerous fishing lodges in the area for a wrap-around fishing experience you won’t soon forget. Check with Tourism Merritt for more information on these getaways.


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Right at home There is plenty to see and do in Merritt without having to hop in your vehicle. Families can enjoy the sunshine at anyone of Merritt’s many parks, find a private spot for an afternoon picnic or do some shopping along historic Quilchena Avenue. Leave the vehicle behind and come discover what’s waiting for you right at home in Merritt. With green grass and plenty of space to run around, Central Park is a great spot for families with young children. Bring along your skateboard or bike and challenge yourself at the Rotary skate park, or shoot some hoops in the multi-use sports box. Forgot to pack lunch? Head over to the concession stand for delicious home baked treats and meals. Only a few minutes down the road from Central Park, Rotary Park is the place to be when you need to cool off in the summer. Equipped with a spray park and a big playground, the riverside locale is the perfect place to plan a picnic. Stick around the bandshell in the summer to hear free concerts as part of the City of Merritt’s ‘Music in the Park’ series, or watch as golfers tee off at the nearby Merritt Golf and Country Club.

Shops, cafes, and the historic Coldwater Hotel make Quilchena Avenue a popular location if you’re looking to do a little shopping while you’re in Merritt. Local artisans sell their wares at a number of stores, while good eats are always only steps away. Head down to the riverfront and take a walk along the banks of the Coldwater River. Anytime of year, the scenic path is a good place to run, walk or simply sit in the shade and listen to the water. If it is raining — which doesn’t happen often — then why not bowl a couple games with the family at the Nicolanes Bowling Alley? Located on Coutlee Avenue, Nicolanes offers fivepin bowling for all ages. If your kids are toddlers then Fairley Park is the park to visit. This park was fundraised for and specially designed by the Merritt Fire Rescue Department for the smaller children. The playground equipment will let the little ones explore and swing until content and if they are brave enough they can ride the dinosaur! For a full list of parks in Merritt, visit merritt.ca.

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On the stage Merritt knows how to put on a show. For years, the best and the brightest country music stars have graced the stage in the Nicola Valley, staking our claim to the title of the Country Music Capital of Canada. But you’d be selling us short to say that we only know how to twostep — if country is not your thing, there is still plenty to see on stage in Merritt.

Pay homage to the one of the industries that built the city at the annual Logger’s Sports Show in Central Park. Watch the wood fly as some of the world’s best chainsaw carvers compete for the title in speed carving demonstrations. Keep your eyes peeled around town for past carvings on display at local businesses and city buildings as well.

The Bass Coast Electronic Music Festival is a phantasmagoric marriage of music, art and everything in between. In between the raucous beats from international performers, festival go-ers take part in yoga seminars, dance lessons and much more. For more information and to see the lineup, check out basscoast. ca.

Magnificent crafts and incredible eats are served up with small town charm at the Nicola Valley Fall Fair. With thousands of categories to enter, from photography to baking to livestock, there are plenty of blue ribbons to be won. Show off your best moves at the harvest dance, a Nicola Valley tradition for over 100 years.

Thousands of music fans descend on the Nicola Valley every year to attend the Rockin’ River Musicfest, where the biggest names in country are always in attendance. Whether you’re enjoying a dip in the creek, or taking in a show in Merritt’s beautiful natural amphitheater, the festival experience in the Nicola Valley is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Summer days are meant for music in the Nicola Valley. Free performances grace the stage each week as part of the city’s Music in the Park concert series. Or share your passion for classic cars at the Nicola Cruisers Show N’ Shine gathering in Central Park. For a full list of events, check out page 18 and 19.

