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Travel Experiences Guide

Merritt Nicola Valley

Merritt | Nicola Valley | Quilchena | Douglas Lake


Our Story

Country Unbridled Our 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.

Go On… Get Outside and Play

Rolling bunch grass 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, freshwater fishing is legendary around here.

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Our Story

Expand your horizo

Journey to our windy canyons where the perfect photo op is a snap away.

Find your fish tale in one of our 200 lakes.

Where Working Hard has its own Rewards 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… exploring our panoramic landscapes. 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.

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

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-akind 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 20th century luxury. 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

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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. A Gateway to Adventure You’ll find this and more at the gateway to B.C.’s interior, where the Trans-Canada 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.

Our First Nations Peoples In a country so rich with heritage, you would expect to find a First Nations community as lush in culture as the surrounding lands. That holds true here. Explore Monck Provincial Park, searching for evidence of the Nicola Valley Salish winter encampments still visible today. Sail or paddle the shores of Nicola Lake and uncover the stories these ancient peoples told in the pictographs embedded on the glacial rocks. Wander amongst buckskin clothing, intricate beading and other historical treasures at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives, where the work of First Nations Ethnologist James Teit still resonates.

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Antiques & ColleCtibles Happily at home in one of Merritt’s oldest storefronts, Mirror Vintage is a unique Collectible, Antique, Vintage and Gift Shop located in the heart of Merritt’s historic downtown. Originally the Yuen on Lung General Store operated by the Toy Family, it has been a staple of the community since 1928. Drop in and browse the displays of original merchandise from the General Store’s glory days, then pick up a new treasure to add to your collection and commemorate your visit. You’re sure to find something you love!

Mirror Vintage Your Looking Glass to the Past! 1798 Voght Street, Merritt, BC

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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

Ph: (250) 378-0349

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

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What’s Inside

3 Our Story 9 Experience Merritt 13 Uncover Our Best-Kept Secrets 17 Calendar Of Events 21 Head Out On The Highway 22 Mountain Biking 24 Explore Our Lakes & Mountains 28 Winter Activities 31 Ski Trails Map 32 Merritt & Nicola Valley Map 35 Heritage & Culture 38 Merritt Heritage Walking Tour 42 Discover Upper Nicola 47 Food & Beverages 48 Business Directory 51 Where To Stay 52 Travel Tips

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Copyright 2016 Š Merritt Nicola Valley This guide was created in partnership with The Merritt Herald and The City of Merritt. Production Design: Dan Swedberg Nicola Valley Map Design: Roger Handling Copywriting: Merritt Herald, City of Merritt, Tourism Nicola Valley Advertising sales: Theresa Arnold & Michele Siddall Printing and distribution by: Merritt Herald Writer: Kathleen Head & David Dyck Editing: Kim Cameron & Ian Webster Photography: Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Darren Robinson, Kelly Funk, Katie Ottenbreit, Ian Webster, Michele Siddall, Merritt Mountain Bike Association

Photo: Laurie Guichon Grasslands in fall, Nicola Valley

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Discover the Best of Canadian Country Music 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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From touring the Country Music Murals in downtown Merritt to enjoying the many festivals and events – there’s plenty to do, no matter what season it is.


earch 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. We welcome you to come and explore Merritt – the Country Music Capital of Canada!

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 or 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 complementary tour of the building (complete with a chilling ghost story or two), try on the stylish hats and gloves of yesteryear, or 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!

Family Fuelled Adventure Remember a time when family fun meant getting outdoors? In Merritt, it still does! 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.

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welcome to merritt, bc Numerical Guide to Merritt’s Facilities

Merritt’s Spirit Square plays host to many of the downtown events!

