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Merritt Nicola Valley

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Our Story

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ur story begins at a crossroad of time and place, where old west meets new country, and breathtaking scenery and time-honoured traditions are woven into the fabric of our lives. In a land carved by hand and cultivated by hard work, we’ve been welcoming travellers since long before there were highways. Discover our world, where the simple things in life still mean something, where our unbridled country spirit fuels the sense of adventure we can’t wait to share with others. Come on by and join us for your type of adventure and stay awhile. Rolling bunchgrass meadows meet the rugged ridge of the Coastal Mountain range, rising over our sun-drenched valley, creating a natural backdrop for outdoor adventures. We learn to fish and ride as soon as we can walk around here, making us pretty savvy about bait and lures, quads and trails. Come along for the ride – we’ll show you how it’s done. Join us on your mountain bike cutting through the trees, grinding along jagged trails just minutes from the city centre. Drink in the fragrance of fresh alfalfa and sagebrush winding your ATV through undulating fields in Canada’s new old west. Ride the open range on your trusty steed – this one fuelled by pure adrenaline and torqued by horsepower. Or head off on your own to kick back and drop a line in the water. With 200 freshwater lakes and streams teeming with Rainbow trout and Kokanee, the opportunity of visiting a lake a day as long as you stay is limitless.

Where the possibility of adventure is as wide as our western skies.

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Our Story

Embrace our Country Roots We know country – we live it every day. Share in the richness of our country roots at local events and one-of-a-kind attractions you’ll only find in Merritt. Real cowboys work the range at Douglas Lake Ranch, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, where you can book a lodge stay for your own fishing getaway. Sip tea and wander the gardens at the historic Baillie House, reminiscent of a bygone era, and just one of 28 heritage sites you’ll find here. Step back in time with a stay at the Quilchena Hotel, where you can imagine the life of our earliest travellers drinking in a saloon still outfitted in turn-of-the-twentieth century luxury or have a meal or a drink at the Coldwater Hotel, a historic downtown icon established in 1908. Family tradition that spans generations firmly grounds us here. Take part in those traditions with us at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo, an event that has banded our community together for over 50 years. Explore the Country Music Capital of Canada and our country music legacy by strolling our Walk of Stars, roaming the halls of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, or take a self-guided tour of our outdoor art gallery of murals dedicated to country music’s top stars. 4 | www.merritt.ca

You’ll find this and more at the gateway to BC’s interior, where the TransCanada connects with the fabled Yellowhead and Coquihalla Highways, and any change in direction leads you from one adventure to another. A natural rest stop for travellers; explore our land, explore our history, explore our diverse culture. Discover for yourself why Merritt and the Nicola Valley are more than a stop along the way. We work hard, but we play even harder – get in on the action. Tease your curiosity and sense of adventure geocaching your way through the Nicola Valley and Gold Country, discovering even more treasures in our region. Or you could just take to the open road, twisting and turning amongst Hoodoos, our own local treasures carved by wind and time. Our wealth of natural attractions makes Merritt a quality retreat. Take in a bonfire by the river, lay back and stargaze beneath our clear night skies. This is where family bonds are made and traditions take root.


Experience the raw horse power of the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo.

Pedal through the laidback lifestyle of country living in all its glory.

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Baillie Property A Community Heritage site Since 1997

Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in our garden. Afterward you can take a free tour of the Baillie property and experience a glimpse of Merritt`s early history. Free coffee, tea, iced tea & lemonade. Local gifts, crafts, souvenirs & collectibles available all year.

The property is now home to the Merritt Visitor Information Booth. We can provide you information on anything you desire: community events, sports, recreation, swimming spots, etc. e-mail: bailliehouse@shaw.ca or Visit our website at www.bailliehouse.com 2250 Voght St. Merritt, BC

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HOURS OF OPERATION: Every day from May 1 to September 30, Tuesday To Saturday from October 1 to April 30

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Mirror Vintage is Merritt’s “oldest newest” store! Originally a General Store in operation since 1928, it was reopened in 2014 and revamped as an antique, vintage, collectible and gift shop in the heart of the downtown core. Browse our displays of original merchandise from the General Store’s glory days, then pick out a unique item to commemorate your visit.

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What’s Inside

3 Our Story 9 About Our Valley 10 Special Places 13 Event Calendar 17 Sips & Bites 20 Nature’s Playground 23 Scenic Drives 24 Explore our Lakes and Rivers 25 Play in our Mountains 31 Mountain Biking 32 Snowbound Exploration 36 Heritage & Culture 42 Merritt Heritage Walking Tour 44 Explore Downtown Merritt 49 Where to Stay 53 Travel Tips 54 City of Merritt

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Copyright 2015 © Merritt Nicola Valley This guide was created in partnership with The Merritt Herald and The City of Merritt. Production Design: Dan Swedberg Map Design: Roger Handling/www.terrafda.com Copywriting: Merritt Herald, City of Merritt, Tourism Nicola Valley Advertising sales: Theresa Arnold Printing and distribution by: Merritt Herald Writer: Kathleen Head Editing: Kim Cameron & Emily Wessel Photography: Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Darren Robinson, Kelly Funk, Katie Ottenbreit, Ian Webster, Mike Potestio, Sandi Hendry, Danica Vere, Jay Shumaker, Merritt Mountain Bike Association, Greg Gould, Ed Zumino, James & Diane Clark, Susan Gearing-Edge

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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.

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.

For more information call Lonni at 250-315-0474 or check our Facebook page - Merritt Stock Car Association. Check us out at www.merrittspeedway.ca

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Discover the adventure

View of Merritt and the Nicola Valley in all their splendour.

Here, there are tons of great ways to discover Merritt and the Nicola Valley and all it offers!

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ravelling through the Coastal Mountains, the golden shining entrance to BC’s interior glimmers in front of you – like a hidden treasure waiting to be found. An area of abundant possibilities; Merritt and the Nicola Valley are natural, beautiful and rugged all at the same time. More than just a scenic gem, our land is blessed with over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. Come visit some of our special places. You may just be inspired to stay a while.

Embracing Undulating Grasslands

Dotted with abundant lakes and weather-beaten hoodoos, come see what we’re all about. We won’t disappoint. If hiking and biking are your passions then head to the Trans-Canada Trail, which follows the Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way from nearby Brookmere over to Hope. Trails proliferate throughout the region, from ambling strolls alongside lakes to challenging back-country routes.

Home of the Walk of Stars

The city of Merritt is the Nicola Valley’s urban centre with a proud country heritage. Merritt highlights easy-to-access outdoor recreation, down-home hospitality and an eclectic blend of events and festivals. In the town you’ll find the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Walk of Stars displayed proudly throughout the city streets.

Unearth our ranching country

Marvel at the quick-handed wranglers at Douglas Lake Ranch or historic Quilchena. Slumber in a rustic log lodge and get inspired by the intricate artistry of blacksmithing at AP Guest Ranch. Explore our wide open country on the back of a faithful mount – you’ll feel like a real cowboy here.

Hiking Guaranteed

If you’re hungry for adventure and discovery, then you need to high-tail it to our outdoor oasis and experience our Gold Country Geotourism Program. Caches are found in unusual places, with unusual stories.

