With a variety of activities to enjoy this beautiful landscape, the fun is endless when you spend time with your lovely puppies in the Nicola Valley. The City of Merritt offers facilities and accessibility from city parks to hiking trails to ensure quality time with your travel besties. Here are some visitor-favourite city parks and trails in the Nicola Valley to help you #ExploreMerritt!
The Too Much Info Trail ranks the first stop among 120+ trails in Merritt on Trailforks, for not only several outdoor activities but also as a great route to enjoy with your dog. The hike is a lot more fun when you have your hiking friends. This hike will take about 3 hours to the top of Iron Mountain but only about an hour is needed to make your way to the lookouts. If you are seeking a quick hike and rewarding views along the trail, the Too Much Info Trail is a perfect choice!
In search of a pet-friendly trail for the whole family? The Tom Lacey Memorial Trail is a must-do on your Nicola Valley trail list. Located a short distance from the city center and connected to many other trails along the way, this trail is an easy walk with rewarding views. The Tom Lacey Memorial Trail has become a favourite due to the breath-taking scenery along the way. This trail can take approximately 3 hours to the top of Swakum Mountain for the best viewpoints.
Can’t decide between mountains and lakes? How about taking a hike starting from Lundbom Lake for a perfect view of Merritt and the beautiful Nicola Valley? An average of 3 hours is suggested to complete this hike, but your furry friends will be excited about being on the trail with you. Sugarloaf Mountain features plenty of amazing views along the way and on top of the mountain.
If you love a little bit more challenging hike to exercise with your dog, Kane Valley is a great option. With over 50 km of trails, Kane Valley is both a Summer and Winter wonderland for everyone to explore the beautiful Nicola Valley. The trail will take approximately 4 hours and the incredible lakes, pine and aspen trees will not disappoint. Give it a try while you can make your way down through connecting trails along the way.
Photo: @Travis Fehr
Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park is considered as one of the most popular and frequently visited areas to visit. There are plenty of outdoor activities here including fishing, paddle boarding, camping, and hiking you can have fun with your pets. It is an easy hike within an hour to complete while circling the lake with a dreamlike turquoise colour often photographed. Please keep in mind that pets must be on-leash in Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park. There is a great Explore Trails in Merritt BC video on the Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park to inspire you pre-trip.
If you are looking for an option for your furry friends to enjoy leash off, the local Merritt Dog Park is your place to be. Located near the City of Merritt Public Works yard, this designated fenced park is a great space to start or end your walking tour of Merritt with your dogs. This wide-open space allows your puppies to get out some energy and play with other pets.
You miss out a lot if you have not utilized Claybanks RV Park and visiting the Coldwater River Trail locating within a short distance from Merritt city center. Located along the Coldwater River, this pet-friendly, handicap-accessible campground and RV Park is filled with trees and spacious sites. The trail curves with the winding of the Coldwater River and is a pleasure to stroll no matter the time of year. Please keep in mind that pets must be on-leash during your visit. To see the trail before your visit there is an Explore Trails in Merritt BC video on the Coldwater River Trail.
Merritt is a puppy-friendly city with a variety of facilities and accessibility available to enjoy. We highly encourage you to visit Tourism Merritt or drop by the Merritt Visitor Center at the Baillie House to chat with the amazing team to learn about the best spot for you and your fur friends to explore.
The City of Merritt is well-known for the moto “Flourish under the Sun” with the abundant amount of sunshine throughout the year. In addition to the variety of popular outdoor festivals and events, Merritt has many indoor leisure activities at locations such as the Merritt Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, Nicola Valley Aquatic Center, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, Merritt Civic Center, and the Merritt Curling Centre. These recreation sites offer a variety of options for locals and visitors to #ExploreMerritt and enjoy the community throughout the year.
We invite you to discover some of the outstanding indoor activities here in Merritt BC!
Curling is one of the unique indoor activities Merritt has to offer. Make sure to stop by the Merritt Curling Club and give it a try. This family-friendly activity is easy, fun and relaxing for all you need is a pair of clean shoes. The curling center is open year-round to meet the popular demand of local community members and tourists. Keep an eye on the Merritt Curling Club and Tourism Merritt for special occasions you not want to miss!
Location: Merritt Curling Club
Who does not love FREE public skating? Warming up your body with an easy exercise sounds like a great idea during the cold season. For only $2, you will have no problem finding your skate rentals from size child to adult at the door. Skate sharpening is also available with various options. The ice rink opens several days throughout the winter but be sure to check exact dates and times before you drop by. Come check it out yourself!
Location: Nicola Valley Memorial Arena
Photo: Nicola Valley Skating Club
Who says you can only go swimming in the summer? Love swimming all year round? We have got your back! The Nicola Valley Aquatic Center provides a safe and friendly aquatic world for you to dive into throughout the year. You can spend your whole day here with endless fun activities to do. Thinking about a birthday indoor pool party? Contact the Aquatic Center for the best rate to book the pool for unforgettable time with your friends and family!
Location: Nicola Valley Aquatic Center
Another favourite indoor activity in Merritt is bowling! A bowling competition with friends and some snacks is a great way to relax. Bowling is easy, entertaining and open for all ages. This is one of the best go-to place for any kinds of group offering a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to enjoy the indoors and relax.
Location: Merritt Bowling Centre
Tour of Arts Gallery and Museum
If you are interested in some easy and chill indoor activities, the Arts Gallery and Museum both are your destinations. All you need is to wander around the Courthouse Arts Gallery and Museum with enough time to absorb what Merritt has to offer. You can enjoy learning about not only Merritt but also about the beautiful region of Nicola Valley. Exploring the hidden gems of both these great locations.
These activities are considered some top-rated indoor leisure activities in town from perspectives of both the locals and visitors. It’s now your chance to experience them with your family and friends! We invite you to share your fun-filled indoor activities in Merritt on social media using #ExploreMerritt. For more information on other indoor fun, visit www.tourismmerritt.ca or stop by the Visitor Center for the latest Activity Guide to find out what is best for you.
We can’t wait to see you during your next trip to Merritt!
The City of Merritt - Economic Development & Tourism Department invites you to complete the Tourism Merritt Community Tourism Asset Survey.
The City of Merritt has commissioned Deborah Kulchiski Consulting to carry out the survey to gather your opinions about the current status of the tourism industry in Merritt, to capture any ideas you may have regarding the future of tourism development opportunities in Merritt and to identify your perspective regarding tourism.
Participation in this survey will help to shape the future direction of the overall tourism industry in Merritt and help to identify the most effective strategic direction for Tourism Merritt that will both meet the needs of the community’s tourism industry as well as visitors demands and expectations. Your input is vital to its success. Please know that all responses are anonymous and will be reported in aggregate only. The results of this survey will be made available by January 2019.
Survey takes approximetly 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday, November 30th.
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Tourism Merritt is pleased to present “Places to Stay” and “Where to Eat” business profiles on the Tourism Merritt website to help visitors have an enjoyable extended stay in our community.
Each profile includes imagery to fully capture a visitors future experience with a personalized write up provided by the business. Business amenities are listed on each profile for guests to conveniently sort their options by various categories, i.e. I would like to stay in a Merritt hotel which is pet friendly. Tourism Merritt’s goal is to work with local business to ensure theses profiles are kept current and enticing for guests to increase their length of stay during their next visit.
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