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Nicola Valley General Hospital RCMP Station Airport Bus Depot City Hall Post Office Civic Centre Bench Tennis Courts & Park Central Park & Kiwanis Play Area Golf Course Central Park Tennis Courts Rotary Park N’Kuala Park Lions Park Curling Rink Nicola Valley Memorial Arena Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre Public Library Main Street Park Voght Park / Skate Park Senior Citizen’s Recreation Ctr. & Museum Archives Lawn Bowling Green Claybanks Park Rodeo Grounds, Fall Fair Complex Viewpoint Mall

Enjoy the laidback country lifestyle, come shop, eat and enjoy!

Discover the City of Merritt 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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Shopping Dowtown Merritt Quilchena Avenue in downtown Merritt has evolved over the last century since the city was incorporated, but remains the centre of Merritt’s shopping district. With the historic Coldwater Hotel as a landmark, the street is home to an eclectic mix of stores, boutiques and salons. In the downtown core you’ll find locally-owned gift stores, clothing stores, and pharmacies, among others. Local Events 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. Get your groove on with great live entertainment at Spirit Square and Rotary Park. The docket includes Merritt’s

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diverse cultural groups, local musicians, holiday festivities and more. Stop on by, you never know what’s happening! 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. 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. 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 being home to one of B.C.’s oldest hockey teams. Combine those with our recreation facilities and you’ve got the makings of some good clean family fun.

Unwind in the Nicola Valley Refine your stroke in a six lane, 25-metre pool at the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre. 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. 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 communities compete for a $10,000 purse. www.merritt.ca | 11

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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.

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 windfueled water sports. A favourite gathering spot for generations, it’s where good times, good friends and family connect for a day on the water.

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 our golden back country desert hills.

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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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. The city of Merritt is the Nicola Valley’s urban centre with a proud country heritage. Merritt highlights easyto-access outdoor recreation, down-home hospitality and an eclectic blend of events and festivals. In the town you’ll 14 | www.merritt.ca

find the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Walk of Stars displayed proudly throughout the city streets. The 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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A lake a day as long as you stay.

A keen sense of adventure and plenty of time is all you need to explore the lands surrounding Merritt and the sun-soaked Nicola Valley.

Looking for More Old-World Architecture? Take a quiet country drive to the historic Quilchena Hotel where vintage hospitality matches the ambiance of a turnof-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. 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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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.

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Calendar of events 2016 Summer Highlights and events

for more call (250) 315-1050 or visit www.merritt.ca/events

may-August Dive-in Movie May 6 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Spring Garden Festival May 28 At the Baillie House

Mothers’ Day High Tea May 7 At the Baillie House

Water Safety Week Jun. 4-13 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Spring into Action Baseball Tournament May 7-8 At Central Park

Kids Tri-It Triathlon Jun. 5 Starts at the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre

Susan Aglukark Concert May 12 At the Merritt Civic Centre

Family Fun Night Jun. 10 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Family Fun Night May 13 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center National Lifejacket Day May 19 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center Safe Boating Awareness Week May 21-27 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Love to Dance Academy Year End Ballet Recital & Fundraiser Jun. 12 At the Merritt Civic Centre Merritt Country Run Jun. 12 At Voght Park First Nations Traditional Games Jun. 18 At Voght Park

Kentucky, Alleyne Lake Father’s Day Fishing Derby Jun. 19 Free of charge & free lunch provided Aboriginal Day Jun. 21 At Rotary Park Nicola Valley Kennel Club Dog Show Jun. 25-27 At Voght Park Canada Day Celebration Jul.1 At Rotary Park Merritt Art Walk Month of July Various Locations around Town Family Fun Night Jul. 8 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center Bass Coast Music Festival Jul. 8-11 At rockin river Music Fest Site

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

Merritt Little Britches Rodeo Jul. 9-10 At the Merritt Rodeo Grounds Merritt Mixed Slow-pitch Tournament July 22-24 At Central Park Nicola Valley Cruisers Car Club Show N Shine Jul. 24 At Central Park Rockin’ River Music Festival Jul.28-31 At rockin river Music Fest Site BC Ambassadors Pageant Aug. 9-13 At the Merritt Civic Centre Family Fun Night Aug. 12 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center Dive–in Movie Aug.19 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center


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Cars galore at our Nicola Valley Cruisers Show ‘n’ Shine event.

