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Merritt Festivals & Events
Nicola Pro Rodeo and Nicola Valley Fall Fair (September): The biggest rodeo weekend, Rodeo Fair Days and the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo, takes place over the Labor Day weekend.
What to do
Summer, winter, spring or fall, there is a lot to keep you busy in Merritt.
Merritt is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, the cross country skiing is superb and there are many snowmobiling trails.
In summer Nicola Lake will lure you for a cooling dip, or skimming the surface waters via windsurfer or sailboat - there's a good chance of a steady breeze.
There are two nine hole golf courses - challenging yet easy on the wallet.
In spring, summer and fall, hike or bike through our beautiful valley.
This area is known for some of the best flyfishing in the world. Spin casters are welcome too of course! There are quite a number of camping areas around, including Claybanks right in the heart of Merritt, on the banks of the Coldwater River.
This is Ranch Country - check out historical Nicola Ranch. Of course in cowboy country there's ample opportunity for horseback riding. More into being a cowboy spectator? Check out Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo, an annual event combined with the area fall fair.
Merritt Walk of Stars is branding the history of country music into the sidewalks and onto the buildings here in the Country Music Capital of Canada – Merritt, BC. Hundreds of Canadian and International Country Music Artists have performed in Merritt. Those artists have permanently left their mark on country music history by placing their handprints and signatures in concrete stars. Today more than 100 bronzed stars and dozens of large scale murals are displayed on the Merritt Walk of Stars in downtown Merritt, BC, Canada. Click here to check out the Merritt Walk of Stars Website.
Visit the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2012, the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society (CCMHS) was formed to provide a venue for the display of artifacts related to inductees to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This opportunity is facilitated through key relationships with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the National Music Centre (NMC).
The history of country music celebrations in Merritt and the Nicola Valley is highly visible in two other important community attractions: The Merritt Walk of Stars; and, the Country Legends Murals. The Merritt Walk of Stars features handprints (yes, one footprint) and signatures of country music top international performers. What began in 1993 is now a comfortable community walking tour with over 50 bronze plaques on display. The Country Legends Murals (a community youth project) are seen throughout the downtown and represent a wonderful thematic variation for renowned Master Muralist Michelle Loughery.
Be sure to visit the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives.
Hockey! Merritt is home to the oldest continuously running BC Hockey League club. Junior hockey games are fast paced, entertaining and still affordable family fun.