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Calendar of events 2018 SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS AND EVENTS

MAY-AUGUST MAY

KIDS TRI-IT TRIATHLON: MAY 27 STARTS AT THE NICOLA VALLEY AQUATIC CENTRE GEOCACHING MAY 13 - ROTARY PARK STOCK CAR RACES - MAY 19 - RACE TRACK IN SHULUS

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STOCK CAR RACES: JUNE 9 & 23 - RACE TRACK IN SHULUS KENTUCKY, ALLEYNE FATHER’S DAY FISHING DERBY: JUNE 17 ABORIGINAL DAY: JUNE 21 - ROTARY PARK NICOLA VALLEY KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW: JUNE 30 & JULY 1 - VOGHT PARK MERRITT OTTERS SWIM MEET: JUNE 30 & JULY 1 - NICOLA VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER

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CANADA DAY CELEBRATION/FIREWORKS: JULY 1 - CENTRAL PARK MUSIC IN THE PARK: JULY 5, 12, 19, 26 - SPIRIT SQUARE LITTLE BRITCHS RODEO: JULY 7 & 8 - MERRIT RODEO GROUNDS MERRITT ART WALK: MONTH OF JULY - VARIOUS BUSINESSES BASS COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL: JULY 6-9 MERRITT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL SITE. STOCK CAR RACES: JULY 14 - RACE TRACK IN SHULUS NV CRUISES CAR CLUB SHOW N SHINE: JULY 22 - CENTRAL PARK

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ROCKIN’ RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL: AUG. 2 - 5 - MERRITT MUSIC SITE STOCK CAR RACES: AUG. 5/6, 18, - RACE TRACK IN SHULUS MUSIC IN THE PARK: AUG. 9, 16, 23, & 30 - ROTARY PARK

*all events may be subject to change, if you are planning to attend please confirm date and location ahead of time.

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Calendar of events 2018 FALL/WINTER HIGHLIGHTS AND EVENTS

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER SEPTEMBER

ANNUAL GEOCACHING EVENT: SEPT. 1-4 - ROTARY PARK NICOLA VALLEY PRO RODEO WEEKEND: SEPT. 1-2 - RODEO GROUNDS NICOLA VALLEY FALL FAIR: SEPT. 1-2- FALL FAIR BUILDING WEST COAST AMUSEMENT: SEPT 12 - CENTRAL PARK STOCK CAR RACES: SEPT. 15- RACE TRACK IN SHULUS LOGGER SPORT SHOW: SEPT. 14-16 LOWER NICOLA GARLIC FEST & ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW: SEPT. 22 & 23 - SMITH PIONEER PARK, LOWER NICOLA MERRITT COUNTRY RUN: SEPT 28 - VOGHT PARK NICOLA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: - SEPT. 29 MERRITT CIVIC CENTRE PACIFIC FOREST RALLY: SEPT 29-30

OCTOBER

STOCK CAR RACES: OCT. 6 & 7 - RACE TRACK IN SHULUS SPOOKTACULAR: OCT. 26 - MERRITT CIVIC CENTRE FIREWORKS AT CENTRAL PARK: OCT. 31 - 8 PM

NOVEMBER

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY: NOV. 11 - MERRITT CIVIC CENTRE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WEEK: NOV. 19 - 25 - PARADE NOV. 23

DECEMBER

WINTER CELEBRATION POW WOW: DEC. 15-17 - MERRITT CIVIC CENTRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS THROUGHOUT MERRITT CITY OF MERRITT’S ANNUAL FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT: DEC. 31 - NICOLA VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER for more call (250) 315-1050 or visit www.merritt.ca/events *all events may be subject to change, if you are planning to attend please confirm date and location ahead of time.