Loose yourself in the music at Bass Coast Electronic Music Festival.

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 eco-challenge and cars so fast, you’ll wonder if you really saw them.

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We have no shortage of family-inspired fun. You can bring the whole gang to the annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in Merritt!

Sound of Live Music 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 Merritt Desert Inn, 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 Sam Hunt and Dean Brody! Visit www.rockinriverfest.com for more.

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There’s lots to see at the annual Nicola Valley Fall Fair!

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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. 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.

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. 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. www.merritt.ca | 19

Calendar of events 2016 fall/winter Highlights and events

for more call (250) 315-1050 or visit www.merritt.ca/events

September-december Pacific Forest Rally Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 All venues are TBD

Turkey Bonspiel Last yr. dates Nov. 14 At the Merritt Curling Arena

Nicola Valley Rodeo Weekend Sept. 2-4 At the Rodeo Grounds

Merritt Mixed Fall Slow-pitch Tournament Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 At Central Park

Country Christmas Love to Dance Concert Nov. 26 At the Merritt Civic Centre

Music in the Park Sept. 3 At Rotary Park

Pumpkin Patch Oct. 15-16 & 22-23 At Three Bar Farms

Nicola Valley Fall Fair Sept. 3 & 4 At the Fall Fair Building

Merritt Chamber Gala Awards Oct. Date TBA At the Merritt Civic Centre

Country Christmas Choir Concert Nov. 27 At the Merritt Civic Centre

All Men’s & Ladie’s Slow Pitch Tournament Sept. 10-11 At Central Park

City Spooktacular Event Oct. DATE TBA At the Merritt Civic Centre

Last Splash of Summer BBQ Sept. 2 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Merritt Forestry Ball Tournament Sept. 16-17 At Central Park Lower Nicola Garlic Fest & Antique Tractor Show Sept. 24 & 25 At Smith Pioneer Park

Halloween Swim Oct. 31 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center Remembrance Day Ceremony Nov. 11 At the Merritt Civic Centre

Country Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 28 - 29 At the Merritt Civic Centre Country Christmas Breakfast with Santa Nov. 30 At the Merritt Civic Centre Christmas AT 3 Bar Farms Dec. 3 Get your picture taken with Santa, Hayride, hot chocolate & hotdog roast!

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Stocking Stuffer Sale Dec. 7-24 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre Splash Down with Santa Dec. 19 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center Winter Celebration POW WOW Dec. 16-18 At the Merritt Civic Centre City of Merritt’s Annual Free New Year’s Eve Event Dec. 31 At the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center

Go ahead

Head out on the highway

Take in the views of the Nicola Valley from Highway 5A.

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


ou’re close to many of BC’s urban centres, yet still miles away from your everyday worries. Leave all your cares behind. Twist and turn in the comfort of your car; hammer down and thunder along on a chopper, or use your own power and propel our hills pedalling a sleek road bike – these drives are all about the freedom you’ll find out on the open road.

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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Mountain Biking

near Merritt Mountain biking trails

e d i R & l l o R & k c o R The mountain biking scene is coming alive in the Nicola Valley. Grab your wheels & be part of it. The mountain biking scene is coming alive in the Nicola Valley. Grab your wheels and be part of it. Riding in Merritt is no ordinary day in the terrain park. We ride the old-school way, in a natural playground, on single tracks and open ranges. 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.

the Merritt Info Centre trails. Ride fast and furious, crisscrossing 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.

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 heart pumping bermed rides 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. 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 22 | www.merritt.ca

If you want off-roading adventure, Merritt has it!

Mountain Biking

Biking near Marquart Lake, Nicola Valley

From challenging climbs to smooth descents our trails deliver all the heart stopping action you need.

