Merritt, British Columbia (BC), Canada is nestled in the centre of the Nicola Valley where the Nicola and Coldwater rivers meet. The region is decorated with hundreds of lakes, grassland fields, rolling hills and ranchlands. This is cowboy country celebrating cowboy hats, western boots, ranches and country music.
It is here in Merritt where Canada's most successful cattle, bison and fallow deer ranches operate. Established in 1886, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company is Canada's largest working cattle ranch and it is located just outside of Merritt, BC.
Hundreds of lakes populate the backcountry hills attracting many to the area for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching, off roading, camping, horseback riding, wind surfing, boating, water skiing and swimming in the summer. Some of the lakes in the region enjoy drive-in wilderness campsites.
In the winter people enjoy cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Trails in the Helmer Lake area north of Merritt are designated for snowmobiling in the colder months while cross country skiers like the Kane Valley XC ski trails south of town.
Some of the more popular activity and sightseeing destinations in the region include Central Park, Helmer Lake Park, Lily Lake, Lundbom Lake, Marquart Lake, and Nicola Lake. Nicola, Marquart and Lundbom Lakes are the easy-access lakes in the region. The others are hidden in the backcountry accessed by gravel roads.
Explore the downtown core of Merritt enjoying the colorful murals while following the "Walk of Stars". A walking route in town honoring the country music stars who have visited Merritt.
Some of the historic sites to visit when visiting Merritt include the Quilchena Hotel (1908), Douglas Lake Cattle Company (1886), Coldwater Hotel (1908) and the Baillie House (1908).
Merritt B.C. is easily accessible from four major highways - Hwy 5 and 5A, Hwy 97C and Hwy 8. It is a good destination in the Nicola Valley region for tourists because the community provides many of the amenities necessary for travel. The community amenities include accommodations, attractions, restaurants, coffee houses, gas stations, banks, laundromats, retail stores, gift shops, grocery stores, taxi cabs, bus, internet and cell reception.