Adventure Seekers Wanted Explore the windy canyons for some great hiking expeditions.

Leap into our local swimming holes at Little Box Canyon and N’kwala. Unplug and reconnect with your brood in winter by grabbing your toboggan and heading to Hamilton Hill; the very same spot where you can stargaze beneath summer’s darkened skies.

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Special Places

things to do and places to see A keen sense of adventure and plenty of time is all you need to explore the craggy mountains and rolling ranch lands surrounding Merritt and the sun-soaked Nicola Valley. There are adventures around every turn in the road – make sure you don’t miss any of these special places and activities:

Lake Fishing

To any seasoned fisherman, nothing sounds better than the outward reel of your pole and bait hitting the water. Hooking up and soakin’ bait is all part of the fishing game, but with over 200 lakes and rivers in our area, every day brings you something new – and that is an angler’s paradise. You can choose any number of renowned spots to fish, such as Nicola, Corbett or Chataway Lakes, or you can venture off the beaten path to your own secret fishing hole. One thing is certain, the fish are always biting here – summer or winter, spring or fall, so power up your boat and go troll for a big one. No matter what your angle, you’ll bag your limit and come back for more.

Nicola Valley

Bring your camera – sweeping grasslands, ancient lakes, lava cliffs and wind carved hoodoos – our landscapes provide inspired backdrops of your Nicola Valley vacation photos. Explore every inch – hiking, mountain-biking, fishing and geo-caching; uncover stories of the Interior Salish First Nations Peoples, ranchers, and visionary pioneers who have long called this place home. This is Gold Country – a treasure that’s lured travellers for generations to snowmobile in winter, fish in summer, and play in our mountains year-round. Pull off the highway and play a while. You never know what adventure a day here will bring.

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Nicola Valley Courthouse Art Gallery

The Courthouse Art Gallery in one of Merritt’s most historic – and storied – buildings pays tribute to the many people who have spilled their souls on canvas, into sculpting materials, and in multi-media masterpieces over the years. Operated by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council, a non-profit group with more than 30 years of history, the Courthouse Art Gallery offers the finest exhibits from exquisite handmade quilts to striking oil and realistic watercolour paintings from local artists and visitors alike. Upstairs, the thriving Love to Dance Academy adds more joyous expression to the historic courthouse. Offering Spanish dancing, modern jazz, fitness classes, mom-and-tot movement classes, and of course, Royal Academy of Dance ballet for all ages, the Love to Dance Academy brings the most graceful of the performing arts to local dancers, for whom all the world’s a stage.


Where the wild ones roam free Expand your horizons, embrace our country roots and roam free! We have no shortage of family-inspired fun. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind activities you can bring the whole gang to, we’ve got you covered in Merritt!

Mountain Biking

Take a roll in the hay and bomb your way through rugged trails handcrafted by locals whose passion for ripping through tree-lined paths knows no bounds. Hammer along various routes, sun on your shoulders, warm wind on your face, creating your own personal nirvana. Our local trails stretch on for days and, whether you want to get technical or stay in your zone, you’ll find plenty of knobby tire action here. Explore the awesome diversity of Merritt biking – head out in any direction from the city centre and be grinding along a trail in five minutes.

Nicola Lake

Splash into Nicola Lake and feel your cares melt away with every stroke you take. Shimmering like a jewel in the heart of a windswept valley, Nicola Lake offers the best conditions for wind-fueled water sports. A favourite gathering spot for generations, it’s where good times, good friends and family connect for a day on the water. Feel the warm sun on your face and the wind at your back, and bring along your adventuresome spirit. Join us waterskiing, windsurfing or SUPing Nicola’s gusty shores, or bring your gear and see what’s biting in the deep, dark depths where Kokanee swim below. Get lost in your favourite beach read, soak up the sun and the sounds of nature or unwind with the kids on the shoreline – Nicola Lake is our favourite spot to just get away from it all.

Country Music Capital of Canada

From the tops of our hats to the tips of our boots, country music encompasses our rich past and our diverse future. Our land was pioneered by ranchers and cowboys, our hearts beat to the sound of country music, and boy, are we proud of it. Explore our love affair with all things country music. Wander our downtown streets, stepping amongst the stars. Over 100 bronze plaques and artful murals commemorate old-time country legends and hot new stars. Explore the evolution of country music at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and discover why country is more than just great melodies around here – country music tells our story.

Heritage Walk

Our streets tell a story and you can uncover them all with each step on the Merritt Heritage Walking Tour. Selfdirected, a handy print guide leads you on a tale of discovery and to a time when the world wasn’t in such a big old hurry. There are 28 sites to take in on the tour – see them all, or just a few – and uncover the roots of our western town.

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Calendar of events May

September

Elementary Bench Choir Presents “Joust Performance”

Merritt Little Britches Rodeo

ANNUAL GEOCACHING EVENT

Living Legends Performance

Father’s Day Fishing for Kids

Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo

Splash into Summer BBQ

Nicola Valley Fall Fair

North West Mud Racing

Lower Nicola Garlic Fest & Antique Tractor Show

May 1, 2015 / At the old CMS School

May 4, 2015/ At the Merritt Civic Centre

Ball Tournament

May 9-10, 2015 / At Central Park

National Lifejacket Day

May 14, 2015 / At the NVAC Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

Love to Dance Bake, Craft & Yard Sale

May 16, 2015 / At the Olde Courthouse www.lovetodanceacademy.com

Safe Boating Awareness Week May 16-22, 2015 Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

Kids Tri-It Triathlon

May 24, 2015 / At the NVAC Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR May 30, 2015 / At Rodeo Grounds 250-378-7893

Vintage Sale

May 30, 2015 / At the Merritt Civic Centre Facebook: Vintage Cove Girl

Swingin’ Fiddles Concert

May 31, 2015 / At the Merritt Civic Centre 250-378-5735

June

Merritt Country Run June 14 / At Voght Park merrittcountryrun.ca

First Nations Traditional Games

June 18, 2015 / At Voght Park

Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2015 / At Voght Park

June 18-19, 2015 / At Rodeo Grounds www.bclbra.org

June 21, 2015 / At Kentucky-Alleyne nvfishandgameclub.ca

June 26, 2015 / At the NVAC Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

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Kennel Club Dog Show

June 27- 29, 2015 / At Voght Park www.westerndogshows.com

July

Canada Day City Celebration July 1, 2015 / At Rotary Park Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

Merritt Art Walk

Month of July Various Locations around Merritt

Bass Coast Festival

July 10 -13, 2015 / At Music Fest Site www.basscoast.ca

Nicola Valley Cruisers Car Club Show ‘N’ Shine July 26, 2015 / At Central Park www.allanrodandcustom.ca

August

Rockin’ River Music Festival

July 30-August 2, 2015 / At Music Fest Site www.rockinriverfest.com

BC Ambassadors Pageant

August 14-15, 2015 / Merritt Civic Centre www.bcambassador.com

Last Splash of Summer BBQ

August 30, 2015 / At the NVAC Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

September 4-7, 2015 / starts in Lytton and closes in Merritt!