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Top 10 Spots to Get a Little Pedal Mojo > 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 www.merritt.ca | 23

Explore Lakes & Mountains

We’re inviting you to

Playing along side the Nicola River, Nicola Valley.

Monk Park on the expansive Nicola Lake offers a plethora of hiking and amenities.

Jump into Harmon Lake near Merritt.

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.

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 twentyfour caches highlighting sites such as the Promontory Lookout, Pineridge Cemetery, and Craigmont Mine; you can spend an entire day on the hunt in Merritt!

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.

Monumental Hoodoos 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.

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to head outside & play!

Frisbee at Marquart Lake near Merritt

There’s no shor tage of lakes an d rivers to choose from in the beautiful N icola Valley.

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 12 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. 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.

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. www.merritt.ca | 25

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Day Race - Time Trials 1pm - Racing 2pm Night Race - Time Trials 5pm - Racing 6pm

May 21st & 22nd - Day Races • June 4th - Night Race June 5th - Special Event- Flat Track Motorcycle Racing - Day Race June 18th - Family Day - Night Race • July 9th - Night Race July 30th - Albert Kosolofski Memorial - Night Race July 31st - Night Race • Aug 20th - Toy Drive - Night Race Sept 17th - Food Bank Drive - Night Race Oct 8th & 9th - Bill John Memorial Invitational - Day Races Rainout Dates: Aug 21st & Sept 18th - Day Race More Special Events to be added soon.

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Winter Activities

Snowmobiling Merritt, Thompson Nicola region

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Crave outdoor adventure? Get your fill in Mother Nature’s playground - a natural escape from your daily grind. 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. For 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, sidehilling along curves – the faint of heart need not apply. Still looking for your winter-bound oasis? Join up with the Merritt Snowmobile Club. These locals will show you all the hot (or cold) spots. 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. 28 | www.merritt.ca

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. 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.

Winter Activities

Catching air on Hamilton Hill!

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. 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.

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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.

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Uncover our

Heritage & Culture

Discover the history and find something new about the remnants of a past long ago.


ong before Merritt was a city, Interior Salish First Nations peoples roamed this great land. You can still find evidence of their nomadic ways at Monck Provincial Park, or paddling the windy shores of Nicola Lake where ancient pictographs depict stories of their wanderings and their connection to the earth. Aboriginal event at Rotary Park

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!

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.

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 hand-made 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.

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Culture & Heritage

Country strong,

western entic country Ranch th au an e av H AP Guest experience at

Come and cheer on at the annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo!

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! 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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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 team-roping 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. 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

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Visit the Walk of Stars and painted murals downtown Merritt.

Grab a bite to iconic Cold eat at Merritt’s water Hote l Head out to Douglas Lake Ranch for spectacular scenery and lots to see and do!

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. 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-of-the-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.

Walk of Stars & Hall of Fame 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. 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.

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Merritt Heritage



1. Baillie House 2250 Voght St.

2. Grimmett House 2326 Garcia St.





8. Rex Theater 2037 Quilchena Avenue

7. Adelphi Hotel 2101 Quilchena Avenue







13. Middlesboro House 1849 Quilchena Ave.

14. Gordon House 1784 Granite Ave

15. Warren House 1888 Granite Ave






21. Jackson Building 2015 Voght Street


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22. Post Office 2040 Voght Street


16. St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman Street 24

23. Hosp. Aux. Thrift Shop 1803 Voght Street


24. Yuen On Lung Store 1798 Voght Street



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 selfdirected 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.

