Things to do

Travel and Hiking

Situated at an elevation of 595 metres (1950 feet) above sea level, Merritt tends to experience mild winters with little snowfall and warm, dry, sunny summers

The City of Merritt lies nestled in the middle of several major travel routes including Trans Canada Highway 5, and the Yellow Head Highway.

Merritt is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. In winter the cross country skiing is superb and there are many snowmobiling trails.

Hike or bike through our beautiful Nicola Valley. In summer, Nicola Lake will lure you for a cooling dip, or skimming the surface waters via windsurfer or sailboat.One of our mottos is “A Lake a Day as Long as You Stay”. This area is known for some of the best flyfishing in the world. Spin casters are welcome too of course! There are a number of camping areas around, including Claybanks RV Park right in the heart of Merritt, on the banks of the Coldwater River.


No matter your game or hunting preference, Merritt has you covered.


There are two nine hole golf courses – challenging on the course, yet easy on the wallet.

Indoor activities

Merritt has a first class Aquatic Centre with a fitness gym, the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (home to the Centennials!), a Curling Rink, and a bowling alley.  The Merritt Civic Centre can accommodate functions of any size…from weddings to conventions…and is home to a number community classes.