September 5-6, 2015 / At Rodeo Grounds www.nicolavalleyprorodeo.com

September 5-6, 2015 / At Rodeo Grounds Facebook: Nicola Valley Fall Fair

September 26-27, 2015 / At Smith Pioneer Park, Lower Nicola 250-378-4199 / Facebook: Lower Nicola Garlic Fest & Antique Tractor Show

October

Pacific Forest Rally

October 2-3, 2015 / Venues are TBD www.pacificforestrally.com

City Spooktacular Event

October 23, 2015 / At the Merritt Civic Centre, Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

November

Country Christmas Love to Dance Concert

November 25, 2015 / At the Merritt Civic Centre www.lovetodanceacademy.com

Country Christmas

November 23-29, 2015 / Varied Venues 250-378-6158, Facebook: Merritt Country Christmas

December

City of Merritt’s Annual Free New Year’s Eve Event December 31, 2015 / At the NVAC Facebook: Merritt Leisure Services

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Events

Boot, scoot, and boogie Whether you celebrate your inner gearhead at events like the Bar Bender Classic, or lose yourself in the pure intensity of the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR, or simply dance the night away to great live entertainment, we’ve got your ticket to a good time.

Events to Rally Around

Brains and brawn…our love affair with cars almost knows no bounds. Show off your own pride and joy, share your passion for vintage vehicles, decked-out classic cruisers or heaps of horsepower under the hood – celebrate 20 years of the Nicola Valley Cruisers Show ‘n’ Shine – our signature event for classic car gear heads. Looking for a more adrenaline fuelled rally? You’ll find all the thrills and spills you’re looking for at the Pacific Forest Rally. Watch the dirt fly as cars of all makes and models skid and steer beneath the pines along closed logging roads. Part of the Pacific Northwest Championship, this race features an ecochallenge and cars so fast, you’ll wonder if you really saw them.

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Sound of Live Music

Full Throttle Events

We love our horsepower – we believe if we can ride it, we can race it! Get in on the action – channel your inner daredevil and take part in the Bar Bender Classic. Hear the roar of your engines, feel the wind on your face and the crunch of dirt and stones beneath your bike. Navigating expert or amateur courses through the Lower Nicola Valley is part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association’s 17 races – where testing your mettle is nothing short of a gravel-spraying good time.

Country may be in our roots, but if you spend any time in Merritt, you’ll soon realize we have an eclectic live entertainment scene. From powwows and Indo-Canadian dance performances at Rotary Park to boot scootin’ bands at the Adelphi, you can find your own beat to dance to in Merritt. Integrating the best in electronic music, art, yoga and much more, the Bass Coast Electronic Music Festival is three days of celebrating the diverse and eclectic cultures around BC, joined together with a sense of harmony and raucous beats. Visit www.basscoast.ca for more! If country music is more your scene be sure to check out the Rockin’ River Musicfest, featuring artists like Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley! Visit www.rockinriverfest.com for more.


gear up or saddle up We’re more than just beautiful scenery and fantastic outdoor activities – we know how to get down and put on one heck of a party. Inspire your own future rodeo stars when your youngest watch riders hone their skills at our Little Britches Rodeo.

Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo

The excitement emanating from the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo is infectious. The crowd roars as their favourite rider takes to the arena, the ground literally shaking with thunderous applause. Your mouth will water at the intoxicating aroma of smoking BBQ wafting through the air. Over 50 years in the making, our rodeo creates the perfect storm for wranglers looking for the greatest ride of their lives – keeping you on your feet and cheering 'til the end.

Nicola Valley Fall Fair

Join in on our Nicola Valley Fall Fair fun. Indulge in some incredible edibles, fawn over locally-raised livestock and our ever-popular harvest dance will have you kicking up your heels. Join in the celebrations, a family tradition for over 100 years.

Merritt Country Christmas

Herald in the holidays at our Country Christmas celebration. The spirit of the season is alive at our Santa Claus Parade where illuminated floats create a magical rolling fairyland. Capture wide-eyed memories and precious moments with Santa photos, or find handcrafted gifts for family and friends (and maybe a sumptuous treat or two for you!) at our holiday market.

Family Fun

Pack a picnic and bring the family along for an afternoon of traditional song, dance and game playing – celebrating the unique culture of our First Nations people at our annual Aboriginal Day celebrations in June. About 200 people visit the powwow on the June weekend. Spectators are in for a treat as dancers of all ages and vendors participate to celebrate the event.

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Nicola Valley Farmer’s Market

Sip and bite your way through Merritt and the Nicola Valley. All you need to do is bring your appetite.

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hen those hunger pangs start rumbling, we’ve got a recipe to conquer your craving. Whether it’s fast food, farm-to-table, or more eclectic fare you’re yearning for, we can satisfy your hunger at roadside national chains, family-friendly and hip joints in the heart of town, or organic eateries beyond our city limits.

Tasty Treats and Good Eats

The aroma of coffee lures you in, but it’s the homemade baked goods, hot soups and freshmade sandwiches on the menu at Brambles Bakery that will keep you coming back. For some authentic bannock and great dishes, head to Kekuli Cafe. You just can’t get more fresh than this! For an athlete-sized appetite, Game On Sports Pub has a varied menu – sure to leave you satisfied. If you’re feeling nostalgic visit Merritt’s heritage landmark Coldwater Hotel for some home-style good cooking. Garden Sushi features exceptional Japanese fare – from sashimi to teriyaki, your hankering for sushi will be well indulged. Or why not try the delicious flavours and fresh ingredients of Mongo’s Mongolian Grill? The options here are limitless. The hardest part is choosing where to enjoy.

Garden Fresh

The Nicola Valley Farmer’s Market held, right in the heart of town during the growing season, features home-grown delectables, ripe fruits, crisp vegetables and tasty baked goods – you’ll just keep coming back for more. Every Saturday, May 16 - October 11 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Located at the parking lot beside the Baillie House. For more information visit http:// britishcolumbia.farmersandfleamarkets.ca

Unique Gems in the Heart of the Valley

Delicious locally brewed cider, at Left Field Cider Co. is just 10 minutes from Merritt’s town centre, in beautiful country.

Real apples – real cider – made locally. There’s more to the story behind our valley’s very own cidery, Left Field Co. Pop in for a taste during the summer sipping season and hear the rest of the story yourself. Grab your favourite type – Big Dry for a traditional taste, Little Dry for a more mild taste and jump on the cider band-wagon, to taste what all the buzz is about. Quilchena Hotel is the perfect place to escape the city and enjoy what the Nicola valley has to offer. A small turn-of-the 20th century boutique hotel (built in 1908) with a big heart in the midst of Nicola Valley’s old west. The Douglas Lake Ranch proudly presents dining at The One Eleven Grill at the Quilchena Hotel! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Highland Valley Copper

MineTours

Highland Valley Copper is offering mine tours 3 days a week:

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 pm

Tours start May 20 & Ending August 28 or

stop by our Annual Open House Monday August 3rd Regular Mine Tour Duration: 2.5 Hrs Tour starts at 1 pm

The guided bus tour showcases various interest points of the mine site and includes a video presentation. HVC is an industrial setting, casual dress is recommended: pants, runners, and no open toed footwear. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the daily tours. CALL AHEAD to reserve your seat. Space is limited to a maximum of 20 persons per tour.