Explore the historic past of Merritt



3. J.J. Gillis House 2276 Garcia St.  




4. Dr. Austin Gillis House 2101 Nicola Ave.

9. Armstrong Department Store 2025 Quilchena Avenue 17


11. Trinity United Church 1899 Quilchena Avenue

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18. Hyland Hall 1776 Nicola Ave



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10. Coldwater Hotel 1999 Quilchena Avenue

17. Merritt Court House 1840 Nicola Avenue

25. McGoran House 1502 River Street

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5. Grand Hotel 2099 Garcia Street






26. Merritt Drill Hall / Elks Hall 1702 Coldwater Ave


20. Tutill House 1937 Nicola Avenue



27. Eastwood House 1402 Coldwater Ave.


28. Collett Ranch House 1415 Collett Street


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Stop, Stay and Eat! THE QUILCHENA RESORT AREA 15 room recently renovated boutique hotel with a bustling restaurant and real saloon! Come taste a sample of local craft beers (19+) & REAL Douglas Lake Ranch beef!

9 hole Golf Course, 32 RV sites and Clubhouse. Wonderful General Store with snacks, fuel, sani-dump, local artisan gifts, handcrafted western and native souvenirs. HIGHwAy 5A, jUST 20 kILOmETRES NORTHEAST OF mERRITT HOTEL: 250-378-2611 GOLF: 250-378-2923 STORE: 250-378-2753

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Saturday, September 3rd & Sunday, september 4th N.V. RODEO ARENA

Lindley Creek Road, Merritt, B.C.

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Upper Nicola

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You should be tempted. Along the old highway to Kamloops are some of the hidden gems of the Nicola Valley, many of them rich with history. Travel North Take Highway 5A north from Merritt, and it won’t be long before you start seeing some landmarks — Nicola Ranch, Monck Park, Quilchena, Nicola Lake, Douglas Lake — that might tempt you to stop and have a look around, not only for the many sights, but for opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. This is Cowboy Country The Nicola Ranch is the first stop, about five minutes outside of Merritt city limits. Although it boasts a touristy atmosphere, including the Murray Church — built in 1876 — and a gift shop, it is a working ranch for most of the year. Keep moving north, and you’ll find yourself near Monck Provincial Park, a great spot for a picnic, a dip in Nicola Lake, to stop and camp for the night or all three. It’s also a great spot for fishing, boating, water-skiing, wind-surfing and hiking.

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A Bit of History Moving along further north is the historic Quilchena Hotel, owned by the Douglas Lake Cattle Company. Built in 1908, there’s no shortage of stories about the hotel’s past to entertain you on your visit. The hotel also boasts a restaurant and bar to refresh hungry and thirsty travellers. Anyone interested in a round of golf need only take a few steps outside the hotel to their golf course. If one round isn’t enough, just south of Quilchena is the award-winning, newly renovated Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club. Sagebrush was ranked by Golf Digest as the 19th best course in Canada, and ScoreGolf magazine put the club 10th on the 2014 list of top Canadian courses. Douglas Lake Ranch Keep moving north on Highway 5A, and onto Douglas Lake Road, will take you east, to Canada’s largest working cattle ranch, the Douglas Lake Ranch. The ranch is more than just cattle, though — anyone interested in getting in some good fishing, camping, or other outdoor recreating

Upper Nicola

Dip your feet in Nicola Lake!

will be happy with some of the amenities that Douglas Lake has to offer. Yurts, lodges, ranch houses, an RV park, or just sleeping under the stars — if you’re looking for accommodation, Douglas Lake has you covered. And there’s no shortage of fishing. Whether you’re interested in solitary fly fishing, or taking the whole family out, they have options. Bed and Breakfast Back onto Highway 5, at the northern tip of Nicola Lake is the Guichon Ranch and bed and breakfast. If that name sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is owned by B.C.’s current Lieutenant Governor, Judy Guichon, whose ancestors settled the area in the mid 1800’s.

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Every Knight, Just Right

in Merritt, British Columbia www.knightsinnmerritt.ca The Knights Inn provides spectacular scenery, clean rooms and outstanding value. With access to lakes, parks and events such as the Bass Coast Festival and the Rockin’ River Festival, there are plenty of leisure activities for the whole family all year round.

