Welcome to Adventures Nicola Valley!
We are a gateway to Experience Nicola Valley, a blogging site all about Merritt Canada.
Experience the Nicola Valley at its finest, all year round, inside and outdoors!
Are you in search of outdoor adventures like the best trail riding, or food adventures, arts and culture experiences, and things to do for seniors? Are you interested in small town business possibilities? Or want to know what it is like to become a Merrittonian, or even move there from another country. Have you heard of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in Merritt? How about hearing what an experienced travel blogger thinks are 3 top things to do in the Nicola Valley? Do you want a unique Southern Interior experience, like geocaching, in beautiful BC, Canada?
A preview of all the sights and sounds and scintillating action in the Nicola valley…
There are lots of adventures to experience in the Nicola Valley, from excellent fly fishing, to visiting local art and live music venues, to hiking the hills and mountains surrounding us.
We are the Canadian Country Music Capital of Canada! So, of course there is live country music all year round! And people come from far and wide to see our Country Music Hall of Fame Museum…
We have a museum filled with our western past, an active Arts Gallery, community parks, and many hotels and restaurants. And specialty shops catering to both outdoor adventures like mountain biking and fishing, and to indoor pursuits like yoga, pickle ball, computer games. From perusing the offerings of talented artisans in our gift shops to spending time at our Nicola Lake, there is enough do to spend days here….
So, if you are in search of experiences and adventures, consider this an invitation to our Canadian town of Merritt in the Nicola Valley!
Nicola Valley is the Hub of BC’s Southern Interior
Looking at a road map of BC shows our town of Merritt at the center of several highways, roadways, and pathways!
We are only:
- 271km (168 miles) northeast of Vancouver, BC’s largest city, on the coast of the Pacific
- 132km (82 miles) west of Kelowna, the center of the famous Okanagan Valley
- 85km (53 miles) southwest of Kamloops, Canada’s Tournament Capital
- 579km (360 miles) from Banff, in the Rocky mountains
- 390km (242 miles) from Seattle, Washington USA
The Nicola Valley is sunny and dry ranch country, surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, and creeks. You’ll see Ponderosa pines, sagebrush, and bunch grass as you hike, bike, fish, and swim in our valley.
The town of Merritt is the center of the Coquihalla highway system, with easy four lane access to large and small communities, a regional airport, and two international airports.
In this central location we have quick access to many mountains sports and activities, and famous wine tours and orchards nearby.
And we are an all-season destination with our winter events, sports, and adventures!
History Meets the Future in the Nicola Valley
There are seven First Nations communities in the valley, each rich with its own history. And each are a part of The Nicola Valley Tribal Association. The First Nations people are active in the community and valley providing exciting cultural events, and knowledge about the past, and the land.
The Nicola Valley is well-known for its country past and ranching history,
We are home to Douglas lake Ranch, the largest working cattle ranch in Canada. We have tours in the valley and the community of Merritt to experience the stories of the past, with our museum, and our historical buildings.
Walking tours lead you around Merritt to the Baillie House, the Coldwater Hotel, and the old Armstrong’s Department Store, which now houses the Country Music Hall of Fame. And there you’ll find plaques of Canadian Hall of Famers alongside bronze hand prints of current Canadian and US country stars, who have come to the valley for our famous country music festivals.
Our town is a mural town, featuring country music stars, First Nations elders, and NV history murals by artist Michelle Loughery and her crew of young painters.
As new people flock to the valley, to visit or live, they discover that along with our strong ties to our past, the Nicola Valley residents are firmly grounded in the present with a view to the future.
Land stewardship, ecological awareness, and awareness of current trends in culture are leading to useful and creative endeavors that keep us up to date and on the cutting edge. And fusions of the past and present in our art, music, food, shops, and events provide enjoyable experiences for our residents and our visitors.
Fusions of the past and present, and places
The other night at Kekuli Cafe’s Dinner and Music Night we had a Greek and First Nations menu, with venison skewers and a bannock and huckleberry dessert. Willard Wallace, a First Nations guitarist played Neil Young and the Beatles. And Michelle Lonsdale, a young third generation musician in our valley, played her own, recently-written, up-to-date songs.
Lots of people in our community, young and old, are internet savvy, website developers, and social media fans. We are pursuing digital online marketing and app development to enhance our local experiences. We offer some of the latest in sports technology at our specialty shops.
Who has seen our Wild Wind Onion? Revolutionary in the 70s, invented and built by a local shop teacher, this innovative windmill was chosen by the Ministry of Transportation to power airport warning beacons. And its inventor, Heinz Lange, attached a small one to his fishing boat that provided enough power to maintain a good trolling speed in the water!
Past, present and future in the beautiful Nicola Valley.
Right Now in the Nicola Valley?
If you arrived right now in the valley, you would be able to hike up to the look out to see the town of Merritt laid out in front of you…
- Check the golfers on the 9 hole course that meanders along the Nicola River.
- Look past to see the children at the adventure playground in Rotary Park.
- Notice the bicyclists of all ages taking advantage of gentle inclines of the town of Merritt.
- See the local bus stopping in town and heading to the surrounding areas.
- Spot the yellow heritage building in the foreground where the Love to Dance Academy and the Courthouse Arts Gallery are located.
- And look past to the hills around and check to see if there is still snow on nearby Iron Mountain.
Get your fishing gear ready for some of the best trout and char fishing in the world, on the many lakes around. Mountain biking is picking up, with the snow gone on the lower elevations. Calm sunny weather brings out the birders and the birds, with a 2017 Christmas count of over 3000 birds in the Nicola Valley.
Take in music, dance and arts activities at weekly Friday Open Mic Nights, and a Home Routes concert, a Bluebird Coffee House, and the Nicola Valley Cruisers Rock and Roll Dance coming up. We have artist Joel Reid showing in a Pop Up Exhibition at the Gallery this weekend; then the town is looking forward to two weeks of our 2nd annual School District Arts Festival, showing off the talents of our youth.
Watch Mixed Volleyfests for local excitement. Pickle Ball groups are still in action as softball and baseball starts up. And cowboys and cowgirls of all ages get ready for the beginning of rodeo season…
What Other Adventures During Our Year?
- Music in Spirit Square, Rockin River Fest, Bass Coast Festival
- Art in the Park, Art Walk, Garlic Fest, Love to Dance Performances
- National Indigenous Peoples Day
- Little Britches Rodeo, Ty Pozzobon PBR Invitational, Rodeo Weekend
- Moccasin Hockey Tournament, the Centennials season, Figure Skating Performance
- Lilac Festival, Garden Tours, Bird Counts and events
- Cross Country Ski events, Snowmobile experiences, Country Christmas
- Mountain biking, geocaching, swimming, boating, golfing
- Quilting, weaving, mosaics, painting, upcycling
Nicola Valley Adventures All Year Round
Spend time at our specialty shops serving locals and visitors, like our newly open Old Courthouse Arts Gallery Shop, and Purity Feeds, the Creative Company, Vision Quest, Gun Fishin, Breathe Bikes, 378 Board Shop…
Stay at hotels like Travelodge and Best Western Plus, or local accommodations like the Roadrunner Motel and the famous Quilchena Hotel, a must see!
Eat at Kekuli Cafe for First Nations food, Desert Inn for Prime Rib and Fish & Chips, Quilchena Hotel for fine dining, Garden Sushi for some of the best sushi in BC, and Brambles Bakery and Cafe for homemade artisan healthy-and-delicious soups and scones… And lots more!
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So for locals, returning and potential visitors…if you are in search of exciting, soothing, or fascinating experiences in the Nicola Valley, check back here or go straight to our travel blog site!!