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Highland Valley Copper Family Day Open House Monday August 3, 2015 Open House Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

We Invite You to Come Celebrate Our 29th Anniversary Come early to get a spot on one of the five types of tours some tours require tickets on a first come basis • Open to all ages with some age restrictions on various tours • No booking required • Industrial Setting • No Open Toed Footwear On Mill Tours No PETS Everyone welcome

Open to all ages with some age restrictions on various tours, the Open House is a day showcasing many aspects of the mine including various site tours, many displays and family entertainment.

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Play in Nature’s Playground Get your motor running and your legs pumping on epic backcountry rides, splash and angle into our rivers and lakes, or thunder and traipse through our mountain trails on foot or by bike. No matter what your adventure, nature is calling.

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Rolling bunchgrass meadows meet the rugged ridge of the Coastal Mountain range, rising over our sundrenched valley, creating a natural backdrop for outdoor adventures.


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Take in the views of the Nicola Valley from Highway 97C.

Put the pedal to the metal and hit the blacktop - road touring Merritt’s backcountry roads.

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Scenic Drives

Expansive roads surrounded by breathtaking scenery make the Nicola Valley an inspired place to stretch out on the highway and escape your daily grind. Capture landscapes that speak of a bygone era – waving grasslands, softly rounded mountains and forests all around. Sunshine Valley is magical in the fall as warm mist rises off roadside ponds and foliage creates a symphony of soft yellow and vibrant orange. Cruise past rolling hillsides of lodgepole pine and sagebrush bordering BC Highway 5A’s awe-inspiring landscapes, and make sure you stop to explore Quilchena, a testament to another time on the shores of Nicola Lake.

Epic Rides

Discover scenery so vast no windshield is wide enough to see it all. Ramble along Coldwater Road, one of BC’s premier motorcycle routes. Zoom along the Kettle Valley Railway and the Coldwater River, leaning in and out with every bend in the road! Drink in the sights on a back road tour riding Douglas Lake Ranch Road. Rustic farmland, open ranges and undulating hills are the hallmark of this ride that carries you from smooth pavement to a good-ol’ gravel road.

Come Along for the Ride

Join the weekend warriors navigating their cycles throughout the valley. Following the Nicola River, head out on BC Highway 8 toward Spences Bridge, marvelling in the beauty of the craggy hoodoos while pumping along dips and curves. Feed your inner adrenaline junkie then stop and fuel up at Monkey in the Garden, an organic food wagon serving locally grown farm to table fare in the most unexpected location approximately 45 minutes south of Merritt.

Celebrating Life on the Highway Sun-filled country drive five minutes south of Merritt.

Love life out on the open road? Join in our annual celebrations of life on the highway. Classic cars roll into Merritt with souped-up engines revved for the Nicola Valley Cruisers Show and Shine every summer.

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Explore Our Lakes and Rivers Wade right in – our lakes and rivers glisten like diamonds among the sun-tipped meadows near Merritt. With more than 200 lakes and the Nicola and Coldwater rivers dotting our storied landscape, there’s plenty of space to cool off in summer, angle for trophy-size catches, or idle your days away.

Lure 'em in!

Find your own great fish tale in Merritt – an unmatched destination for freshwater fishing. Drop your line into the azure waters of Kentucky and Alleyne Lakes, rich with Rainbow trout. Ponds located near these two peaceful lakes include children’s only fishing, highlighted by the annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Guests at Douglas Lake Ranch will experience the tranquil art of fly-fishing, with twelve lakes and a fishing tradition that goes back generations. Spend lazy days casting your cares away at Corbett Lake, a by-reservation-only fly-fishing oasis with sweeping hillsides and a climate that inspires relaxation.

Chill out ice Fishing

Winter doesn’t mean the end of our fishing season – sun shines year round in our valley so grab your auger and angle for some unparalleled winter fun! Crack the ice and drop your bait into the frosty waters of Kentucky, Alleyne and Edna, our premier ice fishing spots. Or, try to “catch” top prize at the yearly Ice Fishing Derby, held on the wintry banks of Mamit Lake.

Unrivalled Nicola Lake

Cast your line into Nicola Lake, one of the largest in the area at 22 kilometres long and up to 55 metres deep, where Kokanee and Burbot bite. Angling isn’t the only outdoor experience here – warm winds blow through the narrow valley creating ideal conditions for windsurfing and sailing. Try gliding the rippling waters stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing), or cut through the lake waterskiing, feeling the wind on your face. At the end of the day, make camp at Monck Provincial Park or unwind in luxury at the Quilchena Hotel, sharing your exploits with other travellers you’ll meet along the way.

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Take a Dip!

Plunge into a refreshing swimming hole to cool down as temperatures rise. Everyone has their favourite spot to tread water. Come on out and discover yours. Jump into the crystal waters at Little Box Canyon on Spius Creek, or bound into N’kwala, a popular swimming hole near Spences Bridge. When the Nicola River runs high in spring, kayak its rapids, or come in summer to lay back and unwind – floating the Coldwater River.


Play in our Mountains A rugged coastal mountain range borders Merritt and the Nicola Valley providing ample space to get out and explore. Come play in our mountains – grab some knobby tire action, hike the hills, motor our trails, reconnect with nature, and discover life in our great outdoors.

Rock & Roll & Ride

When we ride our mountain trails, we ride the old school way, on single tracks and open ranges. See if you’ve got what it takes to master Too Much Info, a heart pumping bermed ride where logjams test your technical skills. Roller coaster along the Swakum Mountain Trail, thrills plummeting at you with every turn, or plow along Coco Bonk near Lundbom Lake, a cross-country rider’s haven bordered by rolling grasslands.

Swap Some Swag

Quench your thirst for knowledge. Discover our local legends and lore on a one-of-a-kind Geocaching adventure. A modern day treasure hunt, comb our valley with your GPS to discover caches and the history of our territory. With twenty-four caches highlighting sites such as the Promontory Lookout, Pineridge Cemetery, and Craigmont Mine; you can spend an entire day on the hunt in Merritt!

Monumental Hoodoos

Find your Trail

Lace up your boots and hit the trails! The Tom Lacey Legacy Trail meanders to the Merritt Viewpoint where panoramic views of the city are only rivalled by the quiet you’ll find there. Snow-capped Stoyoma Mountain features scaling ridges and scrambling rocky vistas. Your inner daredevil will be in paradise. Lose yourself in the chirps of local fowl and lush wildflowers trekking historic Kane Valley Trail. Amble along to Harmon Lake, a 2.7 km interpretive trail and a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 200 species of bird that call this sanctuary home.

Rising out of the earth along BC Highway 8, hulking pillars of rocks carved by time and the elements watch over our valley floor. Powerful and strong, our hoodoos connect us to our land in the most primal way. Wander along nature’s architecture, drinking in the views from the tall, rocky columns and see for yourself why these stone formations stand as monuments to the past, and a gateway to our future.

Horsepower not Horse Power

Rev your engines and hop on your ride. Bountiful trails allow you to roll through our wooded areas and open ranges whether you prefer two wheels or four. Connect with other riders and join up with the Nicola Valley Dirt Riders Association who share your love of power at our annual Bar Bender Classic.