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On the mountain Sun gleams off the snow capped hills in the Nicola Valley in the winter, inviting visitors and locals to partake in a plethora of outdoor adventures. Merritt’s mild winter weather serves as the perfect launching pad for a tour in the backcountry — on skis, snowmobiles or snowshoes. There’s ‘snow’ experience like exploring the trails on a snowmobile. Whether you’re going for a rip, or looking to find some solitude by navigating through an ocean of untouched powder, there are plenty of places to satisfy your need for speed in the winter. Travel up the well-groomed trails on Thynne Mountain, taking time to weave in and out of the trees while the crisp alpine air takes your breath away. Up on Stoyoma Mountain, riders can follow the rugged trail to the crash site of a water bomber plane — still visible today. Advanced riders are welcome to take on Hooshum’s challenging terrain, a route which will have riders bounding over tracks and sidehilling along curves. Once you’ve navigated the main attractions, link up with the Merritt Snowmobiling Club to find out where the locals like to ride. Exploring the Nicola Valley’s winter wonderland at a more leisurely pace is the name of the game at the Kane Valley Ski Trails, located off of Highway 97C, minutes outside of town. Members of the Nicola Nordic Ski Club keep more than 50 kilometres worth of trails in tip top shape during the season. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Or you can leave your skis in the shed, and tackle the Kane Valley like a true pioneer, equipped with a pair of snowshoes. At an elevation of 1,219 metres (4,000 feet), the Kane Valley trails get plenty of snow, and it stays around for months. Thanks in large part to the Nicola Valley Explorers Club, more and more snowshoe trails have been mapped and marked in the Kane Valley basin. Once the winter wonderland has you worn out, head back to Merritt to enjoy a well earned hot cocoa — and get ready to do it all again.

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On the canvas The scenic vistas and stunning sunsets of the Nicola Valley have inspired more than a couple artists to try and capture the beauty of our region on the canvas. Colourful murals are splashed on buildings throughout the downtown area, making it clear that art has been woven into Merritt’s identity. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the arts or someone looking for inspiration on their next hobby project, Merritt’s streets are brimming with talent waiting to be explored. Start your day by grabbing a portable breakfast with a coffee to go. Strap on your comfy shoes for a tour through Merritt’s walkable downtown area, where countless buildings and stores are adorned with the murals designed by the renowned Michelle Loughery. Paying tribute to the country stars who have performed in Merritt, the massive murals were painted in part by locals, and are maintained each year by a group of high school students. When your legs get tired, it’s time for an afternoon pick me up. Stop by the Secret Door Art Gallery next to Brambles Cafe & Bakery (where you can refresh your coffee and grab a snack). The gallery features rotating exhibitions from artists both local and out-of-town — and depending on when you drop by, the space might also be playing host to musicians or round-table art discussions.

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After taking in the artistic interpretations of the Nicola Valley, it’s time to get a dose of culture and history. The roots of the region are on display at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives, where you can take a self-guided tour through Merritt’s winding history. From Coldwater Avenue, it’s a straight shot across town to the Courthouse Art Gallery on Nicola Avenue. The gallery is housed in one of Merritt’s most historic buildings; the former provincial courthouse. Now operated by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council, the courthouse gallery is the focal point for artists in our community, with a rotating exhibition that changes month-to-month. A stop at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame on Quilchena Avenue is an absolute must. Memorabilia and the facts about the finest country musicians in Canadian history adorn the walls of the hall of fame. You might even hear a local artist belting out a tribute to one of the inductees. When the evening rolls around, take a moment to kick back in Spirit Square or Rotary Park to take in the sounds of the Nicola Valley. You might even be serenaded by a Music in the Park performance. Check online at merritt.ca to see when your favourites might be dropping by the city for a free performance.


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Your Hometown Hospitality Specialists

FULL MENU • JR/SR MENU 9 TAPS & ‘GRAND’ SELECTION OF WINE & BOTTLED BEER CALL 250.378.4618 FOR ALL CATERING NEEDS, PARTIES & FUNDRAISING.

Mirror Vintage

Your Looking Glass to the Past

Happily at home in one of Merritt’s oldest storefronts, Mirror Vintage is a unique Collectible, Antique, Vintage and Gift Shop in Merritt’s Historic Downtown Core. Originally the Yuen on Lung operated by the Toy Family, it has been a staple of the community since 1928. Today, you can view original merchandise of the store’s heyday, and buy fabulous vintage items or new giftware to commemorate your visit to the Nicola Valley. Check out our line of DIY supplies including PIY chalk style paint, or browse our selection of old fashioned candy and loose leaf teas. Step through the door and step back in time. There is something for everyone at Mirror Vintage.

