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Merritt: Flourish Under the Sun

Nestled in the beautiful Nicola Valley with rolling grasslands, shimmering lakes and over 2,000 hours of annual sunshine, the City of Merritt is a virtual oasis, offering abundant city amenities neighbouring a tranquil country lifestyle.

Credit: Aerial view of Merritt. | City of Merritt


Centrally located between Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan, Merritt is one of the province’s most active transportation and distribution hubs, with annual traffic counts exceeding 4 million.


Merritt is a diverse, family-friendly community of just over 7,000 people, enjoying a relatively high median household income of $70,000. While seniors flock to the area, with about 28% over the age of 65, the community maintains a sizable young population (45%) under the age of 40.


Merritt offers plentiful amenities, including a regional airport, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, the Merritt Civic Centre (700-person capacity) and the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (1000-person rink, home to the BC Hockey League’s Merritt Centennials).  The city also offers a spray park, tennis courts, skateboard and bike pump tracks, disc golf, golf course, ball fields and bandshells. Residents also enjoy easy access to miles of hiking, biking and ATV trails, and year-round adventures like ice fishing, snowmobiling, boating and camping.

Destination Merritt

Merritt has gained notoriety as a destination for music festivals, such as the Bass Coast Music and Art Festival and the Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival. It is also renowned for the annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and international motorsport events like the Pacific Forest Rally.