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Knights Inn 2702 Nicola Inn 866.658.9244 knightsinnmerritt@shaw.ca www.knightsinnmerritt.ca

travelodge 3581 Voght Street 800.578.7878 travelodgemerritt@telus.net www.travelodge.com

ramada 3571 Voght Street 800.353.3571 reservations@ramadamerritt.ca www.ramada.com

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JJ Gillis House Heritage Guest Inn


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Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in Merritt, BC

This is Canada's most recent addition to the stage of national attractions! It's a great fit. Merritt and the Nicola Valley are the perfect showcase for the gritty western heritage and traditional ranching culture which was shaped by this unique landscape. At the Hall of Fame, the best of Canadian country music is celebrated! Learn who the inductees are, their contributions to the genre and how the roots of the country music continue to influence musical styles and move our souls. Canada's rich fabric of country music songwriters and performers have influence far beyond our national borders. While music is a universal language, Canadian country music in particular is a story worth telling and sharing... join us in the discovery!

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Sun on your shoulders, warm wind on your face, creating your own personal nirvana. We have one of the longest mountain biking seasons in BC with many of our diverse trails accessible as early as March and as late as November, giving you one heck of a ride almost any time of the year.

Merritt Info Centre Trails

Our local trails stretch on for days and, whether you want to get technical or stay in your zone, you’ll find plenty of knobby tire action here. Warm up and get down along the Merritt Info Centre trails. Ride fast and furious, criss-crossing the Godey Creek Trail, rolling over bridges or resting at the waterfall – you’ll get a little mud on your tires here. If you like climbing with a steady heart rate, tackle Too Much Info where you will be kept off your seat riding “Big Easy,” a ten-foot log ride settled into our rolling grasslands.

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Dirt jumping at Merritt’s bike park.

> Warm up on the Merritt Info Centre Trails – 5-kilometre ride with a scenic viewpoint at the top > Plummet along Godey Creek – 2 km of creek crossing energy > Catch some air on Too Much Info – crush the logs on the “Big Easy” > Bound along Swakum Mountain Trail – a fast-paced 1-kilometre ride with plenty of stunts > Enjoy the scenery on Coco Bonk – an assorted mix of single and double track > Get old school with 98 – one of the first trails built in Merritt > Journey the Kane Valley Trail – 45-kilometres featuring a wide variety of trails and loops > Polish your talent on Harmon Demonstration Forest – 2.7-kilometres along the shores of prime lake beauty > Twist and turn single track style on JP Cool – 3-kilometres of technical delights > Explore the awesome diversity of Merritt biking – head out in any direction from the city center and be grinding along a trail in 5 minutes

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Snowbound Exploration Crave outdoor adventure? Get your fill in Mother Nature’s playground – a natural escape from your daily grind. Winters are mild around here, but we have more than enough snow-pack to fuel plenty of fun: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and more.

Winter on two Feet

Our terrain equips you for winter escapades, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing a mild and snowy winter wonderland. Get your glide on at the Kane Valley Trails, home of the Nicola Nordic Ski Club, where you’ll find 50 kilometres (31 miles) of varied tracks to explore. Slide across ski trails, old logging roads and snow-covered grasslands, but don’t forget to stop and take in the views along the way – our winter landscapes are nothing short of inspired. If heading into the trees is more to your liking, trek your way along snow-canvassed paths adjacent to the ski trails – you’ll feel like a pioneer explorer cutting fresh tracks by snowshoe.

Snowmobile Power

Find solitude in the backcountry, or rip and plow through veritable oceans of snow; snowmobiling is the ultimate way to explore the Nicola Valley in winter! Whether you like riding steep and deep, or boondocking through the trees, you’ll find plenty of white powered action out here.

Ice Fishing

Grab your auger and break the ice on a new fishing hole. More than 200 lakes nearby make for some pretty robust fishing, even in the dead of winter. Try your luck fishing rainbow trout at Mamit Lake or head to Chicken Ranch Lake for some of the best brook trout fishing around. Settle in for cool tranquility as you crack the ice, drop your line and wait for your catch, and feel your adrenaline surge with pure icy satisfaction when that fish finally bites.

For family-oriented fun

Travel the well-groomed trails of Thynne Mountain, weaving in and out of wooded areas, breathing in the scent of the winter forest. Revel in stunning scenery as you sled the Honeymoon trail, one of the most popular runs leading to a log cabin in the woods.

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Winter wonderland Inspired? Then breathe in that revitalizing alpine air and head outside to play! Join us for the season – you’ll sure be glad you did.

Some local history

Head up rugged Stoyoma Mountain and ride to the crash site of a water bomber plane still visible today – you’ll be reminded of nature’s raw power. If you’re an advanced rider – you’ll want to take on Hooshum’s challenging terrain bounding over tracks, side-hilling along curves – the faint of heart need not apply. Still looking for your winterbound oasis? Join up with the Merritt Snowmobile Club, these locals will show you all the hot (or cold) spots.

Merritt Country Christmas

Winter wonderland takes on a whole new meaning in Merritt with our annual Country Christmas. Our entire community pulls together to put on an event sure to get you into the yuletide spirit. Country Christmas is one for the senses; the taste of warm baked seasonal delights, the sight of the light-up Santa Claus Parade, the touch of crafters’ delicate treasures, the smell of rich, hot cocoa, and the sound of our community choir carolling time-honoured favourites.

Where Hockey Lives

Slap shots, body slams and breakaways are embedded in the fabric of almost every Canadian community, and Merritt is no exception. The Merritt Centennials, the oldest continuously operating Junior A Hockey League team in the province, will easily remind you why you love this frozen game. Bring the family along to one of their games – you’ll be on your feet and stomping for all three periods.

Did You Know?

Merritt has turned out some hockey greats who started with the Merritt Centennials including Eddy Beers, who went on to play for the University of Denver, Calgary and Colorado Flames and the St. Louis Blues and Grant Mulvey, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and his brother Paul who played for such teams as the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.

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ENGLISH Style craft cider made in merritt bc Come by our Ciderhouse for a tasting and see how our small batch, full juice ciders are made with beautiful BC apples. We are located at the south end of Mamette Lake - on hwy 97C between Merrit and Logan Lake.

COME IN AND TRY OUR EVERY DAY SPECIALS and our Famous Home-made Meals! Enjoy lunch and the view on our outdoor patio! Specials: Thursday - Wing Night

OPEN ALL SUMMER: Friday 3PM - 7PM Saturday/Sunday Noon - 6PM

Friday - Steak & Prawns Call us for information on Special Occasions

Tel 250-315-1022

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Open Sun to Wed: 11am-12am Thu-Sat: 11am-1am

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Heritage & Culture

Sink into history Have a glimpse into our past and uncover a side of Merritt you might have never known. Whether it’s in the displays of the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives, the sights you’ll see along our heritage walk or in the remnants of the Interior Salish First Nation found scattered throughout the valley, you’ll find our storied past unfolding all around you.

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Heritage & Culture

The Heritage Walking Tour will take you to the historic Coldwater Hotel built in1908.

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Heritage Walking Tour

Ready to sink into history? Then strap on your shoes and hit the pavement. The Merritt Heritage Walking Tour introduces you to the stories behind our landmark heritage buildings, weaving tales of intrigue and curiosity as you wander our downtown core. Begin at the Baillie House and feel your heartstrings tug at the tale of a love story gone wrong. Explore the mysteries of the Tutill House where murderous legends are told. Wander through our selection of antique and collectable shops; you never know what treasures you’ll find!