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We offer the best selection of groceries, meats, produce and pre-made deli items. Centrally located in historic downtown Merritt with plenty of parking.

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Pizza & Sub Shop Pizza • Breakfast Bagels • Breakfast Wraps Bakery • Deli • Subs DAILY SPECIALS MONDAY TO FRIDAY! Hrs: Mon. - Sat. 6 am - 9 pm • Sun & Hol. 7 am - 9 pm Deliveries: 4:30 - 8 pm

Pizza orders and delivers: 250-315-0087 LOCATED 7 KM FROM TOWN ON HWY 8 WEST


Re-live the 1860’s Gold Rush and Native History

Left Field Cider Co. produces small batch full juice ciders from beautiful BC apples. Stop by our Ciderhouse for a tasting and see how ‘real cider’ is produced. Our Ciderhouse is located at the south end of Mamette Lake – On Highway 97C between Merritt and Logan Lake OPEN ALL SUMMER: Friday 3PM -7PM Saturday/Sunday Noon-6PM GET IN TOUCH: info@leftfieldcider.com www.leftfieldcider.com

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OPEN DAILY May 1st to September 30th HISTORIC HAT CREEK

Junction of Hwy 97 & 99 Cache Creek

contact@historichatcreek.com www.historichatcreek.com • Cabin Rentals • Shower & Washroom Facilities • Gift Shop & Licensed Restaurant • Lots of Open Unserviced Campsites • Guided Tours of the Roadhouse & Shuswap Village Powered RV Sites • Stagecoach Rides • Stay a night in a Covered Wagon For more information or to receive an information package call

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MERRITT COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WEEK Monday, NOV 19 - Sunday, NOV 25, 2018 in Merritt, BC Events Include: Lighting the Official Tree, Dance Recital, Children's Craft, Community Concert, Craft Fair, Light-up Parade, Santa's Village, Festival of Trees, Community Band, Breakfast with Santa. CONTACT: General Inquiries - Jack e: j.m.polmans@shaw.ca | t: 250.378.5552 Craft Fair - Carolyn Thompson (including info and application form) e: mushroomlady@telus.net | t: 250.378.6848 Parade - (including info and application form) e: reception@carrieware.ca | t: 250-378-2215 www.merritt.ca | 25


On the ice Sports are a way of life in Merritt. The city is the home of the longest continually running franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League — the Merritt Centennials. Every year, scores of athletes come through our town to compete in everything from volleyball tournaments, to professional rodeos. The atmosphere at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena is electric when the boys are in town.

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Stop by and catch a game when you’re in town, and the foot stomping-excitement of Junior A hockey will make you a Cents fan for life. Every year, the finest cowboys in the country congregate in Merritt for the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo. The grandstands are packed as spectators watch cowboys and cowgirls compete for a spot at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Catch all the action over the Labour Day long weekend.

The next generation of rodeo stars will stake their claim to the high school title at the Canadian High School Finals rodeo in Merritt in 2018 and 2019. We’re not all horses and hockey — Merritt boasts an enviable collection of high class recreational facilities as well, including the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, tennis courts, a curling arena and the Merritt Golf and Country Club. So come out and play.


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On the highway Merritt sits at the nexus of the highway system in the B.C. Interior. No matter what direction you head out from, the scenery will have you in awe of your surroundings. Heading north on Highway 5A will take you on a winding route along the shores of Nicola Lake. Along the way, you’ll pass by the historic Nicola Ranch — a quaint, idyllic location which has preserved the landscape of a bygone country era. History buffs should stop by Quilchena to see the historic Murray Church. Built in 1876, it is one of the oldest churches in the B.C. Interior. All the wood in the building was cut and milled in the Nicola Valley. In 2017 Trinity United Church received a grant, which provided the necessary funds to make repairs to the building and headstones.

