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Bird Watching

Merritt and the Nicola Valley have some of the most beautiful spots for bird watching.  A great place for viewing some rare bird species is near Beaver Ranch located approximately 35km north on Hwy. 5A. There are close to 200 different species of birds in the Nicola Valley including: Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Common Snipes, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, and more!

For information on bird watching and organized hikes contact:

Nicola Naturalist Society
Phone: 250-378-2468



With many lakes surrounding Merritt, there are always new spots to visit and cast your line.

  • Visit Shea Lake approximately 40km outside of Merritt for an amazing place to camp and fish with your family and friends. Shea Lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Gwen Lake also offers a great fishing spot. This lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is for the experienced fishermen. There is a great view for the photographer in all of us from the shore to the grasslands across the lake.



Looking for a refreshing dip?  Here are some suggestions close by!

  • Nicola Lake is one of the most well-known lakes surrounding Merritt. The popular location is home to Monck Provincial Park which offers a wonderful swimming spot, hiking and biking trails, camping, boating, paddle boarding, and a playground for the kids.  Nicola Lake is 20 minutes from downtown Merritt.
  • Harmon Lake also offers a scenic swimming spot with camping sites. Nearby is the Harmon Lake Forest Interpretive Trail which allows hikers to walk on the southeast side of Harmon Lake and learn about forestry and wildlife.


Places to Visit

Nicola Valley Museum & Archives

“Visit the past without a time machine!” A place full of history, interesting facts about Merritt, and visually appealing interactive displays.

Hours of operation Fall/Winter:

10:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday

Closed Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays.

The Baillie House

The Ballie House is not only a historic site in Merritt, but also the local stop for Visitors Information. With a gift shop, free refreshments, and a great backyard to have lunch at, it is no wonder the Baillie House is ranked in the top 3 for “Things to Do in Merritt” by Trip Advisor .

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

A great place to spend an afternoon touring around the historic building among iconic Canadian country music artists.

Country Legend Murals

These murals are located throughout the community representing legendary country musicians. Most murals are of artists whom have performed in the beautiful City of Merritt itself during past country festivals.

Walk of Stars

The Walk of Stars is an initiative to display the handprints of musicians who performed at the iconic Merritt Mountain Music Fest over the 18 years the event was in Merritt. More than 100 bronze stars are located in plaques throughout the community.



Merritt Golf & Country Club

This golf course is centrally located in Merritt on Juniper Drive. It includes a gorgeous golf course and tennis courts!


Target Range

Nicola Valley Rod & Gun Club Target Range

Need a place to practice your aim for hunting season, or looking to learn how to safely use firearms? Visit Nicola Valley Rod & Gun Club Target Range promoting conservation since 1960!

Location: 11km West of Merritt on Hwy. 8. This business includes handgun and archery ranges.