Looking for more old-world architecture?

Take a quiet country drive to the historic Quilchena Hotel where vintage hospitality matches the ambiance of a turn-of-the-20th-century hotel built by settlers from France, or have a meal or drink at the Coldwater Hotel, a downtown icon established in 1908.

Nicola Valley Museum and Archives

Uncover our past on a self-guided tour of the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives. Open Monday to Saturday in summer and Monday to Friday in winter, it’s where you’ll uncover the origins of Merritt and the Nicola Valley, leaving you yearning for simpler days. Keeping our past alive, Merritt’s proud milling and mining histories are prevalent here, where handcrafted traditional buckskins, baskets and beads remind you of days gone by.

Get Your Ommmmm on

Seek out peace and harmony. Centre yourself. Restore your life’s balance. Get your ommm on a 10-day meditation session at the Dhanna Surabhi Meditation Centre of BC is all you’ll need! Secluded on 56 tranquil timbered acres, the Centre is one of 120 centres world-wide teaching the practice of Vipassana meditation. Just breathe and find your balance in this soothing environment while learning about the inter-connection of mind and body.

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Country Culture

Country strong Country isn’t just a type of music around here – it’s who we are. The Country Music Capital of Canada; you’ll find we’re country strong and western proud. We ranch the range, and you can too at guest ranches where horse power still rules.

Cowboy Cool

Ranching is embedded in this land and that rich history is still alive today. Experience it for yourself at Douglas Lake Ranch, Canada’s largest working cattle ranch 125 years in the making. Make your reservation to stay in an authentic ranch house, fishing cabin or in turn-ofthe-century luxury – then watch ranch hands work the cattle or angle in for unsurpassed fly-fishing – you just can’t get more country than that.

Saddle up

Pull up your boots and ride the open range. Lundbom Lake features well-built horse corrals and carefully maintained trails, where you can guide your mount through storybook scenery of cows grazing on grasslands. Canter along the naturally sloping land, winding in and out of Douglas fir and sagebrush buttercups along the Kane Valley Trail. After a full day’s ride, make camp under the stars at Lundbom Grasslands campsite, where horses are welcome along with the family.

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Watch us Rope n’ Ride

Cowboy up. The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo may be your first rodeo, but it sure won’t be your last. Experience a family tradition 50 years in the making. Your heart will be thumping in the grandstand just watching the contenders in action. Hold your breath for eight seconds during the saddle bronc, or feel your pulse quicken watching the clock during the teamroping event. Watch rodeo clown Jayson Charters. He’ll have you rolling in the stands with his uniquely wild sense of humour and body defying acts.

Become a horse whisperer

At AP Guest Ranch where you can make some musical memories and join in with the band at the Old West Saloon, taste a nourishing meal prepared with authentic chuck wagon and ranch recipes, and ride the range on a trusted steed. With all of these genuine western experiences – you’ll feel like a wrangler in no time!


western proud Pull some leather at our Pro Rodeo and Professional Bull Riding competitions where broncs 'n bucks take centre stage. Come and experience our unbridled country for yourself – here are some of our favourite experiences:

Country Music Capital of Canada

Country music is our featured soundtrack, so turn up the volume; we play all your favourites! Country crooners have long wandered our streets, and you can too by following our Walk of Stars. Find your favourite country music match – with 100 bronze stars to locate, there’s a legend to be found at almost every corner.

Come watch the best riders in the west

The Ty Pozzobon Invitational PBR, named after Merritt’s very own professional bull rider, is your chance to watch firsthand as skilled cowboys try to stay locked in the saddle on a jerking, bucking bull; guaranteed to leave you as breathless as the riders.

Wander your way past painted murals of famous country troubadours; Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and more, then duck into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame where more artists are featured. Roam the halls adorned with bronze plaques and discover inductees such as Michelle Wright and Ian Tyson. You’ll uncover why they’re so significant to the genre.

Horse Sense

Rustle up a not-so-ordinary family vacation out on the range at AP Guest Ranch. More than 100 years old, the ranch is a great place to gain some horse sense. Book an extended stay for pack trips, or hiking and mountain biking. This is no average day at the water park; this is an old-fashioned vacation your kids will forever dream of.

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COUNTRY

CHRISTMAS Monday, NOV 23 - Sunday, NOV 29, 2015 Events Include: Lighting the Official Tree, Dance Recital, Wreath Walk, Children's Craft, Community Concert, Craft Fair, Light- up Parade, Santa's Village, Festival of Trees, Community Band, Transit Light-up tour, Breakfast with Santa.

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CONTACT: General Inquiries - Sharon e: tedwards@telus.net | t: 250.378.6158 Craft Fair - Carolyn Thompson (including info and application form) e: mushroomlady@telus.net | t: 250.378.6848 Parade - (including info and application form) e: countrychristmas@merrittchamber.com | t: 250.378.5634

Saturday, September 5th & Sunday, september 6th N.V. RODEO ARENA

Lindley Creek Road, Merritt, B.C.

LOCAL RODEO EVENTS High School Rodeo - May 8, 9, 10 Ty Pozzobon Invitational - May 30 Little Britches Rodeo - July 18 & 19

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With campuses in Merritt and Vancouver and over 300 courses available, come and experience what makes NVIT a great place to grow.

NICOLA VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MERRITT CAMPUS 250.378.3300 VANCOUVER CAMPUS 604.602.9555 TOLL FREE 1.877.682.3300 WWW.NVIT.CA

Saturday, September 5: Noon - 8:00 PM Sunday, September 6: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Venture down to the fall fair building and take in one of our colourful displays! After we’re done clean-up the party begins with our

COUNTRY DANCE: 9 PM - 1 AM

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Candidates are judged on: • General knowledge of British Columbia (including current events) • Personal Interviews with the judges • Presentation skills • Public speaking The British Columbia Ambassador Program began in 1999; it is an annual event that takes place in Merritt, BC. The program is open to any young man or woman age 16 to 24, who has held an Ambassador/Royal title in British Columbia. The British Columbia Ambassador team representing our youth travels throughout our province, promoting our mandate.

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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 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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Deana Carter.....................1700 Garcia St. Roy Clark..........................1700 Garcia St. Mark Chesnut................1802 Charters St. Carolyn Dawn Johnson...1800 Garcia St. Lacy J Dalton.....................1951 Garcia St. Tracy Prescott..................1950 Garcia St. Loretta Lynn......................1950 Garcia St. The Stampeders.................2059 Garcia St. LeAnn Rimes.......................2099 Garcia St. Lonestar............................2099 Garcia St. Johnny Paycheck.............1926 Quilchena Merle Haggard................1940 Quilchena Patricia Conroy...............1975 Quilchena Bellamy Brothers...........2001 Quilchena David Lee Murphy............2001 Quilchena Rick Tippe.......................A-2025 Quilchena Neal McCoy.......................2025 Quilchena Keith Urban.....................2037 Quilchena Dr. Hook..........................2032 Quilchena Aaron Prichett................2052 Quilchena Brad Johner....................2058 Quilchena John Landry....................2058 Quilchena The Good Brothers.........2063 Quilchena Duane Steele....................2067 Quilchena

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Nestled neatly between hills and rivers of the Nicola Valley, the City of Merritt is still alive and thriving 100 years after incorporation. Built on the backs of hardy pioneers and the First Nations people who were native to the land, the area has a rich history to celebrate. Take a walk through Merritt, there are plenty of great photo ops at one of the the many handpainted murals, or visit the museum to learn more about what made the area what it is today. At the centre of the Nicola Valley, Merritt offers a blend of retail stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques for those who love to shop. From furniture to outdoor equipment to handmade goods, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for and a little bit more!