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Take the road less traveled through the backcountry on Douglas Lake Road, where you’ll see rustic farmland, open ranges and undulating hills. You’ll know when you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of life when the road turns to gravel. A ramble along Coldwater Road, one of B.C.’s premier motorcycle routes is worth the trip. Ditch the motor for pedal power on the Kettle Valley Railway near Coldwater River — leaning into every bend in the road. In the opposite direction, Highway 8 towards Spences Bridge will take you through Lower Nicola, overlooking the valley below. Marvel in the beauty of the craggy hoodoos while pumping along the dips and curves of the road. Just remember to gas up first!


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Come Visit One of the Largest Mining Operations in the World!

Highland Valley Copper Mine Tours & Open House Open House Monday, August 6, 2018

Free Public Tours Wednesdays at 10 am May through September 2018 (pre-booking required) Tour duration approx. 3 hrs. Casual dress recommended (no shorts). Due to safety regulations, children under the age of 12 are not permitted. Must call ahead to reserve your seat.

Celebrate Our 32nd Anniversary A family day showcasing the operations, informational displays and entertainment. • Open to all ages with some age restrictions on various tours • No booking required • Everyone Welcome

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Kick off your boots and Get On Board Tours • Lessons • Rentals • Sales Certified Instructors Email: info@nicolavalleypaddlecompany.com Visit us at dotsSUP Web: nicolavalleypaddlecompany.com

Locally owned and operated in the beautiful Nicola Valley! With over 150 Lakes in the area to explore, there is no better way to experience the water than on a stand up paddle board!

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Merritt Stock Car Association

Experience Golf in the Heart of Country

Fun, fast-paced entertainment for the whole family, on one of the last operating dirt tracks in the province of B.C. Racing runs every 3 - 4 weeks starting the May long weekend right through to the Thanksgiving weekend. During the summer most races are under the lights. For more information call Suzanne at 250-378-9056 or check our Facebook page - Merritt Stock Car Association. Check us out at www.merrittspeedway.ca

May 19 & 20 - Day Races • June 9 - Night Races June 23 - Night Races • July 14 - Night Races (1/2 time Kids Activities) Albert Kosolofski Memorial Special Event Weekend: Aug 4 - Day Races, Aug 5 - Day Races Aug 18 - Night Races-Toy Drive • Sept 15 - Night Races-Food Drive Bill John Memorial Invitational: Oct 6 & 7 - Day Races Day Races - Time Trials 12pm • Racing 1pm Night Races - Time Trials 4pm • Racing 5pm Rain Out Dates• Aug 19 & Sept 16 Day Races Rain Out Day Time Trials 10am • Racing 11am

A challenging nine hole course with the mens yardages stretching over 6200 yards. Players of any level will enjoy this course! Course also features a clubhouse, full stocked pro shop, snack food bar and large screen TV’s.

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• Logging, mining trucks & automotive • Air conditioning & coolant flushing • Full service & repair of air conditioning units • Recore radiators • Repair radiators • Custom built radiators • Heater cores: new and recore • Flushing (power)