AmEnitiEs And sERvicEs

TOLL FREE: 1-866-658-9244

• Newly renovated rooms! • Plenty of parking • Discounts for sports teams! • FREE wireless internet • All rooms air conditioned • Fully equipped kitchens • FREE local & long distance calls • 1 & 2 bedroom suites available with living room & kitchen

• Flat screen LCD TVs


2702 Nicola Ave., Merritt B.C. off the Coquihalla Hwy, exit 286 • KnightsInnMerritt@shaw.ca

Everything You Need for when



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


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

E-mail: nicolainn@telus.net

Nicola Valley Radiator

Big or small we fix them all! • Logging, mining

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

Shuttle Service

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2775 Marian Avenue, Merritt, B.C.

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Come up & check out all your favorite sports

Enjoy your visit to Merritt & the Nicola Valley

We offer the best selection of groceries, meats, produce and pre-made deli items.

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 Friday - Steak & Prawns

Centrally located in historic downtown with plenty of parking.

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

Railyard Mall (Garcia St.) 250-378-5564

Call us for information on Special Occasions

Tel 250-315-1022

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

3701 DeWolf Way, Merritt, BC (Take Exit 290 off Hwy 5)



Monday, Nov 21 - Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 in Merritt, BC 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, 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: countrychristmas@merrittchamber.com | t: 250.378.5634

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Food & Beverages

Sip and Bite your way through

Check out the Nicola Valley Farmer’s Market.

enjoy what the Nicola Valley has to offer - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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.

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

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.

Entertainment, Food, and More!

If you’re looking for live entertainment and big portions to fill your belly look no further then your hometown hospitality specialists with pioneer-style ambiance featuring Good Food, Good Service & GRAND times at the Grand Pub and Grill! Or head over to the Merritt Desert Inn. Have a beverage, listen to amazing music and enjoy one of a kind home-made food!

Tasty Treats and Good Eats

The aroma of espresso lures you in, but it’s the homemade baked goods, hot soups and freshmade sandwiches on the menu at Brambles Bakery that keep you coming back for more. Plus, there’s no shortage of delicious coffee and freshly made baked goods at Espresso Etc. and at Mandolin’s Bagel & Coffeehouse. The hardest part is picking which one to visit.

Don’t You Wanna Stay Here a Little While!

There’s sports memorabilia and great food at Game On Sports Bar And Grill!

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 Bar And Grill has a varied menu – that is 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. www.merritt.ca | 47

Business Directory Lodging

Escape 15 Minutes East of Merritt on Okanagan Connector 97C

to CoRbett Lake

• Rustic Cabins with all amenities • Great Food and Hospitality • Retreats, Reunions, Weddings • Cycling, hiking, wildlife viewing

Tranquility, Charm & World Class Fly Fishing will keep you coming back

Call (250)378-4334 www.corbettlake.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 • Non-smoking Rooms • Free Local Calls • Free Wifi • All rooms include: fridges, microwaves & coffee www.sportsmanmotel.ca TOLL FREE 1-800-663-6868 • 3463 Voght St. Merritt, BC • sportsmanmotel@yahoo.ca

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Business Directory Activities & Entertainment Come AND PArtiCiPAte iN

CouNtry ChristmAs 2016 Mon, Nov. 21 - Nov. 27, 2016 in Merritt, BC Contact: General inquiries - Jack - j.m.polmans@shaw.ca / 250-378-5552 Craft Fair - Carolyn - mushroomlady@telus.net / 250-378-6848 Parade - countrychristmas@ merrittchamber.com / 250-378-5634

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


Christmas Come And Visit

Nicola Valley Museum & Archives 1675 Tutil Court • Ph: (250) 378-4145 www.nicolavalleymuseum.org

Shopping 2052 Nicola Avenue, Box 767, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

Phone: 250.378.9046 Fax: 250.378.9047 Email: gunfishin@telus.net “Serving the Outdoor Sportsman”