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

Hours: 8 a.m. ‘til 9 p.m., 7 days a week

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Mesabi radiator authorized repair facility & sales. Air conditioning mobile unit.

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QUALITY INN All rooms renovated in the Fall 2013 BY CHOICE HOTELS

•HOT BREAKFAST •FRIENDLY STAFF •INDOOR SWIMMING POOL WITH HOT TUB

VISIT QUALITY INN, MERRITT www.choicehotels.ca/cnA21

TOLL FREE: 1-800-663-2830

(Just off Voght Street next to Quality Inn)

Tel: (250) 378-4253 • Fax: (250) 378-6869

Reservations: 250-378-6333

4025 WALTERS STREET, MERRITT, BC

4025 Walters Street, Merritt, BC

E-mail: nicolainn@telus.net

Welcome to Merritt and the Nicola Valley Your MP Available to You

Dan Albas, MP Working Hard for Okanagan-Coquihalla Westbank Location: Hwy 97 Plaza #10-2483 Main Street Westbank,B.C. V4T 2E8

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Where to Stay

And rest your head

Pitch a tent or pull up to one of the many lake-view campgrounds like Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park.

Plan on staying awhile in Merritt? Come on over, there’s a pillow waiting for you.

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ould you like to pitch your tent under the trees by the river or hook up your RV in a fully serviced park? Perhaps you prefer the comfort of a cozy bed in a quiet, luxurious motel, with breakfast included. How about a stay in a comfortable bed and breakfast with a soothing hot tub soak? However you choose to rest at the end of a fun-filled day, Merritt and the Nicola Valley can accommodate you.

There’s Every Type of Bed to Rest Your Head

From eclectic family-run motels and inns just off the highway and in our downtown core to charmed and character-infused turn-of-the-20th-century historic country inns or a teepee by the river, we’ll make you feel at home.

Slumber in the Great Outdoors

If outdoor adventures are calling to you, we have a host of comfortable ranch stays and fishing camps including log cabins, riverside lodges and uniquely designed yurts to turn in for the night. And, if your idea of a good night’s rest includes dozing off under a starry night sky we’ve got plenty of camping, RV and tent sites to make slumbering in the great outdoors completely comfortable: > Monck Provincial Park Campground > Moonshadows RV and campground > Claybanks RV Park Merritt > Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park Campground

A Getaway Unlike Any Other

Take a quiet country drive to the historic Quilchena Hotel where vintage hospitality matches the ambiance of a turn-of-the-20th-century hotel built by settlers from France. If country reatreats and beautiful rustic cabins are more your speed, make sure you visit Douglas Lake Ranch, AP Guest Ranch or Corbett Lake, with a plethora of accomodations to suit a fishermans dream or the true cowboy at heart.

We’ve Got You Covered

The historic, vintage ambience of the Quilchena Hotel, located just 10 minutes from Merritt on Hwy 5A north.

Merritt hotels and motels include familiar chains and unique historical hotels, which offer a variety of room sizes and amenities. Many venues have nearby eateries and some offer complimentary continental breakfast. If you’re travelling for business, you will find you can sleep, eat, and meet in a single complex and work from the comfort of your room with Internet access.

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FOR RESERVATIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION CALL (250) 378-4334

Guichon Ranch Bed Bale & Breakfast

1 - 8535 Kamloops-Merritt Highway (5A) 778.257.0033 tootkin@hotmail.com www.guichonranchbb.ca

• 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites • Kitchenettes • 24 HR Service •10% Seniors’ Discounts • 10% Discount to BCAA/CAA/AAA Members 2276 Nicola Rd. Merritt, BC www.coppervalleymotel.net | coppervalley@hotmail.ca Phone: 250-378-9214

• TOLL FREE 1-866-378-9214

• Located next to the arena, curling rink, aquatic centre and convention centre • One or two bedroom suites including kitchenettes and living room. • Corporate rates • Conference room RESERVATIONS: 1-888-828-8828 • Voice mail and wireless internet reservations@intowninnandsuites.com 2201 Voght Street, Merritt, BC • Front Desk: 250-378-4291 www.intowninnadnsuites.com Phone: 250-378-8816 Fax: 250-378-8819

• New Double & Queen Sized Beds • 1 Bdrm Suites • Kitchenettes • Complimentary Coffee & tea • Flat Screen TV’s •Pet Friendly • Special Rates For Truckers •Truck Parking Available • Cable TV & Movie Channels •Wireless Internet

RANCHLAND VILLA MOTEL

2379 Nicola Ave. Merritt, BC • ranchlandvilla@uniserve.com • Ph: 250-378-2140 Fax: 250-378-2049

• 33 Deluxe Units Including 18 Kitchen Units • FREE Wireless Internet • Flat Screen TV • Pets Welcome • Laundry Facilities • Air Conditioned Rooms •Smoking & Non-smoking Rooms • Free Local Calls •All rooms include: fridges, microwaves, coffee & tea www.sportsmanmotel.ca TOLL FREE 1-800-663-6868 • 3463 Voght St. Merritt, BC • sportsmanmotel@yahoo.ca

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Business Directory Automotive MERRITT

MERRITT’S DIESEL SPECIALISTS

COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR Servicing all Makes & Models

250-378-4821

2549 Nicola Avenue, Merritt, BC

12 months/20,000 Kilometres of worry-free protection on qualifying parts and labour

Museum Summer Hours: Winter Hours: 10 am - 3 pm Mon. 10 am - 3 pm Mon., Tues., Fri. 9 am - 5 pm Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm Wed., Thurs. Closed Sunday Closed Saturday, Sunday

Come And Visit /JDPMB7BMMFZ.VTFVN"SDIJWFT 4UTIL#OURTs0H   www.nicolavalleymuseum.org

Restaurants Have a sit down dinner, take-out order or have it delivered.

Canada Cafe Canadian & Chinese Restaurant

2055 Quilchena Ave., Merritt, BC

Lunch Buffet: Monday to Friday: Noon - 2 pm Dinner Buffet: Friday & Saturday: 5 pm - 8 pm Closed: Statutory Holidays

Business Hours Mon. to Fri.: 11 am - 8 pm Saturday: Noon - 8 pm Sunday: 4 pm - 8 pm

250-378-5551

Simon and Branda Welcome You to the BEST Chinese Buffet in town! Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2pm | 4pm - 8:30pm Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 8:30pm | Closed Mondays

2226 Nicola Avenue, Merritt, BC 250-378-1323

WAGON WEST DINER Open from 6 am - 9 pm

Daily Breakfast, Lunch

& Dinner Specials

250-378-2100

3999 Airport Road at the Wagon West Travel Plaza

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Municipal Campground

Powered Sites • Hot Showers • Boat Launch 9 Hole Golf Course • Great Trout Fishing • Walking Trails Mountain Biking • 18 Basket Disc Golf

call for more info: 250-523-6283

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Getting Here

Travel Essentials

Country roads and hot tin roofs surround this beautiful country playground.