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On the track There is nothing quite like hearing the roar of the engines at a live racing event. Gearheads and casual fans alike will find no shortage of high-octane excitement in the Nicola Valley, as a wide variety of motorsports events are hosted in and around Merritt each year. Come get down and dirty when the North West Mud Racing Association comes to town in the summer. Vehicles ranging from street stock pickups to the blown-alcohol, 2,500-horsepower ‘Big Boys’, and everything in between tear through a 200-foot pit of mud at the festival grounds on the south end of town. If you’re going to sit close enough to see the mud fly, hearing protection is recommended. The Canadian Rally Championship series rolls through Merritt in the fall. Some of the top drivers in the country compete in the Pacific Forest Rally, which is a pivotal stop for the championship series. From the ceremonial start on Granite Avenue to the awards at the end of the weekend, the Pacific Forest Rally is a jam-packed weekend of racing fun in the Nicola Valley. See the local racers compete for glory at the Merritt Speedway, located 10 minutes outside of town on Highway 8. Racing weekends start in the spring, and feature both stock car racing and the wild, unpredictable chaos of flat track motorcycle races. ATV riders from all across North America converge on the Nicola Valley in the summer for the annual ATVBC poker ride. The 2018 edition is set to take place in Logan Lake, a short trip north of Merritt. Fore more information on the week-long event, check out atvbc.ca. Visitors can appreciate the classics up close at the annual Nicola Valley Cruises Show ‘n’ Shine event in Central Park. Owners spend all year tuning up their vintage rides for the show, and with participants coming from all over the province, there is always something new to see. Fast or slow, on two wheels or four, there is something for the inner automobile maniac in all of us in the Nicola Valley.

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On the land Long before Merritt was a city, Interior Salish First Nations peoples roamed this great land. Stop by Monck Provincial Park to see evidence of ancient shelters, and learn more about the people who first inhabited the Nicola Valley. Five First Nations bands — Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Upper Nicola, Nooaitch and Shackan —call the Nicola Valley home. Their co-operation has led to development of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, B.C.’s only indigenous post-secondary school, in Merritt.

First Nations culture is celebrated with an annual powwow on Indigenous Peoples Day in June. Drumming, dancing and delicious food are a staple of this event. Stop by the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives to learn more about the history of First Nations people in the Nicola Valley, featuring extensive exhibits of First Nations artifacts and intricate artwork. Traditional food with a modern twist is served up at Kekuli Cafe. Bannock donuts and ‘indian tacos’ are a favourite at this locally owned eatery.

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Art in the Park: June 21 & July 1 at Rotary Park and at the Lower Nicola Garlic Festival, September 23/24 6th Annual Art Walk: July 4-31 and at the Gallery in August Open Mic Nights: weekly at Kekuli Cafe Courthouse Arts Gallery: 1840 Nicola Ave Check our website for hours and year-round events such as music, concerts, dances & art workshops www.nicolavalleyartscouncil.com

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Under the stars Gorgeous weather, unbeatable scenery and access to some of the best outdoor adventures in the province makes Merritt an ideal place to pitch a tent during the summer. No B.C. road trip is complete without a stop to camp out under the clear skies in the Nicola Valley. The Claybanks RV Park and Campground offers spacious, well-maintained sites along the Coldwater River. The nicely treed property is located close to downtown Merritt and many of the great activities offered in the area. Enjoy golfing, fishing, swimming, or just take in the beautiful flowers as you walk along the river. This petfriendly campground is open year-round and has heated washrooms, showers, a snack shop, and horseshoe pits. Located 38 kilometres south of Merritt, the Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park has incredible scenery. With beautiful lakes and local plant life, this picturesque park is a joy for any budding photographer. The park has some great lakeside trails if you are looking for a short walk from your campsite, as well as plenty of charming fishing spots for the avid angler.

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Monck Provincial Park is located on the shores of Nicola Lake. This family campsite has a boat launch, playground and horseshoe pits, as well as a buoyed-off swimming area. The sandy beach and protected swimming area makes for a nice place to spend a sunny afternoon — remember your sunscreen, as summer days can get quite hot! The area is excellent for wildlife viewing and recreational activities, including a 5-kilometre selfguided interpretive trail that loops around the park. South of Merritt along the Coldwater River, the Moon Shadows RV Park and Campground offers great camping all year-round. RV and tenting sites are set back in the trees and offer spectacular scenery to enjoy. Moon Shadows facilities include laundry, heated washrooms with showers, a gorgeous gazebo by the river, and a small convenience store. No matter where you stay, always make sure to follow campground rules and observe any fire bans which may be in effect during the summer. Check env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/ for more information before you head out.