Dining First Location

Second Location

OPEN DAILY! 7am - 10pm 2190A Voght St., Merritt

OPEN DAILY! 7am - 10pm 250-378-3646

3623 DeWolf Way, Merritt


Services MERRITT


merritt’s Diesel specialists

2549 Nicola Avenue, Merritt, BC

COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR Servicing all Makes & Models 12 months/20,000 Kilometres of worry-free protection on qualifying parts and labour

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Alph A Design AlphA

The 7th Annual

Merritt Country Run takes place in the beautiful Nicola Valley on

June 12, 2016




Walk Plan Ahead

• Welding & Steel Fabricating • Machining • Sandblasting & Painting • Steel & Aluminum Products • Power Transmission • Industrial Supplies • Hydraulic Hoses • Safety Products

Crane ServiCe:

• 70 Ton All Terrain • 28 Ton Rough Terrain • 26 Ton Boom Truck

June 11, 2017 8th Annual Merritt Country Run

“If you can dream it, we can build it!”

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Safety • Hydraulic • Parts & more!



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for FAST, CourTeouS, ProFeSSIoNAL SerVICe call MArIo’S Servicing: Merritt, Kelowna, and Coquihalla Hwy 97C.

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Where to Stay

Come on over, there’s a pillow waiting

Monk Park trail-head in the Nicola Valley.

a plethora of accomodations to suit everyone’s need - we’ve got you covered.


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.

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

We’ve Got You Covered

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. If you like bed and breakfasts we’ve got you covered in the Nicola Valley. Guichon Ranch Bed & Breakfast and SX Bed & Breakfast are situated in amazing country escapes. Step into the legacy of a remarkable, and highly esteemed politician and doctor. J.J. Gillis House Bed & Breakfast was built in the 1920’s for Dr. J.J. Gillis and his wife Gertrude. The house offers a unique heritage atmosphere.

A Getaway Unlike Any Other

Claybanks RV Park, Merritt, BC.

Unearth our ranching country. Marvel at the quick-handed wranglers at Douglas Lake Ranch, or historic Quilchena where vintage hospitality matches the ambiance of a turn-of-the-20thcentury hotel built by settlers from France. If country reatreats and beautiful rustic cabins are more your speed, make sure you visit Douglas Lake Ranch. 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 at Corbett Lake. We have a plethora of accomodations to suit a fisherman’s dream or the true cowboy at heart.

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Getting Here

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

Merritt 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 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. 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. 52 | www.merritt.ca

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, at 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. View of Merritt from look-out.

Getting Here

Travelling on Highway 97C.

Where the TransCanada connects with the fabled Yellowhead and Coquihalla Highways, and any change in direction leads you from one adventure to another.

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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 on-line at http://www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations/, or you can visit http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/ for more information.

Mention this ad for a guided tour of our Merritt campus and come discover what makes NVIT a great place to grow. The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology has campuses in Merritt & Vancouver with over 300 courses available.

Saturday, September 3: Noon - 8:00 PM Sunday, September 4: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Venture down to the fall fair building and take in one of our colourful displays!

NVIT Merritt Campus

Sharing Knowledge, Preparing Leaders.


Lindley Creek Rd (Just passed the Rodeo Grounds) 250-378-7270 • 250-378-9929


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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Come And Visit Summer Hours:

Winter Hours:

10 am - 3 pm Mon. 9 am - 5 pm Tues. - Sat. Closed Sunday

10 am - 3 pm Mon., Tues., Fri. 10 am - 4 pm Wed., Thurs. Closed Saturday, Sunday

Nicola Valley Museum & Archives 1675 Tutil Court www.nicolavalleymuseum.org • Ph: (250) 378-4145

o t e m o c l e W City of Merritt Amenities & Facilities

Historic Merritt

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

Baillie house visitor centre

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

2040 Mamette Avenue • (250) 378-6662

visit www.merritt.ca for more to see and do!

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Visitor Information

Downtown Murals

Art Gallery Heritage Walk Festivals & Events Country Music Murals Outdoor Trail Network Live Music & Entertainment

Visitor Info 250.378.0349 www.merritt.ca

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