Travel to Merritt and the Nicola Valley is accessible via car, RV or Greyhound Bus.

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erritt and the Nicola Valley are in the southern interior in BC’s Thompson-Okanagan Region. Conveniently located from most major BC urban centres, Merritt is accessible by via the Coquihalla Highway (BC Highway 5) and is truly the gateway to BC’s beautiful interior. Highway access routes also include Highway 8, 97C, and the scenic Highway 5A.

Driving Distances

Kilometres

Miles

Vancouver Edmonton Calgary Kamloops Kelowna Banff Jasper Seattle

168 552 440 54 82 360 327 242

278 887 707 87 132 579 526 390

Visitor Information

Visitors can expect the personal touch at the Baillie House. It is centrally located in downtown Merritt in one of our heritage buildings, 2250 Voght Street. Come on by for maps and directions, a spot of tea and homemade cookies or some history. We’re ready to help you head off in the right direction. From May to September hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 days per week; from October to April 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can contact the Baillie House by phone 250-378-0349 or email info@bailliehouse.com. The British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Merritt is located conveniently at the Junction of Coquihalla Highway (BC Highways 5) and BC Highway 97C (exit 286). Stop in for maps and brochures, driving directions or road conditions for the rest of your journey. Open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Boating Safety

British Columbia hosts a few boating restrictions that you should know before you go. Pleasure Craft Operator Card boating licence (PCOC) is required if you are planning to operate a motorized boat. You can obtain your card by passing the Transport Canada Accredited exam online at: www.boatsmartexam.com. Fishing licences are required and can be purchased online at http://www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations/, or you can visit http://www.fishing.gov. bc.ca/ for more information.

Rules of the Road

Buckle up! Seatbelts are mandatory for all drivers and passengers in Canada. Distracted driving laws are in effect in British Columbia, prohibiting drivers from talking, texting or e-mailing on hand-held communication devices or other electronics while driving.

What to Pack

Our region hosts a multitude of recreational activities, so pack the right clothes for all the fun! We recommend dressing in layers since our days are warm but nights can be cool. We’re casual around these parts, so no need for fancy clothes, all you need is casual attire to dine at any of our restaurants. With over 2,000 hours of sun a year, don’t forget hats, sunscreen and sunglasses year round.

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Discover Merritt in the heart of the Nicola Valley, where you will be welcomed by the friendly country hospitality of our local people. Search our downtown streets for country music legends, explore our heritage walk – you’ll be climbing into the past and uncovering the legends that created our city. Join us for our rodeos, fall fair and special Country Christmas events. Get active and bond with your family at the BMX or skate parks, or check out the Merritt Centennials – BC’s oldest Junior A hockey team – they’re a sight to cheer on when they take to the ice. Make time in your travels to explore Merritt – there’s more going on than you think!

Downtown Heritage

Comb the downtown core of Merritt and discover the footprint of our eclectic community. With a heritage steeped in forestry, today, you can explore our roots on a Heritage Walking Tour featuring 28 vintage buildings that speak of a bygone era.

Find yourself wandering among country music legends; colourful murals of famed songsters and the Walk of Stars pay tribute to our love of country music. Visit the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. And if you chance upon Spirit Square stop for a spell – taking in the sounds of music in summer or heart-warming carols in winter.

Bring the Past to Life

Get a firsthand look at our First Nations, ranching and mining histories at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives, where escaping into the past is as easy as stepping through the door. Or pop into Baillie House, the first stop on the Heritage Walking Tour and the place to get information about our area. Here, you can enjoy a complimentary tour of the building (complete with a chilling ghost story or two), try on the stylish hats and gloves of yesteryear and enjoy the gardens, a great picnic location when hunger strikes before exploring the possibilities of your Merritt visit – we’ll make you feel right at home!

get to know merritt Immerse yourself in our local pasttimes - there’s plenty to keep you busy no matter what the season.

Spirit Square

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Quilchena Street, Downtown Merritt


Golf and Country Club

Family Fuelled Adventure

Remember a time when family fun meant getting outdoors? In Merritt, we still do! Unplug and reconnect with your brood on a family hike along the Tom Lacey Legacy Trail. Take the whole family on a geocaching adventure – learn something new while searching for hidden treasures right in town – pure family infotainment. Want to feel like a kid again yourself? Throw caution to the wind and head to the Rotary Skateboard Park or to the BMX Bike Park where mastering tricks and stunts will give you a palpitating good time.

Local Events

Merritt Civic Centre Merritt is brimming with all kinds of events. Watch for activities at the Merritt Civic Centre; from kids club, fitness and educational programs to special movie presentations, you’ll find your next great hobby here. Outdoor Venues Get your groove on with great live entertainment at Spirit Square and Rotary Park. The docket includes Merritt’s diverse cultural groups, local musicians, holiday festivities and more. Stop on by, you never know what’s happening! Country Christmas Come home for the holidays at our Country Christmas celebrations. Gaze in wonder at the illuminated parade – one of the largest in North America. Bask in the familiar sounds of choirs carolling, indulge in tantalizing seasonal treats, and make memories last with photo ops with Santa.

Centennial Park

Rodeo Fun Fast paced rodeo events are held throughout the spring and fall. The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo features more bucking and roping than you can handle, with professional athletes, entertaining rodeo clowns and more. Born and raised right in Merritt, Ty Pozzobon is ranked as one of the top professional bull riders in the world. Ty has created his very own event – the Ty Pozzobon PBR Invitational to bring the best bull riders on earth to our community – what a celebration!

A Sporting Good Time

What’s your game? You name it, we play it here; the tradition of lacrosse, the smooth moves of curling, or the bumps and dives of volleyball, not to mention BC’s oldest Junior A hockey team. Combine those with our recreation facilities and you’ve got the makings of some good clean, family fun. Unwind at the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre and refine your stroke in a six lane, 25-metre pool. Float down the lazy river, or take in some tot-sized fun – spending time with the family is what it’s all about in Merritt. Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo If you’re looking for a little “me” time, perfect your swing at the Merritt Golf & Country Club where nine holes of greens and bunkers will challenge your inner-Tiger Woods. What’s the best game you can name? The good old hockey game! Our Merritt Centennials are the oldest continuously operating Junior A Hockey franchise in the province. Create hockey fans for life and bring the family to cheer on our team at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena as soon as the puck drops, or come by during the Moccasin Hockey Tournament where teams from local First Nations compete for a $10,000 purse. www.merritt.ca | 55


Embrace the adventure

roam free

Roam free at a crossroad of time and place, where old west meets new country, and where breathtaking scenery and long-established traditions are honoured everyday – you’ve found yourself in Merritt. Drop by the Baillie House to start your Merritt adventure. We’ll help uncover the local insights to discovering Merritt your way. Baillie House Visitor Information 2250 Voght Street, 250-378-0349 info@bailliehouse.com merritt

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