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SIMPLE Exposure to low angle or primarily forested terrain. Some forest openings may involve the runout zones of infrequent avalanches. Many options to reduce or eliminate exposure. No glacier travel.

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3. J.J. GILLIS HOUSE 2276 GARCIA ST.  

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25. MCGORAN HOUSE 1502 RIVER STREET

1914

17. MERRITT COURT HOUSE 1840 NICOLA AVENUE

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9. ARMSTRONG DEPARTMENT STORE 2025 QUILCHENA AVENUE

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AVALANCHE TERRAIN RATINGS

7. ADELPHI HOTEL 2101 QUILCHENA AVENUE

1908

1. BAILLIE HOUSE 2250 VOGHT ST.

CHALLENGING Exposure to well defined avalanche paths, starting zones or terrain traps; options exist to reduce or eliminate exposure with careful route finding. Glacier travel is straightforward but crevasse hazard may exist.

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18. HYLAND HALL 1776 NICOLA AVE

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1915

26. MERRITT DRILL HALL / ELKS HALL 1702 COLDWATER AVE

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10. COLDWATER HOTEL 1999 QUILCHENA AVENUE

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1920

4. DR. AUSTIN GILLIS HOUSE 2101 NICOLA AVE.

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1909

5. GRAND HOTEL 2099 GARCIA STREET

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1917

27. EASTWOOD HOUSE 1402 COLDWATER AVE.

1906

19. GABARA HOUSE 1740 NICOLA AVE.

1910

11. TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 1899 QUILCHENA AVENUE

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6. METHODIST CHURCH 2113 GRANITE AVENUE

1910

20. TUTILL HOUSE 1937 NICOLA AVENUE

1921

1916

28. COLLETT RANCH HOUSE 1415 COLLETT STREET

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12. UNITED CHURCH MANSE 1887 QUILCHENA AVENUE

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A love story gone wrong. A doctor’s wife who died under mysterious circumstances. A stopping place for early travellers. The home of a Grand Master of the Masonic Order. Love, mystery and intrigue helped shape our heritage district and you can take it all in on a self-directed Heritage Walking Tour uncovering our storied past. Follow the signs to our visitor information booth at the Baillie House and pick up your walking guide. The Baillie House is also stop one along the tour. Choose to linger here for a while to experience some great activities; inscribe a letter on an old-fashioned typewriter, listen to a spine-tingling ghost story, or rest in the garden and sip coffee or lemonade in the shade of a lofty tree. Then hit the streets, walking in the footsteps of our history and the remaining 27 historical sites. You’ll see Merritt in a whole new light as you observe the architecture of the city’s yesterday and the narrative they created.

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e h t o t CITY OF MERRITT e m o c l e W AMENITIES & FACILITIES Flourishing Under the Sun Since 1911 Situated in the scenic Nicola Valley, Merritt is easily accessible through a network of major highways that keep the city connected to major centres while preserving its mixture of rural living with urban amenities. Whether it’s outdoor adventure or the ease of modern country living that brings you to Merritt, it’s the beauty of the city and the friendliness of those who inhabit it that are sure to keep you coming back.

CITY HALL

2185 VOGHT STREET • (250) 378-4224

MERRITT VISITOR CENTRE at the Baillie House

NICOLA VALLEY MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

MERRITT CIVIC CENTRE

NICOLA VALLEY MEMORIAL ARENA

2250 VOGHT STREET • (250) 378-0349

1950 MAMETTE AVENUE • (250) 315-1050

CLAYBANKS RV PARK

1302 VOGHT STREET • (250) 378-6441

1675 TUTIL COURT • (250) 378-4145

2040 MAMETTE AVENUE • (250) 378-4832

NICOLA VALLEY AQUATIC CENTRE

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2018 Merritt Nicola Valley Visitors Guide